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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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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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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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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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Saints and sinners — Theresa Disney

Theresa Disney 1965 — St. Louis, MO Sculptures and paintings Private (artist) Theresa Disney loves to tell a story through her art, and she always finding new stories to tell. She is a self-described “home-baked” artist who works out of her kitchen. She is well-known…

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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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Thorton Dial Retrospective

Josh Anderson/The New York Times Thornton Dial in his studio in Bessemer, Ala. Letting His Life’s Work Do the Talking By CAROL KINO Published: February 17, 2011, The New York Times THORNTON DIAL has never been one for talking much about his artwork. Ask him…

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Melrose Plantation and Clementine Hunter

So, I thought I would stop by the Melrose Plantation “real quick” on my journey south.  I had read a bit about it, and wanted to see the murals of Clementine Hunter.  Little did I realize that I would stay the better part of the…

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Annie Wellborn 1928-2010

(photos courtesy of Ted Oliver, Oliver’s Folk Art) It has been a hard month for folk art. Annie Geraldine Wellborn, one of the most well-known folk artists in Georgia, died early this morning at her home near Statham. Wellborn, who would have turned 82 next…

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Losing another folk art heavyweight…Purvis Young (February 4, 1943 – April 20, 2010)

“I paint what I see, I paint the problems of the world.” “When I was in my cell one night, I woke up and angels came to me and I told ’em, you know, hey man this is not my life — and they said…

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