Most of my encounters with Folk Art have been less than impressive... The work is usually created by a subpar artist in a small uncompetitive community, who's praised and featured all over town where you're forced upon it. I see it too often when stopping at cafes on the road.
Well, the little town of Sebastopol is quite the opposite, which is fortunate to have Patrick Amiot as a resident. He creates amazing sculptures from junk and recycled metal parts from just about anything, which then get a detailed paint job by his wife.
The whole street he lives on is a drive-by gallery of his work. I hope his other neighbors love the attention, since lots of people stop and do the same as I did.
He creates sculptures for a lot of local businesses as well, and also makes an annual calendar that supports funding to the school district.
Thanks to this guy I have a new outlook on Folk Art, and hope to see more on my tour.