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A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas — S.P. Dinsmoor

A mighty Garden on the great plains of Kansas — S.P. Dinsmoor

Garden of Eden — S.P. Dinsmoor 305 E 2nd St 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…

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“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

“I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.” – Simon Rodia, Watts Towers

Watts Towers – Sabatino (Simon, Sam) Rodia 1879–1965 1765 East 107th St Los Angeles, CA Mosaic environment Built: c. 1921-1954 “I had it in my mind to do something big and I did.”  – Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century American Folk…

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Kenny Hill’s Garden of Salvation in the bayous of Louisiana

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 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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If you have three of something, it’s a collection …

If you have three of something, it’s a collection …

UCM Museum & Abita Mystery House – John Preble 22275 Hwy 36 Abita Springs, LA 985-892-2624 Website Collection and environment And if you have four or more, it’s a foremost collection, at least according to John Preble. And he ought to know; he’s the curator…

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In an Iowa cornfield, a tribute to Buddy Holly

In an Iowa cornfield, a tribute to Buddy Holly

It’s been immortalized by Don McLean as “The Day the Music Died.” On February 3, 1959, a 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, killed three American rock and roll legends: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, as well…

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10 Jaw-Dropping Sights You Can Only See In Nevada

10 Jaw-Dropping Sights You Can Only See In Nevada

(courtesy of BuzzFeed) The vast state of Nevada has much more to see than just bright lights and the open road. Here are some incredible sights you will only see when you Travel Nevada. 1. Enormous Ward Charcoal Ovens (White Pine County) Via: parks.nv.gov 2. A…

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Missouri folk artist, Bob Smithy, sculptures for sale

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

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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Rev. HD Dennis, famed MS folk artist, 1916-2012

Rev. HD Dennis, famed MS folk artist, 1916-2012

Reverend H.D. Dennis – Margaret’s Grocery Vicksburg, MS Embellished visionary environment  |  Created 1994 to present  he Rev. Herman D. “Preacher” Dennis, the man who helped craft the world-renowned Margaret’s Grocery, Vicksburg’s folk-art “Bible castle” on North Washington Street, died Tuesday. Reverend H. D. Dennis,…

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