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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 […]

Vollis Simpson – An Appriciation

Vollis Simpson’s delicate balance of wind, gravity, monumentally, and whimsy was hidden away deep in the North Carolina countryside, but an Emerald City explosion would begin just as you approached that last turn in Wiggins Mill Road – and a sliver of sparkling fantasy began to show through. The full birds-flying, axles-squeaking, loggers-sawing, fans-whirring, guitarists-strumming, […]

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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 […]

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. John 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 in […]

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William Thompson provided this information about the numbered series of large-scale paintings that starts with slide #5 (showing the American flag): “Here is a list of the 7 paintings series and the sequence they were painted along with the title of each painting.  Each painting is 12 x 15’ acrylic on heavy canvas. 1 – […]

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William Thomas Thompson and his wife Janette live on the second floor of the Gassaway Mansion in Greenville, South Carolina. The Thompson family business makes the first floor and grounds available for an events business. A fairy tale castle location for a wedding reception – complete with an apocalyptic painter’s studio up in the turret!  […]

Turner

Long located in front of Billy Tripp’s Mindfield on Main Street in Brownsville, Anthony Turner has turned his working barbershop into an eclectic museum for the Mindfield, the Civil Rights Movement, Soul Music, Elvis, and, as the sign on the front says: a “menagerie” of gifts and items from Mr. Anthony’s personal collection. Inside, themed […]

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

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. 

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, […]

Billy Tripp

A lifetime construction project of monumental proportions, Billy Tripp’s Mindfield Cemetery is a personal diary writ large in steel.  Its pages are open to the world and are regularly reshaped by sculptural entries that transcribe his inner journey; the Mindfield displays captured thoughts and recollections in a sheer metal fabric that expands and grows denser […]

Portraits

Portraits of artists creators, and performers.

Art Environments – Southeast

Art environments are typically made by by artists working outside the mainstream of contemporary art.  Exposed to the weather and free for public viewing, the environments have little or no connection to the monetized art-object-based realm of galleries and museums.  Often the ‘artists’ don’t think of themselves as, or like to be called ‘artists’, their […]

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Floyd “Junior” Banks (A.K.A. “Castleman’s”) full scale castle walls– made almost entirely by Floyd working alone from salvaged materials– have been under continuous construction since 1993. Behind the two castle walls, most rooms are open to the sky, and none are habitable.  Complete with a torture chamber and fireplace, Floyd believes that images representing Divine […]