Kentuck, Northport Alabama

Located about an hour south of Birmingham, the Kentuck Art Center is a mecca for outsider artists. There are studios, a gallery and shop. Once a year they host a huge outdoor festival.

I’ve attended the festival twice and each time have been enthralled by the creativity of these self-trained artists. Many use found objects in inventive ways to create whimsical figures.

The artists are friendly and love to talk about their work. Most visitors are tempted by something and go home with a treasure. I’ve got numerous pieces purchased there.

This year is the festival’s 50th anniversary. I plan to be there.