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Ralph Lanning needs our help!

(Gretchen and Ralph Lanning in 2005) I just was forwarded this email that was sent to Randy Mason at Rare Visions & Roadside Revelations about Ralph Lanning in Republic, MO and hard times that have befallen he and his lovely wife, Gretchen (sent by Kellie…

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Robert E. Smith's mural in Springfield, MO

Robert E. Smith’s mural of Springfield, Missouri in downtown. Robert E. Smith (b. 1927) Springfield, MO Outsider Folk Artist, Painter It was just a quick roadtrip to Springfield, Missouri, just to get on the road and away from teh computer for a little while.  The remnants…

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Robert E. Smith’s mural in Springfield, MO

Robert E. Smith’s mural of Springfield, Missouri in downtown. Robert E. Smith (b. 1927) Springfield, MO Outsider Folk Artist, Painter It was just a quick roadtrip to Springfield, Missouri, just to get on the road and away from teh computer for a little while.  The remnants…

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CBS Sunday Morning Goes to Intuit

(from the Intuit newsletter) You can imagine our surprise when the phone call came from the producer of CBS Sunday Morning. A CBS crew filmed the Henry Darger Room Collection (HDRC) and Serena Altschul interviewed Lisa Stone, HDRC co-curator, and Kiyoko Lerner, Darger’s former landlord and…

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Rocks rocks rocks…The Molehill in Sauk Rapids and the Itasca Rock Garden in Albert Lea, MN

The Molehill, The Towers and Gardens of Antiquities and Louie’s Rock Garden Louis C. Wippich 1896-1973 Built 1949-1973 Private property, artist deceased Sauk Rapids, MN It was storming like crazy when I headed out to find the Molehill.  Luckily, the weather broke for about 20 minutes…

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Windmills, a stone house and demolition derby

Antique Windmills of the Earth Jasper, MN 1 mile north of Jasper on Hwy 24 Glance to the right as you are driving north on 24 and you will see a cluster of old windmills from all around the globe, from Brazil to Wichita, KS, in…

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Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose, SD

Porter Sculpture Park Wayne Porter Private property, open to the public Just outside Sioux Falls SD, it’s located directly next to I-90 at Exit 374.  Take Exit 374 off of I-90 and go 1/2 mile South Doug Weaver, my editor at Kansas City Star Books,…

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Jackalope – Mitchell, SD

Jackalope Open to the public 1601 S Burr St,  Mitchell, SD I-90 exit 332, then north on Hwy 37/Burr St. about a quarter-mile. On the right side, at the Thurnderbird Lodge. 605-996-6645 Weeelllll, I have a thing for Jackalopes, in fact my company logo features…

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Full of corn…The Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD

The Corn Palace Open to the public 604 N. Main Street Mitchell, SD 605-996-6223 http://www.cornpalace.org Finally, back on the road…life sometimes gets busy…and car trips become a luxury, both in time and gas dollars.  But, I find if I don’t “invest” in such seeming frivolities,…

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NPR on Backyard Folk Art

Backyard Folk Art Thrives In Michigan : NPR Source: www.npr.org From anywhere in Michigan, you’re only a day trip away from a Styrofoam, 13-foot scale model of Stonehenge. There’s also a menagerie of farm and circus animals constructed from car parts. We visit some of…

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