Tag archive for Arkansas

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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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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Lacey's Castle, a father's tribute – Shelby Ravellette

Lacey’s Castle – Shelby Ravellette 1954- Omaha, AR Environment with rocks In the Arkansas Ozark Mountains, stone mason Shelby Ravellette spends much of his time laying rocks. Some are small, some need a front-loader to move.  Many have unique characteristics, and get named. He is…

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Quigley’s Castle – An Arkansas folk art environment built to last

Quigley’s Castle – Elise Quigley 1910-1984 Eureka Springs, AR Environment with rocks My grandmother’s maiden name was Elise Fiovanti.  She was Italian. She came to the Ozarks when she was nine.  She loved the outdoors and began to collect rocks as she walked along a…

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A welded wonderland in Arkansas — Finton Shaw

Finton Shaw October 26, 1946 — May 20, 2012 Conway, AR Welded sculptures Finton Shaw was born in England, Arkansas on October 26, 1946. At a very early age he began showing an interest in drawing and sculpture. He remembers making figures from the mud…

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Trabajo rustico masterpiece in Arkansas was featured in Gone with the Wind

Old Mill Park – Dionicio Rodriguez c. 1891-1955 North Little Rock, AR Trabajo rustico The Old Mill in the five-acre T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock (Pulaski County) contains the work of noted Mexican sculptor Dionicio Rodriguez, who perfected the folk art…

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