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Visionary Art

What is Visionary Art? It's art by someone who is self-taught, with no formal art training. Unlike Folk Art, which is based on a tradition that's passed down through a specific group, Visionary Art springs from one individual's solitary mind.

Perhaps you never knew that. And perhaps, like us, you never knew there was an entire museum devoted to Visionary Art.

Now that we know, we can't wait to get there.

The American Visionary Art Museum, or AVAM, is located in Baltimore, Maryland. It's filled with items that are every bit as fascinating--and quirky--as pieces in folk art galleries. Like a ship made from over 100,000 toothpicks. Or a castle scene sewn from 1,200 stitches of sock thread per square inch and measuring less than 3 x 3 inches overall. (Both are pictured in this post.)

AVAM's current exhibition runs through September 2. It's called ALL THINGS ROUND: Galaxies, Eyeballs & Karma and it features the works of more than 70 artists, all around the theme of, well, the circle of life. It's work you probably won't see anywhere else, and definitely not all together.

While you're there, stop by the museum's fabulous store, Sideshow. Speaking of quirky, you'll find it there, including some pretty show-stopping jewelry.

Here's to Vision!

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