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George Taylor's exhibit "Roadside Vistas," featuring 38 of the Montgomery man's landscape and still life paintings, is on display at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center through April 5.

The self-taught artist's large canvas filled with pink Japanese magnolia blossoms, above, was painted on Valentine's Day 2005.

"They are usually the first spring flowers you see — kind of a harbinger of spring," said Taylor, who is from Montgomery.

Occasionally he works from memory, "but I prefer to be there, in the scene, to select the exact relationships and essences I'm after," he said.

A large painting like the magnolias takes him four to eight painting sessions of two to three hours each.

"He captures a scene or object on canvas the way he sees it in his mind. It's a combination of what is there and how he perceives it," Carnegie staff member Kathy Silvestri said. "His work is varied, with magnolias and tulip trees, Coosa River views and quintessential Southern Alabama scenes with Spanish moss hanging off the trees."

The Carnegie, at 201 Church St. N.E., is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, but donations and memberships are encouraged. Call 341-0562.

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