Paperweights in Bloom - Paine Art Center and Gardens

Paperweights in Bloom

February 19, 2022 to May 22, 2022

Paperweights in Bloom highlights more than fifty antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights from the collection of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah. Featuring floral motifs in the lampwork and millefiori styles, this exhibition serves as a companion to Rooms of Blooms and Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence and is held in conjunction with the biennial meeting of the Paperweight Collectors Association, May 18-22 in Appleton.

Opened in 1959 as the John Nelson Bergstrom Art Center, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is home to one of the world’s most representative collections of glass paperweights. Bequeathed to the institution by founder Evangeline Bergstrom, its founding collection consists of 652 paperweights and other glass objects. Today, the collection totals nearly 5,000 works of glass art. Several works of Mrs. Bergstrom’s original bequest are included in this exhibition.

The Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to appreciating and collecting glass paperweights. For over a half century, PCA has championed the study and collecting of antique, vintage, and contemporary glass paperweights. The mission of the PCA is to promote education: to increase knowledge about paperweights, their creators, and the astounding glass medium from which they are created.

A complementary selection of paperweights on loan from the private collection of Rosann Baum Milius illustrates the extraordinary talents of contemporary paperweight artists, many of whom are members of the PCA.

Paperweights in Bloom is on view in the Gothic Gallery, located on the upper level of the Paine mansion.

Reservations are recommended.

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Debbie Tarsitano, Paperweight, 1996.
Steven Lundberg, Paperweight, 1974.
Chris Buzzini, Paperweight, 1990.

Daytime Hours and Rates

Tuesday-Sunday
11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Special hours and admission rates apply during The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark and HYBYCOZO Sculptures in Daylight, through October 30, 2022. Reservations are required for nighttime visits.