Detour Art creative discoveries along the backroads - page 6

All that we love deeply becomes a part of us — Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner

Cleveland “Flowerman” Turner May 23, 1943 — December 1, 2013 Houston, TX Folk Art Environment Built: 2003-present A green oasis beckons amid rows of ramshackle houses in the Third Ward, near the University of Houston campus. Cleveland Turner’s gaily painted house peeps out from beneath…

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Always God, Always Coca Cola — Missionary Mary Proctor

“Missionary” Mary Proctor June 11, 1960 — Tallahassee, FL Paintings, sculptures and environment Already suffering from health problems, Mary Proctor’s depression became more pronounced after losing her beloved grandmother, aunt, and uncle in a tragic house fire. She was running an odds-and-ends store in rural…

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The Shoe Lady — L.V. Hull

Viola “L.V.” Hull 1943-2008 Kosciusko, MS Yard art and mixed media L.V. is often referred to as “The Shoe Lady” because of her way with footwear. But shoes, it turns out, are just the tip of the iceberg. Every square inch was put to use….

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Saints and sinners — Theresa Disney

Theresa Disney 1965 — St. Louis, MO Sculptures and paintings Private (artist) Theresa Disney loves to tell a story through her art, and she always finding new stories to tell. She is a self-described “home-baked” artist who works out of her kitchen. She is well-known…

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"I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time." – Grandma Prisbrey

Bottle Village – Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey 1896 — 1988 Simi Valley, CA Bottle environment Built: 1956 – 1972 “I enjoyed it. I never thought of it as work. I was just having a good time.” In 1956 at the age of 61, Tressa “Grandma” Prisbrey…

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Dr. Charles Smith’s African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives

709 E. Louisiana Ave Hammond, LA Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 2000, when heading to New Orleans for his home in Aurora, IL, Vietnam veteran Dr. Charles Smith stopped in Hammond, LA for a meal. He discovered a…

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Despair at Margaret’s Grocery’s disrepair

March 2013: April 2007: Margaret’s Grocery Rev. Hermon Dennis— March 25, 1916 — September 6, 2011 Margaret Dennis— February 8, 1916 — October 7, 2009 Vicksburg, MS Folk art environment Things at Margaret’s have changed dramatically since the passing of Reverend Dennis and his wife,…

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Cop Art, sketch artist turned folk artist

Kevin Blythe Sampson 1954- Newark, NJ Mixed Media artist Of the many occupations from which grassroots artists tend to come, police officer is pretty rare. Kevin was a New Jersey cop and sketch artist, whose wife and infant son died unexpectedly, in separate illnesses. Art…

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Magical mosaic in the New Jersey woodlands — Luna Parc

Luna Parc – Ricky “King Ricky” Boscarino Artist dates unknown Montague, NJ Mosiac environment Built: 1989 – current Private property Since 1989, when Ricky Boscarino stumbled upon the cabin in the woods and began transforming it into Luna Parc, it has been a massive work…

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Jungle Woman Tames James Harold Jennings

James Harold Jennings April 20, 1930 — April 20, 1999 Pinnacle, NC Folk art environment, Painter After dropping out of school in the fifth grade and being home schooled by his mother, a teacher herself, James Harold Jennings grew to love words and eventually more…

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