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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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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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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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