Tag archive for concrete environment

A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas

Garden of Eden — S.P. Dinsmoor Lucas, KS Folk art environment masterpiece, Concrete Built: 1905-1927 The Garden of Eden is the oldest complete self-taught artist environment in the United States, creating a folk art epicenter in this rural Kansas town. In 2011, the Kohler Foundation…

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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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Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium of Black History

Dr. Charles Smith’s Folk Art Emporium 1940 — 800 E. Illinois Ave Hammond, LA 70403 Environment Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) , 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 1986, in the yard of his small home on the east side of Aurora, Dr. Charles…

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Missouri folk artist, Bob Smithy, sculptures for sale

I recently heard from Chris Roush, grandson of Missouri folk artist Bob Smithy, who is interested in selling the remaining sculptures at his grandfather’s house in Plevna, Missouri. (Bob passed away on May 18, 2012.) Bob Smithy, born in 1930, has worked as a trucker…

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Bud Goldstone (Watts Towers engineer) dies at 89

his has been a tough few months for the folk art world, Mr. Imagination, Ronald Manolio (Eggshelland), Ronald Cooper, Rev. Dennis (Margaret’s Grocery), and now NJ “Bud” Goldstone – the engineer who fought city hall to save Simon Rodia’s Towers in Watts (Los Angeles, CA)….

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Charlie Stagg, visionary artist dies at 72

 The house that Charlie Stagg built is a sprawling complex of beams and bottles and concrete, with a big domed building that serves as his studio. Charlie did the work himself, hauling all the materials in “the way bugs do it,” he told the guys…

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Saving Ralph Lanning’s Sculptures in the NY Times

Search for de Soto in Southeast Georgia By EVE M. KAHN Published: May 20, 2010  Enlarge This Image Matthew Kile “Lady Godiva,” a sculpture from the garden of Ralph Lanning, an outsider artist who died recently. His works are w at Missouri State University. Hernando…

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Ralph Lanning Auction

“When I was 80, I had enough work to do for the next 10 years. Now at 90, I have work lined up for 10 more years. I don’t think God is going to take me before I finish. I have work to do.” Ralph…

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Watts Towers in the LA Times today

EDITORIAL Don’t let the spires crumble Amid a city budget crisis, LACMA offers its help in preserving the Watts Towers. It’s a good first step. April 12, 2010 The all-too-few art patrons who have actually made the drive to South L.A. to see the Watts…

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viva las vegas (nm) – another incredible site discovery!

Casa de Colores—Casimiro “Casey” T. Marquez Home environment (interior and exterior) Las Vegas, NM “I live a happy life.” – Casey Another lucky day!  Magaret walked us over to an amazing site we had never heard of, and right around the corner from the hotel….

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