Tag Archives: North Georgia Folk Art

Recycled Sculptures at Sunrise Farm, Warren County

These recycled iron/scrap sculptures represent mythological and real creatures. I’m not sure who the artist is, but it may be farm owner Mark Chalker. You can’t help but notice them as you drive past.

Sea Horse

Sea Turtles

Octopus

Phoenix, or Firebird. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the Phoenix is mine. (The octopus came in a close second).

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Uncle Remus Museum, 1963, Eatonton

Constructed from derelict slave cabins, the Uncle Remus Museum opened in Eatonton in 1963. Its location, Turner Park, was the boyhood homeplace of Joseph Sidney Turner, the inspiration for the “little boy” to whom “Uncle Remus” relayed all his critter stories in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) and later works. Turner’s father, Joseph Addison Turner, owned Turnwold Plantation where Harris apprenticed as a teenager during the Civil War. A reconstructed blacksmith shop is also located in the park.

Carvings of many of the animal characters populate the grounds, which are a delight to walk around. I’m not sure who did all of these wonderful wood sculptures, but they’re a wonderful addition to the property. And forgive me if I confuse Bre’r Fox and Bre’r Wolf!

Bre’r Fox

Bre’r Wolf

Bre’r Bear

Bre’r Tarrypin

And last, but certainly not least, Bre’r Rabbit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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General Store, Roopville

The restoration of this false-front building incorporates folk art and commercial elements. It was likely a general store or warehouse.

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Whirligig, Roopville

Of all the colorful arts and crafts on display in Roopville, I think this whirligig was my favorite.

 

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Poole’s Bar-B-Q & Pig Hill of Fame, East Ellijay

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A favorite with tourists and locals alike, Poole’s Bar-B-Q has become a world-famous attraction in the mountain town of East Ellijay. Oscar and Edna Poole opened the restaurant in 1989. It started in a roadside shack but now occupies this building, known as the “Taj-Ma-Hog”.

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Pig cut-outs, arranged in the shape of a pig, adorn the hill behind the restaurant known as the “Pig Hill of Fame”.

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Pig-related names abound.

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The Pig Hill of Fame started with just 300 cut-outs but now features over 3000.

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Poole’s Bar-B-Q probably doesn’t need to advertise, but these crazy cars do a good job.

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The pig kitsch is a lot of fun. Like the old saying of eating everything but the squeal, Poole’s uses decorative pigs in every possible way.

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One of my favorite things, though, was Porky, a child’s ride of the kind you’d find outside dime stores a couple of generations ago.

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Bellton Post Office, Lula

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Before it was absorbed by Lula in the 1950s, this community was known as Bellton. This was the post office.

 

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Salvation Mural, Canon

Canon GA Downtown Mural of Jesus Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

He Died for You. Will You Live for Him

This may have been painted by the same artist who did the other mural of Jesus in Canon.

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Jesus Mural, Canon

Canon GA Jesus Mural Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This mural is always a wonderful welcome to the little town of Canon. The weather was bad on this trip, so I was unable to photograph the historic churches just past here. I’ll be back, though.

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Art House, Carlton

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Outsider Art Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

This circa 1894 gabled-ell cottage is the home of Mike Jones and Stephanie Astalos-Jones. Stephanie writes: All the art here IS for sale. There is a small sign on the corner of Lexington and Highway 72 that says “art for sale” and points this way…Our hope is that our house is known as an art house where people can come and find original art.

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Outsider Art Red Hand on Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

It was hard not to stop after seeing this big hand on a tree in the yard.

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Stencils Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing NOrth Georgia USA 2015

Regarding the beautiful decoration of the house, Stephanie explains: Every bit of that is hand painted. I’m a pysanky artist (batik work on egg shell) and I wanted to put pysanky style artwork on the house. I’m also a professional actor

Folk Art House Carlton GA Madison County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

There were three sculptures in the yard, and the remains of an old tuba attached to a post. Stephanie notes: My husband is a sculptor and a jazz saxophone player. Those are his pieces you show in the yard. It’s nice to see them again since all are sold now.

Carlton GA Madison County Outsider Art Sculptures Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

The sculptures first made me think of Cycladic art, but they have Polynesian and mythological influences, as well.

