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Work by Martín Ramírez, key ‘outsider artist,’ to be unveiled at Library of Congress

Library of Congress –  Lynn Brostoff of the Library of Congress Research and Testing Division analyzes artwork by Martin Ramirez. About halfway down the geological layers of paper inside a box of archival materials, Tracey Barton came across a rolled-up, slightly crushed tube of paper…

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Cleveland "Flower Man" Turner 1935-2013

Cleveland Turner, Houston’s Flower Man, is dead By Molly Glentzer | December 2, 2013 | Updated: December 2, 2013 3:42pm Cleveland Turner, the Houston folk artist known as the Flower Man, died Sunday. Discovery Green programming director Suzanne Theis, who knew Turner for more than 20 years and was one…

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UFOs and folk art go together for Florida artist, Kurt Zimmerman

Kurt Zimmerman 1925 — Cocoa, FL Painting (oil or water-based) Born in Germany in 1925, Kurt Zimmerman immigrated at the age of four with his parents to Schenectady, New York. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and sent overseas to fight during…

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Quilt Lady of Alabama — Yvonne Wells

Yvonne Wells 1947- Tuscaloosa, AL Quilter This lady apparently never slept. She was a teacher, a paramedic, an avid churchgoer and, oh, when she had a little extra time, a fabulous self-taught quilter. Yvonne’s quilts aren’t the sewing bee kind, more like funky, found fabric…

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Ed Stilley – last of the Ozark homesteaders & guitar maker

Ed Stilley – Guitars Dates unknown Beaver Lake, AR Guitar artist and musician The instruments shown was built by one of the last homesteaders of the Ozark Mountains. Ed Stilley of Hogscald Hollar, cut down trees from his land, then nailed and glued them together….

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100,000 cans make for one amazing castle — Canos Castle

Canos Castle – Donald “Cano” Espinoza Dates unknown Antonito, CO Found material environment 1980 – current Entirely made of recycled materials, with more than 100,000 beer and soda cans, hubcaps, screen doors, wooden windows, bicycle reflectors and more, this amazing folk art environment was built…

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Magical Irish art of Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen 1954 — Washington, DC Mixed media “I am as concerned with magic as I am with meaning. I still cling to the notion that art can mean something—that the individual can mean something.” Excerpted from an email to Kelly Ludwig, author of Detour…

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Savant, list-maker, accordion-player, artist extraordinaire – Gregory Blackstock

Gregory L. Blackstock 1946 — Seattle (Green Lake), WA Drawings (pencil, pen, marker, etc.) “Oh yeah, relieved, I’m famous.” – Seattle Times, 6 October 2006. Seattle artist Gregory Blackstock catalogues a wide range of subjects on varying sizes of paper. Using ink, pencil, marker, and…

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Passionate paintings of Matt Sesow

Matt Sesow 1966 — Washington , DC Painting (oil or water-based) At the age of eight, Matt Sesow’s life was altered by a traumatic accident near his rural Nebraska home. While he was playing at a nearby airfield, a plane hit Sesow and severed his…

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In Washington DC, a throne…

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly – James Hampton 1909-1964 Washington, DC Folk Art Environment “Where there is no vision, the people perish”  — Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) posted on the wall of Hampton’s garage A government worker named…

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