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The art studio sits on top of a garage in Rock Island. It’s called the Taj Mahar.

This is the place where folk artist Lisa Mahar takes old and makes it new!

When she’s not painting, she takes an unconventional approach.

Lisa uses driftwood, old cheese boxes, spools, bottle caps, forks, tin and other items to design art.

She is a believer in re-cycling, and in her studio nothing goes to waste.

Her husband built the garage-top studio.

Lisa designs mirrors, repaints recycled furniture, and is very big on symbolism.

One of her pieces features a giant fork and silver platter, making a statement about how much Americans consume.

She is self-taught, and comes from a family of gifted artists.

She sketches her ideas on paper and says there is symbolism in everything she creates.

Lisa graduated from Moline High and attended Illinois State.

She works in her studio about four days a week, sometimes six hours a day.

Mahar says she never runs out of ideas.

Designing folk art from her garage studio, affectionately known as the Taj Mahar.

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