Madison Road Trip

Get out of the house!


Folk Art

Dickeyville Grotto

Like the Rudolph Grotto, the Dickeyville Grotto was built by a Catholic priest and his congregation. Though smaller than the Rudolph Grotto, it is just as ambitious and intricately decorated. Even the birdhouse has gotten a going-over. Unlike other grottos,… Continue Reading →

Rudolph Grotto Gardens (and “Wonder Cave”)

The Rudolph Grotto was clearly been built as a labor of love. Every bit of its extensive grounds are lovingly decorated. The grotto was built by Father Philip Wagner, who promised the Virgin Mary he would build a shrine if… Continue Reading →

Fred Smith’s Concrete Park

Fred Smith, like so many folk artists, was bitten by the creative bug late in life. But he certainly made up for lost time, creating his park of 230 concrete figures. Pieces include “portraits” of friends and neighbors, famous figures… Continue Reading →

Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden

The Prairie Moon Sculpture Garden is a clear sign that enthusiasm and talent are often two far different skills. It’s nice to have both, but enthusiasm will at least product a large (if perplexing) body of work. The Garden is… Continue Reading →


Some people read when they are laid up with an injury. Others start a novel, watch tv or call their friends to moan. Not Nicholas Chauvin. Laid up from farming with an ankle injury, he started decorating his land with… Continue Reading →

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The first time we visited the JMKAC, a docent ran up and asked if I had seen the men’s room yet. An odd question to ask anyone, especially a woman. When I confessed that somehow I had missed it, she… Continue Reading →