Midwestern views - page 13

A Little Bit of Heaven…in Davenport, Iowa

(Photo at the entrance of the now dismantled garden) A Little Bit of Heaven—Bartlett Joshua “B.J.” Palmer  1881-1964   Folk art environment and rock garden Davenport, Iowa  |   dismantled in 1981, traces remain While running the risk of sounding like a broken record –…

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Ralph Lanning, a force to be reckoned with

“When I was 80, I had enough work to do for the next 10 years.  Now at 90, I have work lined up for 10 more years.  I don’t think God is going to take me before I finish.  I have work to do.”   Ralph Lanning, Republic,…

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New art in the house! Virgil Myers Ark finds a new Mt. Ararat

Even though the Slotin auction is going on today, and I promised myself to stay away from the flame, art still found me. Susan, Tina, and Nancy, (last names omitted to protect the innocent) members of the folk art group “The Art Tarts”, came by…

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M.T. Liggett's knee surgery

Just talked with MT, and his is doing fine after his double kneereplacement surgery last week. There was a bit of concern surroundingwhether or not to have them done at all, considering his heart health.But he came through with flying colors… He is in the…

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Ice Storm Aftermath at MT Liggett’s

M.T. Liggett  |  1930-  |  Mullinville, KS Metal sculpture environment  |  Created 1989-present That ice storm that hit southern Missouri was part of a wave of storms that moved through the Midwest for a week.  Although I wasn’t in Mullinville at the time, my dear…

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David Kontra — Blind Painter

David Kontra  |  1956-  |  Norwood, MO Paintings and music   I have heard a lot about David Kontra, the blind painter near Springfield, MO and drove a very foggy back roads route, replete with Amish horse and buggies moving surreally in and out of…

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Car trip tips…the winter version

This was one of those days that I should have known better, and still got lucky.  A few hours after this photo was taken, the southern part of Missouri and Northern Oklahoma was hit hard by an ice storm.  I tend to be rather “aware” when…

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Galamba Metals License Plate Fence

Galamba Metals  |  dates unknown  |  Sulphur Springs, AR Found object fence Just across the Kansas/Oklahoma border. a stone’s throw from the Stateline Liquor store, runs a license plate fence all along a scrap metal yard.  I had no idea that it was going to…

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Ernie Poe

Ernie Poe  |  dates unknown  |  Sharon Springs, KS Barbed wire sculptures Ernie Poe has strung and repaired a lot of barbed wire fence in his days as a rancher, and he can’t seem to leave the stuff alone.  When we visited Ernie, he was…

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Monument Rocks

Monument Rocks  |  Gove County, KS I have to say it…it looks like we aren’t in Kansas any more… but here we are in the middle of  the “Badlands” of Kansas, about 40 miles south of Oakley and east on a lot of chalky dirt…

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