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Marlene True is a metalsmith and obsessive collector of tin cans and other ephemera with the intent of repurposing in her work. Sharing her enthusiasm for working with these materials, Marlene enjoys teaching. As a guest artist, she has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, North Carolina, where she serves as the Executive Director. She has also led workshops abroad at West Dean College in the UK. Flora and fauna of Eastern North Carolina, Key West, and other destinations provide abundant inspiration for her work.


Marlene earned her MFA at East Carolina University and her BFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Her work is part of the collections of the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Racine Museum of Art in Racine Wisconsin, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Marlene volunteers extensively and has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. 

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