More than 60 works by more than 30 regional folk artists are showcased on the Mezzanine Level in galleries 4 and 5 of the museum.
“These artists are entirely self-taught and have had no formal training, ” Executive Director Sally Macaulay said.
The works range from the early face jugs of Georgia’s own Lanier Meaders to inspired gospel works by the late Howard Finster and include other well known names such as R.A. Miller, O.L. Samuels, Thornton Dial, Sarah Rakes, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Clementine Hunter, Willie Tarver, Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Ned Carledge, Dennis Mercier, Lonnie Holley and Mose Toliver.
“The amazing colors and primitive works are really a true enjoyment to anyone. There is such a feeling of unplannedness and in some circumstances divine inspiration,” Macaulay said.
The collection is on loan from private collections of several Marietta citizens. Culture, religion, nature, spirituality, geography heroes, architecture, assemblage, celebrities, motion, gender, politics and daily life influence the art.
“I believe that the works are truly amazing and artists themselves can best describe folk art such as Clementine Hunter who said, ‘God puts these pictures in my head and I just puts them on canvas, like he wants me to,’ or Daniel Pressley who said, ‘I have never studied any art of any kind but I call my art the lost art — folk art,’” Macaulay said.
“The collection that this exhibition committee has put together is truly incredible. Trapp Tishchner, Terri Cole and the committee have worked tirelessly to make this one of the best shows that has come to the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art,” Macaulay said.
The museum is at 30 Atlanta St., Marietta.
Visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org/yarn-installation or call (770) 528-1444.