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Quilt Lady of Alabama — Yvonne Wells

Yvonne Wells 1947- Tuscaloosa, AL Quilter This lady apparently never slept. She was a teacher, a paramedic, an avid churchgoer and, oh, when she had a little extra time, a fabulous self-taught quilter. Yvonne’s quilts aren’t the sewing bee kind, more like funky, found fabric…

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Ed Stilley – last of the Ozark homesteaders & guitar maker

Ed Stilley – Guitars Dates unknown Beaver Lake, AR Guitar artist and musician The instruments shown was built by one of the last homesteaders of the Ozark Mountains. Ed Stilley of Hogscald Hollar, cut down trees from his land, then nailed and glued them together….

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Magical Irish art of Karl Mullen

Karl Mullen 1954 — Washington, DC Mixed media “I am as concerned with magic as I am with meaning. I still cling to the notion that art can mean something—that the individual can mean something.” Excerpted from an email to Kelly Ludwig, author of Detour…

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Savant, list-maker, accordion-player, artist extraordinaire – Gregory Blackstock

Gregory L. Blackstock 1946 — Seattle (Green Lake), WA Drawings (pencil, pen, marker, etc.) “Oh yeah, relieved, I’m famous.” – Seattle Times, 6 October 2006. Seattle artist Gregory Blackstock catalogues a wide range of subjects on varying sizes of paper. Using ink, pencil, marker, and…

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Passionate paintings of Matt Sesow

Matt Sesow 1966 — Washington , DC Painting (oil or water-based) At the age of eight, Matt Sesow’s life was altered by a traumatic accident near his rural Nebraska home. While he was playing at a nearby airfield, a plane hit Sesow and severed his…

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In Washington DC, a throne…

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly – James Hampton 1909-1964 Washington, DC Folk Art Environment “Where there is no vision, the people perish”  — Proverbs 29:18 (King James Version) posted on the wall of Hampton’s garage A government worker named…

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Fat babies, gentlemen, ladies and little biddies — Betty Sue Matthews

Betty Sue Matthews 1950- Brundidge, AL Paintings, unconventional material Completely self-taught, Betty Sue Matthews started drawing when she was three years old and has never stopped. Sometimes, raising children and financial issues forced her art to be put on hold, but she always returned to…

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World Famous J. Jonny

World Famous J. Jonny Dates unknown Boca Raton, FL Sculpture (found object) “It really can’t be described. You just have to see it.” That sounded like a bit of a cop-out, but everybody including the artist himself kept coming back to that description of the,…

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Truckin' for Jesus – Robert Wells' weighty welded wonders

Robert Wells Dates unknown Grannis, AR Welded environment The word of God is spelled out alongside the road in some pretty amazing sculptures, all using giant links of chain. Big, heavy stuff that carries the Lord’s message “literally and for real,” as Wells says. There’s…

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From sandstone tombstones to internationally-acclaimed artist — Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley February 10, 1950 – Harpersville, AL Folk art environment, sculptures, and paintings When he created sandstone tombstones for his sister’s children after they died in a house fire, Lonnie Holley found an outlet for his profound grief.  Soon he began to build an…

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