Alabama artist brings 'Museum of Wonder' to life at WMA

DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - He says he's made more than 30,000 pieces of art work over his lifetime and it's taken him all over the world. His next stop, here in Dothan,

Butch Anthony, an Alabama native, will bring his “Museum of Wonder” to the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

Art comes in many forms and for Butch Anthony, it comes from the woods, on the side of the road, from thrift stores and even the trash.

“I'll find all my painting stuff dumpster diving and on the side of the road,” said Anthony. “People throw all kind of good stuff away."

As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure. From Seale, Alabama, he started "making things" when he was 14-years-old.

Anthony has made a name for himself over the past 40 years, and there is something about his work that makes him stand out.

If you're driving around town, by the Flying J or the court house, you'll see billboards of portraits with skulls and skeletons laid over top of them. If you're wondering what that is, well, it has a little bit to do with Butch Anthony.

Nearly all of Anthony’s art work in the Museum of Wonder has bones and skeletons drawn over portraits. The fascination started when he found a dinosaur bone in the woods by a creek when he was 14 years old.

"When we were little, we didn't have video games and stuff like that. So we went out in the woods and found stuff,” added Anthony.

"There is a great connection between his art and other subjects like anatomy, science and history. There is a lot to explore and a lot to see,” said Director and Curator of the WMA Dana-Marie Lemmer. “I think there are a lot of connections to kids who might not think they are interested in art."

"Anybody can build this stuff, I don't know why they don't,” added Anthony.

The exhibit will open July 21st and run through September 30th. There will also be an outdoor drive-through in the parking lot that will be open 24/7.

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