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by Sarah Miller

“Oh, Happy Day” by Marilyn Sparks, 11″ x 14″

Marilyn Sparks spent thirty years using bodies, music, make-up, and clothing to tell a story on stage. Feeling like she had done all she could in the fashion industry, she asked herself, “now what?”

On her hands and knees in what used to be her fashion office, Sparks began with house paint that had been sitting in her garage for years. Creativity flowed as she expressed herself in this new direction. “I was painting to paint! I had no intention of selling anything…what fun!” said Sparks.

Artist Marilyn Sparks

At some point, Sparks got off the floor and into an art store, where she became familiar with various mediums and techniques. She uses her knowledge from her previous life, color, texture, and composition. “I’m doing the same thing now as I was doing then, just using a different medium.” Her story has always been about color and texture. Now Sparks says she can let go of control, allowing her paintings to evolve in front of her eyes.

With years of painting under he belt, Sparks has found that the memories she has of the Southeast fuels so much of her inspiration. “I paint what I know and love, including the old barns that are disappearing and being replaced by shopping centers or subdivisions.” Bright floral scenes, boating days, and landscapes have found their way into her upcoming exhibit. Sparks hopes that her colorful paintings trigger fond memories for all those who view them.

“Big Blue” by Marilyn Sparks, 36″ x 48″


Marilyn Sparks’s solo exhibit “Painting Colors of Passion” will open with a reception on Friday, May 12, 2017, from 5:30-8:00pm at The Grand Bohemian Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.


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Posted on May 3, 2017 by Matt Mill.

Categories: Visual Art

Tags: Art, Art Mag, Art Opening, Charleston, Charleston Art, Grand Bohemian Charleston Hotel, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Marilyn Sparks

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