Nostalgic Folk Art was born in 2004. I came up with Nostalgic Folk Art name for my paper mache figures because I love the older things that remind me of my childhood and of innocent times. They are figures of folks both childish and impish and I love vintage folk art so putting nostalgic with folk art was/is a perfect and fitting name for my lil figures and business.

Thank you for taking the time to visit!

And when your done visiting here, I'd love for you to check out my work on my etsy shop,

The Best to you always!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2 New Nostalgic Folk Art figures on The Mercantile

Its time to update for Feb. in The TDIPT Mercantile so head over there to see all the new items for Feb. and come back on the 15th of the month to see more updates!
Here are my Nostalgic Folk Art offerrings.

A Love Letter (in honor of Valentine's Day)

What Once Was

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Added to Etsy

some Nostalgic Folk Art figures, some skiing bears, mother nature figure and these 2 lil ladies.

check out tdipt's shop in Estsy and see some really great folk art. Just click on the button on the right hand side and go from there.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Something to Celebrate!

Please join us for our Birthday Giveaway!
Feb 28th @10:00 pm edt - March 20th

Fabulous prizes handmade and donated by our members

I can't believe its been 5 years! Thank you friends and customers for supporting the home made folk art movemnt.

For those of you (like me) who find comfort, joy and love the simple esthetics of primitives, folk art, antiques or any architectual piece that has rust or chipped paint, The TDIPT Mercantile is a great place to shop for those special things.

Oh please join us for the Birthday Celebration and get a chance to win a sweet lil something from the TDIPT gals.
here is my give a way figure, called Patty, and she is holding 5 vintage lil babies each one representing each year, from an infant to a small tot.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Orlando Sentinal Newspaper Article on Bowersock Gallery,0,7365434.story

By Christine Cole, Correspondent

January 6, 2012

January 6, 2012
MOUNT DORA — How artsy is Mount Dora? The city's reputation as a top-notch art destination seems to ebb and flow.
But two experienced art gallery owners chose the city as their second location after looking at cities and towns all along the East Coast.
Steve Bowersock and Michael Senger will stage a grand opening of the Bowersock Gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
They also own the Bowersock Gallery in the seriously artsy community of Provincetown, Mass., at the tip of Cape Cod.
"Something about this area just called to us," Bowersock said.
They are not leaving their success to chance.
They have met with and made plans with other art-oriented businesses. One of the 30 artists they represent will have a booth in front of their gallery in next month's Mount Dora Arts Festival.
And next week they will host "Townie Night," when they invite people who work downtown and business owners to stop in and take a look, a strategy that worked for them in Provincetown. That event is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
"We did it the first few years after we opened our doors," Bowersock said. "So if someone asks them what to do in Mount Dora, they might think of us."
The gallery contains art in the widest possible spectrum — from painters in every medium to textile artists and woodworkers.
They have put their toe in the local pool as well. The gallery will represent Carol Roll of Ormond Beach, whose papier-mâché figures are favorites in the arts festival.
Featured in the opening reception is Meghan Howland of New Hampshire, whose dreamlike oils include female figures dressed in clothes with lace collars and puffed sleeves.
In her "Bird Attack" series, flocks of yellow, black or brightly colored birds strafe young women deep in thought.
In "The Sisters," two girls in dresses with bow-tied sashes kneel and bend over to peer through heavy curtains — at what?
It is this ambiguity that attracts Bowersock.
"She is not safe, but she is interesting," he said.

Prims Magazine Winter 2012

This is part 2 of an article in Prims Magazine featuring the To Dwell In Primitive Thymes (TDIPT) folk art group i'm a member of. anyway here are some pics of the gals in there for the Winter 2012 issue. and if you can get a copy of the fall 2011 issue you'll see the other half of us gals in there as well.

Here are my Ick and Ekk halloweenies

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Grand Opening Friday the 6th

There are a number of reasons the Bowersock Gallery owners opened their second fine art business in Mount Dora; location, location and appreciation.

Co owners Steve Bowersock and Michael Senger used the same criteria for the second gallery as their first in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The new area needed to have a demonstrated appreciation for fine art, one with longevity, and a name that drew those with a real interest.

“We started driving down the east coast from New England stopping at a number of cities that we’d researched. We were fairly sure it would be one of the two towns in Georgia we’d heard so much about,” says Senger. “But once we saw Mount Dora everything changed. It was just what we were looking for.”

