Sculpted by nature at Chippewa Nature Center

Sculpted by nature at Chippewa Nature Center

On June 30, the Chippewa Nature Center welcomed the Midland community to a new exhibit called “Forged: Sculpted By Nature.” The event unveiled three metal sculptures that celebrate the diversity and beauty of Michigan’s flora and fauna.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with all of these creative members of our community to present something truly unique, special and authentic to our region,” said Jennifer Kanyo, Sr. Director of Museums & Education at Midland Center for the Arts.

Those attending the opening had the exciting opportunity to meet the artists and smiths, participate in hands-on metalworking and metal science activities, and enjoy activities designed especially for children and families. It was a day of creativity and fun for everyone.

The sculptures are currently on display in the CNC Visitor Center Wildflower Walkway. The exhibit will remain open through September 28, allowing visitors to see how they change throughout the season.

“I hope you all keep coming back and see how the sculptures change over time and really celebrate what makes us unique in Midland,” Kanyo says.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Midland Center for the ArtsCNC, the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild/Steve Anderson School of Blacksmithing (the Guild) and local artists.

The Swinging Deer by Max Carey Blacksmith Guild: The Max Carey Blacksmith Guildthe largest north of Detroit, has a rich history in Midland, inspired by the Orville Carey Blacksmith Shop. Their sculpture, “The Rocking Deer,” is designed to help children of all ages enjoy the Michigan outdoors.

Misty BarronThe Swinging Deer by Max Carey Blacksmith Guild
Frog and Toad Stool by Jordan Walmsley: Walmsley, a lifelong Midland resident, combines his love of history and art through various crafts including blacksmithing, basket weaving, bowl turning and bird carving. Primarily a woodworker, he draws inspiration from nature and history, using the materials as a guide for his designs. Frog & Toad Stool marks his return to metalworking and showcases his diverse artistic talents.

Misty BarronMushroom by Jordan Walmsley
In the Run of Annie Stout: Annie Stout, a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer, is the owner of Paper Heart Design Co. in Midland. She is also an active committee member for Public Arts Midland and co-chair of the Art Seen Festival. Stout’s work “In the Run” depicts water and fish, two elements dear to her. The image captures the essence of shared moments in nature that tie into her cherished family fishing tradition, which spans generations.

Misty BarronIn Flight by Annie Stout
Chippewa Nature Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect people with nature through educational, recreational, and cultural experiences. You can enjoy free access to 19 miles of trails every day from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year. The visitor center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and select holidays. For more information, visit

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