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    Garden of Isis - Inside the Florence Deeble House

    by basstbn Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    As a child, Florence Deeble watched S.P. Dinsmoor create his iconic Garden of Eden. She was inspired (as an adult) to re-create in her own backyard "concrete postcards" incorporating stones collected in her travels. Her home became property of Lucas' Grassroots Art Center. Entrance to the Deeble property is included with admission to the Grassroots Art Center.

    In 2002, Mri-Pilar (see www.grassrootsart.net/) arrived in Lucas and proposed turning the interior of Florence's home into a recycled art installation. The result was the Garden of Isis.

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    Florence's Rock Garden - Florence Deeble House

    by basstbn Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    As a child, Florence Deeble watched S.P. Dinsmoor create his iconic Garden of Eden. She was inspired (as an adult) to re-create in her own backyard "concrete postcards" incorporating stones collected in her travels. Her home became property of Lucas' Grassroots Art Center. Entrance to the Deeble property is included with admission to the Grassroots Art Center.

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    American Fork Art

    by basstbn Written Nov 24, 2009
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    I must confess that I have forgotten the story behind the displays of fork art scattered around Lucas - just one of those crazy things that happen in a town full of creative, sometimes off-beat people, I guess. Of course this is a play on the term American Folk Art, and shows that this great little town so noted for its folk art simply does not take itself too seriously. Ya gotta love that!

    On one empty lot downtown, and who knows how many different places in town, you may discover fork art! Several examples are shown.

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    Grassroots Art Center

    by basstbn Updated Nov 5, 2009

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    The Garden of Eden garners a lot of publicity for this little town, but I found the Grassroots Art Center to be far more intriguing and colorful. It is located in three renovated 1897 postrock limestone buildings on Main Street.

    Being the only patrons of the center on our first visit in 2003, Nancy and I were treated to a wonderful personalized tour by Executive Director, Rosslyn Schultz, and found many items that "tickled our fancy." On our most recent visit (Oct 2009) we were accompanied by friends who found the museum to be unusual, but delightful.

    What is Grassroots Art? It almost defies definition, but some of the phrases used in literature supplied by the center include: "made by self-taught artists working outside the academic structure of fine art and beyond the cultural traditions of folk art"; "sometimes driven by a vision (grassroots artists) may work for many years creating an environment"; "with no rules to intimidate them, no one to tell them how it should be done, they create in a particularly uninhibited way."

    Please see my travelogues for the Grassroots Art Center, and if at all possible, try to see this unique attraction. I GIVE IT 5 STARS!!!

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    S.P. Dinsmoor's Garden of Eden

    by basstbn Updated Apr 27, 2007

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    On an otherwise quiet residential street in this north central Kansas prairie town sits one of the strangest attractions in the midwest - an assemblage of concrete and limestone sculptures known as The Garden of Eden.

    I think the description of this attraction found on the web site of The Center for Land Use Interpretation is helpful in understanding the Garden of Eden: "The sculptural park, now owned by Garden of Eden, Inc., is part Populist political commentary of the day, part Freemason symbolism, and part Christian preaching. It is an early remaining American example of what some people call 'visionary' environments."

    S.P. Dinsmoor was eccentric - brilliant, perhaps, a thinker ahead of his time, probably, but nonetheless eccentric (or just plain weird depending upon your point of view.) Upon retiring at the age of 64, he began creating this masterpiece.

    A number of additional photos are shown in my Garden of Eden Travelogs.

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    Grassroots Art Center

    by yooperprof Written Sep 10, 2006

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    Come inside for outsider art

    "Grassroots Arts" are those which are cultivated in the fervent creativity of non-traditional artists. Richard Dadd - the Victorian "Fairy" painter - was a grassroots artist. Grandma Moses was another. That eccentric old man down the street who makes sculptures out of beer cans is a third. Lucas - home of "The Garden of Eden," Samuel P. Dinsmoor's populist biblical fantasy in concrete, is a fitting home for the Kansas Grassroots Arts Center.

    One thing I learned here from the very friendly and helpful curator is that Kansas is a well-known center of Grassroots Art. In fact, it ranks third in the nation, behind only California and Wisconsin, in the number of major "grassroots sites" scattered around the highways and byways of the state. This may surprise some people, but as anyone here can attest, Kansans are a creative bunch of people, and not always able to express themselves in conventional ways.

    I was very impressed with the Center. It presents the work of a number of different artists from throughout the State, in a professional manner that respects the work and displays it tastefully. I noticed that a travelling Smithsonian exhibit on regional art was coming to the Center later in the year.

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    Flying Pig Studio and Gallery

    by basstbn Written Nov 2, 2009
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    Enjoy the fanciful and superbly creative works of Eric Abraham; perhaps meet the artist himself. If he's not in, check with the folks down the street at the Grassroots Art Center who may have a key.

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