Award-winning local photographer Maryllis Wolfgang has displayed her art at the Allied Arts exhibit downtown. Wolfgang’s exhibit “Take Me Away” is on display until April 6.
The Allied Arts’ offices and gallery space takes place at the John Marlor House. The house was built in 1830 and was renovated in the 1970s to expand and repurpose the building.
After working in the GC admissions department for nearly 30 years, Wolfgang found her passion after receiving her first digital camera from her husband. She spent her time photographing with her husband in several locations and found a way to express and capture the beauty she saw.
Wolfgang started her photography business, The Crazy W, LLC in 2007. Since her first photography festival, she has continued to participate in various festivals each year including “Christmas Made in the South” and the Lake Oconee Festival. Additionally, she has won several art awards throughout the years.
Wolfgang has recently retired as the managing photographer and feature writer at Milledgeville Living Magazine.
Milledgeville Living Magazine has recorded some of the most fascinating stories and events to take place within the community. She is, however, currently the official photographer for the Milledgeville-Baldwin Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Director Brian Renko has worked for the Allied Arts for 21 years. He contacts artists, arranges and hangs the displaying artwork and organizes opening receptions for different artists to give them the opportunity to explain more about their work. Most displays are up for one to two months.
By capturing different scenes with her camera’s lens, Wolfgang physically pulls viewers into the moments displayed in “Take Me Away.” One shot is a beautiful scene of Savannah’s River Street titled “After the Party.”
“The only time you can find River Street empty is after the partiers have gone to bed and before the breakfast people come out,” Wolfgang said.
She was preparing for an art show on River Street and took a shot of the vacant railroad tracks at the crack of dawn. After she returned home, she printed it and immediately began selling it.
Someone later pointed out to her that there was actually a man in the picture. Wolfgang had walked down the street to make sure that it was completely empty, so she had no idea where he came from. In the photo, the man, who seems to be dressed in an old sailor’s outfit, is hidden in the fog, walking along the tracks with a missing leg but no crutches.
As Wolfgang continued to sell this picture, she received a call from one of the people that bought the photograph with another obscure detail.
According to Wolfgang, the woman on the phone said, “Maryllis, I love the picture. It looks great in my home, and the ghosts must be happy because nothing’s falling off of my walls. Now tell me about the woman in the picture.”
“What woman?” Wolfgang asked.
Though some people don’t see her, there appears to be a woman in an old-fashioned dress gazing out the window of one of the buildings.
Wolfgang unintentionally captured a ghost story with this photograph. Fitting, as Savannah, Ga. has been known as one of the most haunted cities in America.
Wolfgang also highlighted the importance of physically printing pictures, rather than saving them on disks and hard drives. People have saved pictures on all of these media, but the pictures are gone now because technology has moved on.
At the exhibit, Wolfgang’s “Seven Generations — First Daughter of First Daughter” specifically illustrates this idea.
“I’m really strongly trying to get people to print on good photo paper,” Wolfgang said. “There’s not too many who can look back seven generations and say, ‘Oh, that’s what my great-great-great-grandmother looked like.’ If I could say anything at this point in my photography career, I would say get pictures and get them printed, and number two, get in your pictures. Be part of your children’s history.”
According to The Union-Recorder, “Wolfgang will donate 20 percent of the proceeds back to the organization itself.
Allied Arts Executive Director Brian Renko expressed excitement at the chance to show off one of Milledgeville’s most accomplished photographers.”
Maryllis Wolfgang’s work captures the natural beauty of the community and the people surrounding it, giving people even more reasons to come to Milledgeville.