The Corn Palace (Mitchell)

Destination #5: North and South Dakota

Every guide book said that the Corn Palace was an absolutely do not miss, so we couldn't wait to get there.  When we arrived, we checked out the outside of the building which is a collection of mosaics of various scenes made from different shades of dried corn kernels. The mosaics we saw all had a cowboy and rodeo theme but we found out that every year the designs change.   After all the kernels are painstakingly … [Read more...]

Museum of Glass (Tacoma)

Washington and Oregon

Wow, we Learned all about how glass is created and crafted into things we use every day and incredible artwork at the Museum of Glass.  After venturing inside the cone shaped building we took seats in the amphitheater around 3 hot kilns and watched as artisans blew incredible shapes. The sand was melted into a blob on a metal rod and then put into the fire. It was blown and shaped and reworked a couple of times. It … [Read more...]

Old Town Albuquerque (Albuquerque)

Old Town Albuquerque

Old Town Albuquerque is just a great place to walk around and explore. There are tons of nifty shops with all kinds of handicrafts made by local artisans.  One item we became obsessed with on our trip were "fetishes".  These are little animals carved out of stone or natural substances like horn or bone.  They are carved by Native American artisans of the various local tribes like the Zuni or the Navajo. … [Read more...]

Tinkertown (Sandia Crest)

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado

Wow, I am not sure there are even words to describe Tinkertown, except VISUAL OVERLOAD. While this place has nothing to do with Tinker Toys, the website describes it as a folk art environment…I think that’s a pretty accurate description. It took Ross Ward over 40 years to collect, carve and construct all that you see—miniature scenes, whimsical displays, and eccentric collections of Americana that pack every … [Read more...]