Explore fascinating exhibitions, gorgeous garden displays all summer at the Paine


Thousands of plants and flowers in the gardens accompanied by the largest art jewelry exhibition ever presented in Wisconsin makes summer one of the best times of the year to visit the Paine Art Center and Gardens.

The arrival of June means gardeners are planting all new displays of annuals around the nearly four acres at 1410 Algoma Blvd. See the gardens as they flourish over the coming months with an array of zinnias and snapdragons, coleus, brugmansia, bells of Ireland, daisies, dahlias and many more varieties.

The opening of the Paine’s summer exhibition, Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry, is Saturday, June 22.

Maker & Muse celebrates the impact of women on art jewelry across five regions: Great Britain, France, Austro-Germany, New York and Chicago. These regions saw the emergence of bold, experimental artists who pushed the boundaries of traditional jewelry design. Women influenced art jewelry as muses to male designers, and for the first time, as designers themselves.

Art jewelry developed as a reaction to the conformity of mass-produced goods throughout the Industrial Revolution. Each of the designers represented in Maker & Muse, though inspired by their own individual cultures and surroundings, all shared similar aesthetic ideals. They sought to produce innovative jewelry with semiprecious stones, enamel work, and dramatic forms.

Wilhelm Lucas von Cranach, Octopus Waist Clasp, c. 1900. Silver-gilt, opal, garnet, chalcedony. Collection of Richard H. Driehaus Photograph by John Faier, © 2014 The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

Maker & Muse features more than 200 exquisite works by renowned artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charlotte Newman, and René Lalique, and provides a glimpse into the social, political, and economic contexts in which they were created.

The intricate, handcrafted pieces offer themes in sensuality, nature, whimsical, ethereal beings and more fascinating inspirations. A silver waist clasp brings an octopus to life with garnet eyes, while a pendant uses abalone and pearl to depict an excursion on the sea and a necklace with gold and sapphire features flowing, feminine characters.

Drawn from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, as well as other prominent collections, Maker & Muse explores the fascinating connections between art jewelry, design, and women in the early 20th century.

Learn about the exhibition on a deeper level from the Paine’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Laura Fiser at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in the Studio, located on the lower level of the mansion. Or, register for Tea & Tour events in July and August to experience a delightful tea in the Conservatory followed by curator-led tours of the gardens and exhibition.

Complementing Maker & Muse is another exhibition in the Paine’s Gothic Gallery, Treasures from the R. Harder Gallery of Gems & Minerals. The R. Harder Gallery at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group in Neenah has been collecting specimens for display since 1994, and houses one of the nation’s largest private collections of minerals and gemstones in their natural form. Featuring a special selection from the gallery, this mesmerizing spectrum of gems and minerals on display at the Paine highlights rare specimens collected from around the world. the Gems & Minerals exhibition is on view June 22 – September 22.

Peruse photography, jewelry, watercolors, pottery and more original creations by more than 100 artists and craftspeople. Shop the Corner Market for unique antiques as well as imported and retail items. Take a break to enjoy a variety of fair food, live entertainment or to see the new displays of annuals in the gardens.

Don’t forget to plan ahead for the largest art and craft fair of the summer in Oshkosh, Faire on the Green. The free event is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Paine.

The Paine features extended hours and special admission June 22 – September 22, 2019. The hours are Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $12 adults and $7 youth (ages 5-17). Admission is free for children ages 4 and younger, as well as free for Paine members.

Learn more about the Paine at www.thepaine.org.


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Noell Dickmann Paine Art Center and Gardens Civic Contributor

The Paine Art Center and Gardens is a historic estate in Oshkosh that serves as a multi-faceted museum for learning and inspiration. Visit www.thepaine.org for more information about exhibitions, events and activities offered throughout the year.

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