Minnie Adkins

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
AdkinsMinnie
Lifespan
after 1934
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Wood carver
Medium
Wood;Paint
Statement
Well, I just feel really at peace when I’m a’ wood carvin’ and I enjoy it so much. And when I finish a piece and it looks like I want it to look, why then, that’s all that matters to me. I hope somebody else will feel the same about it, you know. [Retrieved on 8/23/2017 from http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com/2015/08/13/at-81-minnie-adkins-carves-a-legacy-for-authentic-southern-folk-art/]
Biography
Minnie Adkins is a Kentucky folk artist known for her painted wood carvings of animals – roosters, red foxes, bears, possums, and horses. She was born, 1934, in Isonville, a small town in rural Eastern Kentucky. While a young child, she was attracted to whittling wooden sticks. Her father gave her a pocketknife and she soon took up a hobby practiced mostly by boys and men. In 1983, she began selling her carvings at a craft gallery in Morehead, Kentucky, where it was noticed by folk art dealer Larry Hackley who introduced the art work to collectors and galleries outside Kentucky. In 1985, several of her works were included in the collection of the Kentucky Folk Art Center and is now in many permanent private and public collections. [Retrieved on 8/23/2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnie_Adkins]
Geographic names
Kentucky