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THE 20th century folk artist – Howard Finster, man of vision

Reverend Howard Finster – Paradise Gardens 1916 — 2001 Summerville, GA Environment In disrepair “Well, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not here to live a normal life.  I’m sent here on a mission… I came here as a man of visions.” — Howard Finster,…

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Happy Birthday “Narrow” Larry Harris!

If you haven’t seen his website Narrow Larry’s World of the Outstanding by now, then click on over — you will be in for a treat. “Narrow” Larry is a longtime advocate for the documentation and preservation of handmade works of art and architecture by self-taught artists….

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Sweet mud and house paint — Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy Lee Sudduth March 10, 1910 – September 2, 2007 Fayette, AL Painter “I’m gonna be fay-mous, fay-mous!  I didn’t learn much in school—Just learned to write my name—Jim.  But I believe I’d rather be famous, than rich or smart.”  “I leave the drips so…

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‘Haint Right — Sulton Rogers

Taught wood carving by his father at age 13, Sulton Rogers’ fanciful figures were based on folks he met in his travels and animals inspired by his dreams. He worked for a number of years in Syracuse NY before he moved back to his hometown of Oxford.

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“God give me the vision. Let me come out of this shell and recycle myself.” – Charlie Lucas

Tin-Man Sculpture Garden – Charlie Lucas October 12, 1951 – Selma, AL Sculptures “I want my soul to be a good soul when I show people what I do.  I’m not doing it for the money.  If I never sold a piece, I’d do it…

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Kenny Hill's Garden of Salvation in the bayous of Louisiana

Garden of Salvation – Kenny Hill 5337 Bayouside Drive Chauvin, LA 985-594-2546 Concrete environment Restored/preserved  –  Open to the public Other than the fact that Kenny Hill was a bricklayer, little is known about his life. One day in 1990, on a rented piece of…

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“Oh Lord Help Me this Day to Keep My Big Mouth Shut” — Big Al Taplet

Big Al Taplet Born 1934 Houston, TX I was just thinking those very words. And started wondering about Big Al, and how he has fared since Katrina. (Above photo of Big Al at his New Orleans home, 2004, courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations)…

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Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium of Black History

Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium 1940 — 800 E. Illinois Ave Hammond, LA 70403 Environment Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) , 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 1986, in the yard of his small home on the east side of Aurora, Dr. Charles…

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Painting with “pure house paint” – Mose Tolliver

Mose Tolliver July 4, 1919 — October 30, 2006 Montgomery, AL Painter “At first [after his accident], everyone took care of me and I got lazy.  When I took up painting, I got started again.”  “I run a painting with a black strip—that’s better than…

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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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