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Joe Minter

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Joe Minter's African Village in America Art Environment, Birmingham AL

My friends Joe Minter and his sweet wife Hilda were featured in the pages of the Winter issue of Raw Vision magazine and this past weekend in the Bham News. The News article began:

There may be only one place in America to see the Scripture verse John 3:16 painted on a tailgate removed from a Dodge pickup truck, propped up against a fence next to a historic cemetery.

It's the same place where giant red plastic letters from a defunct movie theater are nailed to a wooden fence, spelling out "His Word is Real."

Those distinctive creations are the work of folk artist Joe Minter of Birmingham, part of his African Village, a yard full of hand-painted boards and pieces of metal, stacked and mounted in ways that may make sense to no one but Minter himself.

"Every piece has got a story," Minter said.

(All the pics in this post are mine)

Joe Minter's African Village in America Art Environment, Birmingham AL


The article mentions Hilda selling the book Joe wrote and postcards to visitors - those are the postcards I made for them as a gift, based on this pic I took during one visit:
Joe Minter's African Village in America Art Environment, Birmingham AL

When Hilda needs more, I think I'll use either of these pics:
Joe Minter's African Village In America, Birmingham Al

Joe Minter's African Village in America Art Environment, Birmingham AL

A big set of my pics from Joe's place - he calls it "African Village in America" - is here.

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