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Creative discoveries along the back roads.

My website detour art.com is dedicated to the sheer joy of outsider, folk, visionary, self-taught, vernacular art and environment discoveries found all along the back roads (and side streets) around the world. Here are some of the highlights from the travels.

David Kontra — Blind Painter

David Kontra — Blind Painter

David Kontra  |  1956-  |  Norwood, MO Paintings and music   I have heard a lot about David Kontra, the blind painter near Springfield, MO and drove a very foggy back roads route, replete with Amish horse and buggies moving surreally in and out of…

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Robert Wells

Robert Wells

Robert Wells  |  dates unknown  |  Grannis, AR Welded sculptures The weather started to turn rainy and cold, and my luck for missing artists at home was just as dampening.  Luckily, Robert Wells’ sculptures are quite visible from the highway.  Spiritual in nature, and spanning…

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Harold Bradley

Harold Bradley

Harold Bradley  |  dates unknown  |  West Fork, AR Sculptures It was a gorgeous fall day, the very reason I was in the car.  Not having a lot of time to roam too far, I settled on Arkansas, with hopes of visiting Ed Stilley, Harold…

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Ernie Poe

Ernie Poe

Ernie Poe  |  dates unknown  |  Sharon Springs, KS Barbed wire sculptures Ernie Poe has strung and repaired a lot of barbed wire fence in his days as a rancher, and he can’t seem to leave the stuff alone.  When we visited Ernie, he was…

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Erika Nelson and her World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things, among other things…

Erika Nelson and her World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things, among other things…

Erika Nelson  |  1972 (?) –   |  Lucas, KS Traveling collection  |  Creation dates unknown Erika is a force to be reckoned with.  Once upon a time, Erika was working for a television new station, doing graphics, then taught at KU, then was offered another…

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Mri Pilar & Florence Deeble

Mri Pilar & Florence Deeble

Florence Deeble’s Rock Garden  |  1900-1999  |  Lucas, KS Concrete sculpture environment  |  Created: 1950-1999 Mri Pilar’s Garden of Isis  |  dates unknown  |  Lucas, KS Installation  |  Created: 2002 – present We stopped by Florence Deeble’s Rock Garden to see how it was holding…

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The Garden of Eden at Night

The Garden of Eden at Night

S. P. Dinsmoor  |  1843-1933  |  Lucas, KS Concrete sculpture environment  |  Created: 1905-1927 Back to the Garden, again.  This time it is to celebrate the Garden of Eden’s 100th anniversary.  In honor of this auspicious event, the group of folks that own the Garden…

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Zoomer's Treasures — Mary Fenogolio

Zoomer's Treasures — Mary Fenogolio

Mary Fenogolio  Pittsburg, KS Found object sculptures and furniture  On-going creations  Private property Back in the car and following the guys from KCPT’s series, Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, to shoot another season beginning with a 1/2 hour segment in our own backyard…Kansas. First stop is…

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Kohler Conference — Day Two

Kohler Conference — Day Two

Sheboygan, WI The above video clip is a segment from the closing dinner, inspired by the environmental artists and was created by a group called “The Nana Projects” (Molly Ross and artists Annie Howe, Alison Heimstead, Elisabeth Roskos and Adam Krandle)  It was performed to…

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Kohler Conference — Day One

Kohler Conference — Day One

“Taking the Road Less Traveled: Built Environments of Vernacular Artists”co-hosted by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Kohler Foundation, Inc.An International Conference – September 27-30, 2007Sheboygan, WI Let’s just get this out of the way – The Kohler’s are visionary, self-taught, vernacular, your-term-here…

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