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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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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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God is Love (and so is Leonard Knight!)

Salvation Mountain – Leonard Knight November 1, 1931 — Niland, CA Religious/spiritual Built: mid 1980s-present  “…I still like to do it my way. I’m gonna make a lot of mistakes, but let me make ‘em.” – Grassroots Art Center exhibit  “Jesus, I am a sinner….

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Old ships from “new” materials — John Taylor

John Taylor 1954 — San Juan Capistrano, CA Sculptures from found objects When you look at John Taylor’s ships, is hard to believe that they haven’t just been pulled from the ocean floor. (OK – you can believe it, but the patina is even more…

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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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Kentucky folk artists combine talents again for children's book

By Rich Copley — [email protected] kentucky.com The first time Mike Norris met Minnie Adkins, he didn’t have much to give her. So he gave her some music. Specifically, he gave her a CD by his group, the Raggedy Robin String Band. She found herself drawn…

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1989 interview with Homer Green

NUt_gnNbp2A Joe Elmore (tennesseecrossroads.org) interviewed folk artist, Homer Green, in 1989. I have a special affinity with his work, as one of his angels is on the cover of the Detour Art book. His granddaughter, Janet Greene shared this video clip with me.

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KY Folk Artist, Ronald Cooper 1932-2012

Kentucky folk artist Ronald Cooper died in a hospital in Lexington on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. Ronald and Jessie Cooper became artists by chance in their mid-fifties. Prior to that, their lives had followed a path common for their generation: early marriage, leaving their home-town…

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