The Frog Farm Louise Cadney has created an animal kingdom of art

Published 12:02 am Sunday, April 17, 2011

HARRISTON ­­­— “Stop! I see an alligator,” Louise Cadney excitedly told her husband one day as they were driving.

That alligator was a piece of wood, part of a tree limb, and it’s now painted green, has teeth and eyes and stands on its haunches in Louise’s gift shop at Harriston in Jefferson County.

Her place, called The Frog Farm, is home to her many imaginative creations, all made from sticks and limbs and discarded and broken pieces of lumber.

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“I’ve done this all my life, ever since I can remember,” the 64-year-old folk artist said.

She started making stick dolls when she was a child, growing up in a house on a hill not far from her Frog Farm. “I named every one of them — and dressed them.”