Oil painter Marsha Heimbecker showcases refuge elephants at Portola Art Gallery exhibit

by Frances Freyberg on October 2, 2012

“Children of the World, Orphaned Elephants of Tsavo and New Works,” a collection of oil paintings by Marsha Heimbecker, is on display at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park through October 31.

Heimbecker’s series is inspired by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which has a refuge that helps protect and preserve Africa’s wilderness, in particular endangered species such as elephants.

“I am in awe of such a refuge, a place for the sick, the wounded, the abandoned,” Marsha 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 Heimbecker is an award-winning Bay Area artist who paints expressively in oil. Her inspiration often comes from storytelling, a pastime she enjoys. Her paintings can be found inprivate collections around the country, as well as online.

A reception for the artist is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Gallery, which is located on Arbor Road in Menlo Park at the Allied Arts Guild.

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