A week ago our daughter felt like a day’s getaway and that mood came at a time when an Oshkosh art museum was offering a display called Rooms In Bloom. We took the day and make a trip out of it.
The Paine Art Gallery & Gardens are new to me. Oshkosh is located about 100 miles North of Milwaukee and it was a good chance to exercise the car, enjoy a beautiful sunny day, have a couple nice meals, and enjoy being together mom & dad & daughter. This exhibit is something they do every couple years and they invite local gardens, florists, event planners and the like to contribute works either along a theme — as for example “table settings” — or to do an “interpretive” work in flowers and greenery that symbolizes one of the works of art in the Paine collection. As a result you get an interesting assembly of flowers and greenery, along with a lovely art collection in an easy afternoon’s visit. It happens at a time of year when blooms are hard to find so it was a busy venue and we had a good time.
The Paine “home” was built by a lumber baron and started just before the Great Depression. Begun late in life and intended as a family home the husband and wife passed before the completion of the building, so the family never lived there at all — and the building was donated by the estate as a museum.
It is far from the largest mansion we’ve ever toured, but I have to say it was one of the most extravagantly detailed. The wood and the craftsmanship are utterly amazing.
For a small exhibit there were some surprising details and one of those was a garden kaleidescope. Working from a round planter in the center of a circular steel frame equipped with kaleidescope the result stopped traffic!