Several weeks ago I was investing time in Facebook and happened upon a post by Massachusettes artist Sara Desjardins. I'm kind of weak for vultures and I fell in love with her needle felted Gryphon Vulture.
I named him Valentino and he's about 8 x 11 and here are a couple of close up photos to show you more detail.
The detail on him is amazing and yesterday I was able to pick him up from the framer.
If you are in the Richmond, VA area I highly recommend Beveled Edge in Innsbrook. I use Steve for everything. It costs a kidney to get something framed but he knows exactly how to really make a piece special.
I have him hanging in a temproary location right now but soon everything is going to get moved around so that he has one of the primo spots in the house. I want all of my guests to be greeted by Valentino when they come to visit.
Back to the trip with Mom.
As we travel from her house to Martinsville we go through South Boston, VA. The only time I ever go there is when I am going to Martinsville so I wanted to take a brief detour to see the 10 acre Bob Cage Sculpture Garden one more time.
This is just another example of big gem in the middle of nowhere.
Bob Cage was a famous tobacco auctioneer. In his free time he played tennis at a competitive level and did folk art sculpture. He passed 2 years ago and you can read a great article about him here. Following are some of the photos that I took and you can see more in this Flickr Gallery. If you are every in South Boston, VA, please go check this out. You can't wander among the sculptures but you can park on the road side and walk up and down the edge of the gardens.
This one looks like a display of football pads and I'm pretty sure it's made from urinals!
Dinosaurs in a sculpture garden are a must!
Most of the sculptures are abstract like these 2.
This is one of my favorites.
This one, by far, is the creepiest. But then any kind of art with faces creeps me out.
The bird is my favorite and notice how huge it is in comparison to the urinal sculpture from the first photo.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.