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Marilyn Schwaninger
Primary Medium: Aluminum beverage cans
Lessons/Workshops: Demonstrations Only.
Favorite Art Subject: Birds, Fish, Landscapes
Artwork Available: Arts Council, Email or Phone for Informatoin
Phone: 1-573-472-0627
Email:Email Artist
Notes: Artist's Statement

It must be genetic! My mother told me that I have been making art since I picked up my first crayon. My father was an architect and painted in oils. I have too many creative siblings, nieces, nephews and cousins to count.

I have always kept my hands busy with drawing, painting, designing, sewing and decorating everything from cakes to windows, fashions and home décor. I studied art for one year at Sikeston High School and continued at SEMO State University in the 1960's.

After marriage, while raising three sons, I continued to dabble in the arts. While living in Virginia, I owned the Mount Vernon Frame Shoppe and Art Gallery. Upon my husband's retirement, and our move back to Missouri, I met friends who inspired me to get back to the drawing board. I took lessons and workshops with and from them. I have studied the art of watercolor, oil, pastel, and batik.

My current medium is aluminum. I cut the tops and bottoms off beverage cans (soda, beer, juice) and flatten the remaining rectangle. I use the designs and color on the cans for my creations by cutting and gluing shapes to a backing and mounting the piece in a shadow box frame. The art is three dimensional. I have searched the web and have not found anything quite like my process. My art has become more intricate and detailed as it has evolved.

I am a member of the Visual Arts Cooperative. I exhibit regularly at the Chapman Gallery in the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri at 32 North Main In Cape Girardeau. Through the years I have participated in juried competitions and had personal exhibitions at The Front Street Gallery, The Sweet Gum Gallery, The Red Geranium, The Sikeston Depot and other venues.