The Trout Collection was given to the Appleton Art Center in 2010. It had been assembled over forty years over 150 pieces of art representing over 400 years of art history was by Dr. Monroe E. Trout and his wife Sandra (an Appleton native.) Along with the art collection, a $1 million endowment was given to preserve, protect and promote the collection. When the Trouts made their generous donation, the Appleton Art Center became the Trout Museum of Art. This
magnanimous gift brought more depth to what was already a vibrant art community in the area.
For years one of the favorite yearly events has been Art at the Park, a free community event that has occurred the last Sunday of July for the past 53 years. In addition to visiting artists exhibiting and selling artwork amidst the majestic trees of Appleton’s historic City Park, the many thousands of visitors enjoy enhancements in the interior of the park. Superb bands highlighting local musicians, strolling musicians, engaging hands-on children’s art activities including a clay station and face painting, a community mural project, beer and wine gardens and mouthwatering foods, complete with an official spanferkel.
Being great old movie buffs and fans of Katharine Hepburn, my husband and I kept telling each other that we ought to get ourselves down to the Trout Museum of Art and see the exhibit of her costumes on display "Katherine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen." It was supposed to run September 13-December 15, 2013 but luckily it was extended to January 12, 2014. We finally got there one of those awful days when the temperature was -20 with a wind chill of -40. Inside the museum the frigid weather was forgotten as we were taken back to the wonderful days of Miss Hepburn's long and illustrious career. Introduced to the exhibit by watching a narrated film, we then leisurely gazed at each garment and reminisced about the actors, their roles, their personal lives and the era of each film or play.
The museum itself is a treasure and bringing this display to Appleton was another jewel in its crown. I highly recommend the Trout Museum, its exhibits and other activities it sponsors.
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