Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

One definition of rural art September 3, 2014

WHEN YOU THINK ART, you likely think of a studio artist creating a work of art via paint or ink or some other media.

 

Dan and Pam Larson of Rice, Minnesota, craft these gigantic crayons from poplar wood. For the past six years, the couple has traveled to flea markets around the country peddling their popular crayons. They make 20,000 - 25,000 of these crayons annually.

Dan and Pam Larson of Rice, Minnesota, (their home in the warm months) craft these gigantic crayons from poplar wood and three crayons per crayon. For the past six years, the couple has traveled to flea markets around the country peddling their popular crayons. Last weekend they were at a flea market in rural Dundas. They make 20,000 – 25,000 of these crayons annually. I consider their rustic crayons to be works of art as much as tools of art.

 

But I think beyond the expected.

 

Art, Massey F emblem

 

I also see art in other places, like on the front end of a tractor. Emblems, while identifying a tractor brand, are also art. Rural art.

Here’s some rural art I photographed at the recent Rice County Steam & Gas Engines Show in rural Dundas, Minnesota:

 

Art, cupola

 

Art, John Deere emblem

 

Art, IH emblem and grill

 

Art, NFO sign

 

Art, IH

 

Art, Minneapolis Moline

 

Art, Ferguson

 

Art, Farmall homemade sign

 

Art, John Deere pick-up

 

 

Art, overall flea market finds

 

 

Art, milk shake sign

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