Art-Environment Builders

Levi Fisher Ames

A prolific wood-carver and animated storyteller, Ames hand carved his own impressive menagerie of over 600 animals.

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Mary Nohl

In and around her cottage on the Lake Michigan shore, Nohl created a vivid, multidimensional environment.

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Emery Blagdon

Blagdon worked for nearly thirty years on sculptures and paintings he described as “Healing Machines.”

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David Butler

Butler brought a garden of color, form, and motion into being in the front yard of his home in Louisiana, which was based on images that appeared in his dreams.

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Tom Every

Every has created a sculptural environment of grandiose proportions.

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Stella Waitzkin

Waitzkin was an artist whose saga includes years of mingling with American Abstract Expressionist painters, while living in Manhattan’s eccentric Chelsea Hotel. 

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Nick Engelbert

Engelbert was inspired to transform his property into his own version of a roadside attraction. He embellished the entire exterior of his farmhouse.

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Herman Rusch

Rusch transformed an old dance hall called the Prairie Moon Pavilion into a museum of natural phenomena, curios, unusual machines, and personal mementos.

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Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Von Bruenchenhein transformed his small home into a unique container for the thousands of works he made.

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Carl Peterson

Peterson transformed his garden into a wonderful fantasy land of animals, fountains, and birdbaths, creating an entire stone-embellished kingdom.

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James Tellen

Tellen created historic, religious, and mythic figures within the woods surrounding his family's summer cottage.

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