The location and actual building were impressive. Even during the investigative stage the community showed them what “southern hospitality” was all about. But final clincher was the Lakes Region’s historical interest and respect for art.

“We felt welcome from the start,” says Bowersock. “It was also clear that this community had appreciation for fine art, not just historically, but currently and likely for the foreseeable future. That’s what attracted us to Provincetown, Mass. and now to the Lakes Region of Florida.”

A personal bonus was Senger’s family lived close by in Tavares.

The Bowersock Gallery had a soft opening in September. The Grand Opening and Art Exhibtion is January 6, 6 to 8 p.m., and will feature “Recounting Narratives,” a show featuring Meghan Howland, with small works by Cindy Rizza, “New England’s brightest rising stars.” Howland will attend the event.

The Grand Opening will feature a Ribbon Cutting at Bowersock and three neighboring businesses, “sort of a block party,” and unveil the block’s Mount Dora version of the “Painted Ladies;” colorful building exteriors.

The Gallery represents nearly 30, mature and emerging renowned Northeast artist, painters and sculptors, from a broad span of genres. Most are located in the art-rich New Hampshire/Maine seacoast area, where Bowersock studied for sometime. During those years Bowersock cultivated relationships within the art community.

“The incredible quality and individual styles made the area ‘easy pickin’s for a top-quality gallery. So when we launched our first, we decided to focus on this historical art hub,” says Bowersock. “Many of our artists have earned recognition and awards, or been the subject of regional and national level publications for their accomplishment. The larger percent of them have taught or still teach.”

Senger and Bowersock look for artists with a mastery of medium, but also, importantly, an “individual eye,” something larger than the immediate image that will continue to intrigue the viewer.

Senger starts listing the stable artist’s accomplishments: Lisa Grey is a national authority in the textile/paint arts and Stan Moeller is a multi award-winning painter, with national attention. Florida’s own Carol Roll was featured in a national publication. Sculptor Christopher Gowell has been awarded a number of major public installation projects; Dustan Knight is credited with discovering the large, “juicy” watercolor style. Both the work of Michael Palmer, a Maine and Key West painter and William Thomson of New England, have works in international and US museums' and university, established/celebrity private collections. Other artists have excelled in their fields, while the select, emerging artists are already making waves.

“And the list goes on. But, really - it comes down to the final piece, regardless of the acknowledgements. The skill, and individual style needs to be there, and that’s what each and every one of our artists demonstrates,” says Bowersock. “We have an embarrassment of riches to share with the community.”

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

TDIPT on Etsy

Check out the items on Etsy! Tdipt has a bunch of really cool items there. I was just on there and listed this imp called Mother Earth.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Items on The Merc

I cant believe i listed so late last night but i did and here are my new offerrings for the month of Jan 2012! also some new work added to my website.

Hope ya'll had a safe yesterday and are recouping nicely. ugh thank goodness for bacon and eggs!!!

Faded Flower (which is my self appointed nickname although i do prefer Jinxie which my tdipt sisters call me)anyway she is part of a series of figures that remind me of those older colonial type dolls but they arent reproductions of them just a bit of inspiration. And since i dont sew all these gals have paper dresses so they are very fragile as an old old doll would be. Keeping it real hee hee.

A New Direction,it sold tho already which is wild as its a bit different then what i offer online as opposed to the gallery stuff. anyway,

This is Humpty Dumpty Nostalgic Folk Art style! and i really thought myself clever to add the graffiti on the wall (Carol Was Here)

A Song In My Heart figure and she is super heavy and super prim but artsy too in a way, not sure where she fits in but I have enjoyed her for a few months and now its time to try and get her adopted.

anyway i've gotta add the new stuff to my site and then finish taking down the Christmas decorations. Then kinda relax the rest of the day, damned be the laundry!

My First Written Review/Kinda like your first dollar, I treasure this dearly

"Carol Roll is a relative new-comer, creating folk art for four years, now. Her paper mache figures reflect significant talent. At first glance, her angels, people, mermaids, and animals may appear cute and dear. At closer look, they are sophisticated, with detailed, expressive faces, each unique. Roll's work is anything but mass produced. It's the real deal. "

Linda Knopf Southern FolkArt Magazine 2008