Our friends at Esse Purse Museum know a thing or two about great bags. To commemorate their fifth anniversary, the museum has unveiled a new exhibit that looks at purses and what's inside as a glimpse into women's psyche.
The exhibit, "PURSEonal Connections: Drawings by Betsy Davis," features original artwork from Esse's book, "What's Inside? A Century of Women and Handbags." Davis, a graduate of St. John’s University in Sante Fe, examines the significance of the handbag by drawing inspiration from historical references and images, which blends perfectly with the museum's permanent exhibit, "A Century of Women and Handbags 1900-1999."
“The best part of illustrating for 'What’s Inside? A Century of Women and Handbags' was the attempt to capture the attitude and style of each woman from every decade," Davis says. "I tried to weave these drawings with wisdom and fun."
The exhibit is now open and will run through Jan. 27. General admission tickets are $10, and students, seniors and military receive a discounted $8 ticket. And every Wednesday, Esse offers half-price entry to museum. The Esse Museum and Store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more info on the exhibit or Esse, head to the website.