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Myrtice West 1923-2010

We received word that Myrtice West passed away this morning at 5:10 am in her home in Centre, Alabama. Myrtice met all of life’s trials with strength, energy, and joy. We know she had absolutely no fear of death, rather she welcomed it. Her faith…

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Lacey’s Castle – A father’s tribute in Arkansas

Tucked away 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 building the Lacey Michele Castle to honor the memory…

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And now it is Butch Anthony and the NY Times!

AT HOME WITH BUTCH ANTHONY Art Shapes a Rural Alabama Compound Robert Rausch for The New York Times Butch Anthony built his Alabama house himself, and filled it with his own art. By PENELOPE GREEN SEALE, Ala. Robert Rausch for The New York Times When…

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Vollis Simpson and the New York Times

Junkyard Poet of Whirligigs and Windmills By SCOTT SHANE Published: April 5, 2010 New York Times LUCAMA, N.C. — Just when you think you’ve traveled too far down Wiggins Mill Road, and you start to look for a spot to turn around, the rusting masterworks…

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Possible grant to save Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens

‘No County Funds’ To Be Used For Gardens Thursday, 18 March 2010 The Summerville News “No county funds will be used to purchase Paradise Gardens,” Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters said about his plans to acquire the nationally-known destination. The commissioner is banking on the…

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Keep Austin Weird – Austin's Cathedral of Junk is in danger

This was sent to me this morning – yet another amazing folk art environment is in danger of being torn down. “The Cathedral of Junk is in crisis. The City of Austin is forcing Vince, the creator, to bring the Cathedral up to code. It’s…

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Another great web site to check out!

Renaldo Kuhler, Raleigh, NC (photo by Fred Scruton) Somedays, when I look at the database of artists and folk art sites that are on the Detour Art web site, I think “Whew, how many more ‘new-to-me’ sites can there be?” Such a foolish notion, I…

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Woodie Long 1942-2009

October 13, 2009 5:32 AM Staff Reports Daily News SANTA ROSA BEACH – Local folk artist Woodie Long died Monday night. He would have turned 67 on Oct. 19. When Long first picked up a paintbrush in 1987, he was 45 years old and had…

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The passing of Jake McCord 1945-2009

Jake (JT) McCord passed away September 1 at the age of 64. Funeral services were held at Zion Baptist Church near Lincolnton, Georgia. A native of Lincoln County, where he picked cotton as a child, McCord moved to Thomson as a young man and worked…

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Artist who polishes shoes between sketches gets first big Dallas show

Artist who polishes shoes between sketches gets first big Dallas show |News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News| Carrollton/Farmers Branch News FARMERS BRANCH – Willie Wayne Young has polished shoes from a perch inside Griffin Barber-Stylist Shop for more than a decade. His new…

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