A man and his folk art
Roff Graves, owner of Graves' Counrty Gallery, showcases and sells folk art from his Cherokee Lane shop, as well as online. (Dan Evans/News-Sentinel)

Cherokee Lane is a hodgepodge of commerce: Old-time diners still popular for their breakfast specials, smog shops who fight for customers with $19.99 specials, and order-at-the-window restaurants where tacos come stuffed with everything from spicy sausage to deep-fried octopus.

But next to an alleyway and small gas station is a different kind of business, a storefront that is closed to the public, yet is home to an eclectic 500-piece collection of folk art. The art — from pottery to paintings and woodworks — celebrate the folk style that is the opposite of fine art: Never perfect, often out of perspective and somehow illustrates life of the working class.

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