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Floria Yancey, Folk Artist

October 16, 2008

Imagine my excitement last week driving along an otherwise rather boring stretch of deserted Georgia four-lane when a tall, colorfully painted figure suddenly peeked out at me from a clump of trees off the shoulder of the road, with the words boldly painted on its front, “Folk Art.” I slowed down. Could it be?? Nothing else within view. Funny, the sign wasn’t pointing anywhere in particular. So I stayed on course, driving a little slower, until I saw it, on the opposite side of the road about a quarter of a mile ahead.

There wasn’t a crossover into the entrance, so I had to drive beyond it and do a u-turn into the red clay and gravel driveway.

The sign out front says “Floria’s Folk Art Gallery.” Right beside that is a painting that begins with the words “Come to Jesus” and the next one over is a “Letter From Hell.”

Here’s a closer look at the one back in the distance on the far right in the first photo. I love this painting.

I had made the happy discovery of Floria Yancey’s Folk Art Studio and Gallery. I wanted to ask permission to take pictures, so I waited until a man made his way up from the house next door, where seven dogs were already sounding the alarm. I introduced myself and asked if Sister Yancey was around. He said yes, that she was his wife, and asked if I would like to meet her. I was thrilled. Here she came in a few minutes in her flowered hat, looking like she was getting ready for Sunday services.

Ron and Floria Yancey could not have been more warm and friendly and welcoming. They gladly gave permission for pictures. Inside the studio and gallery are two main rooms, the one where all the art takes place, and a nice big room for a gallery. After clicking away at the surroundings and chatting with the artist and her husband, I ended up purchasing one of her paintings!

Ron Yancey always takes a pair of Polaroid pictures of each new collector of Floria’s art, posing with the artist — one to keep for their scrapbook and one to share.

Here are a few more views of the colorful visual feast.

I would love to live in a place where I could paint the whole outside of my house and display some art outdoors.

Here are some closeups of just a few of her currently available paintings. You can inquire on the website about prices and availability. They will ship anywhere.

It turns out that the sign down the road used to have an arm which pointed in the direction of the gallery. But it had been torn off a while back, and Ron hasn’t fixed it yet.

Folk and visionary artist Floria Yancey is a retired seamstress and an Ordained Minister. She even has a small church on the premises with the gallery, located on Georgia Highway 520/US280 in Brooklyn, Stewart County, Ga., where she displays and sells her art.

More road trip stories tomorrow. Have a creative day, and keep it fun!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2008 2:29 pm

    How amazing – what an inspiring find. Aren’t people just so geneorus and incredible when we let them be. Your new artwork is so colourful, love it.

  2. October 16, 2008 3:10 pm

    Thank you, Cath! Yes, it’s so true that most people are generous and kind. It’s an attitude I generally live by.

  3. October 16, 2008 3:14 pm

    What sweet paintings…I love them, especially the cat! I don’t know if I would have stopped and now will be more adventurous! What a treasure you discovered, thanks for sharing her.

  4. October 16, 2008 10:00 pm

    it has been such a delight to discover your site on the day that you discovered Floria Yancey. what a great day you had and how terrific that you brought a piece home. I’m so glad that floria and her husband were there to welcome you. enjoy your journey.

  5. October 17, 2008 10:11 am

    What a WONDERFUL surprise to have during your trip! You look great. I love the whole Polaroid thing.

    I love the painting outside of the girl in the yellow dress with red background.

  6. October 17, 2008 10:37 am

    Linda, I could truly become addicted to looking for these treasures on a regular basis. It was very special indeed.

    Donna, thank you for visiting! It’s so nice to meet you and to see your wonderful art.

    John, it was just so exciting that I immediately got on the phone and called a couple of friends to tell them. I was like a kid in a candy store. Yes, I love that painting of the girl in the yellow dress. I can see why you like it!

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