Just Folk Newsletter Fall 2014
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October  is here and we are still experiencing full summer in California! The land of earthquakes and fires is now the land of no rain (and therefore very severe water shortages.) We forget how much we take for granted in this land of plenty!
All the world has woes, but we still take refuge in beautiful things and celebrations of our past.  Thank goodness so much of our history has been preserved and cherished and is available to us in our antiques.

Went to London this summer and saw the Tate Museum exhibit of British Folk Art, which was a thrill to experience!  It seems that folk art is gaining popularity worldwide, both as an honored art form and as a glimpse into how our world functioned in the past.  We bought a couple of classic items, including two folk collages done by the English tailor, George Smart of Frant, around 1865.  
While Just Folk’s focus is on American Folk Art, we feel that including our ancestors in our collection is merited!



This year, we have made some acquisitions of classic pieces of American Folk Art and we are going to bring them to the Metro Show in New York in January.

Our curated booth there will feature some of our iconic sculptures as well as these newly-acquired pieces, which will remain unexposed until the show at the Metro Pavilion, opening January 22nd and running through January 25th, 2015. So we have some secret surprises for our New York collectors!
Let us know if you can come and we will send you passes to the show.

We have a wonderful show of handmade musical instruments in the gallery at the moment as well as some sculpture and Self-Taught Art that relates to the musical world.  It will be up until the end of October, so come by if you can.


Future shows planned include an exhibit of works by Elijah Pierce, a woodcarver and preacher who worked out of his barbershop in Columbus, Ohio in the mid-20th century.    


We are also planning a show of Corrine Riley’s work which includes her miniature quilts and whimsical chairs!


 We will keep you posted on the dates of these shows. We are also planning to have our annual one-day holiday boutique featuring the works of artists with developmental disabilities, from L. A. Goal  and Alpha Resource Center's Slingshot.  The December date is forthcoming.


We are proud to announce our third publication! 
A postcard book of the Bill Traylor works we acquired in 2009 is now available.


 It joins our previous publications: 
The Briskin Family Collection 
Bill Traylor Unfiltered 

Just Folk has continued to support the institutions that feature American Folk Art, including the beloved American Folk Art Museum in New York, which is thriving with a national tour of Self-Taught Genius, masterpieces from their collection. The current shows, Ralph Fasanella-Lest We Forget and Willem Van Genk-Mind Traffic have been very well received by the press and public.


So many people still think that the museum ceased to exist when they moved from their previous location.  Not so!  They are alive and well at 2 Lincoln Square, across from Lincoln Center.  Just Folk is thrilled to encourage and support the upcoming shows at the Mingei Museum in San Diego on the left coast!  And we can’t forget our own local Santa Barbara Museum of Art, which keeps mounting interesting shows.  Everyone is urged to keep attendance up at these stimulating places! Nourish your heart and soul with beauty and creation!

Until our next communication, fond hopes for health, prosperity and things that make you happy!

Susan, Marcy, Kathleen, Deirdre and Fernando




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Summerland, CA 93067

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