Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Hey Channel 10 Auction art fans

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The Waukesha County Museum is hosting an exhibit of some of Owen Gromme’s work from the family’s personal collection.

Famed nature artist Owen Gromme was upset when his son wanted to buy his “Cedar Creek-Mallards” painting in 1955.

Owen Gromme was paying for half of his son’s college education and thought if he spent $400 for the painting, he could pay more for his own education.

Roy Gromme reminded his dad they agreed he could use his leftover money to buy anything he wanted, except a car. So Owen Gromme sold it to him, rather than the Janesville area mink farmer who asked him for it. Roy Gromme said it’s a special painting to him because it reminds him of a hiking trip with his dad.

“It held fond memories for me, plus I liked the picture,” Roy Gromme, now 78, said in a telephone interview from his Oconomowoc home.

That painting will be featured in “Owen Gromme: The 115th Birthday Exhibition,” which will be at the Waukesha County Museum starting today.

It features more than 30 family-owned works and numerous personal items that have never been publicly shown. The collection will not be exhibited again after the show ends in October.

Not exactly my taste in art but I know a number of you are out there sending those Gromme prints into overbids when Channel 10 has their auction. Here’s a chance to see some original Gromme paintings.

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