Talk about burning rubber: Roadrunners racing at up to 18 miles an hour across the desert of southern Utah and the Navajo Nation inspired artist Matthew Yellowman to carve this wooden sculpture. Catch it and other exquisite local crafts—from baskets to saddles—at Salt Lake City’s Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art when it opens for the season on April 17. (801) 533-5760, folkartsmuseum.net.
Islamic art in full bloom
In the mid-16th century, Turkish ceramics such as this Iznik dish were world renowned. Master potters in the town of Iznik used iron-rich Armenian clay to color the blossoms red. The plate is among 1,000 pieces of Islamic art on display at Honolulu’s Shangri La, a former mansion of philanthropist Doris Duke. (808) 532-3853, shangrilahawaii.org.
A towering 1895 Gavioli & Co. carousel organ with cymbals, drums, and swirling floral scrollwork is a highlight among the many antique devices on display in Montana’s Nevada City Music Hall, one of the world’s largest collections of automated music machines. Bring a sack of coins to hear a cacophony of marches, fox-trots, and waltzes. (406) 843-5247, virginiacitymt.com/musichall.asp.
Photography courtesy Utah State Folk Arts Collection
This article was first published in March 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.