See Creative Artwork at Ripley’s Believe It or Not

In college, I took a figure drawing class. Yes. It was the one where nude models pose and everyone giggles for the first half hour of the lesson. Myself included. Not the most creative artwork form, but challenging for me. What I learned from this course, besides that there are some people that I do not need to see naked, was that I lack any sort of drawing ability.

My canvas was littered with stick figures.

But then, I had some inspiration in the oddest of places, Ripleys Believe it or Not in San Antonio, Texas. Here artists make creative artwork using unique techniques. And I believe it.

I am creative, maybe I could make a masterpiece out of my laundry lint?

Ripley's Believe It or Not artwork

This replica of Boticelli’s “Birth of Venus” was created with a toaster and 66 pieces of ordinary white bread. I am certain it can be duplicated with the leftover fuzzies from my white and tan laundry.

Has Elvis ever looked so good? The King on the Wing was created by Enrique Ramos and made purely with butterfly wings. Not an ounce of paint.

Mr. Ramos is a very creative artowork type of guy, because he didn’t stop there. He went on to make a gum statue of Abraham Lincoln using only Chlorets. Not a good goal for someone with TMJ.

There was an impressive display of a dozen or so beautifully painted butterflies. Each depicted a different scene and the detail was flawless.

James Butman composed “Girl in a Bird’s Nest” with 5,000 postage stamps. It was part of his therapy for agoraphobia, the fear of public places. It is only one of his 22 postage collage art works purchased by Ripleys for $30,000.

After spending too many minutes contemplating the meaning of the artwork I saw, I needed to rest my mind and feet. The Cuban Eye Popper offered me a seat, which I graciously accepted.

My husband said we could be related.

Can you imagine making a creative artwork piece like the ones above? Which piece of artwork would you want in your home?

10 thoughts on “See Creative Artwork at Ripley’s Believe It or Not”

  1. Wow, I don't remember any of this from my last visit to Ripley's! I wonder if this is a new exhibit. Granted, it's been at least six years since I've been. I think it's time for a revisit!
    I've always been an art lover myself, and took art classes throughout high school. Now I enjoy doing spray paint art- not graffiti, though. I don't know if you've ever gone in to the city and seen those people who use paper as a canvas then spray it, light it on fire, create planets, shooting stars, cosmic landscapes etc. It's very relaxing!

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  2. My daughter will go gaga if she finds out we might go to Ripley’s. This is a very good side trip so the lil bundle of joy will enjoy our trip. We will be attending an 80th birthday party of an uncle in the gulf and maybe stay at one of the Corpus Christi Hotels on the Beach. After the family stuff, we will try to hop to Houston, Austin, and Dallas and try to discover most of Texas.

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  3. I know the artist that created the GIRL IN THE NEST. His art is fantastic and I visited him and was able to see about 20 more of his large paintings. My friends and I could not believe what we saw. It takes thousands of stamps to make one of the paintings. The sad part is that he needs more stamps to be able to continue with his art. Expecially the colors green, yellow and orange. If any of you have stamps you can donate (not the stick on type) world wide please help him. He is a senior citizen and a disabled vet. His name is James Butman 266 Union St Springfield, MA 01105-1810

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