KENTUCKY | Minnie Adkins

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KENTUCKY | Minnie Adkins

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Large Red Fox

Wood and paint

42"L x 4"W x 13.5"H

The Large Red Fox is one of Minnie’s signature carvings. It represents her life in the hills of Kentucky where she frequently saw this beautiful animal in the wild. This one is hand-carved from lyn wood and is hand-painted in tones of orange, white and black.

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Minnie Adkins

BIO
Minnie Adkins is one of America’s most famous living folk artists. She was born in Isonville, KY in 1934, a small rural town in eastern Kentucky where she lives today. As a young child she was fascinated by the whittling done by men and boys, and her father obliged this by giving her a pocket knife. Without realizing it, she began a lifelong career in the arts.

Minnie has collaborated with three men in her artistic career. Her first husband, Garland Adkins, was also a carver and her devoted partner until his death in 1997. In 2000, Minnie married Herman Peters, a retired pipefitter, who worked with Minnie to create her signature animals in steel. Today, Minnie continues to work in wood along with her grandson, Greg Adkins.

Minnie’s first works were small animals about the size of her hand. As her reputation grew, so did the size of her animals.Today her large pieces are in many private collections as well as the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia and the Kentucky Folk Art Museum.

While her awards are virtually endless, many credit Minnie with helping other struggling country folk to achieve recognition and make a livelihood. For many years she hosted “A Day in the Country” on her property and invited folk artists from all over Kentucky to come set up a table or use the back of their pick-up trucks to sell their works. This event continues today and is hosted annually by Morehead State University.