Artists Peter Flanary and Sandra Peterson live just outside Mineral Point on the road leading to Darlington. Maybe you’ve seen a sculpture or two peeking out over their unique rock fence as you fly by on hwy 23.
If you’ve ever wondered what lies beyond the rock fence, then you should stop here this weekend — during the Fall Art Tour.
The first thing you’ll notice is the house itself. It’s a work of art – converted by Peter from what was once a community center.
To the left of the house is a former church, now Sandee’s studio and gallery.
Sandee’s work has been displayed in galleries throughout the Midwest, but her paintings seem most at home here, with the high ceilings, light streaming in through stained glass windows, and the pleasing smell of oil paint.
His large public installations can be found all over Wisconsin and beyond, like this one in Milwaukee, called “The Bridge.”
Peter’s smaller pieces are an eye-catching, year-round addition to any garden.
He also makes sundials.
He has smaller pieces suitable for indoors.
The Fall Art Tour is a chance to see Peter’s studio/foundry, where he does all sorts of complicated things to create shapes out of granite, rocks, concrete and metal. Here he shows a changeable mold he made for pouring concrete.
You’ll also see other projects he’s working on – like the restoration of this 1960’s Volvo with his son.
In the Flanary/Peterson world, even the most mundane objects become works of art, like their chicken coop . . .
The Flanary/Peterson homestead is one of many interesting stops on the Fall Art Tour, which runs from 10-6 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 18, 19 and 20, 2013.
– Contributed by the Hays