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Quinlan launches folk art exhibit

Artist Miller among featured folk pieces in summerlong display

POSTED: June 15, 2012 7:27 p.m.

Quinlan's 'JUST FOLK' opening reception

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center recently opened its latest exhibit, "JUST FOLK," with a reception at the center.

MICHELLE BOAEN JAMESON/The Times

Folk art pieces from various artists will be featured in a new exhibit at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

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A reception was held Thursday at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center for three new exhibits celebrating folk art.

The “JUST FOLK” Folk Art Meets the Quinlan exhibit at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center will showcase the work by 30 contemporary folk artists such as Billy Roper, Cate Larkin, Pami Ciliax, The Cap Man and Blacktop.

Also on exhibit is “Happy Birthday Mr. Miller,” marking the 100th birthday of late local artist R.A. Miller.

Until his death in 2006 at age 93, Miller lived his entire life on the same land where he was born in 1912. After decades working as a farmer and cotton mill worker, he retired in his early 60s and created artwork to spread his spiritual message. He used paint and magic marker on tin to create whimsical pictures and colorful tin cutouts of bizarre and ancient animals, dinosaurs, flags, self-portraits, angels and devils.

Also featured will be Around Round Back at Rocky’s Place Satellite Show, featuring artwork from the ultimate folk art gallery in the South.



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