1984 Wolf Creek folk art African-American man, woman

This is a signed pair of 1984 wooden, hand-painted African-American folk art figures by Wolf Creek, made when the company was located in Beaman, Iowa. It has since changed hands more than once, and is now located in nearby Eldora. Both figures, carved from blocks of wood, have moveable arms. The male figure, sporting a red jacket, blue pants and bow tie, stands 10-inches tall and is 3 1/2-inches wide at its widest. The Wolf Creek, Beaman, Iowa stamp is on the bottom of the figure, along with the handwritten signature of the artist - Irene(?) Ballard - and the date, "84." The bottom of the female figure bears a larger Wolf Creek stamp. It is not signed. The female is 9-inches tall by 3 1/2-inches wide at her widest. She has on a head scarf and is wearing a bib-type knotted white scarf and apron over her red dress. This is a fantastic pair of vintage Black Americana folk art figures.

A BIT OF HISTORY: According to the Wolf Creek Web site, the company was started in 1978 by a young man named Rick Sharp who began making wooden toys in his hometown of Beaman with the help of local retirees he hired as his production workers. His reputation grew, and the firm gained national attention. According to the Web site, Wolf Creek's products can today be found on several continents, and on the sets of such TV shows as L.A. Law and Mr.
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