Wow! The John Michael Kohler Arts Center really was outstanding. I enjoyed a wonderful tour by Karen Kancius, Chief Development Officer. With my friend and Milwaukee guide Ben Starks, the three of us took in the most recent exhibits and treasures. I had no idea that restrooms could be such amazing visual statements, but with Kohler a significant patron of the arts and sponsoring artists in residence regularly, they have some genuine creative genius showcased.
While I wasn’t able to photograph any of the exhibits inside the museum, (the usual red tape and conservation guidelines applied), I can say it is worth the trip to see the folk art house that is housed in its three-room entirety, the collection of miniature art crafted inside bottles (yes, and I’ve no clue how they did it!), and the many other changing exhibits presented. I was able to snap some of the outdoor art and was thrilled to find a chair and a couple of concrete umbrellas!
Kohler itself is an impressive facility. I stayed at the American Club in the Village of Kohler. I did take a factory tour and have a new appreciation for all parts of the bath, but particularly spa tubs as each is completely turned on and tested before being released. It was fascinating to see the other things that Kohler makes for the automotive industry and more. It was also refreshing to see an environment in which employees are well cared for and tend to stay for literally decades. Rare in this age of constant moving and job hopping.
I did indulge in the Shops of Kohler when I located a Baker Furniture Outlet Store and located four chairs well below my designer cost – of course shipping isn’t an inexpensive option, but it still was a heck of a deal. Now I will be ready for dinner parties for six and have more generous seating options in my living room.
Travel well and beautifully,