My husband, daughter and I had the privilege to attend the pre-opening celebration of the Museum of Whimsy (MOW) in Astoria, Oregon on June 24, 2016 and then the ribbon cutting ceremony on June 25, 2016. This is the most unique museum I've seen and it is filled with incredible "eye candy." I spent several hours admiring all of the wonderfully detailed items displayed on two floors of an architecturally significant and beautifully decorated historic bank. It is owned and curated by Trish Bright, a very talented woman with a knack for interior design and an eye for exquisite and unique antiques and artifacts as well as artists' one-of-a-kind creations.
Trish Bright collaborated with museum curators and artists around the world to create her whimsical museum filled with such wonders as antique and artist-made hand-beaded Native American bags and photo frames, African headdresses, and gorgeous flowers; large 3D paper wall circus and fairytale-inspired dioramas; a Victorian taxidermy miniature horse; a replica of a British canal boat with authentic folk-art hand-painted accessories; and many other delights too numerous to mention.
I feel incredibly honored to be represented in this museum, with 11 of my one-of-a-kind assemblage sculptures spread out amongst three different displays.
Museum of Whimsy, 1215 Duane Street, Astoria, Oregon, 97103, phone: 425-417-6512.
Open Friday through Monday, 11AM - 5PM, with a $10 admission charge. However, it is best to contact the museum directly to verify this information before visiting.
The Museum's website is: http://www.museumofwhimsy.com/
The Museum is on Instagram at: museumofwhimsyastoria
I hope you're able to make it to this museum and enjoy it as much as I did!
Photo of me outside the Museum on opening day, June 25, 2016.
My assemblage sculptures that are all part of a whimsical tea party table display:
Below is the Admiral Dewey Parade Display, in which 5 of my assemblage pieces are parade participants:
"Patriotic Pup," "The General," and "At the Zoo"
Below are my two cats, "Wilhelmina VandeMew" (stretching) and "Sakura" (sitting) who are relaxing by the arts and crafts tiled fireplace on the 2nd floor of the museum:
My husband and daughter enjoying the pre-opening reception of the museum June 24:
8/8/2016 10:11:39 am
This is incredible! I loved seeing the pieces in their homes! Congratulations, what a thrill!!!
8/8/2016 10:47:44 am
Thanks Megan! Yes, it was wonderful for me to see my creations within their displays and also to see the museum environment which is just exceptional!! So many great artifacts and art treasures. I could have spent days looking at all the details.
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I am 61 years old, a wife of 30 years, a mother of a wonderful and independent 23-year-old daughter, a clinical psychologist who treats adults in private practice, and last, but definitely not least, an artist. Whew! That was a mouth full. My passion is creating one-of-a-kind whimsical sculptural animals, dolls, and cake toppers (with a little multi-media collage thrown in for good measure). I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I enjoy making them!