Midwestern views - page 6

Kaleva Bottle House and Joe McCuaig's art

Another art-filled day!  Once the sun broke through, we were treated with a wonderful view of the Kaleva Bottle House and visit with self-taught artist, Joe McCuaig.  Kaleva Bottle House—John Jacob Makinen, Sr. 1871-1942 14551 Wuoski Avenue Kaleva, Michigan Completed: 1941 (he died before he…

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Kaleva Bottle House and Joe McCuaig’s art

Another art-filled day!  Once the sun broke through, we were treated with a wonderful view of the Kaleva Bottle House and visit with self-taught artist, Joe McCuaig.  Kaleva Bottle House—John Jacob Makinen, Sr. 1871-1942 14551 Wuoski Avenue Kaleva, Michigan Completed: 1941 (he died before he…

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Tom and Melissa D’s grand art in Grand Rapids, MI

It started out sunny and nice, then turned to a cold rain, then back to sunny and nice.  Ahhh, springtime in the midwest.  After a rainy start at a small lakeside church for a soggy photo op, we headed to Grand Rapids, MI to meet…

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Finding the “lost” murals of Clarence “Charlie” Hewes

Today started a bit rough, as a migraine sidelined me while the guys headed on to see the trabajo rustico bridges of McCourtie Park.  Reports are that the 17 bridges are among the best that they have ever seen.  Be sure to read Randy’s blog…

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Milton Mizenberg and his Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art

Another great day.  The rains of the night before gave way to one of those perfect midwestern spring day, as we pulled up to on the south side of Chicago and self-taught sculptor Milton Mizenberg’s Oakland Museum of Contemporary Art.  An outdoor sculpture garden that…

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The Great Staffs of David Philpot (and Intuit)

The rest of the day was spent and the great intuitive and outsider art organization of Intuit.  Amanda arranged for us to meet outsider artist, David Philpot. David Philpot, carver 1940- Chicago, ILGuided by an unexplainable power, David Philpot began his staff carving one night…

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Stanley Szwarc’s Metalwork

After the “yogurt incident” and Holiday Inn Express, and the hunt for Starbucks, the day started with a visit to an metalworking artist that I have been hoping to meet for years, Stanley Szwarc.   Stanley Szwarc, Sculpture (metal) 1929- Lyon, IL Former accountant Stanley…

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With over a million toothpicks, Wayne Kusy’s fleet is spectacular

The guys from Rare Visions got to Chicago last night, and we headed out this morning in search of a few roadside attractions (dancing hot dogs on the roof of Super Dawgs and a 50% actual size replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in…

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Jack Barker’s Sculptures

Jack Barker c. 1934 333 North Merchant Street (shop is around the corner) Essex, ILJust six miles off Old Route 66 in Essex, Illinois, is the garage of Jack Barker, and his hundreds of welded sculptures.  This energetic and fun-loving 75-year old is one big…

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Jubilee Rock Garden

Jubilee Rock Garden—Bill Notzske US 150, in between Brimfield and Kickapoo, IL (12 miles west of Peoria) Brimfield, IL Created: 1930s Using rose quartz from Colorado, the Jubilee Rock Garden was by William Notzke as a pleasant setting for his Jubilee Dairy business.  An Art…

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