Beloit Art Center announces July Exhibits
Beloit Art Center is pleased to announce the July exhibits which will open with a First Friday Gallery Reception, open to the public, on July 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A gallery talk featuring the artists will be held at 6:00 pm. Both exhibits will be open through July 28th.
The Main Gallery will feature the work of watercolor painter, Ken Marsden. Trained as an engineering draftsman and illustrator, he later obtained a business degree from the University of Illinois and spent his working years in marketing and sales, eventually becoming president and CEO of several national companies. In spite of managerial responsibilities, Marsden produced a wealth of paintings during this period. Now retired, he is devoted to fly fishing for trout and watercolor painting. His paintings have been exhibited in Wisconsin, his birth place of Galena, Illinois, and locally in Rock County. “My painting tends toward realism without getting too detailed. I use transparent watercolors, only using opaque (gouache) rarely.”
In the Bell Gallery you will see a historic collection of artwork by Dr. Glen Heggy, which has been loaned by collector Judy Warner. Dr. Heggy practiced dentistry in Beloit for years, first in downtown Beloit and then out of his home on Denture Lane just south of the Butterfly Club. After his retirement, he devoted his time to painting landscapes, still life, portraits and seascapes. He also taught painting at Beloit College and Blackhawk Technical School. Dr Heggy was featured in Robert Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” book and syndicated column for having made a set of dentures for his eight-month-old son, David. He was a senior member of the Beloit Rotary Club, joining in 1923. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for fifty years and a veteran of World War I. Both Hazel and Dr Glen Heggy are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
Beloit Art Center is located at 520 E. Grand Ave. in downtown Beloit and has established a mission of partnering with the community and regional artists to maintain a center to teach, display and promote art through events, classes, and studio space. Visit us at www.beloitartcenter.com. Gallery hours: Saturday & Monday 10am – 2pm; Tuesday through Friday 10am – 5pm.
Artwork on loan from Judy Warner