The Trout Museum of Art will extend its hours starting Thursday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays to coincide with efforts to engage community members with downtown Appleton’s art, music and food scene. The museum’s extended hours will give patrons extra time to visit the Norman Rockwell: A Portrait of America exhibit, the Regional Artist Gallery featuring Richard Margolis, and the newly revealed American flag community art project created at the 55th Annual Art at the Park.
Led by local artist Kim Schonfeld, the five-foot by seven-foot mosaic was created out of 20,000 pieces of unglazed porcelain Sicis tiles from Italy and ceramic tiles from France by hundreds of community members attending three Appleton Downtown Farm Markets and Art at the Park. Schonfeld and the newly minted local artisans were assisted by many community partners, with sponsorship of the collaborative project coming from Bergstrom Automotive.
“Community art projects expose people to art in a non-intimidating way and allow members of the community to really participate, resulting in a mosaic that is truly representative of the community,” Schonfeld said. “All the pieces are not the same. They are not all going in the ‘right’ direction. But when you put them altogether, they’re a cohesive unit. That’s what the community is. It’s a lot of different pieces that all have their own way and their own shapes that come together.”
For more information, visit www.troutmuseum.org/Events/Upcoming-Events or call 920-733-4089.