I had a few things to keep in mind as I planned our trip to the North Shore -- a weekend with no guests, work/teaching schedules -- but mostly, the opening of Rusty's New Island exhibit at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, WI, which he'd been pulling together for months.
This is an ongoing creative project that pulls together a lot of Rusty's interests -- maps, geography, beaches & sand, painting, drawing, architecture, storytelling, etc.
But it doesn't stop there. There's a culture & history, tourism & travel, artifacts & currency... there's even a flag.
I'm the Betsy Ross of New Island, having sewn that flag in 2005 for a summit of "Micronations" in New York City, which we attended. Well, Rusty attended -- I stopped in after hanging out with fellow knit-bloggers (the first time I'd traveled to do so, and Ann & I were just a few months into the Quit -- it's going on 17 years! What a trip!).
I found an old review of that show wherein Rusty (Lee Mothes) is quoted just a paragraph or two away from YOKO ONO.
Anyway, the exhibit at The Trout is big.
It fills the entire mezzanine and there is a lot of work on display.
There are a few pieces for sale, but a lot of pieces borrowed from their owners, and many pieces that will just never be for sale.
There are sketchbooks and notebooks on display. And the "Roger" coin, the mold for which was made by another local artist, and which Rusty had minted (it's turned up in coin collecting publications).
And not so random.
One of THE COOLEST NEW THINGS about this exhibit is the addition of VIRTUAL REALITY!
I'm excited that the show is up until early February because I need to go back and experience all of it!
The process is fascinating!