DubHub to feature Kin Schilling, Marilyn Wyzga art

  • “October Sky” watercolor by Marilyn Wyzga Courtesy Photo 

Published: 9/7/2018 10:50:06 AM

The Dublin Community Center features two Hancock artists in a joint show during the month of September. Kin Schilling, founder of both Aesop’s Tables and the Cornucopia Project, in Peterborough, will be showing her paintings of domestic and farm animals and landscapes. Sharing the show is Marilyn “Mer” Wyzga, featuring her bright watercolors of local landscapes and wildlife.

The opening reception is on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. The DubHub is located at 1123 Main St., in Dublin.

Kin Schilling remembers her first “really good” painting when she was 5 years old, which was done on the wall of her dad’s office, where it remained for many years. She drew every day as a child. Later, she attended Vesper George School of Art in Boston. She also studied for a short time at Sarah Lawrence College, and then spent a year studying portraiture in Florence, Italy.

After raising a family in California, she moved to New Hampshire in 1983. They had two Jersey cows, a pig named Nigel, three sheep and whole bunch of chickens. These farm animals became the subjects of her rekindled art career. She started Aesop’s Tables in 1992, where she was able to hang a bit of her artwork.

Because of her love of healthy food and children, she started the Cornucopia Project in 2006.

Kin writes, “I envision a future where adults and children value the relationship between art, good food and good health and respect the land and community that sustains them.”

Currently she is working on an art and environmental project called “The N.H. Honey Bee Initiative,” with business partner, Melissa Stephenson. They have brought mural artist Matt Willey to New Hampshire to paint a huge honey bee mural on the south walls of the Peterborough Community Center in support and awareness of the plight of all pollinators.

Marilyn “Mer” Wyzga has enjoyed a diverse, multi-arts career. She’s worked in design (exhibits and landscapes), performing (theater, storytelling and dance – including dancing on top of Mt. Monadnock), and education (environment, wildlife, and garden), all inspired by the big outdoors. Her art roots reach back to kindergarten where choice time invariably found her at the easel. Crayon and tempera later gave way to pencil, pen and ink, acrylics, oils, and watercolors. She has illustrated publications and designed interpretive exhibits around the New England region, several of which have been recognized with national awards.

Mer finds the fun in art; she likens it to a big wide-open mountain vista – “all that color and texture and space to play in. Getting out and seeing long. Then drawing it all in, spinning it around, and painting it as I see it.”

Mer has studied with acclaimed artists Frank Webb, Peter Spataro and Don Andrews, as well as in New Hampshire with Sylvia Brofos and Sue Callihan. She continues to explore watercolors, she says, “because watercolor continues to confound me – the paper surface, the colors in my palette, and the day all work their own magic. It’s playful, experimental.” Her preference is for looseness and allowing the colors to do their thing. Mer, her musician husband, and their coon cat, Katahdin, recently settled in Hancock, where they’re figuring out how to be new homeowners, immersing in the community, and getting acquainted with the land.

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