Look below! This is John Deere--not the type of John Deere you expect from me, but I thought it was very interesting, so I decided to share it with you. Scroll through the photos below, then I will tell you a little about what's going on here.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (ESV) (Hebrews 10:23-25)




This sculpture art by Tony Feher (1956-2016) is part of the Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collection. This beautiful glass, galvanized steel wire and chrome-plated steel hanging sculpture, was a gift of the Tony Feher Estate. My grandma used to have a collection of colored glass pieces like this, so it reflects good memories of my younger days.


Transmission Housing

RSC-Valve Housing-1961

Press Brake-1961

Tractor Seat--1961

Combine Platform-1961

Grinding Shaft Tool-1961

Six Cylinder Engine-1961

Below: There was another temporary exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center February and March, 2020. More unique art! This collection, scattered throughout the building, was the work of Scottish sculpture artist, Karla Black. Her work is made out of unlikely art material such as inexpensive paper, cellophane, glitter, plaster, and the list goes on and on.

Just when I thought I had seen everything John Deere! Imagine my excitement when I found out Hedda Sterne's "Imagination and Machine" would be a guest exhibit at the Des Moines Art Center (January-April, 2020.) For the July, 1961 issue, Fortune magazine commissioned Romanian born artist, Hedda Sterne, (1910-2011) to paint a John Deere picture story depicting the industrial impact on the era. The magazine did not put restrictions on Mrs. Stone. They sent her to tour the plant and gave her the freedom and flexibility to paint the story as she saw fit. To everyone's surprise, she decided to tell the story from the inside-out-- that means--not how the machines looked--but how they worked. Hedda had already established herself as an abstract expressionist and combined that with her skills in surrealism to be the perfect fit for the assignment. And still there is frosting on the cake! Four of the paintings she chose mixed media on heavy paper and the other three oil, spray aeresol paint (new to the era) and oil on canvas. Throughout the years, I have seen a lot of temporary exhibits at the Des Moines Art Center--but the farmer in me--probably makes "Imagination and Machine" my  pick of the litter!

My View for the Month: I like to take you places where you may not ordinarily go or show you things you may not have seen. I think this month's photo story fits the bill. We are going to visit the Des Moines Art Center where I am featuring work of three artists from different parts of the world with different backgrounds and areas of interest. For example, Mrs. Sterne's John Deere art depicts the inside working of these beautiful machines. If you are not a John Deere lover, a gearhead or a tractor freak, you will probably say--"so what?"  That was my initial reaction when I saw the Karla Black exhibit--"so what?" Then, when I discovered how she put together common and probably otherwise discarded objects in such an interesting way, I knew I had to share them with you. However, I really couldn't get too interested, but the man and wife ahead of me were giving each piece a rave review. I guess that proves beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! You know--"DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS."