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Skalos Halloween Night

Every year (2021 was the 31st) there are hundreds of visitors to Randy Skalos’ Haunt on Williams Halloween display.  During trick-or-treat hours on Halloween night, the city of Conneaut closes Randy’s block to traffic while the multi-colored hellmouth of northwestern Ohio erupts.

Skalos Haunt

In 2020 Randy Skalos resurrected his elaborate Halloween display for the 30th time.  It attracts hundreds of visitors and is the local epicenter of Halloween – the city of Conneaut closes Randy’s block on Halloween night, and there are long lines of costumed visitors waiting in the driveway at the curtained entrance to his garage […]

Jeannie Tagle Halloween

When I first accidentally happened upon Jeannie Tagle’s Halloween haunt in 2011 (and met her for the first time), I asked if I could take pictures and whether she would mind posing in the display.  She promptly changed into a slasher victim costume, applied soul eater fangs, grabbed an alien fetus specimen jar, and lowered […]

Brinkley

In 1998 Phil Brinkley began to weld dinosaurs, dragons, knights, and other fanciful creations out of automobile and farm implement parts.  He also works with commercial sheet metal as well as construction tube and bar stock.  He is retired after 40 years with the Cessna Aircraft Company, and helps his son with his auto body […]

Wince paintings and details

In 1988 Charles Wince purchased a 2 ½-story “fixer-upper” house in a then rundown Columbus neighborhood.  In retrospect, it was lucky that there were no fine interior architectural details to preserve, and Wince’s distinctly personal transformation of his home (whose surroundings have evolved into a much more fashionable and expensive neighborhood) continues to the present […]

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Retired from the Navy and Air Force, MT Liggett returned to his hometown of Mullinville, Kansas and built numerous provocative sculptures and signs satirizing local and national politicians, the government, the mainstream media, hypocrites, and former wives.  Some of his ‘totems’ honored friends, former lovers, and a surprise daughter who came to visit as an […]

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Since the mid-1980’s, Steve Kaselak has annually filled his front yard and property with an Easter display from Palm to Easter Sundays.  For more than a generation, visiting Jellybeanville has become an annual family tradition for numerous local residents.  Kaselak begins planning each year’s display in January, and it takes him about two weeks to […]

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 […]

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 and 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 […]

Mann 5 Color 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 shows their only collaboration The Other Side.  It was exhibited with the caption “Ricki trying to charge into the […]

Kox

Norbert Kox welded together and painted his “Demon Hunter” motorcycle while a member of the Waterloo (Iowa) Outlaws biker gang in the mid-1970’s. A few years earlier, one particularly bad hallucinogenic ‘trip’ caused a series of flashbacks, as well as a persistent feeling that God was directing him to quit the gang and live like […]

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, […]

Dobberstein

Website for the Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption        

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, […]