Feb 21, 2015

Join us for a special screening of this brand new documentary on visionary artist, Howard Finster. Director Ava Leigh Stewart, Director of Photography: Jeremy Oliver Miller and R. Land who has a few words to say about Mr. Finster in the film will be on hand for a Q&A after the film.

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, near Summerville, Ga., was in a state of peril, a deteriorated and fragile visionary art environment, until the Paradise Garden Foundation reclaimed, reopened and renovated the long vacant property. Director, Ava Leigh Stewart, and the team at Art West Film, documented the revival for several years until Paradise Garden reopened in 2013. The documentary film, PARADISE GARDEN, shows how art can thrive outside of museums and galleries in ordinary places and in everyday objects, through the story of Howard Finster.
“I took the pieces you threw away, put them together by night and day. Washed by the rain. Dried by the sun. A million pieces all in one.” ­ –Howard Finster

Finster’s inspired and uncomplicated work gained recognition in the 80’s as an icon of influence for the music and album covers of R.E.M., Talking Heads, as well as artists like Keith Haring and Steve Penley. This film is captures the spirit of his continuing legacy and takes his messages to a new audience. Presented by The Goat Farm Arts Center, PARADISE GARDEN will have a special screening on Tuesday, November the 18th at 8pm in Goodson Yard.

Howard Finster [1915­2001] is celebrated as one of the great masters of Outsider or Folk Art, and was called by God to create sacred art. Finster is well known for creating a number of album covers for popular music acts during the last third of the 20th century, but more imposing in stature is the complex of buildings and sculpture he has wrought from his visions in Chattooga County. After his death in 2001, the Paradise Garden Foundation was formed to protect the installation, with assistance from Chattooga County and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
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