Heywood’s ‘Holiday Masterpieces’

Dec 02, 2012
“One Small Favor” is a pastel painting by Anne Heywood.

Waldoboro — “Holiday Masterpieces,” an exhibition of artist Anne Heywood’s holiday season paintings and prints, will be hosted by the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St./Route 220, from Tuesday, Dec. 4 through the 28th.

“Part of my tradition as an artist involves creating a special painting for the holiday season, one that carries personal meaning and perspective along with holiday cheer. That is what these pieces do,” said Heywood, who is primarily known for her landscapes, still lifes, and pet portraiture.

The pieces in “Holiday Masterpieces” reflect Heywood’s noted style in which she uses realistic subjects to convey thoughts and feelings. Her style (and humor) are particularly evident in “Santa Bob and Anne,” a painting of “Santa” (in a men’s business suit and a Santa hat and beard) caught in the act of putting a Raggedy Ann doll into a Christmas stocking.

“My husband Bob has been a generous Santa to many over the years, including me. When the idea of this painting came to me I talked to him about it, and, to my surprise, he agreed to pose for it,” Heywood said.

She said the painting it was a true labor of love so just before it was finished, she gave it a celebratory dusting of glitter.

“In a funny way, it has become a Christmas portrait of us both,” she said.

The “Holiday Masterpieces” exhibition is the first time that these works have been shown together as a collection. To commemorate that event, Heywood is donating 20 percent of proceeds from the exhibit’s sales to the Waldoboro Public Library. Her original paintings and limited edition prints may be purchased and taken from the library prior to the end of the exhibition, in time for holiday gift-giving.

“As an artist and an author, it is my pleasure to support the library with my art,” said Heywood.

Heywood’s paintings and writings have been included in books and magazines such as “The Best of Pastel,” American Artist and Australian Artist Magazine. In 2003, her book “Pastels Made Easy” was published by Watson-Guptill Publishers, New York City. In addition to painting and writing, she offers workshops, presentations and demonstrations privately and to professional art and social organizations across the country. Her award-winning works can be found in both national and international corporate and private collections. A professional artist for more than 20 years, Heywood divides her time between her Artwork by A. Heywood Gallery/Studio in Waldoboro and her studio in East Bridgewater, Mass.

Waldoboro Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 7 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact the library at 832-4484 or info@waldoboro.lib.me.us; or Heywood at 832-6684 or anne@anneheywood.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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