Maralyn

born 1941, Birmingham, Alabama

 

Artist Statement

Creating art reminds me of my childhood, when we would make up plays and do circus performances for the neighborhood. I loved sitting outside with my neighborhood buddies at night watching the fireflies and telling the most fabulous and exciting stories. Our imagination had no boundaries.

When I become immersed in creating a piece, the excitement of the story unfolding before my eyes reminds me of the magic of those firefly nights.

 

Working in clay brings out memories and feelings that I love to express in my work. I like to tell stories with my art, and the encaustic finish on the clay sculpture adds depth, and a feeling of the past. Each of my sculptures has a story that has unfolded for me, as I created the piece.

 

Education

1962             B.A. Studio Art, Sophie Newcomb College

1991-93       Metalsmithing, Penland School

1997             Studio Reparata, Florence Italy

2009             Ceramic Workshops with Lisa Clague

1973-2010  Art Gallery Owner

Present        Full Time Artist

 

Recent Exhibitions

2012           Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, 2 Pieces, Juried Show

 

2010           TKAM 2010 Alabama Humanities Foundation, Group Show

2008           Southern Voices Hoover Public Library, One Person Show

2007           Now and Then, Space 111, Group Show

2003           Jest Art Gallery, Montana One Person Show

2002           State Council of the Arts, Group Show

2001           Maralyn Wilson Gallery, One Person Show

2000           University of North Alabama, One Person Show

1999           Altamont School, Birmingham Alabama, One Person Show

 

Honors

2010, 2012 Energen Juried Art Show, Birmingham Alabama

1994            Artstravaganza Juried Art Show, Sculpture Capture received Honorable Mention, Chattanooga, Tennessee

1992            Festival of Arts/Chamber of Commerce Silver Bowl, Award in Field of Art

1991            Juried Spotlight Exhibit, Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi