TroyFest’s Cook paints ‘from the heart’

first_img Sponsored Content Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel TroyFest’s Cook paints ‘from the heart’ Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the authorcenter_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories You Might Like Jury clears former police officer; verdict called ‘just’ The jury verdict clearing a retired Troy police officer of sexual abuse charges is being hailed as a “just and… read more Skip Published 9:04 pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Artist Maurice Cook, whose works will be on display during this weekend’s TroyFest, says he doesn’t try to define his style, but welcomes the label of ‘folk artist.’ The artist says he simply ‘paints from the heart.’ TroyFest will be Saturday and Sunday in downtown Troy on the Square.Ask Maurice Cook what kind of art he does and he can’t say.“But I can tell you this. I’m honored to be mentioned as a folk artist,” Cook said. “Folk art comes from the heart and that’s the way I paint, from the heart.”Cook is one of six or more folk artist who will be celebrated for their artwork at TroyFest on the square in downtown Troy April 26 and 27.TroyFest was originally called the Jean Lake Arts & Crafts Show in honor of Troy native Jean Lake, a highly acclaimed folk artist. Each year, TroyFest spotlights the folk arts in recognition of the late artist and her contributions to the primitive arts.Cook stands humbly in that spotlight.His popularity among folk art enthusiasts is widespread and his work is much sought after at TroyFest.But Cook’s artwork has not always been in great demand. When he started painting 30 years ago with hopes of “cashing in” with his artwork, he was not satisfied with what he put on canvas.“I started painting flowers and portraits and I was never satisfied with the outcome,” Cook said. “So, I started painting from scratch. I didn’t look a pictures or anything. I just painted what I knew and it was easy. I didn’t have to dot the I’s or cross the T’s; whatever I got was what I got. These days, folks appreciate that kind of art. It’s art for the folks. It’s fun and happy art.”Cook said that if you’ve ever been to a fine arts show, people are walking around with their noses in the air, “all snooty like.”“But you go to a folk arts show and people are laughing and smiling,” Cook said. “And it’s always noisy because there’s always something going on at a folk arts show. Folk art is for folks. It’s as simple as that.”Cook said he’s never at a loss for subjects for his artwork. Everything he paints is a memory from his past.“I could paint a whole year from one day in my life as a young man,” he said. “We might go fishing in the morning, then go swimming and then play baseball in the pasture. We had work to do, too, but, when we played, we played hard.”Cook said folk art is simply telling the stories of one’s life.“Everybody in a small town is a character,” he said. “Everybody has a place and, when they’re not there, they are missed – good, bad or indifferent.”And folk art? Everybody can do it, Cook said.“You can start at nine or at ninety,” he said. “It doesn’t matter. You just express yourself as best you can. Everything is art. Andy Warhol painted toilet seats and called it art. Art is what you want it to be. I want my art to be me. I’m honored to be called a folk artist. It’s folk art but most of all its ‘my art.’ Art has been my way into everything that I need. What more can I say.”last_img read more