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Folksy feel plasters the walls at Quinlan
Arts center opens exhibit today in Gainesville

Self-taught, outsider, primitive, naive, Folk artists have defied definition and broken down barriers for a century. Through their use of unconventional materials and subjects, folk art has risen in acclaim with audiences and collectors as a respected art form.

Now the Quinlan Visual Arts Center will highlight those artists this summer with its own exhibition from June 11 to Aug. 15 at 514 Green St. NE in Gainesville. The exhibition will begin with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Quinlan.

Featured local and regional folk artists are Kelly Bentley Ash, Blacktop, Frances Byrd, Margaret Cameron, Pami Ciliax, Cornbread, Tex Crawford, P.J. Fishstick, Coralie Hardman, Joycelyn Hariston, Mike Jones, Eric Legge, Peter Loose, Bob McGill, Durwood Pepper, Kip Ramey, Jason Smith, Robin "Bird" Smith, Suzie Smith, "The Cap Man," C. Larry Wilson and A.J. Wolff.

Each artist’s work range from colorful and playful to whimsical and macabre — even humorous and edgy. They also display biting wit with socially-conscious compositions, or comical revelations, reflecting the vast and diverse culture of the artists and their perspectives.

For more information, visit or call 770-536-2575.


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