For Alabama artist Trés Taylor, the path to art was a path to enlightenment. The self-taught painter was a biochemist when a visit with outsider artist R.A. Miller inspired him to change focus from the lab to visual arts. His concentration now is house paint on tarpaper and the results have earned him shows across the United States and Japan.

His “enCHANTment” show at Fairhope’s Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak St., closes this month and is built around the Jolly Lama Peace Project, a 15-foot tall sculptural monk draped in red and gold beneath a “cascade of hummingbirds.” Visitors are encouraged to enter the structure and jot down prayers for peace which will then be folded into origami birds. This project was in Birmingham during the Dalai Lama’s October visit.

The show finishes Jan. 10. Taylor will be on hand Jan. 9 at 3:30 p.m. to talk to visitors about his work.

ESAC hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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