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Ave Maria Grotto – Small buildings make a big impact

Ave Maria Grotto – Joseph Zoetl 1878 — 1961 Cullman, AL Religious/spiritual environment Built: 1932 – 1958 At the age of 13, Joseph Zoettl, almost died of the flu that swept Europe.  A year later, when candidates for the St. Bernard Abbey were sought, he…

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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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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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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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Totem Pole Park – must-see attraction just off of Route 66

Totem Pole Park – Ed Galloway Hwy 28A Foyil, OK 918-342-9149 Website Sculpture environment In the 1920s and 1930s, Ed taught industrial arts at a nearby state school. But by 1937, in his off-hours, using a lot of concrete and even more ingenuity, he built…

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Purvis Young — the Artist of Overtown

Purvis Young February 4, 1942 – April 20, 2010 Fort Lauderdale, FL Paintings “I paint what I see, I paint the problems of the world.” “When I was in my cell one night, I woke up and angels came to me and I told ’em,…

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The "Junk King" – Vince Hannemann

Cathedral of Junk – Vince Hannemann 4422 Lareina Drive Austin, TX (512) 299-7413 Sculpture environment By appointment only At one point in the 1990s, Vince Hanneman was in charge of the city’s recycling program. And it worked out really well, because he could bring home…

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