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Endangered Art Environment In Huntsville, Alabama

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  • Amos J Wright
    FYI from Ginger at Deep Fried Kudzu http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/ The Huntsville Times article she mentions was listed recently on alabamahistory and can be
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 23, 2008
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      FYI from Ginger at Deep Fried Kudzu http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/

      The Huntsville Times article she mentions was listed recently on
      alabamahistory and can be read at

      **A bumbling law, when it comes to art
      [Opinion columnist David Prather on Wade Wharton's outdoor art museum]
      http://tinyurl.com/6p4mgn
      Huntsville Times 16 April 2008

      A.J. Wright // ajwright@...

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      From: southernfolklorists@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto:southernfolklorists@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      princesscookie1234
      Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 8:14 AM
      To: southernfolklorists@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [southernfolklorists] Please Help Save An Endangered Art
      Environment In Huntsville, Alabama

      Wade Wharton, an older gentleman who has suffered two strokes, is
      having his art environment in Huntsville, Alabama threatened with
      destruction by the city due to an ordinance that "it is unlawful to
      keep or store any inoperable vehicle, auto parts, metals, tree limbs,
      litter, debris or similar items unless such items are stored in an
      approved, fully enclosed and covered structure."

      This ordinance would be a huge problem for other genius Alabama
      artists that we all know like Charlie Lucas, Lonnie Holley, Joe
      Minter, etc. because Mr. Wharton's art comes similarly from what
      society casts off as junk.

      According to the Huntsville Times, his neighbors have not complained
      and in fact, think what he's done is incredible.

      If Mr. Wharton does not comply with the notice by the city, he could
      be faced with fines and jail time. He told me "this is my last fight,
      I guess. I'm going to fight".

      Pictures and much, much more about this art environment are here
      at my blog post:
      http://www.deepfriedkudzu.com/2008/04/endangered-art.html

      Please help if you can!
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