WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? VOMA VISIONARY TOUR PART IV MEGA POST

Part IV of the Voma Visionary Tour is a very special post. The destination pictured below, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, was the catalyst for the entire trip. A few short years ago, after I discovered the Reverend Howard Finster’s artwork, I became really interested in visionary artists and folk art environments. Upon researching Paradise Garden, I came across a very important and helpful website, www.narrowlarry.com, run by Larry Harris. Just like how I cannot express the feeling I get when I look at Howard Finster’s work or hear his voice, I also cannot express how invaluable of a resource Narrow Larry is to the public- it makes the obscure, out of the way, secluded, backroad, middle of nowheresville, art and artists obtainable. Larry is as committed to documenting environments and artists as the artists themselves are/were to their own work – and without even the slightest hint of pretension or reticence – with maps and directions to the sites that are clear as the day is long.

Thank you Howard Finster and Larry Harris for opening my eyes.

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The entrance to the late Reverend Howard Finster’s home in Summerville, Georgia.

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The World’s Folk Art Church

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Howard’s woodshop

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Howard’s Cadillac given to him by a Professor from Wake Forest University

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According the groundskeeper, Howard built this entire chapel without a measuring tape – instead he used two “sticks” of the same length.

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Fan art

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House of mirrors

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Bike Tower

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Whenever I’m on the road, I do everything in my power to not succumb to the convenience of fast food chains, and instead seek out local restuarants – you know the ones that just say “Family Restuarant” or “Rick’s,” or what have you. That’s where you find the real chiggin.’

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Nightfall heading up Lookout Mountain in Georgia.

Thanks for looking.

–William Gaynor

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