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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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KY Folk Artist, Ronald Cooper 1932-2012

KY Folk Artist, Ronald Cooper 1932-2012

Kentucky folk artist Ronald Cooper died in a hospital in Lexington on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. Ronald and Jessie Cooper became artists by chance in their mid-fifties. Prior to that, their lives had followed a path common for their generation: early marriage, leaving their home-town…

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Ronald Manolio, Eggshelland creator, passes away

Ronald Manolio, Eggshelland creator, passes away

(Story and photos courtesy of Fred Scruton) For over 50 years Ron Manolio cheerfully hand-painted the (real) eggshells for Betty Manolio’s Eggshelland graph paper designs.  I’ve truly never met a person who exuded such giddy delight over bringing pleasure to other people. The immense regional…

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More tributes to Mr. Imagination

More tributes to Mr. Imagination

Mr. Imagination, Gregory Warmack Obit Photo. Courtesy, the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art There has been an outpouring of love and remembrance all across the country… For prolific Atlanta artist “Mr. Imagination,” sleep was rare Saporta Report by Michelle Hiskey “No pictures,” artist Gregory Warmack told…

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Remembering Mr Imagination

Remembering Mr Imagination

Mr. Imagination with his work at Folk Fest in Atlanta, 2009 March 30, 1948 – May 30, 2012 Mr. Imagination embodied art and the creative spirit. The third of nine children, he was born on the South Side of Chicago in March 1948 as Gregory…

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Charlie Stagg, visionary artist dies at 72

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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RIP Bob Cassilly – City Museum founder

RIP Bob Cassilly – City Museum founder

photo courtesy of Slide Quest Bob Cassilly, founder of City Museum, found dead in bulldozer at his Cementland project By Dale Singer, Beacon reporter    Updated 4:08 pm Mon., 9.26.11 Bob Cassilly, who turned a collection of unusual artifacts into City Museum, a top tourist attraction…

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Mamie Deschellie – Navajo "Accidental Artist" 1910-2010

Mamie Deschellie – Navajo "Accidental Artist" 1910-2010

Folk art superstar’ Mamie Deschillie died Friday By Alysa Landry The Daily Times Posted: 11/29/2010 10:39:04 PM MST FARMINGTON — Friends and family members of Mamie Deschillie remember the woman as an internationally appreciated folk artist who put family first. Deschillie, a Fruitland woman known…

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