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Just Folk Newsletter Spring 2014
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The Academy Awards are over. The
 Ides of March have passed. April Fool’s day provided no  surprises. Can spring be far behind? Not in sunny (but parched) California! 
If we run out of drinking water,
we will be brushing our teeth in Stoli. 
But it’s 72 and sunny!



 

Long ago and far away (east coast, January) Just Folk had a very satisfactory venture to New York. Evidently, there is a healthy market for Bill Traylor works, both at the Metro Show and the upscale Esmerian and Johnson auctions. We sold five!
We recently hosted the Collectors Council from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, who toured Just Folk and listened to a presentation about Folk and Self-Taught Art. Their enthusiasm was wonderful and some said they hadn’t been exposed to American Folk Art or even been aware of Outsider Art. The lines are certainly blurring between “outsider” and “insider” art and many of the artists at Just Folk; Bill Traylor, William Hawkins, Thornton Dial, George Widener, Elijah Pierce and others are now recognized as contemporary artists rather than being marginalized as ‘different’. After all, they are artists. 
We are thrilled that Westmont College has mounted an exhibit at Santa Barbara’s Lady Leslie Ridley Tree Museum entitled, “Walking in the Spirit,” which features self-taught artists. California is coming into the modern age!
 
We have undergone a major revamp of our website,and greatly expanded our available inventory. We have the same format, but much more content. We are also pleased with our success on 1stDibs, and have added Fine Art to our traditional Folk Art on their site
In the meantime, enjoy the Just Folk Collection online and in the gallery if you can visit. We hope spring brings rejuvenation and new enthusiasm for American Folk Art.  Just sayin'.
Susan, Marcy, Deirdre, Kathleen, Fernando, Lucy
and Stella, our newest Just Folker! 

 
It gives us great pleasure to share our enthusiasm for this extraordinary artist with new and established collectors.  
New York also afforded great exhibits, The American Folk Art Museum show, “Folk Couture", splendid auction offerings, many shows during Americana week, gallery openings, delicious food, wonderful friends, and great theatre (And bitter cold and endless snow!) We had the best time!
Traditional folk art also seems to be regaining high regard, with the appeal of handmade objects strong in the art world. Sales of quilts, weathervanes, game boards, trade signs and folky toys and sculpture are rebounding and we are thrilled with our inventory of unique pieces.
We are looking forward to the spring dates of the Outsider Art Fair  (May 8-11) which coincide with the Frieze Art Fair (and better weather in New York!) In addition, The American Folk Art Museum is opening their new show; "Self Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum" at the Lincoln Square location. The show will then travel throughout the country, allowing an increased number of people to appreciate the treasures of the museum. Perhaps the May date will bring new and different art buyers to the Outsider Art Fair. Just Folk will be featuring some traditional outsider artists (oxymoron?) as well as a few new discoveries. Hope to see you there! We are happy to leave passes for you if you let us know you plan to attend.
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Just Folk
2346 Lillie Avenue, PO Box 578
Summerland, California 93067
www.justfolk.com


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