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Self-Taught Art Fall Masterpiece Auction November 8, 2008 Slotin, Buford GA

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October 18, 19, 2008
Northport, AL (outskirts of Tuscaloosa)

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Recommended
Reading

Museum of American Folk Art
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists by Chuck and Jan Rosenak

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Raw Vision
Folk Art
Folk Art Messenger
The Outsider

 

 

Folk Fest In (HOT) Atlanta

by Linda Knopf - Southern Folk Art Magazine

The North Atlanta Trade Center was bursting at the seams with folk art the weekend of August 15th.  This 15 year tradition brought folk artists and galleries of all persuasions together to show and sell their work.  A few people came just to look.  Some, like one young family, left with a single piece tucked under the dad's arm.  Some left the building with large corrugated metal pieces, wooden carvings, metal statues, and traditionally framed pictures.  Folk Fest was like a county fair, complete with the smell of popcorn and barbeque and the sound of children having fun. 

ARTISTS

A small number of artists was on hand at the Friday night Meet-The-Artists Party and show opening. 

Chris Clark held court in his jeweled top hat, cane on his knee.  Clark offered a pair of 3-D glasses with the sale of one of his larger pieces - the better to appreciate the depth of his constructions.   Many of Clark's pictures contain round faced figures with Alabama car tags combined in mixed media.

Chris Clark

Mary Proctor greeted visitors in a sparkling black wrap that reflected her personality.  She talked about the importance of being strong while also maintaining a positive outlook on life and selling art.  As an artistic missionary, Proctor's work carries messages about life lessons learned through her mother and grandmother.  Her paintings include mosaics made with cola cans and other found objects.  Towering above her head, Mary's pieces were some of the largest in the show.

Mary Proctor

Steve Shepard's work could be termed "day-glo political."  A most engaging conversationalist, Shepard is as likely to talk about the upcoming elections as he is to talk about his art.  His passion is as hot as his images.  Shepard is a talented folk artist who embraces the tradition of accessible art. 

Carol Roll is a relative new-comer, creating folk art for four years, now.  Her paper mache figures reflect significant talent.  At first glance, her angels, people, mermaids, and animals may appear cute and dear.  At closer look, they are sophisticated, with detailed, expressive faces, each unique.  Roll's work is anything but mass produced.  It's the real deal.

Antonio Adams reached under the display table to retrieve his regal adornments before posing for a photo as the Kingdom Master.  One of the few artists who worked on a painting during the show, Adams produces a variety of artwork ranging from drawings to statues.  His androids lined the table, reflecting light through their plexiglas torsos.  Adams' pictures often include his image confronting the challenges in life with a quirky, positive energy.

Antonio Adams

Anthony Pack produces found object sculptures that reflect a good humored look at popular culture and carved wooden faces that are colorful and fun.  His original figures combine kitchen tools, bent forks for arms, and cans like "Spam"  in an almost animated manner.  Pack is as personable as his objects are whimsical. 

 

GALLERIES

Nearly a hundred booths housed galleries, dealers, and artists.  There were a lot of pieces by Jimmy Lee Sudduth for sale.  Work by Carl McKenzie, James Harold Jennings, and O. L. Samuels was in abundance.  Quality was evident in many of the exhibitor booths.  Five galleries make up a list of be-sure-to-return-to next year. 

Lindsay Gallery with Duff Lindsay had an estate collection that included many must-collect artists' work.  Lindsay is easy to talk to and more than willing to share his extensive knowledge.  www.lindsaygallery.com

Main Street Gallery (Clayton, Georgia) under Jeanne Kronsnoble showed self-taught art by many contemporary artists like Chris Clark, O. L. Samuels, and Bernice Sims.  www.mainstreetgallery.net

Mike's Art Truck (Greg and Karen Mack) presented pieces by Myrtice West and newer regional artists like Johnny Ace and Carol Roll. www.mikesarttruck.com

Gizzard Holler Folk Art from Kentucky displayed carvings and figures by Ronald Cooper and Minnie Atkins, both Kentuckians.  Like Lindsay, the people with Gizzard Holler were easy to talk with and enthusiastic about the artists they presented.  gregandnash@hotmail.com

Visionaries & Voices, from Ohio, represents outsider artists with disabilities.  Their art display was varied and interesting.    www.visionariesandvoices.com 

KUDOS

Kudos go to Steve and Amy Slotin and the Slotin Art Auction team for the work going into producing this event.  Their attention to detail and commitment to folk art was apparent and is  appreciated.  They generated an atmosphere of excitement and fun.  Look for this highly recommended event next year.

 

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