Historic Apalachicola

Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art

Folk Fantastic Exhibit

Exhibited folk art from February 04, 2016 – April 02, 2016

The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 5 PM

Long before self-taught artists’ works entered the collectable hot zone, Lee and Randy Sewell had welcomed hundreds of handmade creations into their Atlanta and St. George Island homes.  Randy began collecting contemporary folk art at estate sales.  He has hundreds of whirligigs, decorative objects that spin in the wind, and hundreds of birdhouses. For fun, Randy builds fanciful birdhouses shaped like quirky American roadside attractions that popped up in the ‘40s and ‘50s: chili bowl-shaped restaurants, aluminum-sided diners, and more.  Lee enjoys rustling through flea markets but isn’t as prodigious a collector as Randy.  Even at sixty miles an hour,Randy Sewell can spot American folk art.  He scours lawns telltale signs of the self-taught artist: whitewashed tire fencing, painted tree trunks, or funky garden ornaments.  A collector since the ‘70s, Randy purchased some of his twig furniture collection right off people’s front porches. His collection includes miniature twig chairs, probably made as doll furniture. Sometimes, repeat visits are needed to seal a deal.  But by that point, Randy has collected more than folk art, he is connected with another artist.


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