Local artist displays wares

ST. MARYS — A local artist is featuring her work as part of her first exhibit of only her pieces at the gallery in downtown St. Marys. Marjorie Stienecker’s watercolors are on display at Arts Place’s Collective Center, 138 E. Spring St., St. Marys. “This is a rare opportunity to view Marjorie Stienecker’s works, the originals,” Education Director Heidi Meade said. “We’ve collected these pieces from people around the county, and they are on loan to Arts Place.” Her paintings feature multiple local landmarks. “We are pleased to have all of them in one room,” Meade said of the exhibit, “Marjorie Stienecker Originals,” which is sponsored by Otterbein-St. Marys Retirement Community, a place where Stienecker has painted works at events in the past. Stienecker, a lifelong St. Marys resident, studied for two years at Capital University for social work and parish work. Her foray into art began after a gift of oil paints from her children. Her art career was put on hold when she went to work at Goodyear, where she worked for 25 years. Before her retirement; however, Stienecker began taking classes in Van Wert, and other than the two art classes she took in Van Wert, Stienecker is self-taught. “Otterbein requested she be submitted for a show,” Meade said. “Without her knowledge, we submitted her work to the arts panel.” The exhibit works as a win for both Arts Place and Otterbein, she added. “Otterbein had been looking for a way to showcase her work properly, and we have this nice gallery here and it was a nice fit,” Meade said. “Marjorie Stienecker Originals” features approximately 20 watercolors and will run through the end of September. “We have over a dozen, large-scale watercolors depicting local scenes,” Meade said. “It’s really a unique opportunity to see pieces you won’t get to see otherwise.” The subjects of Stienecker’s paintings include landscapes. “She has several century farms — farms that have been in one family for 100 years,” Meade said. “A lot of these (pieces) are owned privately now, and prints have not been made of them.” A few pieces; however, are available as a print, Meade noted. “The covered bridge in Memorial Park, the canal boat, the clock tower in Memorial Park, she’s made prints of those,” Meade said. “She will be selling those prints here.” “Marjorie Stienecker Originals” opened Friday with a reception that evening. “We celebrated the artist with a reception Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m.,” Meade said, noting the reception featured wine and appetizers for attendees. “It’s a free event for all the members and their guests, by invitation.” She encouraged residents to attend future artist receptions at the gallery. “It’s easy to get an invitation, and they’re free, so just call over to Arts Place before their next opening,” Meade said. Stienecker’s paintings have made appearances at past Arts Place events, but this is her first solo show. “She’s exhibited a piece or two, but this is her first solo show,” Meade said. “We love to have local artists here. We are always taking applications for two years in advance.” Arts Place is also currently looking for residents to serve on the panel to select exhibitors, she added. “We’re looking for people to serve on our exhibitions panel,” Meade said. “Six people meet twice a year to determine upcoming exhibits.” The next exhibit at the Collective Center will center on photographs by Robert Morris. That exhibit, she added, coincides with another local event. “It’s part of the Kiwanis’ Walk with Nature activities,” Meade said. “It will open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.”