Frances Byrd

Libertas Americana

Libertas Americana Grand Opening

I have partnered with a local antique store to open a mini-gallery offering a new line of primitives, hand-painted signs and painted furniture, as well as my paintings. Who would have thought I was too political for the big-city art scene, but it appears I needed to move to the ‘middle of nowhere’ to generate […]

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Liberty as a Human Rights Icon

…Liberty has the potential to become a universal as well as national icon; for individual Liberty is, at its core, a human right.

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Libertarian themes abound in The Winter Soldier

I finally made it out to the theater over the Easter weekend to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I was suitably surprised and impressed by it’s predecessor, and the related Avengers films, to make an exception to my general distaste for viewing most things Hollywood. Add to that, my general enthusiasm for all things […]

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How a Stuffy Fine Artist Ended up Loving the Folk Art Festival

Just about a year ago, we had a dream of moving to the country and getting a farm. Well, we didn’t get the farm, but we did move to the country; and this is how it happened.   I heard about the Folk to Fine Arts Festival in Commerce on the radio one day and […]

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Americana and Patriotica

The Liberty Tree #1 Sold at Folk to Fine Art 2014 Liberty Bell #1(Photo of work in progress) Primitives and Lawn Art This page is dedicated to a new series of paintings, primitives and lawn art on patriotic themes. Please check in regularly for new pieces. New brick and mortar location to be announced soon!

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Quality of Life in a small Georgia Town

Once again, I find myself writing to our Mayor. I moved to the country to get away from the high density population of the Atlanta suburbs, only to find that our elected officials here have dreams of swimming in a larger pond. Though I recognize that there are power-hungry bureaucrats and politicians everywhere, I was […]

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The 3rd Annual Folk to Fine Arts Festival and Expo

I am currently in the process of producing small works for the upcoming Folk to Fine Arts Festival in Commerce, Georgia March 7-9. Please check back with this post periodically to see new work that will be for sale at my booth. For now, here is a collection of paintings and merchandise I plan to […]

Zoning Shenanigans in a Rural GA Town

I will write more in-depth in future articles on the implications of zoning on the structure and integrity of a community as well as the importance of being involved in politics at the local level. For now, I am posting two recent letters I have written to my local government as examples of things you […]

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Alinsky, Social Justice and a Cultural Revolution

…The old saw goes: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people begin to take it as truth”. Like the raucous caw of a crow, the populist mantra silences the voice of reason…

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Editorial Cartoonist Portrays Ted Cruz as a Clown

…While some members of congress and the conservative media are taking a stand, where is the conservative art community on this issue? You wouldn’t know outside of Ramirez’s and Branco’scartoons because very few are giving a cultural approach a second thought on our side. Nobody with any mass influence, anyway. ..