FAIRVIEW—The artwork of the talented local artist Marie Lindahl will be displayed at the Fairview Museum of History and Art with an outstanding exhibit entitled, “Oils and Cross Stitch” on Friday, June 14.
A reception to celebrate Marie’s exceptional talents will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., that evening. The public is encourage to come and view her art, tapestries and cross stitch pieces and observe her outstanding workmanship. The museum is located at 85 North 100 East in Fairview.
Marie’s story goes back many years to when she was 13 and her dreams and imaginations were first pursued by signing up for lessons in colored pencil drawing. This endeavor led to basic art classes in high school where the novice artist was selected to design the art work for the Granite High School yearbook in Salt Lake City, a publication which won national awards year after year.
Following high school graduation, Marie attended the University of Utah on an academic scholarship and graduated summa cum laude as valedictorian of the College of Nursing. Art was not pursued at this time since the family needed a substantial and reliable income due to medical expenses. Because of many long hours of hospital work and on-call duty, art was put on the back burner for several years until a position in the medical field became available which offered a 40-hour work week of daytime hours.
In 1974 Marie met an oil painting instructor and this instructor taught her landscape styles that she wanted to pursue. She would attend occasional art classes at her neighborhood craft store. This all gave Marie enough instruction and practice to launch her own path of inspiration. Since then, she has continued to pursue her ongoing artistic creativity.
As work allowed, the artist resumed self-instruction, seeking technique demonstration from other artists having a style specific to her interests. Periodic evening classes at a local art store provided more training. Following her mother’s death in 1982, Marie was sponsored by friends in the medical community to hold several private exhibits, where she first began to sell her work. These earlier works are signed in the maiden name of Miklas since Marie did not marry until 1991.
Artwork took another rest when Marie moved to rural Sanpete County. In 1998 she developed adult oil painting classes for local residents, but these were suspended when her husband became terminally ill.
Another hiatus followed until his death in 2002. In God’s timing and with the encouragement of friends, customers and previous students, she began teaching again in 2003 and continues to this day. In recent years she offers lessons at the Fairview Museum beginning in the fall of each year and going until late spring.
Marie has also participated in private and public exhibits, museum and gallery exhibits, teaching, and plein air competitions as well as claiming her work as a registered business. She has art pieces all over Sanpete County and beyond. There are also rumors that she is loved by all her students past and present.
Marie insists the Lord started it all with His gifts of motivation, opportunity and His development of skill. You will find the letters-TGBTG- on her paintings and cards- “to God be the glory”. She is most appreciative of the community’s support for her work and extends a heartfelt “thank you” to those who attend her exhibits.