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Plant City artist featured for second time at library

PLANT CITY As a youngster, Richard Wagner showed promise as an artist.

His interests led elsewhere until college, when he spent his first year as a fine art major before going into another field that led him to career at Chrysler.

As a retiree, he has taken up painting again, and for the second time he’s the featured artist of the month at Bruton Memorial Library’s art wall.

He has 22 paintings on display, including ones of such figures as Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and his counterpart, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

“I really like doing historical paintings,” Wagner said.

He often gets his inspiration from old black and white photos he has seen. All his library paintings are of historical interest, except for one of the artist with his granddaughter.

Wagner, 78, retired to Plant City from Michigan in 1991. About five years ago, he decided to revive his long interest in painting and joined the East Hillsborough Art Guild. He has served as an officer in the guild, as has his wife, Mary Jane, who is not an artist but used her administrative skills to serve as president.

Wagner’s paintings remain on display through the end of the month at the library, 302 W. McLendon St.

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