by Kristin Congdon and Tina Bucavalas, hardcover
368 pages, University Press of Mississippi
Florida has an abundance of excellent artists whose work reflects the traditions of their many diverse communities. Yet there has been, until now, no major publication that focuses on the state’s visual folk arts and folk artists.
For several years, Florida folklorists Kristin Congdon and Tina Bucuvalas researched and documented Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art. This book includes an overall view of folk arts in Florida and individual profiles of over seventy artists, including Mary Proctor, Mario Sanchez, Nicholas Toth, Ruby C. Williams, and Purvis Young. Artists profiled in the book range from painters and sculptors to master saddlemakers, iconographers, and instrument makers. Their work is illustrated in more than 200 black-and-white and color photographs, including more than 100 photos from noted photographer Bud Lee.
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