Local Artist Shares Talent with Maggie Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation

By Brenda Silvers | Apr 26, 2013
Ray Garland and MaryAnn Hall enjoy the artwork of Marilyn Parkhurst

Marilyn Parkhurst, a local artist, has shared  her talents with  Maggie Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation by donating two of her scenes, one to be  displayed at Christmas and an Artic scene to be displayed durng the winter months. Marilyn was born in Hartford, Ohio and at an early age started helping her father, a professional photographer, develop film and photos in small darkroom in their home. Color film was not used so her mother tinted the photos for customers. Marilyn loved to watch her and began tinting pictures from the newspaper. 

In her early teens, she set up a studio in the loft of their barn. Using large paint brushes and left over house paint, she began painting on scraps of plywood, glass and plasterboard.

At sixteen, she did her first mural for a local inn. Using scaffolding, she completed the 10 x 40 mural in several weeks.   After graduating from high school, Marilyn graduated cum laude from Yorktown State University, receiving several scholarships she was a member of the  Golden Key National Honor Society prior to getting her BFA Degree. Marilyn continued to do murals in homes, churches and restaurants, she married and raised three children.

Marilyn worked as a staff artist in Brokenton Florida and did the artwork for many television sit com shows such as Frasier, Seinfeld, and Friends.

Among her many shows and awards are the Artist 445-Butler Institute of American Art, Distinctive Merit Award from Hoyt Institute and shows at Longboat Key Art Center.

Marilyn now lives in Haywood County and just finished displaying some of her artwork at The Laurels. 

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