Great art is open to interpretation, from the enigmatic, wizened guitar player of Picasso’s Blue period to the sandwich bags meticulously arranged on tables during Duchamp’s lunch period. Decorate drawing rooms with today’s Groupon to Outsiders Art & Collectibles in Durham.
$25 for $50 worth of art, décor, and gifts
- Examples of the gallery’s selection:
- Birds by masking-tape artist Bart Schultz (up to $25)
- Robots by artist Mark May (up to $50)
- Handmade dolls by Lurena Williamson (up to $100)
- Sculptures, decorations, sketches, and paintings from more than 30 self-taught artists and crafted from found items and traditional materials<p>
Outsiders Art & Collectibles
Outsiders Art & Collectibles’ owner, Pamela Gutlon, champions emerging outsider artists, curating a gallery brimming with works by self-taught southern painters, sculptors, and crafters that the Durham Community Builder characterized as “amazingly beautiful artwork that gives a unique insight into [the artists’] stories and how they see the world.” The selection eschews the orthodox pieces and Paul Newman salad-dressing labels of traditional galleries in favor of outsider art, a term coined in 1972 denoting artists without formal training, popularized by practitioners such as painter Henry Darger and songwriter Daniel Johnston. Within a cheerful yellow house, guests amble through the cozy gallery, weaving around the recycled roofing tarpaper of artist Alison Erca’s vignettes or exchanging glances with the expressive faces of Bill Newton’s stoneware pots. Several of the self-taught artists featured by Outsiders Art & Collectibles also have pieces on exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Always with an eye toward the community, the gallery donates to Book Harvest—an initiative to collect and distribute used books—giving local children and young adults an academic advantage and local dogs something to puzzle over for the rest of their lives.