Boyer Museum of Animated Carvings
Paul Boyer lost a leg when he was 35 years old. He needed something to do, had always been mechanically creative, and started carving. For many years, he has made fascinating mechanical creations with tiny mechanisms to make them move. The mechanisms are as beautiful as the sculptures and many of the sculptures are funny. I particularly like the ones with hillbillies.
The Boyer Gallery was closed for two years, just before I learned about Paul’s art, and I had previously only seen one of his creations at the Grassroots Art Center. But the art gallery reopened in 2007 and I was delighted to finally see Paul Boyer’s art in person. You really have to watch the pieces move and listen to them to appreciate Paul Boyer’s work.
The main gallery has many pieces on display. Each case has a button which you can push to operate the animated sculpture. The smaller front gallery includes photos of some of Paul’s earlier large creations including vehicles which his children rode. There are paintings by Paul Boyer and his daughter Candy. A very few works (including animated sculpture) are available for sale.
Paul’s daughters reopened the museum in May of 2007. They love their father and his work and they are a hoot to talk with. Paul may be at the Boyer Gallery when you visit. There is a place for him to rest between groups visiting the gallery.
Admission to the Boyer Gallery is $5. Cheap!