Marsha Heimbecker is featured artist in September at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park

by Frances Freyberg on September 3, 2013

Marsha Heimbecker elephant painting

The Portola Art Gallery is presenting  “Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo and Recent Works,” a collection of oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker from September 1-30. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Marsha’s series is inspired by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a refuge for the protection and preservation of Africa’s wilderness, particularly for endangered species such as elephants.

“I am in awe of such a refuge, a place for the sick, the wounded, the abandoned,” she said. “Thank you to those who have given elephants a new life – to play in rain puddles and roll in mud baths, and live to enjoy their memories of youth.”

Marsha paints expressively in oil. Her strong use of color and bold brushwork reveal her passion for painting. Her inspiration often comes from storytelling, a pastime she most enjoys. Her paintings can be found in private collections around the country.

Also at Portola Art Gallery through mid-September, artists will participate in the group theme, “Seascapes.” Visitors will enjoy each artist’s unique interpretation of our beautiful coastline.

The Gallery is located on Arbor Road within the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park.

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