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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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A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas

Garden of Eden — S.P. Dinsmoor Lucas, KS Folk art environment masterpiece, Concrete Built: 1905-1927 The Garden of Eden is the oldest complete self-taught artist environment in the United States, creating a folk art epicenter in this rural Kansas town. In 2011, the Kohler Foundation…

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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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Porter Sculpture Park in South Dakota

Montrose, S.D., sculpture park puts one man’s fertile imagination on display The Associated Press IF YOU GO … Porter Sculpture Park: 25700 451st Ave., Montrose, S.D., 1/2 mile south of Exit 374 on Interstate 90; portersculpturepark.com. Open daily 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day….

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Buol Grotto to be saved by Kohler

Preservation Wins: Dubuque Yard Grotto to be Preserved By Sarah Oltrogge An eleventh-hour rescue to save a rare Dubuque “yard grotto” will ensure its future as a link to a larger regional tradition. With a strong history for preserving grotto environments such as this, the…

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Detour Art in Park City, UT

“Iowa” by Melissa Polhamus, Virginia Beach, Va. Courtesy Collection of Kelly Ludwig Dazzling undiscovered art from America’s back roads BY GLEN WARCHOL The Salt Lake Tribune First published Sep 23 2011 05:46PM Updated Sep 23, 2011 11:20PM For many humans, making art isn’t a profession;…

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RIP Bob Cassilly – City Museum founder

photo courtesy of Slide Quest Bob Cassilly, founder of City Museum, found dead in bulldozer at his Cementland project By Dale Singer, Beacon reporter    Updated 4:08 pm Mon., 9.26.11 Bob Cassilly, who turned a collection of unusual artifacts into City Museum, a top tourist attraction…

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Detroit's Tyree Guyton to put 10,000 shoes on Heidelberg Street

Tyree Guyton is planning to cover a street in Midtown for several weeks as part of a series showcasing the works of Kresge art fellows next month. The medium? Shoes. “I think it’s going to take 10,000,” he said Wednesday. The Heidelberg Project, a nonprofit…

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Clyde Angel – an elusive story

I love this piece of art attributed to the artist Clyde Angel, aka Vern Willits. After it found it’s way into my home, I tried to find out more about the artist and walked into a world of point/counterpoint.  Of course, I am very aware…

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Muskegon Art Museum: Stuffed, Not Stuffy

Detour Art pieces fill a gallery through November 7 That’s just one special exhibition at the fine Muskegon Art Museum, which manages to pack plenty of excitement into its manageable number of galleries. If you think art museums are stuffy, see “Detour Art: Outsider, Folk…

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