Even the casual collector of folk art may be inspired to learn more on the subject. Richard Edson hands out a two-page bibliography to those who visit his Folk Art Gallery in Bolton Hill and recommends the library at Maryland Institute, College of Art as a prime research spot.
Here are some other sources:
* The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington is presenting a major exhibition of folk art in "Passionate Visions of the American South," which opened yesterday. The Corcoran is located at New York Avenue and 17th Street Northwest, Washington. Information: (202) 638-1439.
* One of the most complete introductions is "The Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists" (Abbeville Press, $75), by Chuck and Jan Rosenak.
* The Museum of American Folk Art in New York publishes Folk Art, a quarterly magazine available only as a benefit of membership in the museum. The cost of membership is $35 per year. Information: the Museum of American Folk Art, 2 Lincoln Square, New York, N.Y. 10023-6214, or call (212) 595-9533.