Please Meet Carol Lasell Miller
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Carol Lasell Miller has a keen eye for capturing the quiet, telling moments in life.

Under her hand, her artist’s brush brings out the smiling lines in a wrinkled face, the nimbleness of rough working hands or the happiness of a little boy perched high on a hog.

They also bring to life small pleasures in the Lowcountry, whether it’s slipping a skiff into the marsh or the simple, shared task of shelling beans.

Four years ago, Lasell Miller decided it was time to push herself artistically. She’d grown up sketching and had tried her hand at landscapes, but they didn’t move her.

“The people are what I enjoy observing,” she said. “I get bored painting houses and trees and decided people going about their daily activities was much more interesting.”

Miller, the city of Savannah’s event coordinator, is generating interest and praise for her work.

In January, she was one of four artists chosen for a Hospice Savannah exhibit “Low Country Perspe…………… continues on Savannah Morning News

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Munson: Man honors his father, small town’s role in shaping his character
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MAURICE, IA. — Landmarks have faded from this Main Street that boasted more bustle half a century ago in Randy Ruisch’s childhood.

Ruisch’s father also is gone, buried this fall. Howard Ruisch, 90, lived and worked here with his wife, Wilma, since the 1920s.

On a balmy autumn afternoon the day after his dad’s funeral, the son, now 62, stands in the middle of Second and Main streets with paint caked on his hands. More of the stuff is flecked all over Ruisch’s face, arms and shirt — a splattering of toasted almond and white that he’s been applying to Lee and Marietta Vander Weide’s house.

Ruisch, a Windsor Heights dentist, presses on with the final stages of an ambitious volunteer project begun in May: repainting Maurice’s downtown business district. It’s a tribute to his late father, who spent his career as a painting contractor in this town of fewer than 300 people.

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