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The Door is the Way — “Missionary” Mary Proctor

The Door is the Way — “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. She was suffering some severe health problems, and became even more depressed after she lost her grandmother, aunt, and uncle in a tragic house fire.

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A carnie convention and Giant’s boot!

A carnie convention and Giant’s boot!

Giant’s Camp Restaurant Gibsonton, FL Closed 2007 – Giant boot memorial still stands Gibtown, as it’s known by the locals, has the largest concentration of circus and carnival folk in the country. Drawn there by warm winter conditions, they’ve made their presence known by the…

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

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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Woodie Long 1942-2009

Woodie Long 1942-2009

October 13, 2009 5:32 AM Staff Reports Daily News SANTA ROSA BEACH – Local folk artist Woodie Long died Monday night. He would have turned 67 on Oct. 19. When Long first picked up a paintbrush in 1987, he was 45 years old and had…

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Purvis Young hoodwinked by former manager

Purvis Young hoodwinked by former manager

(all photos courtesy of Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, taken at Gallery 721 in Fort Lauderdale)  (excerpted from the Biscayne Times…please read the full article by clicking the headline below:) Artistic Genius Meets Artful Dodger For painter Purvis Young, the encounter was devastating By Tiffany Rainey…

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