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Bobby's Bama

Alabama artist's unusual medium of work on display at Carnegie

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Walk into the Carnegie Visual Arts center anytime between now and April 30 and prepare to be challenged with the Maralyn Wilson interpretation of landscapes and faces.

This method of creating art is not something you see every day, according to Executive Director, Kim Mitchell.

"I love Maralyn Wilson. She is so much fun," said Mitchell. "She is just a bundle of energy and a very, very creative person.  And her choice of mediums is Encaustic, which is 'to burn in,' and you use wax and crystals and colors."

So much of the work of this artist is outside the box. You won't see a lot of sharp lines and details. But there are a few exceptions.  One has to do with her interpretation of faces.

"She's also started doing some real unusual things with tar paper. She actually has to wear a mask to protect herself and melting wax with the tar and getting some really interesting shapes and designs from that," said Mitchell.

Just as other exhibits offer pieces for sale, this one has an added feature. Mitchell says this is art you can wear.

"Maralyn has also done a lot where she has put fabric on it and made scarves," she said.

The Birmingham-based artist will be in Decatur, at the Carnegie April 22-23 for a reception and workshop. 

"It's free to the public. Please go online and get the information," said Mitchell.

Mitchell says this is one artist who thinks and creates without limits.  And that signature sets her apart from many others.

 "She is so organic with what she does. There's no mistakes with her."

Wilson describes her artistic expression and relates it to her childhood growing up in the south, during a time when, she says, imagination had no boundaries.

She describes the excitement of the story unfolding through her art as reminiscent of the magic of firefly southern nights - Illuminating landscapes in Bobby's Bama.  

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