MANSON - Renowned sculptor Marlin Miller will return to his home town and high school Friday and Saturday to participate in a sculpting demonstration and book signing.
Now living in Florida with his wife Rene and five children, Miller is famous along the Gulf Coast for sculptures he created from oak trees killed by Hurricane Katrina after it devastated the area in August 2005.
He carved more than 40 of these massive trees into dolphins, eagles, sea turtles, herons and other marine animals along a 40-mile stretch of Highway 90 on the Mississippi coast.
Marlin donated nearly three years of his life to the completion of a work that he calls his "gift to the coast."
In the words of Key Ivy, director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, "Marlin Miller offered hope in the face of despair, beauty in the face of ruin and painted a bright silver lining in dark ominous clouds that hung over the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
Many of Marlin's carvings have become major tourist attractions.
As a result of his contributions, Miller has been featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, The Today Show, CNN, the Hallmark Channel, PBS and many other television stations. His work has also been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Coastal Living, Southern Breeze and Woodcarving Illustrated. On Aug. 29, 2010, the American Profile magazine featured Marlin on its front cover. This magazine has a readership of nearly 20,000,000 subscribers in all 50 states.
Miller is a fourth-generation artist who grew up on a family farm in rural Manson. He graduated from Manson High School and from Hawaii Pacific University with a minor in art and served in the United States Air Force, completing two overseas tours. Miller will conduct two fundraising events during his upcoming visit to Manson.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, he will conduct a sculpting demonstration and sculpture exhibit at the high school. Two sculptures will be created to be raffled off at a later date with proceeds going to the school's arts department.
On Saturday day, Miller will hold a book signing and sculpting exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manson Public Library with all proceeds going to the library.
Miller's book, "Katrina Sculptures: Reflections of the Resilience of the Mississippi Gulf Coast," is a narrated pictorial of the sculptures he created in the wake of Katrina's destruction. The entire gallery of Miller's Katrina sculptures can be seen at www.marlinmillergallery.com. Books will be available for purchase the day of the signing.