A new feature for this year’s Tour is the Museum at the Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters between Eagle and Palmyra. Located 5 miles East of Palmyra on state Hwy 59, the Natural History Museum is another undiscovered gem in the South Kettle Moraine. It’s the trail head for six self-guided family friendly nature trails that highlight unique land formations. A 20-minute video, Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, is shown in the auditorium by request, and a number of paintings of historical events by local artist Helen Wehler are permanently on display.
One of the things that makes this museum special are the beautifully painted dioramas that surround and enfold many of the exhibits. These works of art were painted by nationally recognized wildlife artist, Robert Frankowiak, who passed away this past February. If you’ve ever been to the Milwaukee Public Museum, and looked at any of the large dioramas, then you’ve probably seen Bob’s work, it’s bigger than life. Bob often came to the Tour, so we are very honored to be able to present his work as a feature of the 2017 Kettle Moraine Studio Tour. Original prints and paintings by Frankowiak will also be available at the Forest Headquarters during the weekend of the Tour.