Melinda Rosenberg in CityScene

It doesn’t take much to inspire Worthington-area wood artist Melinda Rosenberg. Driftwood along the Cape Cod shores, cactus hulls and mesquite in Palm Springs, mulberry branches from North Carolina, a chunk of birch from Michigan, weathered wooden shutters, and furniture parts: All of it can evolve into beautiful works of art. “I am drawn to wood grain, the texture and pattern,” Rosenberg says. “For me, it’s a metaphor that embodies the idea of growth, the life source, a life cycle. I look at wood grain as a kind of marker with each ring of the tree’s growth.” An artist’s eye existed within her from an early age.