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Bayly Art Museum Opens "Singular Visions: Folk Art from Charlottesville Collections"

 

August 6, 2001-- Folk art treasures from Charlottesville collectors will be on exhibit at the Bayly Art Museum from Oct. 5 through Dec. 2. The show, "Singular Visions: Folk Art from Charlottesville Collections," opens with a reception Friday, Oct. 5, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. A special folk art workshop for families featuring a chain-saw artist will be held in the museum on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m.

Created by self-taught artists inspired by their lives and visions, these folk-art works are often referred to as naive art by the mainstream art world. Using such materials as house paint, scraps of wood, watercolors, ballpoint pens, markers and scraps of paper, folk artists often choose everyday tasks, fantasy or dreamlike recollections, spiritual visions or biblical narratives as their subject matter.

"To a person, the collectors of this work are captivated by the artists' sincerity and originality, as well as by the freshness and accessibility of the works themselves," says Suzanne Foley, curator of the exhibition.

The show includes works by well known folk artists Minnie Evans, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Minnie Atkins, Sam Doyle and Howard Finster.

The Bayly Art Museum is open to the public without charge Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The museum is located on Rugby Road, a short distance from the Rotunda. A small parking lot for visitors is located behind the museum.

For more information about the exhibition and the Bayly Art Museum call (434) 924-3592, or visit the Bayly Web site at www.virginia.edu/~bayly.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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