Compared to Melbourne, West Palm Beach feels like New York. And compared to the Brevard Museum, the Norton Museum of Art feels like the Museum of Modern Art.
Melbourne is located on the Space Coast of Florida just south of Cape Canaveral. Although it bears scant relation, it is named after Melbourne, Australia. Similarly, Melbourne’s Brevard Museum of Art and Science bears little resemblance to the museums we have visited.
A string of quaint towns, untouched by time and development, dot the Gulf Coast of Florida. We stop for a quick salad and coffee at a chain café in a glitzy mall in Destin before heading out on Scenic Route 30A. The road takes us on a slow, two-lane ride. We hit resorts called Water Color and seaside towns called Seaside.
The two Hopper watercolors in the Blount Collection are very different works to ‘New York Office’. ‘Light at Two Lights’ (1927) is on its way to Boston, where we’ll get a chance to have a closer look at it. ‘Bow of Beam Trawler Widgeon’ (1926), is the other MMFA Hopper watercolor.