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Western folk art has its day, all this month in San Jose.

"Pioneers in Paradise" is the quirky title of a fascinating show now at the San Jose Museum of Art. It opened November 17 and will run through January 5.

A landmark in the presentation of American folk art, it is the first historical survey of self-taught artists of the West Coast. About a hundred paintings, sculptures, and craft works--discovered during a three-year search by co-curators Susan Larsen-Martin and Lauri Robert Martin--are on display. In many, you can sense the heartfelt connection between artist and subject or perceive a deep concern about an issue of the time. The exhibition catalog ($12 at the museum) recounts touching background stories.

The San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market Street, is open 11 to 5 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11 to 6 Thursdays, noon to 4 Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

Besides metered street parking, there are three lots on San Fernando Street near the museum; one is right behind it. Parking is easiest on weekends.
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