Featured Artist: Heather Chism

She Flies

She Flies

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

She Suddenly Remembered Who She Is

She Suddenly Remembered Who She Is

In the Art Gallery this month is Heather Chism. Heather shared with us a little bit about herself and her artwork. Be sure to drop into the library to see all the pieces on display.

“I am a mixed media artist living and working in rural central Illinois; a painter and clay squisher who loves exploring color and texture, and discovering new ways to play with them. I have always been a creative in my adult life, but didn’t discover my love for painting and sculpting until recent years. I found I had a need to express myself in a way that words alone could not. Fascinated with texture, I love seeing the evidence of the artist in paint strokes, mark making, and fingerprints in artwork. I love to explore and discover, to try out new things, to figure out how things work and why they work that way… A ‘why’ child to the very core.

In a sense, all of my art is a reflection of me. I am constantly exploring internally to discover the “why” of me. All of my art is born from that exploration. My exploring winds through themes of strength, vulnerability, bravery, quirkiness, hope, joy, love… I work quickly and intuitively, often letting the piece guide me to it’s final form. My emotions and memories drive the direction of each piece. I have a deep yearning to share my journey and to connect with others in order to encourage, strengthen and show them that they are not alone.”

The Glorious Chaos Inside

The Glorious Chaos Inside

Heather’s work can be found locally at the Artisan Depot in downtown Effingham, and she can be found online at www.HeatherChism.com. For information about the availability of the work at the gallery, please contact Heather at sparrowsjourney@gmail.com.

I Speak Fluent Weirdness

I Speak Fluent Weirdness

Fly Against the Flow

Fly Against the Flow

Embrace the Possibilities

Embrace the Possibilities

Color is the Only Option

Color is the Only Option

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You

For more information about the Art Gallery, or to learn how you can display your art or photography at the library, please contact Andrew Dougherty, Evening Support Specialist, andrew@effinghamlibrary.org