Art association features watercolors by Heikes
The Fairfield Art Association will be featuring the watercolors of well- known Centerville artist Marybeth Heikes beginning Friday in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
A reception for the artist will not take place until the June Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, and the exhibit will remain in place through July.
A second exhibit will be recent artworks by adult students of local instructors John Preston and Elaine Duncan.
Weekly classes at the Fairfield Art Association are seeing students emerge as productive talented artists, some are beginners and others are experienced. Works will be in watercolor, pastel, oil pastel, oil painting and mixed media, and will be on display in the Hallway Gallery outside of the association’s studio. The public is invited to meet the artists and instructors during the May art walk.
Artwork by the Main Gallery exhibitor, Heikes, has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in numerous juried competitions. She has garnered many awards, especially for her series work “Chairs in the Jungle.” She is a Grumbacher Medalist and was a finalist in National New Talent Search Aquarious Gallery.
Some of Heikes’s career highlights include exhibiting in Soho New York, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Show, San Diego International Exhibition, Recent Realism International Exhibition, Western Colorado, “Iowa Exhibited” and National Small Painting Exhibition.
Her work has been published in the watercolor issue of American Artist; The Artists’ Magazine; Iowa Woman; Sunshine Artist; and The Best of Sketching and Drawing. Her work is found in many private and public collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the collections of Pella’s Rolscreen, Musco Lighting, Motorola Corporation, Pine Rest Health Services and Broadlawns Medical Center.
Heikes started early in life as an artist. Taking Saturday morning classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art inspired in her the need to create and paint the world around her. She has been drawing and painting all her life and considers herself self-taught with some workshops and college sprinkled throughout her career.
She is a member of Iowa Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
“I paint because it is a passion; it is what I do best and defines who I am,” she said. “I express my ideas through the language of painting because it provides a sense of fulfillment. My paintings reflect who I am, my life and the world around me. I let the ideas flow, and I delight in the unknown direction I may be heading. I usually get addicted to one particular subject and follow through with a whole series of paintings depicting that particular idea. Earlier in my career, I learned that an artist can see her progress by painting in a series. Thus, I have done more than 100 paintings of chairs. Another favorite subject is barns, of which I have painted more than 60 motifs.”