Let’s face it: Some art sucks. Like, really sucks. However, no one’s ever said that about Terry Redlin, and no one ever will. Even his college art professor took a look at his first assignment and said, “I’m sorry, but I can’t teach you anything.”
Walking through the Redlin Art Center is like walking through a branch of the Louvre that was made for everyone — that’s how good his artwork is. It’s only made better by the fact that a visit here is absolutely free. Before Redlin, a Watertown native, died in 2016, he made sure the art center would be accessible to all. He donated a huge percentage of his earnings directly to the center in the years before his death, resulting in a multi-million-dollar experience for everyone, right in his hometown.
But Redlin and his son also made sure the art center wasn’t just for art lovers. His works focus on nature, and as such, the grounds do too. There’s a large patio on which to relax and picnic, trails for walking, and gazebos for some welcome shade (and photo opps). Clearly, it’s not just his art that made him so loved.
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