Evalyn VerHey

ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I usually begin a painting with a photo or drawing or a collection of photos, and try to interpret what I feel--my emotional response--by using color, texture and creating movement.  I think these three things will create a painting that is neither totally abstract or realistic.  If the viewer responds to the painting, they may share the feelings I had creating the painting.  The paintings I am currently doing are called "Natural Abstracts."  

--August  2017





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I love to paint and my paintings are a response to a visual situation I see in nature or photos, or sometimes just putting marks on a canvas and see where it leads me.

 

The other day there was a tiny damsel fly on my dashboard.  It was exquisite, and every time I came to a stop light I looked with wonder at it and thought about the fact that tiny little thing was created by a God who was truly a master artist.  Consequently, when I paint from nature I know it would be impossible to improve on it, so I try to paint my response to it by using color and texture, all criteria that make a painting successful.  (At a long light I gently pushed the damsel fly out the window and hoped he made a safe getaway.)

 

Although I was interested in art and making things as a child and teenager, I had no way to study this either at school or in private lessons.  It wasn’t until I started my first job right out of high school that I was introduced to it as a field of study.  I had to ride a train to and from work each day and to pass the time, I stopped in the train station and bought a paperback book.  It happened to be about the French Impressionist.  That was the the beginning of my interest in becoming an artist, although it took a while for that to happen.  I was already married and had one child on the way.  My husband was a full time student.  After he completed graduate school, received a doctorate in English, and started teaching at a University, I started working on my art degree.  By then we had two children.  

 

I continued my painting studies and received an MFA in painting from the University of Kentucky.  Although I also wished to teach, I took a job as a designer at Kentucky State University, and worked there the next eighteen years.  During that time I continued to work on my own artwork, entered competitions, and participated in solo and group art shows.

 

In 1998 my husband retired and we moved to Florida.  I immediately started middle and high school art at a charter school.  I also took classes and earned a Florida teaching certificate.  Later I taught at a private school and retired in 2014.

 

I now work on my artwork full time and enter competitions and also have a gallery in Bloomington Indiana representing me.  My husband and I live in Florida and visit our children and their families in Grand Rapids, Michigan and also in Bloomington, Indiana.

Florida and visit our children and their families in Grand Rapids, Michigan and also in Bloomington, Indiana.

 

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“Evalyn VerHey is a fine teacher and a skilled artist. Her draftsmanship is superb, and her visual sense of color and balance is remarkable. I am proud to have several pieces of hers in my collection.”  --Paul Hughes, Dir. Of Fine Arts,                               ASA, Winter Haven, FL

“VerHey’s work is a featured piece in both of my homes.  I have three pieces, and people always comment on the work ask who the artist is.” –Carol DeJong, Chicago

“I have two paintings by Evalyn VerHey; they take me back to another time in my life. Both pieces make a statement and reflect a feeling that I connect with.”—Ms. Allie, Lakeland, FL

Her paintings have a calming effect; they help me take a step back and look at things in a different light; they have enriched my life.”—Illinois Collector

CONTACT:

Evalyn VerHey

83 HewLett Drive

Auburndale, FL  33823

863-608-0862

 

Evalynverhey.com

The Art Venue gallery. Bloomington, IN

Xanadu Studios

Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

 

 

 

      Evalyn Ann VerHey

83 Hewlett Drive, Auburndale, FL  33823,  863-608-0862

evalynverhey.com

 

Solo Exhibitions:          Arts on the Park, Upstairs Gallery, Lakeland, FL, Fall, 2011

                                       Rapp Gallery, Louisville, KY, 1993

                                       Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI, 1993

                                       Grisanti’s Restaurant, Louisville, KY,1988

          Actors Theatre Downstairs, Louisville, KY, 1987

          Thomas Moore College, Ft. Thomas, KY, 1984

          MFA Thesis Show, U of Kentucky, Lexington, Nov. 1980

          Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort, KY, 1978

Selected

Group Exhibitions        ArtPrize International Competition, Grand Rapids, MI, 2015, 2016

&Competitions:            Fondren Gallery Summer Show, Jackson, MS, 2016

                                                    Ridge Art “Observations,” Winter Haven, FL, Sept. 2014, (BOS)                               

               Hamptons Grill, Invitational Group, Auburndale, FL, Jan.09-present

             Ridge Art Teacher Invitational, Winter Haven, FL, 2010 &2011

                                                    Arts on the Park Competitions,Lakeland, FL, 2008-2010

             Ridge Art Members show, Winter Haven, FL, 2002-2017

Ridge Art Open Competitions, 2001-2015

Rapp Gallery Invitational, Louisville, KY, 1989

Butler Institute, 53rd National competition, June 1989

Marietta National competition, OH, 1981

La Grange National competition, GA, 1981

Made-in-Frankfort Invitational, Frankfort, KY, Jan. 1986

Atavism Invitational, MoMing Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1985

Group Invitational, UK Rasdale Gallery, Lexington, 1980

Kentucky Arts Commission Traveling Invitational, KY 1980

                          

            Awards:                         Best of Show, Ridge Black and White Regional Competition, 11/14

                                     Third Place Award, Ridge Art Black & White show, Nov., 2012

Honorable Mention, Ridge Art,  Sept. 2012, 2016

Award of Excellence, Ridge Art Renovations show, 2010, 2016

2nd Place, Ridge Art Black & White show, 2002

Cash Design Award for The Kentuckian, University of KY, 1978

Purchase Award, Kentucky Arts Commission, 1976

Purchase Award, Kentucky State University Student Show, 1971

 

           Gallery Rep:             The Art Venue, Bloomington, IN, July 2017 - present

                                                   Xanadu Studios, Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ2015-present

                                            Represented by Yvonne Rapp Gallery, Louisville, KY   92-98

 

Education:

                                University of Kentucky, MFA, 1980                      Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, 1971-72            

                                Kentucky State University, BS, 1977                          Florida Teaching Certificate, Art K-!2, 2002

 

 

 

 

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