Home Folk Submissions by Frances Byrd

Home Folk Statement 2015

Two years ago, my family and I 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. Although we technically live ‘in town’, it is only just so. With a cow pasture at the end of the road, it hardly feels like the city life we left behind. The small-town charm of Commerce has always appealed to us, but I didn’t know how we would fit in.
Driving into Commerce is a little like going back in time. When you pull off the interstate there’s a beautiful, rusty, old water tower across from a quaint country church. A little further on, the railroad track begins to parallel the main road, which opens up into a traditional Main Street, with shops on either side. Most of the architecture is original and has that unmistakable aura of a small community with a rich history.
It didn’t take me long to find the local art scene, or to get involved, but it did take some getting used to. With a Fine Art background in Illustration and a love of highly technical work, I had no grasp of the Folk Art genre. Though I am still learning, I have come a long way in two years. Now, I am developing my own style of folk art and primitives that carry the themes inherent to my fine art.

Byrd Crows HF









The Crows Come Marching Home

Mixed Media on Corn Crate Panels

Byrd Family Detail HF










Furniture and Lumber Salvage, Rusted Ceiling Tiles, Calla Leaves

**Featured Image:

American Eagle #1

Acrylic on Pallet Wood

Show Details:

HOME FOLK: A Celebration of Folk Art
Exhibition Dates: June 11 – August 15
Opening Reception, Thursday, June 11, 5:30 – 7:00 PM


Frances Byrd is the National Director of Liberatchik.com, and a contributing writer at Western Free Press and FreedomWorks. Her articles have also been published at Blog Bytes and Big Hollywood . Mrs. Byrd’s conceptual art and writing can be viewed at MachinePolitick and her Patriotic, Folk and Primitive art can be seen in person at Our Town Antiques in Commerce, Georgia. Frances is represented by The Quinlan Center in Gainesville, Georgia.

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