14 years of letting nature work its magic and always work in progress, our Prairie Garden is a delight. Drawing Butterflies in spring and into Summer. There is a winding path that bumps up against little pockets of surprises like the Lily Garden and the Daisey Garden. The Natural Grasses and Golden Rod fill in the landscape with wonderful color and texture year round. Many species of flowering plants can be found. They provide cover for our furry friends and there is always evidence of deer making their beds in our this wild prairie garden. Enjoy a stroll through the natural landscape when you are here. A wonderful addition to our property.
Sculptures through out the property in the garden grace the natural landscape. Some areas are more manicured than others adding a touch of refinement to each cabin. Local artist Megan Anzalone created most of the pieces. There are some by Bobbi Bishop a local benefactor to the area and creator of the Bishop Gardens and Educational center. She sponsors Lily Fest every July mid month. There are a few pieces by a personal friend and artist, Jenni Beard. You will find more than 30 pieces installed in the many gardens at Lake Logan properties by Cut Above Cabins.
Clay is particularly appropriate here in the Hocking Hills, as Logan has a clay manufacturing plant that has been making bricks, tile and other clay items for well over a 150 years.
More about Megan Anzalone by the artist herself............. "I am fascinated by what inspires artists, and how that inspiration influences their art. Just as the development of a child results from both nature and nurture, so too the development of an artist results from both environment (nature) and life experience (nurture).
One piece of the “environment” that has shaped my development as an artist is, quite simply, my geography. Because I live in Logan, I have had the unique opportunity since 2008 to work with clay pipe from Logan Clay Foundry. Since an artist often creates from nothing, to begin a sculpture with a pipe is an unexpected variation in process. This ability to start with sturdy height transformed the way I create sculptures. My sculptural pieces explore the relationship between the organic beginnings of the clay giving way to the machine-made extruded pipe, which is in turn stretched, bent, and transformed back into an organic form. The outdoor theme of my pieces harkens back to the outdoor nature of the clay body. My “life experience” teaching ceramics at Logan High School has led me to seek out hand built ceramics that are appealing and accessible to high school artists. Through this exploration, I have discovered a love for the endless possibilities of hand built ceramics for both their varied textures and their altered irregular forms. I am grateful for both the “nature” and the “nurture” of my journey as an artist. It is through these influences that I have been able to develop in unanticipated but enjoyable ways." ~ Megan Anzalone
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