In the mid-1980s, Paul Patton returned to Rix Mills in Muskingum County and was shocked to find the beautiful village of his childhood practically decimated by strip mining.
Patton, who had recently begun painting, decided to get serious about using his art to preserve his memories. Eventually, he produced more than 500 folk-art works that capture the events and traditions of daily life in Appalachian coal country between the first and second world wars.
The artist died in 1999, but his acrylic paintings live in the book Rix Mills Remembered: An Appalachian Boyhood, published posthumously in 2003.
Eighteen of those paintings will go on display on Friday in the Short North’s Lindsay Gallery.
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Lindsay Gallery artist Bill Miller was featured in a Columbus Dispatch article earlier this year:
Linoleum lives on
Ex-painter uses flooring as groundwork for bright scenes
Sunday, April 23, 2006
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
To all the homeowners and landlords who sensibly covered their kitchen floors or any other room with linoleum: Bill Miller says thanks.
Miller, 44, of Silver Spring, Md., turns vintage linoleum into fine art. An exhibit of his work recently opened in the Short North?s Lindsay Gallery.
His pieces look like mosaics or collages or paintings, but they’re none of the above.
“The thing is, it’s all linoleum,” gallery owner Duff Lindsay said.
“When you’re at a distance, they look like lush, vintage oil paintings. Then, when you get up close, you see that the deft brushwork is really the skilled piecing together of linoleum.”