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Decatur art exhibition is all in the family

The work of Mildred Nungester Wolfe and her daughter Bebe are on display at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. (Source: WAFF) The work of Mildred Nungester Wolfe and her daughter Bebe are on display at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center. (Source: WAFF)
Bebe and Mildred are known to collaborate on their "Wolfe birds." (Source: WAFF) Bebe and Mildred are known to collaborate on their "Wolfe birds." (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

If you're from the Decatur area or familiar with the works of an artist by the name of Nungester, you'll be happy to know that her work - and that of her daughter - is on display at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

Pieces by Mildred Nungester Wolfe and her daughter, Elizabeth (Bebe) Wolfe, are there for a short time.

"We are so excited to have this artwork here," said Kim Mitchell, Executive Director of the Carnegie Center. "Mildred and Frances Nungester were sisters and they grew up here in Decatur... just two doors down from the Carnegie Library."

The sisters were ahead of their time, as Mitchell explained.

"Both of them were very well educated women. Their father insisted that they pursue higher education which was unusual at the time. Both of them became teachers, but Mildred became an artist also," she said.

Frances went on to become a prominent figure in education, and an elementary school is named in her honor.

Bebe Wolfe is Mildred's daughter, and an artist in her own right. Together, they are also known for "Wolfe birds."

"They're sold all over Mississippi, but this is the first time we have them here in Alabama and so we're excited to have them," Mitchell said.

There are several scenic works on display which locals will recognize, including a painting depicting a snowy day on Church Street. There is also a painting of the Decatur Boat Harbor as it looked in 1941 before renovation.

Mitchell says Mildred always had a figure in her works - a legacy of art in Bobby's Bama.

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