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World Famous J. Jonny

World Famous J. Jonny Dates unknown Boca Raton, FL Sculpture (found object) “It really can’t be described. You just have to see it.” That sounded like a bit of a cop-out, but everybody including the artist himself kept coming back to that description of the,…

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Truckin' for Jesus – Robert Wells' weighty welded wonders

Robert Wells Dates unknown Grannis, AR Welded environment The word of God is spelled out alongside the road in some pretty amazing sculptures, all using giant links of chain. Big, heavy stuff that carries the Lord’s message “literally and for real,” as Wells says. There’s…

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From sandstone tombstones to internationally-acclaimed artist — Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley February 10, 1950 – Harpersville, AL Folk art environment, sculptures, and paintings When he created sandstone tombstones for his sister’s children after they died in a house fire, Lonnie Holley found an outlet for his profound grief.  Soon he began to build an…

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Lacey's Castle, a father's tribute – Shelby Ravellette

Lacey’s Castle – Shelby Ravellette 1954- Omaha, AR Environment with rocks In the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, stone mason Shelby Ravellette spends much of his time laying rocks. Some are small, some need a front-loader to move.  Many have unique characteristics, and get named. He is…

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B.F. Perkins – “All my works have a message”

Hartline Assembly of God Church – Benjamin Franklin “B. F.” Perkins February 6, 1904 — January 12,1993 Bankston, AL Folk art environment and painter Built: 1969-1993 Benjamin Franklin Perkins once was a marine who guarded President Coolidge, and later he was a well-known traveling evangelist…

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Devil Fishing — Leroy Almon

Leroy Almon, Sr 1938-1997 Tallapoosa, GA Relief carvings and paintings I first saw “Devil Fishing” at the House of Blues in New Orleans, when they first opened. I loved it so much that I did the best I could do to bring it home ……

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Quigley’s Castle – An Arkansas folk art environment built to last

Quigley’s Castle – Elise Quigley 1910-1984 Eureka Springs, AR Environment with rocks My grandmother’s maiden name was Elise Fiovanti.  She was Italian. She came to the Ozarks when she was nine.  She loved the outdoors and began to collect rocks as she walked along a…

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A welded wonderland in Arkansas — Finton Shaw

Finton Shaw October 26, 1946 — May 20, 2012 Conway, AR Welded sculptures Finton Shaw was born in England, Arkansas on October 26, 1946. At a very early age he began showing an interest in drawing and sculpture. He remembers making figures from the mud…

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Annie Tolliver carries on the family tradition

Annie Mural Tolliver March 20,1950 — Montgomery, AL Painting (oil or water-based) Annie Tolliver was born on March 20, 1950 in Montgomery, Alabama. Annie is the daughter of the preeminent folk artist, Mose Tolliver and Willie Mae Tolliver. She watched her father draw and paint…

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Trabajo rustico masterpiece in Arkansas was featured in Gone with the Wind

Old Mill Park – Dionicio Rodriguez c. 1891-1955 North Little Rock, AR Trabajo rustico The Old Mill in the five-acre T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) contains the work of noted Mexican sculptor Dionicio Rodriguez, who perfected the folk art…

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