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'Outsider' Art

Written by Lori Moffatt. Photographs by Will van Overbeek.

An Internet search for “folk art” or “outsider art” results in a goldmine of possible sources, including big chains like Pier One and World Market, which sell mass-produced items sourced from around the world. Not bad if you’re looking for a holiday ornament or kitchen textiles, but no dice if you’re searching for a handmade, one-of-a-kind piece of art.

18 SkeletonTexas, however, sustains at least three bonafide galleries devoted to self-taught art. Along with Waxahachie’s Webb Gallery (read story here), San Antonio’s San Angel Folk Art Gallery and Austin’s Yard Dog Art carry on a long Texas tradition of nurturing artists with unusual skills and backgrounds.

Yard Dog Art, which opened in 1995 to give a voice to outsider artists from the American South, has expanded its focus to artists of Canada, Europe, and the entire United States. Located among restaurants, bars, and abundant retail on a lively strip of South Congress, Yard Dog is a don’t-miss destination in the Capitol City. At 1510 S. Congress Ave. Call 512/912-1613.

Similarly, San Angelo Folk Art Gallery, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in San Antonio’s Blue Star complex, offers works from artists throughout the United States, Mexico, and Latin America. While you’re exploring Blue Star’s ever-expanding culinary and drink options, make a point to stop in. At 110 Blue Star in San Antonio. Call 210/226-6688.

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