Rooms Of Blooms


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!

 

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4 thoughts on “Rooms Of Blooms

  1. I am aware of this art museum from friends in the area, but didn’t realize it was in such a beautiful building. I have the feeling they got the idea for the “blooms” from the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Art in Bloom” which is a long standing summer exhibit. Truly beautiful and gives a new perspective to the art works. It is a huge competition to be one of the fortunate creators of the blooms. Glad to see others doing it. Good road trip for this time of year!

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  2. Actually, the MIA isn’t the only one doing Art in Bloom. The St. Louis Art Museum just held their version. I’m guessing it is popular many places! What do I know!

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