Vilia Wood Marshall

Profile Updated: September 27, 2017
Residing In: W-S 27127, NC USA
Spouse/Partner: Robert Marshall
Occupation: Cytotechnologist
Children: 4
Valerie Woodard born April 1968
Todd M Matthews Feb. 1972
Vilia Jenevieve McClearen Nov. More…1981
Donald Miles Matthews, Feb 1984

5 grandchildren
Jackson, Madelyn, Kaity, Julie, and James

Show art work with Muddy River Art Ass.
Work for Pathology Diagnostics Lab at Forsyth Hospital
Librarian at First Baptist Church, W-S

While I was at home with my first two children, I began to paint by taking classes with Dixie Browning at the old Arts Council on Colleseum Dr. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back to school at UNC-G to study art. There were so many facets to chose from that it has been my passion ever since. I started with sculpture in the foundry at UNC-G, doing portraits of family and friends in clay then, wax, then metal. My teachers included Herk Van Tongeren, Keith Lambert, and Peter Agostini. A lot of work and materials goes into that process so, when I graduated, I took some classes at Wake with Gary Cook in drawing, that was a whole new world of art for me. I began to enjoy classes at Sawtooth in figure studies, while continuing to do small figure studies in plaster. Eventually, I took a class in printmaking at Sawtooth with a master printmaker named "Buddy" Williams. I was really taken with the color transitions and movement and layering I could get with the inks and rollers. I decided to go back to school at Wake Forest in the MALS program in printmaking with David Faber and drawing with Alix Hitchcock. It was just what I needed to begin to do my own work. When Peter, my music professor came into class and asked "Can you see that music?" I could. I learned about synesthesia. For my thesis, I completed a large triptych of the "Visual Interpretation of Rhapsody In Blue" and exhibited it and the studies leading up to it at the gallery next to the concert hall. Since then, I've gotten my own press and have contiuned to make abstract monoprints based on music ranging from classical to bluegrass. When I lost my singing voice after a tonsilectomy that went bad, I found this was a way to sing again. When my daughter, Valerie, began to take dance lessons with Hazel Meisltrup, I had the opportunity to work with her studio making costumes and scenery for recitals in the spring each year for almost 20 years. The highlight for that run was filling the back of the stage at Reynolds Auditorium with 6 paintings ranging from 5x10 to 8x14 feet of dancers in classical attire and classic poses or leaps. I had another chance to draw dancers at the School of the Arts while they were practicing. So many wonderful experiences while studying, like the trip to Venice just after graduation from Wake. Now I've come full circle and I'm back into sculpture with a coin relief of Earline Heath King and the restoring of a portrait of her that was badly damaged. These projects are just for fun and to honor a woman whom I admired most of my life.

School Story:

2 years at Western Carolina University majored in Biology.
1 years certificate with Bowman Gray School of Cytology
Graduated from UNC-G 1975 BFA-ART
Wake Forest University MALS major in Printmaking after studying several years at Sawtooth Center

At Reynolds, I remember the great trips with the chorus, Mr. Hall gave us a wonderful experience. I still love going to football games (Wake) after enjoying the winning team we had at Reynolds. Singing in the Key Club Follies and at graduation were also hightlights. Walking home in the cold weather with my two best friends singing "In The Good Old Summertime." Stopping by Bobbits Pharmacy to warm up or get out of the rain. Slumber parties at Constance Johansen's, riding in Hugh's just re-done convertible, walking to choir practice at FBC from Reynolds, and the Y-teen meetings.

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May 17, 2023 at 8:56 PM
Apr 26, 2023 at 1:11 PM

Happy birthday Connie

Apr 12, 2023 at 11:48 AM

Happy birthday Dave. My oldest daughter was born on April 18th too. Enjoy

Apr 12, 2023 at 11:43 AM

A very happy birthday

Apr 03, 2023 at 12:28 PM

Happy birthday Karol, I remember celebrating your birthday as a surprise for on your mom. She was so gracious to include me anyway. One of my better memories as a child.

Feb 19, 2023 at 12:32 PM

Happy birthday Jewel. Love seeing your posts on Facebook. Hope you have a great day.

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Happy birthday Jim

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Happy Birthday Jan

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Happy birthday Mason

Jan 16, 2023 at 1:37 PM

Happy birthday Danny. Hope it was exceptional.

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Happy birthday and may your new year be healthy and a happy one for you and yours.

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Happy birthday Mickey.

Dec 25, 2022 at 12:55 PM

Happy birthday ?? and Merry Christmas too

Dec 25, 2022 at 12:51 PM

Good to hear from you Stuart. I've lived in WS or Clemmons most of my adult life. I miss some of the old days too. My mother worked in the ladies ware at HL Greens when I was in high school. It's now the bus station. Even the Chapel at First Baptist has been torn down. I spent many hours in that building as a child and adult. I get Fam Brownlees posts on the historical society in WS so it's easier to see that change has been going on for a long time. Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year.

Dec 09, 2022 at 12:20 PM

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Happy birthday Mary I missed seeing you at the reunion recently..hope you are doing well.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
Bob and Vilia Marshall, RJR 50th Reunion
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
Rhapsody in Blue, visual interpretation of the beginning, middle and the end.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
Spring Dance
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
portrait of Earline King done by Joe King and restored by Vilia Marshall
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
Death on the Orient Express, visual interpretation of theme music, 1st of 5 pieces.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
Donald Barry Wood, my brother, born Oct.5, 1938 and died July 8, 2012. My tribute to him.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:23 AM
This is a photo of Linda Carroll, Claudia Beck and Julia Coe at Ardmore school, 7th grade graduation about 1957.