Last Friday, we took an aimless stroll and landed in the middle of an art exhibit that continues to fascinate us today.
Such is the nature of life in one of the coolest small cities on the planet.
About two miles into our walk, as one of us assessed the Avenue for an appropriate watering hole, a gentleman wearing a Dr. Seuss hat approached.
“Are you here for Art on the Town?” he asked.
“We could be,” I said.
Turns out Art on the Town happens in Appleton every third Friday of the month through September. This month’s edition featured a Time Magazine exhibit, the opportunity to participate in a community art project, and a giant paper mache hat. I jumped into all three.
Courtesy of the Jerry Gottleib collection, the exhibit featured signed magazine covers from 1964 through 1974 and included such priceless pieces as a cover of Robert Kennedy, autographed by the senator two weeks before his assassination.
Imagine the prescience of Mr. Gottleib, who, throughout one of the most pivotal decades in our country’s history, ripped off the cover of his weekly Time Magazine and mailed it to the people featured there, requesting autographs. An astounding 250 people responded to his request, including all of the major players in the Watergate scandal. A single cover netted him autographs from all four members of the Beatles, another scored him all of the Apollo 11 astronauts.
The exhibit, called “Moments in TIME,” will be on display at the Trout Museum of Art through June 29.
We can’t wait to stroll downtown and see what next month’s Art on the Town has to offer!