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Works of art going on display Sunday in Lucas





LUCAS -- The inaugural exhibit of metal sculptures created by the late Joe Malin, Plainville, will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grassroots Art Center in Lucas.

Malin was a lifetime farmer and part-time oilfield work and welder, who became a self-taught artist during the last 15 years of his life, according to Rosslyn Schultz, executive director of the art center.

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

Many of his welded creations are fashioned from a heavy No. 8 wire. Some of the pieces in the exhibit at the art center include a cowboy band, Fun in Dodge with a poker game, stagecoach, driver and horses, the winter Olympics, cowboys and cowgirls, airplanes and nativity on the prairie.

Malin's wife, Rita, said he liked a challenge and created some large metal sculptures approximately 6 foot tall. His 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 design a piece with a "bit of attitude," Schultz said.

The Malin exhibit is on display through April 15.

Hours at the art center this month are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday from November to March.

Following the opening of the Malin exhibit, the center is hosting a volunteer and member appreciation.

Also, the Lucas Public Library and Grassroots Art Center have joined together to celebrate Halloween.

Mary Ann Steinle and Doris Johnson are working to weave together stories and spooky art activity. All youth are invited to the Halloween event from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Oct. 28.