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New Exhibit Opens at Grassroots Art Center

Joe Malin exhibitA new exhibit featuring the work of the late Joe Malin of Plainville will open this Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas.

Malin, known for his metal sculptures, was a lifetime farmer and part time oil field worker and welder. He was a self-taught artist during the last 15 years of his life.

When people admired his wire art work, he would simply say, "Well, I'm not an artist. I just make things."

Many of his welded creations are fashioned from a heavy #8 wire. Some of the pieces on exhibit at the art center include a cowboy band, Fun in Dodge with a poker game, stagecoach with a driver and horses, the winter Olympics, cowboys and cowgirls, airplanes and nativity on the prairie.

His wife Rita said he liked a challenge and created some large human metal sculptures about 6 feet tall. Malin's nine children were the recipients of much of his art work. If they needed a weather vane, a table to hold sheet music, or an office storage unit, he would get the creative juices flowing and design a piece with a "bit of attitude." His family and friends have been charmed by his creations for many years and will share photos and stories of the man and his metal work.

The Malin exhibit will be installed until April 15 of 2014. Hours at the art center are October and April, Thursday through Monday from 1 to 4 PM, and November through March, Thursday through Saturday from 1 to 4 PM.

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