Color Outside the Lines: Folk art!

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Prompt: Folk Art

Wikipedia definition:  Definitions vary, but generally the objects have practical utility of some kind, rather than being exclusively decorative. The makers of folk art are typically trained within a popular tradition, rather than in the fine art tradition of the culture

Folk art is often seen as lesser than fine art. Not surprisingly, works made by BIPOC artists are often labeled folk art, even though they begin to fall into the “exclusively decorative” territory. Do you think folk art should be it’s own category? Are there any folk artists you enjoy? Is there any folk art you want to shine a spotlight on?