Art takes us into the night
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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Mullin's painting titled "Night Sky,"one of the 10 paintings in the exhibit now on display at Sylacauga's Comer Museum and Arts. Center.
Laura Nation-Atchison/The Daily Home

Mullin's painting titled "Night Sky,"one of the 10 paintings in the exhibit now on display at Sylacauga's Comer Museum and Arts. Center.
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It’s about light, the way it affects what people see and how the hours between dusk and daylight put on their very own spectacle.

Gadsden artist Anna Mullin found these hours to be intriguing, so much so that she has created an entire series of paintings that study the process of daylight turning into dark.

There are 10 paintings in the series she’s titled “Into the Night,” and they’re the featured exhibit at Sylacauga’s Comer Museum and Arts Center through the end of February.

The museum hosts a reception for Mullin Thursday, Feb. 13 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and the public is invited to attend, view the exhibit and meet the artist.

Mullin describes herself as an Alabama based landscape and portrait artist.

She just started painting in 2007, but throughout her life, Mullin said she’s always been exposed to art and museums and her love for it has been present throughout her life.

“We traveled a lot when I was growing up and wherever we would go, we would visit the finest museums we could in each area,” she said.

Finally, Mullin said she decided that it would be interesting to study what she had admired for years for herself.

She took an art class with Gadsden State Community College art professor Dennis Sears, and she’s been painting since.

Mullin’s touring one person exhibit titled “God’s Picture Show” premiered at The Meadows Gallery in Gadsden in October, 2011. This series includes 10 scenes of could formations Mullin found to be of special interest that occurred during the first 10 years of the 21st century. The series was also shown at the Kentuck Gallery in Northport, Ala. in July 2012.

Her most recent one person exhibit, “Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Sea & Sky,” opened at the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in Gadsden in February, 2013 and remained on display through April, 2013.

This series of paintings took on the exploration of ancient beliefs about natural forces working alternately for as well as against mankind.

The paintings included a study of the contrast of the comforting warmth of a fireplace and the devastation caused from a prairie fire or the fierce strength of a tornado paused against the softness of a gentle breeze tossing curtains aside in an open window.

Mullin’s start in painting coincided with a time in her life when she needed a way to help pass time while assisting her mother in recovering from a stroke.

“My mother became my in house art critic,” she said.

Mullin’s mother died in 2008, and by that time, had become immersed in learning every aspect of painting.

Now, two of her paintings, “Colorado Mountains” and “Gathering Clouds” have been included in the art book “International Contemporary Art.”

Collectors of Mullin’s work include Joseph J. Andrew, former head of the Democratic National Committee and author of the book “The Disciples.”

Mullins said that her goal in producing the series “Into the Night” was to reveal how light affects the human perception of our surroundings.

In order to create the series, Mullins studied information about the human eye, including studies of the vision of scuba divers and pilots. From the report published by the U.S. Air Force, “Night Vision Manual for the Flight Surgeon,” Mullin said she learned more about the retina’s receptor cells, the rods and cones, which, when stimulated by light, send signals to the brain which are interpreted by as vision.

Mullin’s exhibit may also be viewed during regular museum hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.