”Jan Fleming's remarkable piece of literary archaeology reveals yet another Iowa "find," and at the same time teaches us a great lesson: we need to stop, look, and become more aware every day of all the treasures around us. We are in her debt.”
James A. Autry Author The Servant Leader!
"Jan! You know...we have here in Washington something I never forget when giving a tour to a group who has never been here: you are ambassadors of the city, and you want them to leave with a wonderful impression. I must say, Jan, you did more than your fair share of that, and I left Iowa after much too brief a visit extremely impressed, and loving the area and especially you!!!"
C. Andrew Seferlis Stone Carver Washington National Cathedral Washington DC
[C. Andrew Seferlis is on the Staff at the Washington National Cathedral. He attended our book signing at the Rollins Mansion where he and Walter Arnold, Stone Carver on the Washington National Cathedral, demonstrated stone carving and displayed their art.]
" A remarkable and an illuminating presentation of the long obscured art treasures of Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men."
"Through this book the author has introduced to readers unique, historic and fascinating art objects. Grotesques in Des Moines… Iowa and Abroad is a remarkable and an illuminating presentation of the long obscured art treasures of Gargoyles, Grotesques and Green Men. We are now offered the opportunity to learn about them and experience an interesting aspect of history. There is enough unknown that our imaginations are left to speculate and wonder."
Governor Robert D. Ray
"(Jan's) photos and text perfectly capture the surprise and whimsy of these fantastic carvings."
"In Grotesques in Des Moines... Jan Fleming has transformed a labor of love into a work of art. Her appreciation for the beautiful and unusual in public buildings insures that we will never look at them in the same way again. Her photos and text perfectly capture the surprise and whimsy of these fantastic carvings."
Holly Carver Director University of Iowa Press University of Iowa
“Hi Jan, What a blast! The whole package is just so much fun. It's informative, a great read, and visually enticing. I've found that young people especially are attracted to it. Very much looking forward to seeing (Book II.)”
David Kilper Head of Photography Washington University St. Louis Missouri
“… stunning! Absolutely brilliant – both text and photographs …amazing. Seriously impressed… I particularly admire the way that you have cast your net wide for examples of grotesques - all across the US and Europe - while retaining a focus on the Grotesques of Des Moines. This gives the book a central strength which makes it far more than just a book of interesting photos. Having said that - what photos! And how well they have been presented. The photos are great and the production values are superb and do real justice to the pictures. I also enjoyed the inclusion of current day stone masons. As you say, we don't know what our 19th and early 20th century forebears were thinking when they produced their exquisite carvings, far less the Europeans of the middle ages. So to understand what goes through the mind of a modern artist is the next best thing and helps illuminate the whole subject. Your research into the background of the Des Moines carvings is impressively detailed and makes for a very readable text. If this book doesn't make people ‘look up!’ when passing buildings - nothing will. Can't wait for Book II!”
Anthony Hayward Author/Photographer Songs of the Green Man Birmingham England
“Your book is interesting. It's unique and original and well done. I tried to get that across in the column. But you're more fascinating than any book. I hope that came across, too. You're also an original with all sorts of wonderful qualities …. “
Marc Hansen Columnist for the Des Moines Register Des Moines Iowa
[Mr. Arnold carved 32 Grotesques, two true Gargoyles and 60+ other architectural carvings of various types on the Washington National Cathedral Washington D.C. www.stonecarver.com]
“… the book is glorious.”
Connie Wimer Business Publications Des Moines Iowa
Chantelle Cole Design Toscano Chicago
“It’s the most incredible thing I have ever seen!”