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Marion Boyer

September 16, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

Artist: Marion Boyer

Educational background: I graduated from UNI with a teaching degree. I continued my education with many hours in Elementary Guidance and Elementary Administration. About half way through my 30 year career of teaching, I had the opportunity to teach elementary art. I found it very exciting to watch the artist in each child grow and develop! I started taking art workshops each summer, usually at the Amana Art Guild, to enrich the program we had here in Reinbeck. When I retired in 2005, I started taking classes in watercolor. I had dreamed of having time to paint when I retired! What I learned was there was a lot to learn! I have taken classes from Wendell Mohr, Ester Chang, Michelle Miller, Don Andrews, Tom Lynch and many others. I paint with a group of artists each Tuesday, doing Plein Air painting. I then spend Thursday mornings with many artists at the Hearst Center in Cedar Falls.

Day job: Day job? I taught for 30 years. I now do a variety of activities during the day: paint, volunteer, help Jack with the farm activities, spend time with family and friends, and try to see my children and grandchildren once a month.

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Local artist Marion Boyer.

Family: My husband, Jack, retired from John Deere after 33 years. He has always farmed as well as being an engineer. So, currently, he farms, serves on many committees, and enjoys time with family and friends.

My son, Dave, works at Midwest Gun Exchange in Mishawaka, Ind. He is an accomplished wildlife photographer and dabbles in drawing. My daughter, Rita, her husband Eric, and their 4 children, live in Downers Grove, Ill.

Medium: My favorite medium is watercolor. I also enjoy acrylics. I enjoy painting on paper as well as canvas.

Within the last two years, I have also taken classes in pottery, using the wheel method. I have taken a variety of jewelry making classes, with glass infusion being my favorite. Woodcarving has also caught my interest. While we were in Israel last January, we were impressed with the hand carved Nativity scenes. I am currently carving a Nativity for our home.

Tools: I am blessed to have my own space in our home: my studio. Each art venture that I explore has its own tools and equipment. Since watercolors and acrylics are my favorite mediums I keep a large supply of good watercolor paper and canvases on hand. Every instructor that I have had talks about the quality of the paper, the paints and the brushes. Having quality tools is vital for a great painting. (When I paint with the grandchildren, I provide decent watercolor paper and good brushes.) No, they do not use my good brushes, but they do have better than student grade. I do think it helps them learn the techniques better.

Inspiration: Most of my inspiration comes from nature. This summer, Jack and I spent time in Arches National Park in Utah. I have seen many pictures of the arches through the years. However, now that I have climbed among them, I think I can express their size and shape better. Jack and I have traveled quite a bit in our ten years of marriage. We both take many photos while traveling. I have those to refer to when I paint. I also enjoy painting from photos that friends send me from their travels (with their permission to use their photos). I enjoy painting close ups of flowers. Carol Tscherter gives me a great deal of floral close-ups to paint. Another inspiration is that of spending time in art galleries, enjoying the work of other artists. The Thursday painters add inspiration and fun for all who paint there. (We always welcome new artists to our group every Thursday morning in the Hearst Center in Cedar Falls).

Reinbeck Art Festival: I am very excited to be a part of the first annual Art Festival. We are blessed to have a great group of volunteers working with Joyce Wild (Community Development). There is a great deal of time and effort being donated by the volunteers! (By the way, I think they need a few more volunteers for the day of the festival.) There is a talented group of artists coming to the festival to show and sell their works. The music throughout the day promises to be wonderful. The groundwork is well underway! Now we need to talk it up everywhere we go so that the town is filled with locals and visitors the day of the ART FESTIVAL!

Contact: My Art Gallery is housed within Tranquility on Main in Reinbeck. As a Thursday painter I have work showing at Gallagher Bluedorn in Cedar Falls.

To view my work at Tranquility call me at 319. 345.2265 or e-mail:

The Reinbeck Art Festival is being held on Saturday, September 22, downtown Reinbeck 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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