This Week’s Various

Larry Harris’ map to art environments in Europe has been published, and it was made with the very generous help of one of my other friends, Henk Van Es. PS if you’re not on Larry Harris’ holiday card list, you want to be.

Joseph Stella, Purrissima, High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA

Purrissima is in the High’s permanent collection. From a visit last year

Joseph Stella: Visionary Nature opens at the High on February 24

Participating artists in the Outsider Art Fair New York March 2-5 special ‘We Are Birds‘ curated space:
William Edmondson, Beverly Buchanan, Minnie Evans, and Bill Traylor

Dairy Queen, Andalusia AL

Dairy Queen in Andalusia AL, from a 2020 visit

The Great Texification of Dairy Queen at Texas Monthly

…and yes, I once lived in a town in Texas with the only restaurant being a Dairy Queen.

A 3-D model of Salvation Mountain

The Hometown That Drew Jimmy Carter Back Keeps Vigil at the NYT:

“I think he’s America’s Gandhi,” he said. “We need him.”

Super Random:

Barbie’s Dreamhouse through the decades at dezeen
Party with Lightning Bug by Oak Tree at storySouth
The Archdiocese of New Orleans has released a list of fish fry events at Catholic churches around New Orleans
This wedding cake pavilion by artist Joana Vasconcelos
Nathalie Miebach’s sculptures
The 1830 Cedars Plantation in Natchez is on the market at $3M. Save $1M by choosing 1836 Devereaux instead.

The owners of Hopson Plantation in Mississippi are retiring and it’s for sale

from a 2016 visit

Hopson Plantation, Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale MS

Hopson Plantation, Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale MS

Hopson Plantation, Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale MS

Hopson Plantation, Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale MS

Hopson Plantation, Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale MS

Photographer Robert LeBlanc will have a solo exhibit at Fahey/Klein in LA for his images from serpent-handling churches in West Virginia. From the press release:

“This is a sympathetic insight into a tradition more maligned than understood. This is their story and a view of a faith that many believe is fated to be abandoned. However, any obituary for this tradition is but foolish speculation. The obituary will never be written. Core photographs in GLORYLAND, focus upon Chris Wolford and his church. The picture of a rattlesnake on Chris’s bible during a homecoming is prophetic. Mark 16:17-18 clearly states that “And these signs shall follow them that believe…(Mark 16:17)”

“Gloryland” runs January 24 – 28 with a reception and book signing Friday, Jan 27

Rick Rojas’ article in the NYT: An Ailing Arkansas City Elected an 18-Year-Old Mayor to Turn Things Around

The shoe factory closed and the supermarket pulled out. So did neighbors whose old homes were now falling apart, overtaken by weeds and trees. Likewise, the best students at Earle High School often left for college and decided their hometown did not have enough to lure them back.

Jaylen Smith, 18, could have left, too. Instead, when he graduated from high school last spring he resolved to stay put in Earle, a small city surrounded by farmland in the Arkansas Delta, where his family has lived for generations.

He’s taking online classes at ASU and paraphrased a verse from Habakkuk: “write a vision, make it plain.”

The Eudora Welty Digital Archives is up at the MDAH

William Edmondson, Eagle, 1935, Houston Museum of Fine Art

William Edmondson’s 1950 Eagle, from a visit to the Houston Museum of Fine Art in 2021

Through May 14, the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture in Knoxville will have 12 sculptures on view with their “The Sculptures of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments and Stonework” exhibition in partnership with Cheekwood Estate & Gardens.

Ted Degener: At Home with Artists at Intuit January 19 – September 4, 2023. From the site:

Ted Degener (American, b. 1948) has spent more than 50 years road-tripping across the United States seeking encounters with the makers of art environments—artists who transformed personal spaces like homes, gardens and studios into continually evolving, site-specific and life-encompassing works of art. Degener’s pursuit was set in motion in 1970 after he learned about Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers in Los Angeles, inspiring his first cross-country road trip. This initial trip sparked a fascination that resulted in Degener photographing more than 400 artists in and with their work, in addition to roadside attractions, eccentric festivals and other American cultural activities. To this day, he continues to travel the country to photograph the art and life of artists.

Among the pics Intuit shows are his visits to Dr Charles Smith’s other home in Illinois, Rev George Kornegay’s place in Brent AL, LV Hull’s home in Kosciusko MS, and in their winter publication, he mentions Margaret’s Grocery.

L.V. Hull's Home, 2009, Kosciusko MS

A visit to L.V. Hull’s home in 2009

Margaret's Grocery, Vicksburg MS

Margaret’s Grocery, from a 2011 visit

Speaking of, Suzi Altman, who’s been restoring Margaret’s Grocery, has been doing some painting, so it should be looking much more vivid soon. I gave a few years ago; the GoFundMe to restore the site is up currently too.

Vidalia Onions

Whole Foods, 2013

Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia wants people to know — he’s been a celebrated supplier of grass-fed beef & other products at Whole Foods — that Amazon is Amazon-ing Whole Foods, and he’s not supplying them any more.

Jewboy Burgers, Austin TX

Jewboy Burgers, from a 2021 visit

Can’t even say how much we all love Jewboy Burgers in Austin, and so happy to see Mo in Texas Monthly

In Turkey there are the ice cream guys and in Corpus Christi, there’s popcorn guy
😉 – Céline Dion</a> </section> </blockquote> <script async src=””></script&gt;

@oanderle This was totaly awesome! 😃 #oanderle #popcornguy #movie #cctx #thepopcornguy #popcorn #avatar2 #corpuschristitx #corpuschristi ♬ My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from “Titanic”) – Céline Dion