Art association exhibits Whitney’s work
The Fairfield Art Association presents the artworks of Mary Jane Whitney, a former long-time member, who died in November. The “Retrospective Memorial Exhibit” will open with a reception for family and friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. The display is in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and will remain on display through September.
Whitney was born April 22, 1929, in Fairfield, the daughter of Lorenzo and Ruth Larson Heston. She attended Fairfield High School and participated in many activities, including band, chorus and cheer leading. But it was art and colors, that she became most fascinated with.
Following graduation in 1947, Whitney attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., and later the University of Iowa. After college, she taught art classes at FHS. During this time, she also worked as a window dresser at a local clothing store.
Besides raising her four children, Whitney was involved in Eastern Star, was a past president of P.E.O. Chapter C, a member of the Fairfield Art Association and involved with First United Methodist Church. She also worked with her husband Lewis at their monument business. She was responsible for some of the first personalized designs created for memorials.
Whitney’s true passion was her art. She enjoyed painting with oils, acrylic and watercolors. She loved constantly learning new artistic techniques, such as, gouache, charcoal and colored pencils. She also enjoyed needle point and cross stitch as another artistic outlet. Her favorite subjects were people, Iowa barns and the Amish. She was influenced by the artists “Grandma Moses,” “P. Buckley Moss” and Van Gogh.