PSA: Milwaukee Art Museum’s Lakeside at MAM: Outdoor Arts Events Free And Family Friendly

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Free Outdoor Fun at the Milwaukee Art Museum 

SAT–SUN, JULY 29–30, AUG 12–13, AUG 19–20 (2023)

Meet up with family and friends to enjoy art making with the Kohl’s Art Studio, a variety of music performances, yoga, and more at this free outdoor event series. Everyone’s invited to the Museum’s east lawn to soak up summertime creativity and culture, weather permitting.

Grab a seat, find a table, or bring your own picnic blanket—and enjoy the outdoors during Lakeside at MAM. Create art, catch live programming, attend a yoga class, and take in the sights on the green space where the Museum hugs Lake Michigan. Weather permitting, Lakeside at MAM is open with free admission; it’s all-ages friendly and easily accessible from the Oak Leaf Trail.

Some highlights are family art making with the Kohl’s Art Studio team, yoga, any number of diverse musical groups, Milwaukee favorite Ko-Thi Dance Company, story reading and games!

For the complete schedule…CLICK HERE!!!

I Didn’t Know This Was An Event: Baraboo’s Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration

June 25, 2022

The Big Top Parade will return to the streets of downtown Baraboo on Saturday, June 25, 2022 for the first time since 2019. Historic wagons, exotic animals, marching bands and community floats will delight parade goers, highlighting a weekend full of circus-themed fun.

The main event — the Big Top Parade — kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Along with our grand marshal, the parade features traditional circus parade units and circus-themed entries created by community groups and businesses. Young and old will be enthralled by the circus wagons, marching bands, horses and other animals and of course, a cavalcade of clowns!

Before and after the parade, the Baraboo area and our downtown will be filled with family-friendly events. This year’s Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration will take on the theme Circus World has adopted for its 2022 performance season…

More info? Click here: Here comes the circus parade!

A Place For A Muse: The Paine Art Center, Oshkosh WI.

The Paine Mansion: copy of postcard purchased at Paine Art Center

The Paine Art Center And Gardens has been a museum that my wife and I have talked about visiting on any number of occasions. But it never quite fit our schedule. So recently as we headed for an opening of a membership show of the Wisconsin Pastel Artists at the Richeson School of Art and Gallery in Kimberly WI, we put a stop in Oshkosh on our itinerary.

The art center is housed in the beautiful English Tudor mansion shown in the photo that opens this post. Originally planned as an estate by Nathan Paine (Paine Lumber Company) and his wife, Jessie Kimberly Paine (Kimberly-Clarke Paper), construction was started in 1927 and the exterior was completed in 1930. But due to the depression, construction was halted for a time and by the post-WWII era, the Paines decided the mansion would house an art center/museum…the lovely space that we enjoy today.

exterior of the Paine Mansion © 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

The interior of the mansion consists of a number of grand staged rooms filled with period furnishings…much of it of French influence. And a great number of late 19th Century paintings by French and American artists and a solid representation of the Barbizon school. Behind the mansion is a group of formal, informal, and event gardens heavily influenced by English gardens. I took the following photos during our visit to the Paine…and my skills here…don’t do justice to the amazing art center.

And here we have the entry hall. As you will see, wood has a prominent place in design, construction, and decoration throughout the building.

© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

Now here we have the Great Hall or ‘living room’. The influence here is Tudor and Elizabethan and the wood accents and carvings were completed by Paine Lumber Company artisans. Now, visitors aren’t allowed to enter the central areas of these rooms and are limited to small roped off areas just inside the doorways or the doorways themselves. This is fine for studying the rooms and furnishings but does limit one’s appreciation of some of the carving and the paintings displayed around each room.

© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman
© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

And you also need a place to dine and eat breakfast…so these open and naturally lit spaces are just absolutely inviting!

© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman
© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

Now I mentioned paintings. Every room has a selection of delightful paintings as do any number of hallways, passageways, and meeting areas. Prominent artists in the permanent collection at the Paine include George Innis, Jean-Francois Millet, Charles Francois Daubigny, Thomas Moran, Wilson Henry Irvine, Leroy Ireland, J Francis Murphy (a new name for me and an exciting painter), Theodore Rosseau, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, John Edward Costigan, Lillian M. Genth, and others. One highly recognizable painting is a portrait of George Washington attributed to Gilbert Stuart.

And one more photo of some worked wood in a banister and landing:

© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

And a few photos of the gardens (the tulips were in full bloom) and the rear of the mansion from the gardens!

© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman
© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman
© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

There is a nominal entry fee at the Paine Art Center and Gardens, currently $9.00 per adult and grants admission to both the mansion and gardens. And besides the permanent collection, there is an exhibition space on the first floor that features seasonal or traveling shows. On our visit it was an incredible show of contemporary bead work by South African women artists based on traditional beading. Here is a photo of part of the central piece.

© 2022 by Ed Heinzelman

The Paine also features The Studio on the lower level where a variety of art activities and classes take place…so it is actively and directly involved with the community.

Thinking of a visit? You won’t be disappointed…here is the link to their website with all of the information needed to plan a visit!

And just a few random shots of the paintings in the collection:

Thomas Moran © 2022 by Ed Heinzelman
John Edward Costigan © 2022 by Ed Heinzelman
Charles Francois Daubigny © 2022 by Ed Heinzelman