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Appraisal
Scott and Sharon FerlingereAppraiser's Note:
(click the binder on the left to download a pdf of the Appraisal Document- file size 1.83 mb)
This Appraisal was administered by Lila M. Held, M.V.S., ASA, Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers on 9/18/2005.

Since the time of this appraisal, Scott and Sharon Ferlingere’s eagles have met with increasing demand, resulting in a value that has steadily increased over time.


Numerous designations have been applied to a form of art which in recent years has gained acclaim. This art is referred to as outsider art, primitive art, naive art or folk art. It is difficult to assign a precise label to this mode of artistic expression, whose primary attribute is its unique quality. It lies outside of all of the accepted definitions of types of art. It does, however, share certain intrinsic characteristics.

The term, outsider art, was coined by Roger as an appropriate reference to those visionaries creating works of art that are outside of the mainstream. Holger Cahill, was one of the first scholars to write about this non-academic art. He offered the following statement in his commentary for the Newark Museum exhibit of American folk art sculpture:

… folk art in its truest sense … is an expression of the common people and not an expression of small cultured class. Folk art usually has not much to do with the fashionable art of its period. It is never a product of art movements, but comes out of craft traditions, plus that personal something of the rare craftsman who is an artist by nature if not by training. This art is based not on measurements or calculations but on feelings. ... It goes straight to the fundamentals of art – rhythm, design, balance, proportion which the folk artist feels instinctively. (1)

This unique form of artistic endeavor has gained a wide audience in recent years as its endorsement of the fundamental values of human existence and the appreciation of innovative art forms have achieved acceptance.

Outside Art is usually fashioned by a self-taught artist, who creates works as an extension of his personal vision and aesthetic sensibilities Scott and Sharon’s eagles certainly fall into this category. Outsider art can be seen in diverse environs ranging from sophisticated galleries and museums to farms along a country road. Its proponents and creators are as varied as the works themselves, ranging from young enthusiasts to seasoned elders, from the mentally sound to mentally disabled. It represents vivid images of both the naturalistic world and an imagined environment. The recent appreciation for this mode of expression is based upon the common heritage and fundamental beliefs of human beings.




(1) Cahill, Holger quoted in Folk Artists Biographical Index, page 1x.

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