A selection of great art environments from the American roadside: over the top, deeply personal and intensely creative
Emory Blagdon’s magnificent Healing Machines, as shown at the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wis.
If you took the cutoff from Highway 61 into Vicksburg, Miss., and had need of 1. sundries, 2. spiritual uplift or 3. a powerful folk-art environment, you could stop at Margaret’s Groceries. The Rev. H.D. Dennis, who encased the country store inside and out with his sculpture and fantastic architecture, would preach you a personal sermon while his wife Margaret stood ready to meet your earthly needs.
There are few views more stunning than the one W.C. Rice gave drivers on a back road near Prattville, Ala., northwest of Montgomery. His messages were uncompromising, his imagery frightening in its starkness.