Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Flying Pig Gallery & Greenspace (Revised Post)

One of the most unique and interesting shops I've
***************ever been in is THE FLYING PIG GALLERY & GREENSPACE in Algoma, Wisconsin. We pass it on our way to and from Door County.
I'm excited to be able to share the creative works of creative people in the multitude of photos I've amassed here.
I took the words in quotes from a Flying Pig brochure.
Click on images to enlarge them.

The artists behind this out-of-the-ordinary gallery have gone to great lengths, heights and perspectives to amuse us.

The ladies rest room is delightfully decorated with these fun to read quotes.

You can click on these photos to enlarge them.

I love this one: I always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific.

Please enlarge the photo below. The number of objects used to create this flying pig is amazing. To be honest, I didn't realize it was a representation of a flying pig until I was looking at this photo yesterday.

"Carvings, stoneware and metal-craft share a well-controlled chaotic presentation along with
assemblage, jewelry, pottery, recycled art, paintings and concrete sculpture~an endless list of possible creative materials."

I love all the color!

"It is the owners' mission to bring an amusing, inspiring and educational peek at art and gardens."

Colleen LaBrosse's art work bothers me but I found her story interesting. I've removed many photos of her work from my original post because I they made me uncomfortable and I feared they would affect you the same way.


Besides being an orthodontist's nightmare, who would want this horrible representation in their home?

"The Flying Pig's architecture embraces the use of passive solar and geothermal energies surrounded by a vernacular feedmill design."

(Remember, you can click on the photos to enlarge them).

"Our 4000 sq. ft. exhibit space and outdoor garden gallery invite you to uncover the humble beginnings of the untrained artisan, colorful, bold canvases of contemporary art, the innate missive of the visionary artist and brassy vibrations of the outsider style."

"Natural daylight, a sun drenched greenspace, cooling lake winds, balconies, a cupola and reclaimed building materials provide for a stunning meld of interior and exterior spaces."

When you think you've seen it all, you turn another corner and are amazed by another uncommon art form.

How weird is this eyeball? That dude in the corner is another one-of-a-kind piece of work.

What a unique display of all those annoying warning tags we find on items we buy!

I'm sure you've noticed that unusually decorated chairs like this are rampant throughout the gallery.

I like them.

In the right location, these chairs would definitely be interesting conversation pieces.

"The Flying Pig Gallery & Greenspace is set along the uncluttered Lake Michigan shore in Kewaunee County."
Kewaunee County is the next county southwest of Door County.

Hmmm. Me thinks this evokes food for thought?

This couple gets around! He's a farmer through and through, carrying that cotton-picking pitchfork wherever he goes.

Browsing and shopping opportunities are as follows:

"Open daily 9-6 May-Oct.
Open 10-5 Fri.-Mon., Nov.-April

"Visit for special exhibits, music and events."

Last year during our visit here, I bought an unusual bracelet made from a bicycle chain.

"Sip a rich cappuccino or cool iced latte as you browse an extensive selection of hard-to-find plants, artisan crafted sculpture and landscape art. A wetland pond captures the imagination as it flows through a moat, rock falls and a stream."

The gallery is
"2 miles south of Algoma
N6975 State Hwy 42
Algoma, WI 54201"

We purchased a jar candle from the top shelf of this display.

The Flying Pig was our last stop before we left Door County for home.
After the adventure of roaming inside the gallery, we reluctantly climbed into our truck. As we drove home, we savored the many memories we had accumulated over the weekend. We look forward to February when we plan to do it all over again.


Rob said...

Frisbeetarianism = awesome :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I so want to live and work there!

What an eclectic free-for-all! My mind is still spinning; there is so much creativity in each one of these pieces.

I will have to revisit frequently to soak it all in.


The cow artworks are so charming!
Have a wonderful day Shaddy!!

Sarah said...

I love this place!! I see I need to go back, I missed so much of what was inside!! WOW! That's ok, road trip!!! YAY!!!

Mary Anne Gruen said...

These are some of the best pictures of all - and that's saying something!

In honor of your great blog and all its wonderful stories, I've given you the Honest Scrap Award over at Weird name, nice sentiment.

Don't worry if you don't have time to do the whole award thingy. Just know your work is appreciated.

Shaddy said...

Rob: Pretty funny, alright.

darksculptures: I agree. Too much for the senses to take in at one time.

Lenore: What did you think of the flying pig collage on the wall? That thing must weigh a ton.

Sarah: I posted a photo of the garden ornament you used on your blog but when I was trying to get rid of some of the BIG spaces between my photos, I accidentally deleted it. Shoot! I'll try to remember to e-mail it to your just for the fun of it. I hope your birthday was enjoyable.

Mary Anne: I'm glad you enjoyed all these photos. You won't see galleries like this on every corner, that's for sure.

Thank your for the award; you made my day.

Linda Yezak said...

I went through and caught everything I missed since your woodpecker post--and had a blast! What a fun trip you had! MSB and I are heading out to the Texas Hill Country at the end of the month, and I hope to take a cue from you in posting our adventures. I've enjoyed your pictures and stories.

Shaddy said...

Linda: I look forward to hearing about your upcoming trip.

Anonymous said...

Shaddy - we enjoyed your blog post about our gallery.Tthank you! We feel we should hire you as our marketer!

For those of your followers that would like to follow along with our acitivy and changeovers we have a blog at and are also on Facebook if you look up The Flying Pig, LLC.

Please say 'Hi' when you visit again!

Susan Connor and Robyn Mulhaney

Shaddy said...

SJC: I'm honored that you stopped in here and that you enjoyed your visit. I will definitely say "HI" when we visit in February.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Lovely photos! They pulled me right into your vacation adventure. I've always wanted to go to a Yellowstone Park. My kids would love it.

coolie said...

What? My work makes you uncomfortable??? Muahahahahaha!
Colleen (Coolie) LaBrosse

P.S. The "orthodontist's nightmare" isn't my work.