By Kay S. PedrottiThe new exhibit for Jan 15- Feb. 27 at Lamar Arts Depot Gallery will feature Marlin Adams, art professor at Gordon State College, considered a master of painting and sculpture, said John Votaw, LA president.Adams has taught art at Gordon for 22 years. Renowned for landscapes, still life paintings and portraits, Adams ‘does amazing work,’ said his friend and fellow artist Eleanor Stecker. Herself a widely acclaimed artist, Stecker is a member of the Lamar Arts board.Adams’ bust of the late Hayward Cox, a founder and consistent supporter of Lamar Arts, will be dedicated at the opening reception for the exhibit.A members’ meeting at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15 will precede the reception, with the dedication during the early part of the 6-8 p.m. reception, Votaw added.A memorial fund in Cox’s honor, with contributions from Lamar Arts members and the community, provided funds for the extraordinarily life-like statute.’Hayward would love this,’ said his widow Karen Cox. ‘Marlin has captured not only his appearance but his spirit.’Adams received his BA and Master of Fine Arts degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He also studied with noted artists at Colorado Mountain College and both East and West Texas State Universities. He has been a fulltime painter for a portion of his career and has combined painting and teaching for the past 30 years. His starting years in teaching were with Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas.’I’ve always enjoyed painting, but it can get very boring at times. I’m motivated by the final results and keep imagining new things to get excited about, working with a variety of media and subjects to keep myself challenged and motivated. One of the reasons I teach is to be around people who are interested in what I do and to avoid the long hours of solitude listening to talk radio that solitary painting entails.’I do my portraits and still lives from life in my studio office, or in the classroom studio. I often work alongside my students because I believe that direct observation of the artist painting from life is the fastest way to learn.’Adams has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist Magazine and in American Artist’s ‘Oil Highlights Collectors Series.’ He was a winner of Artist’s Magazine portrait competition and finalist in the categories of landscape, still life and portraiture. A Finalist and Staff Award winner in the 2007 Art Renewal Center International Competition, he also has won First Place and Best in Show and has been a judge four times at the Georgia National Fair.Adams and his wife Margaret have 10 children ranging in age from 41 to 25, and 31 grandchildren.