SYLACAUGA -- The Isabel Anderson Comer Museum & Arts Center in Sylacauga is introducing a "new" artist, native Alabamian the Rev. Pamela Canzater, according to a press release.

Canzater laughs at the moniker "new," explaining that at the age of 62, she feels as any other elder does who is ready to tell his/her story to a broader audience.

Canzater tells her story by utilizing techniques she first learned as an art major in the public school system of New York City. It was there that she took paint to the surface of wood, bringing out the rhythms of her emotions through the patterns of pine and oak, the release says.

Canzater became a griot in her family, sitting to listen as her great-grandmother, grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, aunts and uncles all told stories and sang songs of their family.

Canzater and her daughters joined the congregation of Pilgrim Church, United Church of Christ, where the Rev. Paul Eknes-Tucker is the pastor. The members agreed to Canzater's proposal of beginning the Pilgrim Arts Ministry: open to all.  

Canzater can often be found there in the “art studio" with a member, a friend or by herself, creating another piece of art.

See how this daughter of the South took all that her elders impressed upon her to survive the integration of the North. Read and experience a black girl/teen/woman coming of age in the ’70s. Immerse and connect your sensibilities with the hard-earned wisdom of the new artist in our midst at the Isabel Comer Museum & Arts Center.

The artist's reception will be Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Food and beverage will be available, and admission will be free. Donations are welcome.

Visit to view Canzater’s artwork.