In this modern era, whether it be brushed on a canvas base, perhaps a piece set on cloth or, maybe, a curious sculpture, the wide array of arts media, I’m talking about the materials used to express oneself artistically, can include practically anything. And better yet, to satiate the lust for imaginative creations, the ways to speak from the soul are just as ranging. Today, I gained an appreciation of that sentiment at Appleton’s ‘Trout Museum of Art’.

The ‘TMA’ is located in the downtown portion of Appleton, along vibrant College Avenue. The building is a three story modern art showcase, one that sports a fashionable interior, and is a relatively affordable visit-assuming you have a yearlong $15 membership. Its exhibits do change with the seasons, so frequent visits are certainly welcomed.

This time around, as I perused the museum around noon, I discovered five very different exhibits. All but one, and no offense to macrame fans, really captivated my imagination.

I’ll start off with the appealing, if not a tad boring, creations of Abby Gammons, a talented macrame artist.

Yet, my boredom stopped there, as I crossed the threshold of the vestibule, passed the lobby, and immersed myself in the first floor gallery.

I found a combination of oil and graphite on canvas,

contrivances of Cristian Anderson.

Also, sharing the space, and being the inspiration for the opening paragraph,

I found recycled commonplace items transformed into artistic expressions.

And I don’t mean to sound condescending, but I believe Tyla Hilfreich’s sculptures are made from trash.

As I made my way towards the second floor, I discovered a fantastical world,

mainly depicted by watercolors on canvas, brought to life by Lee Mothes.

Yet, there happened to be other evidence of this fictional island’s existence, such as photos from space, property deeds and various sands from its luxurious beaches.

As I made my way to the final floor, I discovered a hispanic woman’s sewing prominence.

On black pieces of cloth, Arleen Correa Valencia illustrated human interaction through clothing and threads.

Finally, I peeked at the TMA’s hand selected pieces.

I had mentioned that this is a modern art museum, yet, its collection spans over four hundred years.

While colder Autumn temps settle over northeastern Wisconsin, and outdoor activities become less appealing, you might want to consider other leisure pursuits. The ‘TMA’, which, as of right now, mainly showcases local art, might be one avenue of entertainment. I found the visit both stimulating and relaxing with each piece my eyes took in.

Safe Travels!

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