Memphis is lucky enough to have the only ornamental metal museum around. It's a fascinating place, with blacksmiths at work, a lovely small museum, a wonderful gift show, and an utterly fascinating main gate with scores of rosettes made by the many blacksmiths and metal artists who have passed through over the years. Each one is a tiny work of art, and I always spend some time lost in the magic of it when I visit.
The grounds are dotted with sculptures and other metalwork, including the gazebo above, and the view of the river, and the wide bend it goes into just south of the city, is the nicest around.
I spend an afternoon drawing down there this week and am dying to go back and do more. It's a stunning place.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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