Life at the October Country Inn near Woodstock, Vermont can be said to be the act of living folk art. That is to say, the inn epitomizes the folk artist lifestyle. For example, it is a relaxed, appreciation for simpler living. Moreover, we are surrounded by an understated depth of natural beauty. See for yourself. Consequently, it seems fitting then that Warren Kimble, America’s most famous folk artist, got his start in nearby Woodstock. Kimble’s work reflects the folk art ethos. In other words, in the fast-moving, technology-obsessed modern world, people enjoy images that speak to a slower, less complicated time. Therefore, at 80, Kimble has not stopped creating. Look for a Warren Kimble folk art exhibition showcasing the artist’s current mood of nostalgia at the Brandon Artists Guild.
Warren Kimble started in Woodstock, Vermont.
Kimble’s work transports you to a whimsical world where pigs take flight, red barns perch on brightly colored patchwork farms, and everything is as American as apple pie. Over his lifetime, Kimble has absorbed a lot. “Art is the sum total of one’s experiences. The Jersey shore, the boardwalk, the color … I love the circus. I was taken to the circus every April. That’s art,” he says enthusiastically. “So you may not use it tomorrow or you may not use it 10 years from now, but the experience always comes back to you and makes the creative process happen,” he adds.
“Art is the sum total of one’s experience.”
an antiques show in Woodstock. A local couple who were launching a publishing business saw and liked his work and wanted to make prints of his pieces. John and Laurie Chester of Wild Apple Graphics chose six of his paintings, reproduced them and headed for New York City. “So there we are in New York at Art Expo,” says Kimble, “The big, huge, art show and they’re selling these reproductions like crazy.” The paintings included a couple of animals, a painting of a house on a hill and two cows with the state of Vermont on their rumps kissing. “I just did that for fun,” says Kimble, who says that’s just his sense of humor. “But it just took off — it just went bananas,” he says.