Our September excursion took us to two wonderful exhibits in Wisconsin. Our first stop was a visit to an old friend, the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. Their show “Glass Artists of the New North: Creativity in our Midst” featured works by Wisconsin artists, several of whom were on hand to give us insight into their inspiration and methods. We were especially privileged to hear talks by Beth Lipman and Jon Chapman, who displayed works created especially for this show. We also had an opportunity to wander through the exhibit as well as other fantastic works on display.
After a short drive to Oshkosh, we enjoyed a very pleasant group lunch at Fratello’s Waterfront Restaurant. Then we visited the Paine Art Center and Gardens, which displayed a fantastic collection of early Chihuly “Venetians” sculptures. The highlight was a magnificent and enormous chandelier, as well as many cherubs and various other creatures. There was also a selection of goblets by Lino Tagliapietra. The setting was a beautiful mansion surrounded by lovely gardens. (Unfortunately, photography was not permitted in the exhibit).