Inside the Artist’s Studio
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Inside the Artist’s Studio

Must’s first mural in Marlinton was inspired by the literary works of Pocahontas County native and West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill Pease and her father, G.D. McNeill. The mural faces First Avenue in Marlinton and was dedicated in 2011. S. Stewart photo WVU RBA student Molly Must explores history, culture and community through art Molly Must’s first solo art studio was in an old one-room schoolhouse on her parents’ property in Pocahontas County. It was here, after years away from home, where Must would paint a mural to tell the story of her home and celebrate the community that shaped her. Growing up in one of West Virginia’s more remote counties meant that Must often looked for creative sources of entertainment. With no cable or satellite television and few other children nearby, Must spent much of her free time drawing and painting. “I grew up around art,” Must said. “My mom encouraged that hobby for sure. My parents would take me to museums every once in a while, and I guess I was just always drawn to it.” On a high school French club trip to Montreal, Must was inspired and intrigued by the beautiful graffiti murals she […]

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