Friday, Nov. 11 – House of Blues Folk Art Festival
Visionary art, outsider art, primitive art, naive art, folk art – it’s a school with as many names as practitioners. Every year during Disney’s massive Festival of the Masters, House of Blues sponsors its own little corner featuring the art form that HOB has done more to support than any museum. Prolific and charming local painter Dawn Schreiner will be there, along with work from more than 40 other artists from all over, including the fervent attitude-of-gratitude paintings of Missionary Mary Proctor and the über-patriotic found-object assemblages of Atlanta’s Ab the Flagman, whose work festoons the inside of HOBs around the country. The power of simplicity and direct, raw emotion suffuses the best folk art, and most of it shares one theme: finding joy in the midst of adversity, a way to celebrate even when life is kicking you in the teeth. Nobody worth a damn can’t identify with that. – Jessica Bryce Young (10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday at House of Blues, Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista; free)
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