Lakewood, Ohio: Sanctuary Museum Team Field Report

12905 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH
I-90 exit 166. Drive north on 117th St. for about one mile. Turn left (west) onto Madison Ave. and drive half-mile. The museum will be on the left, between Dowd and Halstead Aves, in the small Saint Hedwig Church, made of tan bricks. Parking lot is behind the church.
Su noon - 4 PM (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission is cash only.
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Divine Statues.

Sanctuary Museum
Louis McClung's collection of restored religious figures from closed Catholic churches in the area, displayed in one of those empty churches. Formerly known as the Museum of Divine Statues. Report... [08/29/2011]

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Divine Statues.

Museum of Divine Statues

The Museum of Divine Statues has opened, in a former church just west of Cleveland. It's the brainstorm of Lou McClung, a professional make-up artist with his own line of cosmetics. Lou reportedly saw how many Catholic churches were closing in the region and decided to use his professional skills to restore the churches' orphaned statues and exhibit them in his museum. The statues range from the broadly familiar (nativity scenes and crucifixes) to the peculiarly Catholic (thorn-wrapped bleeding hearts and crown-topped babies).

Seeing Lou's work, you realize that most glamour models have the same facial make-up as Catholic religious statues: that airbrushed, beyond-perfect look. Lou also sells refurbished Catholic religious statues -- at prices into the thousands of dollars.

[ Team, 04/10/2011]

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