1. For what reasons, other than the fact that he is a famous artist, would Howard Finster be the center of attention here?
Mr. Finster is a folk artist whose work is rather primitive but has been on the covers of CDs by famous artists and in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington as well as the High Museum in Atlanta. The fact that he did not begin painting until he was 61 might be of interest, also. His studio and showcase of his work is called Paradise Garden, which is free and open to the public near Rome, GA. He talks about what his paintings mean to him and how he shows his faith through his works of art. (He died on Oct. 22, 2002 at the age of 85.) Official Howard Finster Website
2. Why have Howard Finster’s paints made him world famous?
Folk artists are rare, especially ones who have painted as many pieces as Howard Finster. Combining art with words, sermons, and Bible verses is unusual. This has captured the fascination of art critics as well as historians. TV, radio, newspapers, and art galleries have interviewed and advertised his work over the many years he has been painting. Paradise Gardens is a famous place for visitors to Georgia. It is advertised in tourism brochures and the Northwest Georgia Chambers of Commerce promote visits to this part of Georgia because of it.
3. Other than viewing Howard Finster's work at Paradise Gardens, where are native Georgian's artwork, music, and drama displayed here in Georgia?
The High Museum of Art has a permanent collection of Finster's work on display. Collections of the art of Georgians is also on display from time to time. The Atlanta History Museum has works of art of Georgians displayed in their collections from time to time. Black artists have had their music and art works displayed in galleries and in universities and colleges throughout the state and in Atlanta. The music of Georgians is often a part of the repertoire of theaters, clubs, and the various orchestras and symphonies around the state and in our colleges and universities. The plays written by Georgia authors have played to record audiences at the Alliance and other theaters around the state.