Archive for folk artist

Melrose Plantation — home to outsider artist Clementine Hunter

Along the Cane River, south of Natchitoches, LA, sits the Melrose Plantation, home of folk art legend, Clementine Hunter. But it’s history is extends far beyond the boundaries of art.

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Grotto of the Redemption

Talk about the power of crystals! Rising out of the small town of West Bend, a part of Iowa where the landscape is seldom disturbed by anything larger than a grain silo, lies the Grotto of the Redemption.

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“Missionary” Mary Proctor

In the mid-90s she had been running a junk and odds and ends store in rural north Florida when she suddenly turned to making art.

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Porter Sculpture Park – Wayne Porter

This jaw-dropping sculpture park is located on the the South Dakota Drift Prairie, with more than fifty industrial art sculptures. All created by Wayne Porter with scrap metal, old farm equipment, or railroad tie plates.

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Leonard Knight of Salvation Mountain passes away at 82

Oh, my heart is broken at the news of Leonard’s passing. Bottom line is this, Leonard wants everybody to know that “God is love.” I say Leonard was love. Some people would say it in church or a book, write it in letters or a song, maybe even paint it in a picture. Leonard built a mountain in the desert.

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Binford “Benny” Carter — 1943-2014

Benny Carter was a folk art force to be reckoned with. I will always think of him as this big, burly man with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Benny built for birds since the late 80s and his bird houses were anything but conventional. Colorful, eclectic, and judging by the nests we saw, even functional.

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“The Baltimore Glassman” Paul Darmafall

“The Baltimore Glassman” Paul Darmafall 1925-2003 Baltimore, MD Mixed media artist “I never did like electric” is one of the first things Paul Darmafall told us when we encountered him at his working class home in South Baltimore. Paul was a Korean War veteran, who…

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Work by Martín Ramírez, key ‘outsider artist,’ to be unveiled at Library of Congress

Library of Congress –  Lynn Brostoff of the Library of Congress Research and Testing Division analyzes artwork by Martin Ramirez. About halfway down the geological layers of paper inside a box of archival materials, Tracey Barton came across a rolled-up, slightly crushed tube of paper…

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Cleveland "Flower Man" Turner 1935-2013

Cleveland Turner, Houston’s Flower Man, is dead By Molly Glentzer | December 2, 2013 | Updated: December 2, 2013 3:42pm Cleveland Turner, the Houston folk artist known as the Flower Man, died Sunday. Discovery Green programming director Suzanne Theis, who knew Turner for more than 20 years and was one…

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UFOs and folk art go together for Florida artist, Kurt Zimmerman

Kurt Zimmerman 1925 — Cocoa, FL Painting (oil or water-based) Born in Germany in 1925, Kurt Zimmerman immigrated at the age of four with his parents to Schenectady, New York. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and sent overseas to fight during…

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