Outsider art auctioneer Kimball Sterling is hosting the auction of The Joe Adams Collection of Outsider and Folk-Art tomorrow (5/30) at 11AM est:

My friend Joe ‘The Spam’ Adams has collected folk-art for about as long as I have been selling art. I met Joe about 19 years ago and when he attended the Howard Smith Collection auction. That was the first major collection offered to the public. Many pieces in this auction are from Joe’s private collection. It was exciting getting into his storage and seeing items that have been off the market for many years from various collections that we have sold. He bought the best Willey Masseys from the Smith Collection, art from the Gitter-Yellen Collection, the Oh Appalachia Collection, Warren and Sylvia Lowe Collection, the James Smith Pearce Collection and many more. This will be an in-house and live internet auction. Both phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Click here for a sneak peak preview of items.

Make your plans now to attend this auction of a lifetime collection of one of the pioneers of the folk-art field. This will be a great event for the art community.

The entire sale catalogue will be on our website about two weeks before the auction. The collection has been moved from Hilton Head S.C. to our gallery here in Johnson City. There will be over 600 pieces of art in the catalogue auction by both major and emerging artists. After the catalogue sale we will auction other art from the collection to in-house bidders. There will be many surprises in the after catalogue auction.

Visit Sterling’s site For info on terms, shipping, previews, etc., or email: or

  • Folk art aficionado and storyteller Joe Adams talks about his famous “Chicken Room” and his love for yard bird.

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