Tag archive for Illinois

Rockome…a little bit folk art environment, a little bit Amish theme park

Rockome Gardens – Arthur and Elizabeth Martin Created 1937-1958 Rock environment Arcola, ILAs far as environments go, Rockome Gardens and the rock work ranks right up at the top. Started in 1939, when Arthur and Elizabeth Martin dreamt to have the largest flower garden in…

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A telephone pole, Craftsman hatchet and a drawing…the art of D. Bill

Last month, when I was on my way to Chicago to meet the Rare Visions guys, I tried to find D. Bill, a telephone pole carver that I had heard of. They had interview D years ago, and I wasn’t even sure if he was…

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All in the name of “research”

With a new project in the near future, I decided to hop in the car and test out the GPS and iPhone. OK – I wasn’t too busy this weekend and decided to take a roadtrip, trying to avoid the storms, revisit old sites, see…

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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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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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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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