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Folk Art

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 →

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 →

West Street Sculpture Park

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Galena on West Street (unsurprisingly), is the West Street Sculpture Park. Artist and blacksmith John Martinson has covered his property with large-scale sculptures. The park is open to the public and you are… Continue Reading →

Spectacular Sculpture

Spectacular Sculpture is one of the rarest of the rare – a magical, hidden, road-trip location tucked off the beaten track. Paul Bobrowitz has been making found art metal sculpture as a hobby since the late 80s. His property is… Continue Reading →

Kettle Moraine Natural Area/Ice Age Trail & Monches Area

Pick up trails for the Kettle Moraine Natural Area and the Ice Age Trail in a parking lot off of Highway K outside of the tiny community of Monches. The trails are piney and pleasant, winding a bit and with… Continue Reading →

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

“Museum” is a bit of a grand title for the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. This small building houses one large room for changing exhibits and a small gift shop. The quality of quilts displayed are varied –… Continue Reading →

Mary Nohl’s House

Artist Mary Nohl has an out-sized reputation in Wisconsin. Lauded as an “outsider artist”, despite her Art Institute of Chicago degree, she has been demonized, vandalized, lauded and mocked. After her death, Nohl’s collection of whimsical yard art became the… Continue Reading →

Jurustic Park

What better way to spend your retirement than making massive, clever and whimsical sculptures for your yard? Clyde and Nancy Wynia have turned their property into an “efforts of amateur paleontologist [to]…excavate and recreate as best as possible the now… Continue Reading →

Matilda and Paul Wegner Grotto

Paul and Matilda Wegner, immigrants from Germany, were so deeply impressed by the Dickeyville Grotto that they decided to create their own installations. From the late 1920s to mid-30s, they decorated the yard of the farm with wondrous creations –… Continue Reading →

Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron

Dr Evermor’s Forevertron is the world’s largest junk sculpture. It’s creator, Tom Every, a retired demolition expert, created The Forevertron to launch himself into the heavens. The Forevetron looms over the scrap metal yard, both delicate and massive. Parts include… Continue Reading →

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