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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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“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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The Land of Pasaquan – Eddie Owens Martin (St EOM)

Eddie Owens Martin led what was perhaps one of the strangest lives we’ve come across on our journeys. In the 1930s, after years of living on the streets of New York, he came down with a severe case of pneumonia.

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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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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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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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Harold Bradley's "Tinkerings"

Harold Bradley’s “Tinkerings” Unknown West Fork, AR Sculptures, private property – visible from the street Harold is one of those guys who apparently can’t sit still. There’s no single big centerpiece at his place, just a couple dozen projects of one kind or another sprinkled…

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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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