Celebrate the working past at the Grohmann Museum’s Lost Arts Festival. The museum hosts its ninth annual festival celebrating the activities and ways of work captured in the paintings and bronzes in its permanent collection. Artisans will share their expertise and demonstrate their techniques as the museum and its surroundings become a laboratory for the creation of “Lost Arts.” It is a fun and affordable family activity and gives visitors the opportunity to see some of the lost arts of the past.  

The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 1000 N. Broadway.  

Visitors will enjoy live music by Frogwater (12-3 p.m.) and watching demonstrations by:

  • Bryan Berenson - wood and stone sculptor
  • Marv Bollman - woodturning
  • Rochelle Hagen - spinning wheel
  • Gary Hess - cooperage (barrel making)
  • Kent Knapp & Family - Milwaukee Blacksmith
  • Stuart Leopold - watercolor painting
  • Susan Leopold - weaving (table loom)
  • Nate Mortensen – luthier (guitar making)
  • Jeff Selchow and Ron Zima- woodturning
  • Mary Spencer - glasswork
  • Scott Sullivan - artisanal axe restoration
  • Luke & Dev Traver - shoe carving
  • Jean Warren - cream city rug hooking
  • Grohmann Museum Master Painters:
    • Sue Gauthier
    • Nancy Northey
    • John Peine
    • Jo Weber  

Regular museum admission applies: $5 adults; $3 students and seniors; free for children under 12 and MSOE students, faculty, staff and alumni (with I.D.).  

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,300 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,800 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.