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Artistic Vision
Minnie Evans grew up in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and in 1947 she accepted a job collecting admissions at the Airlie Garden gate. As a self-taught artist, she began to post some of her artwork to sell to visitors at the gate. Although she struggled to find support from her family for the unusual visions that she portrayed in her artwork, she found strength through her spiritual beliefs to continue drawing. In 1962, New York photographer Nina Starr discovered the talent of Minnie Evans and helped her to share her artwork with the world. Today, some of her artwork is on display in the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum of Wilmington and a book, Minnie Evans Art of Visions & Dreams: Inspired or Self-Taught? is available at the Wilmington Art Gallery at 616 Castle Street. It introduces her life and showcasing her artwork from the 1940s to the early 1980s.

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