Sunday, January 24, 2016


By Gregory A. Disney-Britton
Outsider artist Tony Melendez (December 27, 1938 - January 24, 2015) 
Do outsiders light-up your life? I'm not talking about Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, but about outsider artists like those in this week's Outsider Art Fair in Manhattan. These artists share one unifying trait: "a raw quality untouched by academic rules or current trends." In Psalm 18:28: “the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness,” and God let one of those outsider artists Arsenio Tony Melendez (above) be our light. Do you want to light up the darkness? Surround yourself with works by God's outsider artists.

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"Saint Francis" (2010) by Brooklyn-born artist Tony Melendez; Acrylic, pencil, and collage on white poster board 22 x 28 in. Gifted on January 10, 2015 to Alpha & Omega Project for Contemporary Religious Arts, Inc. by David Woods.