2013 Museum Exhibit
Things of Beauty: Decorative Arts
“Things of Beauty: Decorative Arts” is the focus of the 2013 Museum exhibit which opens Sunday, March 1 at The Museum in Grand Ledge at 118 W. Lincoln St. and runs until mid-December. The Museum is open each Sunday 2-4 p.m., festival days 12-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Featured in the exhibit are artistic artifacts including an 1845 handwoven coverlet, an 1890s watercolor of Sandstone Creek by Cliff Stark, a large collection of Grand Ledge Clay Folk Art and several special Grand Ledge Chair Company decorative chairs
Over 30 paintings by Grand Ledge artists from the 1800s to to the present are shown. The artists include Betty Jones with early Produce Company buildings, Carol Basso with Fitzgerald Park scenes, Rutgers Alexandere “Angles”, Sally LaFontzee “Poppies”, Tamara Harrod impressionist and “Jonas Sawdon” by nationally known Marilyn Bendell. Photographs of Grand Ledge by Marratt, Bill Gibbons and Ernst Floeter can be seen.
A variety of quilts from the 1800s to the 1986 sesquicentennial quilt by the Stitchery Guild are included along with weavings by Esther Alexander, Barbara Floeter and Nellie Floeter. See beautiful needlepoint, tatting and Bobbin Lace.
“Weary Willie”, the six foot handcarved Emmett Kelly clown by well-known woodcarver Burr Parker, handturned bowls by Bill Cushing and the bronze cast replica statue of “One World” by Agnes Russell McLean.
Beautiful clothing includes the wedding dresses of Hazel Sawdon, Jane Butterick and Lucy Robinson. We also feature a hand crocheted cjhild’s dress and ad c.1900 ballgown worn by Mary Campbell.
Many more items are featured in this exhibit.
The exhibit is open on Sundays between 2 and 4 p.m., and on festival days from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The museum is also open by appointment for tours for school groups and bus tours can be arranged by calling (517) 627-5170.