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Al G. Barnes Circus
"Al G. Barnes Circus", by Lewis Smith
Funky carved totems
Group of funky carved totems
with bead eyes
photo
"First Flight"
by Robert E. Gilbert
NAACP art by Ed Welch
One of four large mixed media paintings honoring
civil rights activists and African-American history
NAACP art by Ed Welch
"Walter White", by Ed Welch
W. E. B. Du Bois by Ed Welch
"W. E. B. Du Bois", by Ed Welch
NAACP art by Ed Welch
"Roy Wilkins", by Ed Welch
Amish Family drawing
Amish drawings
Train wreck drawing
Amish Train wreck drawing
War Garden Collage
1940's War Garden Collage
Drawing
"Evils of the World"
by Joseph Martin
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim Popso
Two carved folk art assemblages by PA artist Jim Popso depicting life in coal country
Metal sculpture
Metal sculpture: "Universe"
Painting by Robert E. Gilbert
Abstract painting by Robert E. Gilbert
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This delightful W.W.II era collage was made from cut paper by Virginia Love, a girl in St. Louis, MO. It measures 8 1/2" by 11 3/4", in a frame 12 3/4" by 16", and is in excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PWHC.   Image ... Closeup.

VL9A construction paper collage of ship at night; it was made by Virginia Love in the 1940's. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL9.   Image.

Metal sculpture"Universe". Metal sculpture made from roofing tin, acrylics, and automobile glass. 22" x 22" x 10" (with stand, 32" high). 1995. Note that the colors in this piece are very vibrant and strong. They are much more vivid than shown in the photos. The first closeup shows them the best, but even it is somewhat washed out. The price is $5000.00. Inventory Code: KPAA.   Image ... Closeup ... Another view ... A third overall view ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From an angle behind ... Back ... Closeup of back.

NAACP art by Ed WelchHere are four vivid mixed media paintings by Ed Welch, celebrating civil rights activists and African-American history. They combine paint on composite board with collage, stickers, glitter, and found objects. Each is framed and ready to hang. John Edward Welch, who lived from 1918 to 2011, grew up working on a farm and became a self educated sign painter who applied his professional skills to these strongly artistic expressions.

This is a portrait of Roy Wilkins, "Former Executive Director of NAACP". The name above the portrait is embellished with glitter. The large letters down the left side and the shield below the portrait are cut from layered poster board. The birds, figure of Justice, and flag are applied paper, and the smaller letters on the left are individual stickers. Reflective tape divides the two panels. There is some very slight wear along the edges of the panel. It is signed E Welch and dated 2000. The painting itself is 36" high by 23 1/2" wide; as mounted it is 38" high by 25 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWH.   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side views ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side views ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

NAACP art by Ed WelchThis painting honors Jessie M. Rattley, "Former Mayor of Newport News, Virginia". The portrait is embellished with an applied costume jewelry heart. In the left hand panel, portraits of students in mortarboards and a professional typist commemorate "Jessie M. Rattley's Business College". Reflective tape and glitter enhance the lower border. It is signed, not dated, and has an inner gold frame mounted in an outer black frame. The size as mounted is 43" wide by 31" high by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWW.   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup right side ... Closeup, left side ... Closeup of artist's label ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup right side ... Closeup, left side ... Closeup of artist's label ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

NAACP art by Ed WelchThis tribute to Walter White and the NAACP is very detailed, with more applied collage elements than the other pieces. The Capitol, the eagle, the figure of Justice, the banners, and all of the lettering were applied. The fancy script at the top was cut from two layers of poster board. It is signed "E Welch", not dated. There is slight wear around the edges. The painting itself measures 36" wide by 24" high. As mounted it is 38" by 26" by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWR.   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, upper right ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, upper right ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

W. E. B. Du Bois by Ed WelchThis is a portrait of W. E. B. Du Bois, with the words "We Need You". There is a smaller portrait of Abraham Lincoln, with a quote emphasizing Lincoln's priority was saving the Union, not freeing the slaves. It is signed "E Welch 97". There is minor wear around the edges of the panel. The painting itself measures 36" wide by 24" high. As mounted it is 38" by 26" by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWO.   "W. E. B. Du Bois" by Ed Welch ... Closeup of right ... Closeup of middle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "W. E. B. Du Bois" by Ed Welch ... Closeup of right ... Closeup of middle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

This is a selection of Amish drawings from OH, done in pastels. The artist, who was in her 30's when these were drawn, has been doing them since she was 12. She draws the images, and some of her family members fill them in, using colors she has selected. Their bishop allows the family to sell the drawings only if they are not signed and their names are not publicized. The drawings portray: an out-of-perspective home scene, and a series of two drawings depicting an Amish woman in a buggy being hit by a train: one just before the accident, and one just after, with the woman, horse, and buggy flying through the air. All are done in strong, rich colors, and have similar qualities of skewed perspective. They measure 30" by 40" and are contemporary pieces. They are priced at $450.00 each.

