Finster was an American artist and Baptist minister from Summerville, Georgia. His inspiration from God led him to spread the gospel through the design of Paradise Garden, a folk art sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of art.
Discovered in the 1970s, Finster was commissioned to design album covers for Talking Heads and R.E.M., which gained him world-wide recognition.
“It’s thrilling that Howard Finster’s work is going to be on display at the Harbin Clinic Gallery,” says Tina Cox, executive director of the Paradise Garden Foundation. “This is a great central location for so many to come and view it, and we hope it will inspire people to come visit Paradise Garden in Summerville.”
The Harbin Clinic Gallery exhibit will be up throughout February and March and the public can visit on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit includes work and prints by Finster, as well as a collection of Coke bottles created by numerous area artists commemorating some of Finster’s most famous designs, and his love of painting painted Coke bottle cutouts.
Following the exhibit in Rome, the bottles will be placed around Finster’s home of downtown Summerville.
The exhibit will also feature photos of the garden, and unique paintings of the garden by Donnie Davis. Both signed and unsigned original prints by Howard Finster will be available for purchase.
The artists whose Coke bottles will be featured at the Finster exhibit include:
Chris Allison (Mt. Airy, GA)
Kip Ramey (Comer, GA)
Charlie Dingler (Clayton, GA)
Peter Loose (Hull, GA)
Kristen Ramsey (Smyrna, GA),
Becky Altman (Chickamauga, GA)
Eric Legge (Dillard, GA)
Fawn DeRosia (Thomaston, GA)
Donnie Davis (Summerville, GA)