Art: Rustic Rush

Farm & Home Week came again for the University of Wisconsin's College of Agriculture and for thousands of farmers who freewheeled into Madison. This year Art was the big news, because last year Sociologist John Barton and Painter John Steuart Curry had started something when they put on show some 60 paintings, wood carvings and whittled knickknacks created by Wisconsin farmers and their wives. This year, even after the show had opened, rustic painters from the backwoods continued to arrive, toting rolls of canvas and bits of wood. One of them, Walter Thorpe of Baraboo, Wis., shyly unrolled two laboriously drawn...

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