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Ronald Mann

“A child can paint better than that,” Ronald Mann’s ex-wife would say.  “I do agree with you, but I’m just going to paint anyway. It [makes] no difference to me whether it’s childish or not.” Outside a tavern near Flint, Michigan about forty years earlier, he’d been caught-up in an altercation: “the judge told me, […]

Dominic ‘Cano’ Espinoza

  Twisted wire-formed letters near the top spell out “Jesus Cristo,” [slide 1] and sometimes when Dominic ‘Cano’ Espinoza “looks real close” at his castle, he can see the crucified face of Jesus looking back.  He built in no such anthropomorphic features, but to him the castle becomes an acheiropoieton – a massive, embossed metal […]

Dobberstein

Website for the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption        

Baron

Ho Baron welcomes visitors and his sculpture garden art environment is open for visitors daily. Ho’s website

Every

Health problems have prevented Tom Every – AKA Dr. Evermor – form working for many years, but his wife Lady Eleanor opens the well-maintained park five days a week.  Dr. Evermor’s website  

Portraits of ‘Outsider’ and Visionary Artists, 2019-

Often self-taught ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’.  They may not produce any ‘for sale’ art objects, their work may be too personal, or it may be intended to carry religious messages from God (for which they accept no personal credit).  Many think of themselves as being too unskilled […]

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Silvio Barile recalled hiding as a young boy from Allied bombing with his parents and siblings in the mountains around their south central Italian village of Ausonia. They “lost everything,” and in the mid-1950’s, came to America as WWII refugees. Hardly a prototypical ‘outsider’ artist, Barile went on to live the American Dream: he married, […]

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His house was a short walk from the restaurant and he filled the approximately one acre wooded area between with concrete, stone, and found object sculptures, mostly from mythology and Italian history: art is a “guide for life,” and is “too important to sell.”

Alexander

A retired grade school and part-time art teacher, Lindsey Alexander has turned sections of her home and backyard into modern-day “grottos” memorializing personal family histories. She uses blue Estée Lauder bottles from her mother’s personal collection, diary and hand-written letter transfers onto ceramic tile, shards of fine china, collected mementos, jewels, sequins, beads, eggshells, handmade […]

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Dr. Charles Smith has created a sculptural art environment that represents a museum of African-American history. 

Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson has built a unique environment of sculptures and sculptural buildings around his home in Roundup.  Please respect Tim’s privacy and unless invited, stay on public property when visiting. http://timslittlemansion.tripod.com/

Dr. Charles Smith

A low wall of rocks and broken concrete (one for every African-American soldier killed in Vietnam) forms a water-monster guarded embankment along the ‘river’s’ edge. Water surrounding the perimeter also recalls the swampland refuge of escaped slaves, and the concrete-sculpted alligator-like monster represents both danger to the runaways, and protection from “slave catchers” who feared to enter.

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Dr. Charles Smith has created a sculptural art environment that represents a museum of African-American history. 

Robertson 5 Mt. Erie

At age twenty-four, Isaiah Robertson emigrated from Jamaica to Canada where he worked primarily in the construction trades. He moved from the Toronto area to Niagara Falls, NY in 2004.  The nearby Mt. Erie Baptist Church– where he was a parishioner– hired him for a simple interior renovation, but through divine intervention, the project became […]

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At age twenty-four, Isaiah Robertson emigrated from Jamaica to Canada where he worked primarily in the construction trades. He moved from the Toronto area to Niagara Falls, NY in 2004.  The nearby Mt. Erie Baptist Church– where he is a parishioner– hired him for a simple interior renovation, but through divine intervention, the project became […]

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At age twenty-four, Isaiah Robertson emigrated from Jamaica to Canada where he worked primarily in the construction trades. He moved from the Toronto area to Niagara Falls, NY in 2004.  The nearby Mt. Erie Baptist Church– where he is a parishioner– hired him for a simple interior renovation, but through divine intervention, the project became […]

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At age twenty-four, Isaiah Robertson emigrated from Jamaica to Canada where he worked primarily in the construction trades. He moved from the Toronto area to Niagara Falls, NY in 2004.  The nearby Mt. Erie Baptist Church– where he is a parishioner– hired him for a simple interior renovation, but through divine intervention, the project became […]

Simpson Restoration and Park

Starting about 2010, Vollis Simpson’s sculptures began to be removed from their original locations in his ‘Whirligig Farm’ in Lucama to be restored in downtown Wilson, NC.   Most have been re-installed in the nearby Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park: https://www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/

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A veteran of WWII, Vollis Simpson had a metal repair shop and a rigging business in Lucama, North Carolina.  He had no background in art, but after retiring, he erected monumental metal whirligig sculptures out of recycled materials.  Most of his sculptures have been restored and relocated to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, […]

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A veteran of WWII, Vollis Simpson had a metal repair shop and a rigging business in Lucama, North Carolina.  He had no background in art, but after retiring, he erected monumental metal whirligig sculptures out of recycled materials.  Most of his sculptures have been restored and relocated to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson, […]