Midwestern views - page 15

Around Sheboygan

Sheboygan is one of those towns that you keep expecting to hear Frank Capra yell “Cut!”  It is such a clean place, that they have 2 vacuum repair stores on the same block.  The signage is great, the breakfasts (and taverns) even better.  The Stephanie…

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Mystery Art Site

Driving back from James Tellen’s site to downtown Sheboygan, I had to stop, again, just to see this wall. We have no idea who lives here, but love the tableaus, and the concrete tree.  If you are trying to find this house, it is in…

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James Tellen's Woodland Sculpture Garden

James Tellen |  1880-1957  |  Black River, WI Concrete environment  |  Created 1942-1957  On our way to Milwaukee from Sheboygan, we had to stop by one of our favorite concrete gardens…the tour group was behind us, and the light was great! For most of his…

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Kohler Conference — Day Two

Sheboygan, WI The above video clip is a segment from the closing dinner, inspired by the environmental artists and was created by a group called “The Nana Projects” (Molly Ross and artists Annie Howe, Alison Heimstead, Elisabeth Roskos and Adam Krandle)  It was performed to…

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Kohler Conference — Day One

“Taking the Road Less Traveled: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists”co-hosted by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.An International Conference – September 27-30, 2007Sheboygan, WI Let’s just get this out of the way – The Kohler’s are visionary, self-taught, vernacular, your-term-here…

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Henry’s Sculpture Hill

Frank Jensen  |  1933 –  |  Augusta, KS Sculpture environment  |  creation dates unknown Just outside of the Flint Hills in Kansas, before you get to Wichita, there is the small town of Augusta.  Henry’s Sculpture Hill is the creation of Frank Jensen, who has…

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Folk Fest — “Detour Art” debut

Slotin’s Folk Fest  |  Norcross (North Atlanta), GA“World’s Largest Folk Art Show” Thanks to Steve and Amy Slotin, “Detour Art” had it’s big debut at Folk Fest in North Atlanta.   Every third weekend in August, over 100 galleries, dealers and artists descend upon this northeast…

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Boyer Museum—Mechanical carvings

Paul Boyer   |  1930-  |  Belleville, KS Mechanical sculptures  “It’s my birthday and I’ll drive if I want to…”  And so drove I did…although not that far from home. First stop (after a drive through the Flint Hills) was in Belleville, KS, the home of…

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Wegner Grotto

Paul and Matilda Wegner  |  Paul ?-1937 and Matilda ?-1942  |  near Cataract, WI Embellished concrete environment and grotto  |  Created 1929-1936 One of the more striking things I noticed on this particular road trip is how often I encountered other people at the grottos,…

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FAST — The Fiberglass Stature Factory

F.A.S.T.   |  Sparta, WI Signage company boneyard OK, it isn’t really a folk art environment, but there is something quite eerily interesting about this fiberglass graveyard.  This is where every miniature golf obstacle, dinosaurs, Big Boys, sharks and other oversized critters that you have seen…

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