By Jay Johnson

This illustrated consultant to American folks artists and their paintings spans a century of painters from Grandma Moses to Kathy Jakobsen and covers such media as sculpture, pottery, and fabric creations.

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This illustrated advisor to American people artists and their paintings spans a century of painters from Grandma Moses to Kathy Jakobsen and covers such media as sculpture, pottery, and fabric creations.

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The small size of his works make, his art even more remarkable. Bond's paintings, bucolic rural scenes and busy urban vistas churning with activity, are suffused with a strange background light achieved by the effective use of oils on the transparent surface. The foregrounds of his paintings are filled with the kind of details of which folk artists are so fond: engineers can be glimpsed in the Milton Bond is cabs of tiny locomotives; specks of mother-of-pearl attached to the glass (a tech- nique well known to earlier reverse-glass painters) cause the city office building to many windows of a glow with the colors of a setting sun.

Blocksma eventually found that two things were coming to dominate his time and thought: his figures and house construction, or, rather, reconstruction, since he likes to take houses apart and put them back together. In 1979, he left medito his background as a physician. cine to devote himself full-time to these pursuits. Blocksma now frame house in Holland, Michigan, surrounded by lives in a small These strange, anthropoid figures, which resemble dolls wood, leather, piano wire, canvas, or even whirligigs, are made from bits of junk and odd bits of hardware jointed together so that their arms and legs move.

York, Art Association juried exhibition of at the Bridge Gallery and the Westlake Gallery, Bill Chute South Ferry & Brooklyn Bridge 1981 Oil on canvas; 20" x 24" Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Donovan Photo by Bill Buckner 45 Clark The Coe creative impulse that causes a folk artist to begin to work varies with the With some, it is the new freedom that comes with retirement; with or the hope of financial gain. With Clark Coe, it was pity. boredom others, Stricken at the sight of a young bedridden nephew, Coe resolved to provide the child with something to entertain him.

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