Friday, April 5, 2019

Friday favorites

One of the best parts of this year's BreyerWest was my visit to the the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum.
Founded in 2002, the Albany Carousel Project is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to restoring and rebuilding a 1909 Dentzel carousel. 
Eventually the carousel will include fifty two hand-carved and hand-painted animals.
During our visit, Jennifer Scott, Maggie Jenner-Bennett and I toured the downstairs sculpting workshop.
We saw animals in all stages of completion...
from barely started...
to almost ready for paint.
It was so interesting to compare the in progress pieces...
to their two dimensional inspiration...
and l loved getting a glimpse into the sculpting process.
The gray patch on this piece is Bondo. It seems some techniques are universal, regardless of scale!
We also talked to some of the sculptors...
and were delighted to learn that they use Breyers as anatomy references.
We also toured the painting room...
this rooster was eye-poppingly vibrant in person!...
and checked out the old museum pieces.
This horse is named Blonde. S/he was sculpted in 1905.
Of course, we also went for a ride on the carousel.
Maggie rode Quigga the Quagga,
Jenn rode Crunchy, the Shetland Pony Morgan...
and I rode Zeus, the Zebra.
There are no photos of me in the saddle, so here's a "through the ears" shot instead.
This is such a wonderful small museum. Should you ever find yourself in Albany, Oregon, be sure to stop in for a visit. I guarantee you'll be glad you went!


  1. Love Dentzel! In our area, we have the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, but I really prefer the Dentzel artists. I remember once, about 35 years ago we stumbled upon an art gallery with a short term feature of carousel horses. This was back in the 80s when the craze was on. They had some really amazing horses

  2. I want to go there. Maybe one day I can go to Breyerwest and stop there. Ah I need to start working again so I have money to do these things :)