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Ronald Lockett, a little-known self-taught artist, used found materials and barn metal scraps to create pieces about everything from the Holocaust to his own experience as a black man in the post–civil rights era South. Preserving—and putting a spotlight on—this legacy, and that of other so-called “outsider” artists, has been a priority for the High for more than 20 years.
Starting in the mid-’70s on a quiet street on the outskirts of Summerville, the late Howard Finster—a former Baptist minister and self-proclaimed “man of visions”—created 46,991 individually numbered outsider artworks dedicated to God on a four-acre compound dubbed Paradise Garden.
Wisteria owner and executive chef Jason Hill is opening a breakfast and lunch spot called Folk Art that should be serving come August. Located at 465 North Highland Avenue, on the opposite end of the strip of Inman Park restaurants from Wisteria, in a space that’s been empty for nearly ten years, Folk Art focuses on “artful food for simple folk.”