Saturday, July 22, 2017

Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Friday we drove over to to the Marshall M Frederick's Sculpture Museum which is on the Saginaw Valley State University campus.
There is free parking and the admission to the museum is free.  There is a small but very nice garden in front of the building with about a dozen of Frederick's sculpture mixed in along with some floral painting which fit in perfectly.
The museum itself is just a few rooms but they are packed with his work, enough that they remind you when taking picture please don't walk backwards because there is a very good chance that you will  bump into one of the sculptures.
Almost all of the exhibits inside are the original plaster castings that he had in his Birmingham studio the sculptures out side are copies made from these molds.

If you ever shopped at the old Northland Shopping Center then you will remember this one that was right in front of Hudson's

These are a few in the garden as you walk to the museum

Christ and the Children - At St John's Luther Church in Ft Wayne

Just about everything in the museum is white or a very light color so it was pretty hard trying to get picture with a lot of detail in them, but I tried.

Anybody from Detroit will recognize this guy, he looks better when he's wearing his RED WING jersey, which means they are in the play-offs.

(Mother and Child)
The plaster was made in 1942 right before he went off to war.  The Bronze was cast in 1965
and now stands at the entrance to Kingswood School at Cranbrook Educational Community, Birmingham, Michigan

There is much to see he here, it is well worth and hour or two of your time to visit if you are ever in the area.
We didn't realize how many of his pieces we had seen in your travels until we came here.
They are mostly through out the mid-west

Here is a condense view of some of the other works.

They have also moved most of his studio here

And this is how it's done

Thursday, July 20, 2017


We spent the morning walking around the Dow Gardens in Midland Michigan today.  I took way to many pictures to post individually.  A great way to spend a couple of hours. Entrance fee just $5.00 

I'm not sure what happens if you click on the large pictures?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Krider World's Fair Garden

Took a little drive over to Middlebury, Ind where they have the World's Fair Garden.  It's a small garden and doesn't take to long to walk through but it is also the middle parking spot for the Punpkinvine bicycle trail so we made it a twofer.

And now onto the Bike trail
There are restaurants,  stores and bathrooms  at both ends as well as bathrooms in the middle.
Total paved trail is about 12 miles

It passes through the Amish farms

Horse and buggy parked at the Dairy Queen along side the path

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wellfield Botanical Gardens , Elkhart,Ind

We stopped by Wellfield Gardens today in Elkhart Indiana.  This is one of the nicest gardens we've been to in years, not to big and not to small.  About an hour to an hour and a half to walk through and see everything.  There are sculptures throughout the gardens and many of them are some what hidden.
If you are in the area with some extra time this is worth the stop.

Click on a picture to enlarge.

On these wind chimes the longest pipe is about 12 foot

Cathy spotted this in a city park, they are about 35 feet tall

They have quilt gardens everywhere around here, even have a trail map for you to follow