November 8, 2013

Fridays With Maia

Wisconsin may never be mistaken for The Sunshine State but this morning, here in America's Dairyland, it's a pretty fabulous and sunny fall day! Sunny and 41 degrees...I'll take it! (Wisconsin Secret #1:  All you have to do is say the word "sunny" in the weather report and we Wisconsinites will think it's going to be a great day - no matter what the temperature - particularly in the fall and winter, because we know what long stretches without the sun can do to people.)

So today, Maia and I seized the day and took a walk through the beautiful City of Cedarburg...
Swishing through the leaves.

Warning! History Lesson

to its recently opened architectural gem of an art museum, the Cedarburg Art Musuem.

The museum building was originally a private residence built in 1898 by the local mill owner as a wedding gift to his daughter and son-in-law and is an artistic masterpiece in its own right.

Detail of Front Door Medallion

The graceful interiors are sublime backdrops for the beautiful works of art from artists, both living and dead, who were born in, live in or otherwise hold a connection to Wisconsin. In fact, my late uncle Marlo D. Cain, has at least two of his Wisconsin landscapes on exhibit here.

One of the exhibit areas. Shelby Keefe happens to be one of my favorite local (Milwaukee) artists.

The children's drawing room is situated within the turret and is the best seat in the house!

even the mansion's stairwells offer their own works of art...

Aren't museum gift shops great? You get to take a piece of it home with you!

"Can we come back again, Gigi?"


  1. Sounds like another fun filled Friday for Maia and Gigi!!!! Just a note - Cedarburg is a great city to many beautiful historical sites. I love walking downtown through all the shops.......I recently found some shops I had never been to and found some awesome shop owners, I like to support Local Owners too!!!! I got a set of abstract canvas hangings and went to The Cedarburg Toy Company and got a soda making kit.....cant wait to try it!!!!

  2. I agree Corky...Cedarburg's world class in my book!