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Robertson 7 Cross Symbolism

(quotations on this page are of Isaiah Robertson’s words) The 25 foot cross Prophet Isaiah built in his driveway was a gift to the community: offering physical and spiritual healing, as well as a final chance for redemption ahead of the imminent Second Coming – to occur at the brink of Niagara Falls on Goat […]

Henry Hall

Henry Hall has made numerous Mardi Gras costumes and model floats.  He also draws, makes spray paintings from custom stencils, and decorates his yard with beads, party hats, and objects from around his neighborhood.  He proudly recalls his U. S. Army service (1953-5), having a traveling dance troupe and running a dance studio in downtown […]

Roy Smith

Roy Smith lives in Royville without electricity or plumbing.  During the day he charges solar lights for nighttime use inside the van where he sleeps.   In the 1990’s Roy was featured on the television news program 20/20, and he won a racial bias law suite against the police department (in a different Colorado county).  […]

Frank Novel 3

Frank and I enjoy getting together for Erie Seawolves AA minor league baseball games:

Frank Novel 2

Frank brought one of his vintage notebooks to a minor league baseball for my between innings pleasure.  Some quick cell-snaps:    

Frank Novel 1

Frank Novel (Noo´-vel) is a mental health outpatient who lives in a low income apartment building in downtown Erie, Pennsylvania.  He keeps a sizable collection of vintage LP’s in his small apartment and he’s especially partial to ’60’s and 70’s pop rock.  Since the 1970’s, he has drawn almost daily in sketchbooks – sometimes making […]

Robertson 6 House and Yard Symbols

(quotations on this page are of Isaiah Robertson’s words) The myriad of colorful designs make an overwhelming first impression that may seem decorative, but reminiscent of stained-glass church windows, Prophet Isaiah’s home site is filled with abstractly-stylized biblical references and symbolic messages. The colors and details would change, but the broad designs and meanings remained […]

Juanita Leonard 2

Juanita Leonard sells her work at local art shows, or directly out of her immersive, colorful art environment of a home. Ms. Juanita welcomes visitors to her ever-changing home and grounds, and she may be contacted through her Facebook page (see “External Resources” below map).

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Next to her home in about 2005, Juanita Leonard built and decorated a small church where she, a licensed minister, holds Sunday services for a small congregation.  At the beginning of her ministry, she dressed in “white swaddling” and for around forty days carried a large bamboo cross along the rural Louisiana highway in front […]

Jeremy Twiss

In 2017, Jeremy Twiss, then employed as a cook at the adjacent Sweetness_7 Cafe, had no previous painting experience or art training, but Prish Moran, the owner, was impressed by some recent figure drawings, and she encouraged him to take on what turned-out to be the year-long project of single-handedly painting the interior of the […]

Melvin Gould

Pulsing flashes of sunlight from the westbound service road of I-80 approaching Cheyenne, Wyoming signal that Mel Gould’s exit (#370) is coming up. He purposely left the spinning silver duct pipe mounted atop his quonset hut workshop unpainted: on clear days a driver’s peripheral vision is likely to be caught by the stroboscopic sunbursts. A […]

Thompson 3 paintings

This is a gallery of painting reproductions that were either sent by William Thompson to me, or were found randomly on the internet.  Mr. Thompson requested that the following biblical text – “a true description of Heaven” and central to an understanding of his work – be included: Revelation 21-22 King James Version Revelation 21 […]

Hubbell

Jerry Hubbell had worked in banking before starting his own farming business in 1980.  To mend implements, he took welding lessons, and after the needed repairs were finished, he began to “experiment.”  He reshaped discarded metal scraps into a cowboy-driven stagecoach, a purple people eating dragon, Batman on a motorcycle, and many more. The stagecoach […]

Culver artworks

Bringing together his interests in history, science, and science fiction, John’s drawings display images derived from the historical past along with projections about the distant future.  Among the old masters, he especially admires Leonardo Da Vinci’s melding of art and science – his centuries early predictions and inventions that must have seemed like science fiction […]

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John Culver spends hours working on his meticulously detailed drawings most days.  He lives frugally in a family double-wide and seems to harbor no consumer culture aspirations, and he works at Family Affair, a take-out restaurant at the end of his street.  Pursuing work as a chef and a meat cutter, John moved to Atlanta […]

Mann 6 Slide Projections

Ronald Mann is a self-taught Vietnam veteran artist. His wife Ricki was an amateur painter, and after returning from the war with un-diganosed PTSD, Ron started to make paintings using her leftover materials.  In recent years Ron has created new layers of meaning in his work by photographing projections of slides of his paintings onto […]

Mann 3 Overview Paintings

Ronald Mann is a self-taught Vietnam veteran artist. His wife Ricki was an amateur painter, and after returning from the war with un-diganosed PTSD, Ron started to make paintings using her leftover materials.  Ron had no background or training in art, and remains uninterested in art history or the contemporary artworld. A form of self-therapy, […]

Mann 4 B&W Paintings

Ronald Mann is a self-taught Vietnam veteran artist. His wife Ricki was an amateur painter, and after returning from the war with un-diganosed PTSD, Ron started to make paintings using her leftover materials.  The fist slide, When Johnny Comes Home, shows physically and emotionally wounded soldiers returning from Vietnam – they beat their own drums […]