Marsha Heimbecker is September’s featured artist at Portola Art Gallery

by Frances Freyberg on September 2, 2011

“Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo,” a collection of oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker is being exhibited at the Portola Art Gallery during the month of September. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Heimbecker’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,” said Heimbecker. “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.”

Heimbecker is an award winning Bay Area artist who 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, as well as online.

The Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts Guild on Arbor Rd. in Menlo Park.

“Showers” oil painting (12×24″) is part of the exhibit.

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