Detour Art creative discoveries along the backroads - page 9

God is Love (and so is Leonard Knight!)

Salvation Mountain – Leonard Knight November 1, 1931 — Niland, CA Religious/spiritual Built: mid 1980s-present  “…I still like to do it my way. I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes, but let me make ‘em.” – Grassroots Art Center exhibit  “Jesus, I am a sinner….

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Old ships from “new” materials — John Taylor

John Taylor 1954 — San Juan Capistrano, CA Sculptures from found objects When you look at John Taylor’s ships, is hard to believe that they haven’t just been pulled from the ocean floor. (OK – you can believe it, but the patina is even more…

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Jessie Cooper, Kentucky folk artist, 1932 — 2013

Kentucky folk artist Jessie Cooper passed away today after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, Ronald Cooper, died in a hospital in Lexington on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. “It’s a gift from God, it truly is.” That’s how Ronald Cooper describes the works…

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Narrow Larry’s Watts Towers model is on exhibit

Never-seen-in-public architectural model of the folk art masterpiece,Watts Towers by Simon Rodia. Finally, after 15 years, “Narrow” Larry Harris’ Watts Towers model is on public view. FARFETCHED  
MAD SCIENCE, FRINGE ARCHITECTURE AND VISIONARY ENGINEERING Gregg Museum of Art and Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh,…

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Kentucky folk artists combine talents again for children's book

By Rich Copley — [email protected] kentucky.com The first time Mike Norris met Minnie Adkins, he didn’t have much to give her. So he gave her some music. Specifically, he gave her a CD by his group, the Raggedy Robin String Band. She found herself drawn…

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Missouri folk artist, Bob Smithy, sculptures for sale

I recently heard from Chris Roush, grandson of Missouri folk artist Bob Smithy, who is interested in selling the remaining sculptures at his grandfather’s house in Plevna, Missouri. (Bob passed away on May 18, 2012.) Bob Smithy, born in 1930, has worked as a trucker…

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Slotin Auction features Detour Art

Slotin Folk Art Auction Fall Masterpiece Sale November 10-11, 2012 – Buford, Georgia 
VIEW Online Catalogs Here Featuring 
The Private Collection of Chuck and Jan Rosenak
 Authors of Museum of American Folk Art Encylopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk Art & Artists 
and
 Kelly Ludwig…

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Bud Goldstone (Watts Towers engineer) dies at 89

his has been a tough few months for the folk art world, Mr. Imagination, Ronald Manolio (Eggshelland), Ronald Cooper, Rev. Dennis (Margaret’s Grocery), and now NJ “Bud” Goldstone – the engineer who fought city hall to save Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts (Los Angeles, CA)….

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Rev. HD Dennis, famed MS folk artist, 1916-2012

Reverend H.D. Dennis – Margaret’s Grocery Vicksburg, MS Embellished visionary environment  |  Created 1994 to present  he Rev. Herman D. “Preacher” Dennis, the man who helped craft the world-renowned Margaret’s Grocery, Vicksburg’s folk-art “Bible castle” on North Washington Street, died Tuesday. Reverend H. D. Dennis,…

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1989 interview with Homer Green

NUt_gnNbp2A Joe Elmore (tennesseecrossroads.org) interviewed folk artist, Homer Green, in 1989. I have a special affinity with his work, as one of his angels is on the cover of the Detour Art book. His granddaughter, Janet Greene shared this video clip with me.

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