Historical Timeline

January 13, 20130 Comments


This is a quick overview of the history of Howard Finster and Paradise Garden. Below is a general guideline of events that shaped the history of his legacy, although it is not a comprehensive list, it gives a general idea of the sequence of events.

TIME LINE

1915:  Howard Finster, born in 1915 in Valley Head, Ala., and a lay preacher since 1931.
1961:  Howard Finster purchases property in unincorporated Pennville to build an outdoor museum and garden. He first calls it the Plant Farm Museum.
1976: A bicycle repairman, Finster sees a face in a dab of paint on his fingertip, which he interprets as a call from God to devote his life to making sacred art.
1982: With help from a National Endowment for the Arts grant, he purchases a small church adjacent to Paradise Garden, expanding it into the World’s Folk Art Church.
1982: Athens band R.E.M. films music video “Radio Free Europe” at the site.
1983: Finster appears on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” plays banjo and generally commandeers the program.
1985: Talking Heads releases “Little Creatures” album featuring Finster artwork.
2001: Finster dies at age 84, having completed 47,000-plus gospel-preaching artworks.
2010: Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation lists Paradise Garden on Places in Peril list.
2011: Chattooga County purchases property.
2012: Paradise Garden Foundation signs 50-year lease for $1 and the County aims for tourist dollars.

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