Thursday, October 25, 2007

Howard Finster

Saving a Folk Artist’s Paradise, Lost to Weeds and Ruin, Is a Tangled Affair (NY Times, October 25, 2007). "...To understand how Howard Finster, a Baptist preacher and bicycle repairman, became one of the most notable folk artists in the world, it is worth a visit to where it all started: the tiny white wooden house in this hamlet, tucked into the state’s northwestern corner.
It was in the Howard Finster Vision House, a name it has acquired since his death in 2001, that Mr. Finster said he was directed by God to stop repairing bicycles and paint 'sermon art.' And it was here, years later, that he made a 'garden of paradise,' a sprawling art environment he lovingly tended for 30 years that many consider to be his greatest work."


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