MAIN GALLERY at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

RECEPTION for ARTIST Friday June 6

6-8 PM

Well known Centerville, Iowa artist, Marybeth Heikes’s artwork 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”. 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.

As an artist, Marybeth Heikes started early in life. 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. 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 one hundred paintings of chairs. Another favorite subject is barns, of which I have painted more than sixty motifs.”

Some of Marybeth’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. Awards include numerous purchase prizes and first places, include a Grumbacher Medalist, and was a finalist in National New Talent Search Aquarious Gallery.

Marybeth has been in publications: American Artist (watercolor issue),The Artist’s Magazine, Iowa Woman, Sunshine Artist (cover feature) and The Best of Sketching & Drawing (Rockport Publishers). Her work is in the collections of Pella’s Rolscreen, Musco Lighting, Motorola Corporation, Pine Rest Health Services and Broadlawns Medical Center.

This exhibit will remain in the Main Gallery through July.