Outsider Art Stone Scullpture Carlton GA Madison County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Outsider Art Sculpture Whimsical Carlton Madison County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

Outsider Art Sculpture Carlton GA Madison County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2015

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Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, Summerville

Worlds Folk Art Chapel Howard Finster Paradise Garden Summerville GA Chattooga County Outsider Art Icon Eccentric Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

World’s Folk Art Chapel (begun 1982)

For the unfamiliar, Paradise Garden is the life’s work of the late Reverend Howard Finster (2 December 1915 or 1916-22 October 2001). A man of strong religious faith, Finster was a tireless folk artist who used his boundless energy and talent to spread the word of God in every available medium. The folk art chapel (above), as well as much of the garden itself, is presently being restored after going back to nature in the time since his passing. His own words sum up his mission and are often used to describe his philosophy of reusing, recycling and casting nothing of value aside: “I took the pieces you threw away-put them together by night & day-washed by rain and dried by sun, a million pieces all in one!” As a matter of fact, Finster created over 40,000 pieces of art in his lifetime.

Howard Finster I took the pieces you threw away put them together by night day washed by rain dried by sun a million pieces all in one photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2014

Howard Finster rose to national prominence and widespread fame in the 1980s thanks to his work being featured on album covers by the Talking Heads, R.E.M., and many others.  R.E.M. even shot much of their video for “Radio Free Europe” at the garden and featured a cameo of Howard. During this time Reverend Finster was also a guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson which helped cement his national reputation.

Howard Finsters Cadillac Paradise Garden Summerville GA Chattooga County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Howard’s Cadillac

Visiting Paradise Garden for the first time was a life-changing experience for me. The people of Chattooga County are understandably proud to call Howard one of their own and in all  my travels around Georgia, they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The next three images highlight the Rolling Chair Ramp Gallery, where work from fans and admirers, as well as ephemera and memorabilia from Howard’s life are displayed. He built this structure mainly to share his message with those who were unable to walk around the garden.

Paradise Garden Summerville GA Chattooga County Rolling Chair Ramp Folk Art Museum National Register of Historic Places Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Paradise Garden Summerville GA Chattooga County Rolling Chair Ramp Folk Art Museum Interior National Register of Historic Places Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Folk Art Memorabillia Howard Finster Tributes Archives Ephemera Paradise Garden Summerville GA Photograph Copyrigh Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

The Coca-Cola Bottle House (below) was used as a pump house.

Howard Finster Paradise Garden Summerville GA Folk Art Landmark Bottle Wall Shed Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Howard let nothing go to waste, not even the waste basket.

Paradise Garden Summerville GA Folk Artist Outsider Art Howard Finster Jesus Saves Garbage Can Pineapple Sage National Regsiter of Historic Places Photograph copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

This giant cement shoe is one of my favorite items in the garden.

Giant Cement Shoe at Howard Finsters Paradise Garden Summerville GA Chattooga County Landmark National Register of Historic Places Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Enjoy the next few photographs and get an idea of this visionary’s world. Of course, the only way to really appreciate it is to make the journey to Summerville yourself. You won’t regret it!

Paradise Garden Summerville GA Howard Finster Sculptural Concrete Wall Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgai USA 2014

Howard Finsters Paradise Garden Folk Art Summerville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Howard Finster Paradise Garden Summerville GA The Riches of God is to believe in the lord jesus christ and thou shalt be saved today is the day trail sign photograph copyright brian brown vanishing north georgia usa 2014

The mirror house (below) is being restored.

Restoration of Howard Finsters Paradise Garden Summerville GA Mirror House Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Jesus Saves Tile Mosaic Howard Finster Paradise Garden Summerville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

In the mosaic garden…

Three Dimensional Sculptural Mosaic Walls Broken Glass Shards Ceramics Howard Finsters Paradise Garden Summerville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Howard Finster Tribute Folk Art Get Right with God at Paradise Garden Summerville GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Tributes to Howard Finster

Howard Finsters Paradise Garden Summerville GA WIldlife Painting on Tin Folk Art Signs Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Paradise Garden Hoardes of Crockery Pots Pickle Jars Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Some of Howard’s “supplies”.

Howard Finsters Paradise Garden Picture House Sign Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgai USA 2014

The tour is entirely self-guided, unless you ask for a guide, and you are guaranteed to get lost in the whimsy of this place. Consider that a good thing.

Howard Finster Paradise Garden Summerville GA Chattooga County Folk Art Icon Tributes Memorial Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Howard Finster Memorial

Howard Finsters House at Paradise Garden Front Porch Self Portrait Folk Art Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

Detail of Finster Self-Portrait and the front porch of his home, now the visitor’s center.

Howard Finsters House at Paradise Garden Now Visitor Center Front Porch Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing North Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

https://www.facebook.com/howardfinstersparadisegardens

http://paradisegardenfoundation.org/

To learn more about Howard, simply search his name on YouTube for lots of interviews, &c.

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