Amish Family drawingFamily. Inventory Code: PTWC.   Image.
Train wreck drawingBefore the train wreck. Inventory Code: PTWO.   Image ... Closeup.
Train wreck drawingAfter the train wreck. Inventory Code: PTWR.   Image ... Closeup.

DrawingThis crayon drawing by Joseph Martin illustrates the evils of the world. It includes cards, dice, a fetus, drugs, gun, a tombstone, and a Bible with a padlock through it surrounding a brain. It is 6" by 8 1/4", in excellent condition. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: POKO.   Image.

Funky carved totemsThis is a group of six strong and funky carved and decorated "totems" which we refer to as the "totem family". There is the father, mother, big brother and sister, and the two little kids. Each of the carvings has faces on all four sides with various colored beads for eyes. They are all signed with ink on the base "TAG 1991 R1 box 6 Rockvale, TENN". One is also decorated with the drawing in ink which seems to be a stylized tree with roots. They are all approximately 3 1/2" to 4" on the sides, and vary from 15 1/2" to 31 1/2" in height. It is a little difficult to pin down the age exactly, but these were likely made in the latter 1900's. The condition is very good with some slight wear and loss to a few of the beads. The price for the group is $1295.00. Inventory Code: CCAR.   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from above ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Al G. Barnes Circus"Al G. Barnes Circus" is one of several 11" by 17" ink, marker, and crayon drawings on paper by the late Lewis Smith. They show women flexing their muscles, and wrestling with each other and/or with animals. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: LS34.   Image.

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photo"First Flight", by Robert E. Gilbert. Watercolor and pencil, it measures 10 1/4" by 13 1/2", in a matt 18" by 24". In the 1950's through the 70's REG was a prolific producer and contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines (fanzines). He died in 1993. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: REG 7.   Image.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertHere is an abstract oil on canvas with wooden stretchers, unframed. It measures 28" high by 16" wide by 3/4" deep. The paint is applied with strong, textured brush strokes. It is signed "REG 1959". There is some slight wear on the corners and a few tiny flakes missing on the right hand edge. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: REG 101.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

If you haven't looked at Gilbert's work in a while, we invite you to visit the large collection we now have on the site. You may be surprised at the variety of styles he produced. REG was a prolific contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines, and an occasional author. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he did a lot of non-science fiction art, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional styles. Gilbert lived in Tennessee, and died in 1993. His work expresses the strong sense of the alien. Landscapes are strange and unexpected. Even when humans are depicted, they look eerie somehow, as if they were just one more bizarre species in a weird galaxy.

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Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   See a slideshow of several views [513k] ... Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoHere are two folk art assemblages by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The son of a coal miner, his wonderfully detailed work depicts life in the mines and mine towns. You can read about Popso and his art here and here, and his obituary is here.

This piece is a model of a coal cracker that breaks up the larger chunks into more manageable sizes. There is a carved operator sitting on the front with his shovel, his mallet is behind him. When you turn the crank on the side you can see the crushing mechanism in the top move. There are two rubber flaps covering the chutes where the crushed coal would exit. Flat surfaces on the front and sides are covered with tiny, detailed scenes of the town. It is signed "By J. Popso, son of a coal miner, Hazleton, PA". One of the things Popso did in his work as a welder was to build these coal crackers.

The model is mostly wood, with pieces of coal, and some cardboard underneath. It measures 21 1/2" long by 7" wide by 13" high, and is in very good condition. It was featured in the article in the Spring, 1995 issue of Pennsylvania Folklife linked above. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CAKO.   See a slideshow of several views [929k] ... Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.

Club house model by Jim PopsoThis carved assemblage by Jim Popso depicts the Eckley PA Social Club. There are two men sitting out front, one reading, the other holding a case of beer. The door opens to reveal two more men sitting across from each other, with a large stove between them. Written inside the door is "Pres. Big Mike, Treas. Ohio Joe, Trusty Happy Louie, Guard Slappy Willy, Door Man Ikie, Dues 50¢ a Month, No Ladys". The back has painted flowers and shrubbery. The size is 13 1/4" high by 9 3/4" by 9 3/4". It is in very good condition, probably from the mid 1990's. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CAKR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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