Caspian, Michigan
Iron County Historical Museum

Art Galleries

There are two main art galleries at the Iron County Historical Museum.

The Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery

Lee LeBlanc (1913-1988), a graduate of Iron River High School in 1931, studied art and in1937 began his Hollywood motion picture career as animator to Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.  His best known film production was "Ben Hur". From 1941 to 1956, he was an artist for Twentieth Century Fox, leaving to become administrative head of MGM Special Photographic Effects Department. He retired as Art Director for MGM in 1962.  He returned to his hometown Iron River and began painting wildlife.  He has won the National Duck Stamp, the National Turkey Stamp and the National Bass Stamp awards.  Over 200 of his works are on display. His career found new direction in calendar art with commissions from Brown and Bigelow and Shedd Brown. He also began book illustrating. In 1967 he was appointed art director for Oddo Publishing. The focus in the 1970s was wildlife painting. His earned many awards.

Giovanelli Italianati Art Gallery

Brandon Giovanelli graduated from Iron River High School and Northern Michigan University and returned to teach art in his home town and also Gogebic College. He transformed his parent's home into a gallery that displayed the variety of his artistic work from Renaissance style to contemporary art and built his studio over the garage.  The home and studio, a gift to the Museum by his relatives, were moved to the grounds in 1999 and display a collection of his work. His home is one of the most unique exhibits at the Iron County Museum and displays his multi-media talents.
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L. Brandon Giovanelli 1937-1994
Caspian, Michigan
Iron County Historical Museum

Art Galleries

There are two main art galleries at the Iron County Historical Museum.

The Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery

Lee LeBlanc (1913-1988), a graduate of Iron River High School in 1931, studied art and in1937 began his Hollywood motion picture career as animator to Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.  His best known film production was "Ben Hur". From 1941 to 1956, he was an artist for Twentieth Century Fox, leaving to become administrative head of MGM Special Photographic Effects Department. He retired as Art Director for MGM in 1962.  He returned to his hometown Iron River and began painting wildlife.  He has won the National Duck Stamp, the National Turkey Stamp and the National Bass Stamp awards.  Over 200 of his works are on display. His career found new direction in calendar art with commissions from Brown and Bigelow and Shedd Brown. He also began book illustrating. In 1967 he was appointed art director for Oddo Publishing. The focus in the 1970s was wildlife painting. His earned many awards.

Giovanelli Italianati Art Gallery

Brandon Giovanelli graduated from Iron River High School and Northern Michigan University and returned to teach art in his home town and also Gogebic College. He transformed his parent's home into a gallery that displayed the variety of his artistic work from Renaissance style to contemporary art and built his studio over the garage.  The home and studio, a gift to the Museum by his relatives, were moved to the grounds in 1999 and display a collection of his work. His home is one of the most unique exhibits at the Iron County Museum and displays his multi-media talents.
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L. Brandon Giovanelli 1937-1994