Midwestern views - page 7

Muffler Jackie’s shiner

While trying to find the Hubcap House in Peoria (sadly, it is gone)… I spied an infamous bikini-clad Muffler Jackie at the Plaza Tire Company.  Despite her fresh paint, she is looking beat.  

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First stop, Fred Francis’ Woodland Palace

Ahhhh…it’s good to be back on the road for a long stretch.  I headed out this morning from home, with a few “upgrades” in my arsenal of road trip necessities.  Although purists might deride the GPS experience, I do have to say that it is mighty…

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Mo and the Giant Cap Gun

Mo, our fearless gallery guru, shared this find with me, from the West Bottom in Kansas City…. Mo here. I’ve been talking about the World’s Smallest Version of the World’s Largest Cap Gun for two months, but I never saw the big one until today!…

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Kansas City Star review of the Rare Visions, Detour Art show

Belger Arts presents works collected from folks along the ‘Detour’ route By SARAH MOTE Special to The Star Mike Murphy, one of the show’s co-curators, is seen here with Ruby Williams, an artist from Plant City, Fla. Inez Marshall broke her back in a truck…

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Loi Vo’s chrome bumper creations in Lincoln

Loi Vo makes great art from chrome bumpers, that can be seen throughout Lincoln, Nebraska.  Loi hails from Vietnam, and works  at Lincoln Industries, a chrome plating company whose clients include Harley Davidson.  When the gang from Harley saw the motorcycle viking woman, they had…

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Crazy about Glore

The Lunatic Box The patient had to remain standing until he or she became calm.  This may have taken days… Glore Psychiatric Museum 3408 Frederick Avenue St. Joseph, Missouri (You know I had to say that…)  Not far from home is a well-kept secret of…

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Dennis Clark – amazing maps of imaginary worlds

It is hard to really understand the maps of Dennis Clark without seeing them in person.  With a magnifying glass.  Really, really close up.  I had the great pleasure of meeting Dennis at the opening of the Rare Visions, Detour Art show, and was completely…

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We HEART Kohler!

Hartman Historical Rock Garden—H. G. “Ben” Hartman 1905 Russell Avenue at McCain Springfield, OH Built: 1932-1939 McGinn: Hartman Rock Garden to crumble no more The local folk-art landmark will be completely restored by a Wisconsin foundation By Andrew McGinn  Staff Writer Updated 8:40 PM Thursday,…

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Rare Visions, Detour Art on the radio!

Belger Arts Center Presents Large-Scale Folk-Art Show An exhibition, “Rare Visions – Detour Art,” at the Belger Arts Center pays tribute to outsider art, works by self-taught artists that aren’t often viewed in museums and galleries.  by Laura Spencer An exhibition at the Belger Arts Center pays tribute…

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Mike and Mo talk about the Rare Visions, Detour Art show

KCUR’s Walt Bodine Show 3/26/2009 (click here) (this show is 1 hour long) Folk Art Talk with “Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations” ©“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations,” is a popular, Kansas City-based television program featured on public television. The program has taken viewers across the country…

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