12/22/08

Eureka Outsider at Oakland Museum


Born in Italy, in 1887, Romano Gabriel immigrated to America in 1913. He settled in Eureka and worked as a carpenter and gardener. Gabriel also worked on a fantastic wooden sculpture garden for about 30 years until his death in 1977.

An article in today's Eureka Times Standard continues:

A folk art triumph, the garden -- flowers, trees, carousels and droll faces carved from wooden fruit crates -- continues to garner attention three decades after its artist's passing.

Most recently, the Oakland Museum has requested the loan of samples from the garden to be included in an upcoming exhibit of California's “outsider” artists, which will feature the work of primitive and folk artists.

A new, illustrated children's book, “The Wooden Garden of Romano Gabriel” by Deanna Enos, also debuted this year.

3 comments:

Mike said...

I am Deanna Enos the author of The Wooden Garden of Romano Gabriel a childrens picture book on this folk artist. The book is available through Ingram's publishing, Baker and Taylor and Barnes and Noble.com, Border's.com and me dmenos@hotmail.com. Perhaps you would like copies to sell when you have your show.

headwrapper said...

Deanna, I'm not having the show. I have nothing to do with putting it on or curating it etc. I am just reporting on it and promoting it.

Best of luck on your picture book. Here's one of mine

scott davidson said...

"I saw this picture in the school library where someone's face was all made up of fruits and vegetables," my son said. "Would be cool to have one of those in my room."
He and I searched for art about "vegetables" in wahooart.com and immediately found this one, http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8BWLKG, by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which fits the bill to the nearest pear.

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