Rusty has a couple of drawings in the 72nd Art Annual at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay and we drove up for awards night on Tuesday. While he wasn't a winner this year, we know some who were, as well as many other artists in the show.
In addition to art, the museum houses science and history exhibitions.
So our art outing included a side of local history… starting way, way back in time!
The permanent exhibit is called On the Edge of the Inland Sea, but you enter through an "ice cave," and our kids have always just called the entire exhibit The Ice Age Cave – and it's been a favorite since childhood.
These pieces are part of a larger exhibit about copper and I am smitten with those shapes — and the color. I love verdigris.
The first thing that caught my eye in this display were the words "Speckled Touch-Me-Not" and "Bloodroot," both of which I have growing in my back yard — and probably some of the others, too. I've actually used Touch-Me-Not for dyeing, but not Bloodroot as it is toxic. I doubt anyone would dye from knitting with Bloodroot-dyed yarn, but it can be a significant respiratory irritant and I'm not comfortable subjecting anyone to that! Natural does not always equal safe.
There were some nice textiles on display, including some examples of bead work and a couple of cross-stitch samplers — a past passion of mine!
WASHKOSH FROM OSHKOSH! I can't believe I've never heard of the Washkosh Vacuum Washer!!
There was nothing to identify this loom-ish (?) type item. Does anyone know what it's called, how it's used, what it makes?
That chatelaine caught my eye. I was fascinated by them for a while, too, and wanted one in the worst way — that, and a hemming bird. Once in a while I'd see them at an antique show, but they were always very expensive. I satisfied myself with a nice sterling silver needle case. I'm happy to simply admire a chatelaine when I see one and don't want to own a one anymore, but I still wouldn't mind a hemming bird — that's something I would actually use.
This stuff is so fascinating…
In addition to the Green Bay Packers, paper is another thing that put Green Bay — and surrounding communities — on the map. Fort Howard, James River, Georgia Pacific, Neenah, Kimberly Clark, and Kleenex are names you may be familiar with.
Aren't local museums fun??