The mission of Paradise Gardens is to restore and preserve the work of folk artist Howard Finster perpetuating his legacy - promoting education in the arts and providing expansive community
involvement, and enrichment through its unique spirit, setting, and message.
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Located in Summerville, Georgia, the county seat of Chatooga County, there exists a place like no other... A place called Paradise Gardens. The Gardens sit on a four acre plot of land that is now, quite simply, a work of art... a masterpiece in it's own right. Included on the property are the Gardens, , Paradise Gardens Art Gallery, and of course, the World's Folk Art Chapel.
The Gardens were begun by Howard in 1961 before he received his vision telling him to create sacred art in 1976. Years of compiled art make up the maze of structures and sculptures. Everything in the Gardens has a meaning. Incorporating all kinds of recycled materials into his art,
Howard used bottles, glass, mirrors, cement, bathtubs, toilets, "garbage" such as rusted bicycle frames and cast off jewelry... you name it, it's there. Howard had an amazing way of combining text and strong visual forms, so that you have no doubt about his evangelical purpose. His calling as a preacher comes to life here at Paradise Gardens, and by using his art, he created sermon after sermon. Of visual art, he said, "Visual art is a great thing. It draws the attention of people. That's what people's work does. It preaches for them after they're gone." Yes... it certainly does.
Announcing the Paradise Redemption Project!
We are presently seeking funding from foundation's, corporations, and private donors. Please contact us if you can help.
The Paradise Gardens website is undergong major renovation.
If you have pictures that you would like to share of Howard Finster and his Gardens please email them email@example.com