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FINE FOLK AND AMERICANA (Closing Reception June 17, 4pm-7pm)

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Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

Exhibit runs through June 17.

Gallery hours: Thursdays-Saturdays 2pm-5pm.

Outsider Art Trail Tour: June 17, 12pm-7pm.

Closing Reception: June 17, 4pm-7pm.

Featuring the unique and creative works of Jim Shores (Rome, Georgia) and Dereck Van Wickel (Marietta, Georgia), and works from private collections featuring Myrtice West, "Calhoun" Paul Jastram, Cayman Kane, Donnie Davis, James Barron, Scott Thomas, Russell Cook, Robinella, "T. Watson" Tom Touchstone, and "Chub" Chris Hubbard, Erin Dixon, & Kelly Nicole Garner, May 6- June 17. This exhibit will also be a stop on the OUTSIDER ART TRAIL TOUR, put together by the Paradise Garden Foundation, Saturday June 17 (the final day of the exhibit). In support of this annual event that celebrates folk art & art environments in the far northwest Georgia region, we will have free art making projects, and the gallery bar will be open serving beer & wine, 12pm-7pm, along with LIVE MUSIC 4pm-6pm. (The gallery will be closed for private events Friday May 12 & Saturday May 27.)

JIM SHORES Jim Shores is a self-taught artist living in Rome, Georgia, who creates sculpture, assemblage and environmental art from found objects. Working full-time as an artist since 1997, Jim has exhibited with current and past folk art festivals & shows such as Finster Fest, Kentuck Festival as a Guest Artist, House of Blues (Orlando, FL), Folk Art Festival, Slotin Folk Fest (Atlanta, GA) and Outsiders Outside Art Fair (Harbert Michigan). His work is in the permanent folk art collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA), Polk Museum (Lakeland, FL), House of Blues (Orlando, FL) and can be found in corporate and private collections around the country. Inspiration for his art comes from the objects he finds themselves and is partial to working with rusty metal. In addition to his individual works, he also expresses himself through his ART-yard, where he receives visitors by appointment.

DERECK VAN WICKEL Dereck Van Wickel (b.1964, NYC, NY) moved to Georgia in time for high school. A Governor's Honors recipient in Art, he attended Savannah College of Art & Design and later graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in painting. In the mid 1990s he began working on a series of large paintings on paper depicting Sherman's March. The completed series was later exhibited in two Georgia museums. A few years later Dereck developed a fascination with firefighting, eventually living and working in two Atlanta fire houses while producing several large images. Moving to Chicago in 2002 Dereck continued showing work in off beat locations like downtown bars and coffee houses, finding success selling small paintings of tornadoes to an audience that normally didn't buy original art. Stints in Arkansas, Charlotte and Los Angeles followed. An avid history reader, Dereck's current work incorporates themes of early societies, Adam and Eve, and people living in isolated spots. Returning to North Georgia five years ago he is inspired by the local landscape and by the the paintings of his young children whose ideas he regularly steals and presents as his own.

Dylon Ramsey Exhibit

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Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

Gallery Hours: Thursday- Saturday 2pm-5pm

Artist Reception: TBA

Dylon Ramsey is a budding artist based in Atlanta, Georgia, who recently discovered his passion for the arts. Although he started making art not too long ago, Dylon has already created some impressive pieces that showcase his artistic flair and unique style.

Dylon's goal as an artist is to inspire others to create and express their individualism through art. He believes that everyone has something unique to offer and that art is one way to showcase that uniqueness. Through his art, Dylon hopes to inspire people to explore their creative sides and find their own voice.

Dylon's artwork is a combination of different mediums and techniques. He loves to experiment with different mediums, such as acrylic, oil and chalk pastels, spray paint, and mixed media, to create visually captivating pieces that convey a range of emotions and ideas. His art has been displayed at the Brooklyn Art Cave, Paint N Sit Gala, “We Been Here” Exhibition at Kingfisher Art Co. and the B.L.A.C. Gallery. (Black Love Art and Crypto)

Dylon's creative journey has been a remarkable one, filled with ups and downs, but he remains extremely grateful for his experiences. He believes that his art has given him a new perspective on life, allowing him to see the world in a different light and appreciate the beauty around him.

Although Dylon is still relatively new to the art scene, he is slowly gaining recognition for his work, and he is looking forward to sharing his art with the world. Whether through exhibitions or online, Dylon wants to inspire others to find their own creative path and pursue their passions.

The Barrett Davis Trio

Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

"About as close to mud & sticks Americana as one can get. Barrett Davis has style, ear-caressing sincerity in his music & an arresting voice in many of these well-crafted songs." - Americana Highways

Born into the mecca of Appalachian folk music in Western North Carolina, Barrett Davis writes songs that traverse the musical lineage of the mountains in a kaleidoscope of old-time, early country, folk, and bluegrass. A full-time carpenter juggling music throughout his life, Barrett's 2022 debut record The Ballad of Aesop Finn has been turning heads after collaborating with Grammy-Winning Steep Canyon Rangers co-founder Woody Platt. The record also features instrumentation from celebrated North Carolina string band Pretty Little Goat, and has been featured by Fretboard Journal, The Bluegrass Situation, WNCW Radio, Jambase, Americana Highways, and Country Note.

$10 advance/ $15 day of show

The New Quintet

Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

Host of the roots music history podcast American Songcatcher, Nicholas Edward Williams is a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who is dedicated to "playing it forward" by preserving the songs and styles that have shaped our country: Ragtime, Piedmont Blues, Traditional Folk, Bluegrass and Old-Time. Joining him as The NEW Quintet are Emma Dubose (Fiddle, Harmony), Jade Watts (Upright Bass, Harmony), Gordon Inman (Clarinet, Harmony) and Cody Ray (Guitar, Lap Steel, Harmony). Together, this group adds a wall of sound with big harmonies and lush textures that deepen the broad range of traditional and original material put out by Williams, as heard on his critically acclaimed sophomore release from late 2021, Folk Songs For Old Times' Sake. The record has been heralded by well-regarded figures of the roots community such as David Holt, Oliver Wood, Dom Flemons, and JP Harris.

Press: "Nomadic Folk told through a contemplative lens." - Paste Magazine

“As always, it’s the gentle laid back soothing vocals that win you over. Beautifully uplifting and rootsy." - Folk Radio UK

"The variety of influences, from Doc Watson to Mississippi John Hurt, and John Prine to Paul Simon, is evident, culminating in a new sound that feels familiar." - Adirondack Daily

Tickets: $15 adv/ $20 dos