By Howard Pousner
One of the unvarnished pleasures of following folk art, as anyone who’s ever attended the sprawling summertime Folk Fest extravaganza at North Atlanta Trade Center would tell you, is meeting the self-taught makers behind the colorful creations.
The 6th Annual Folk Art Family Reunion, at the Around Back at Rocky’s Place gallery in Dawsonville this weekend, offers a similar opportunity but on a more intimate scale. It’s a backyard show featuring 20 artists from around the Southeast selling their paintings, drawings, pottery, constructions and a lot of things that defy easy categorization.
The big draw is John “Cornbread” Anderson, the former Dawson County sheriff’s deputy who’s made a national name for himself with whimsical depictions of the wildlife he grew up closely observing in rural North Georgia. But the reunion also offers the opportunity to meet emerging talents such as Douglasville assemblage artist Athlone Clarke; Alabama painters