FebArtist-01-28-16The Mesquite Fine Art Gallery is featuring Barbara Halicki as Artist the Month for February 2016. Her art will be displayed at the gallery during the month of February. The gallery,15 West Mesquite Blvd., is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Halicki said that she was pleased and honored to share her watercolor paintings.She was born and raised in Chicago, IL. When she was a young teen she had a growing interest in art, so she enrolled in art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. There she learned about techniques and mediums, but she found she most preferred the use of watercolor for her paintings.

As an adult, Halicki was very busy as a wife and mother, raising five children, and had a career working as an information technology analyst for a utility company.

Upon retirement Halicki was finally able to continue on the path of her ambition to become a watercolorist. She enrolled in numerous art workshops led by renowned artists during her residences in Sedona, AZ, and in Bend and Portland, OR. Her work has been accepted in juried art shows and she has participated in numerous competitions, winning awards, including a Best of Show and a People’s Choice Award in Sedona. She has also created commissioned pieces for private homes.

Halicki said her goal is to create paintings with textures, design and fine line drawing. She paints with a strong sense of natural and rural space in the North and Southwest regions. Experimenting with new materials and ideas is an ongoing process. Although she has experimented with various color styles, she does not adhere to one particular technique.

Halicki and her husband recently made the permanent move to Mesquite, NV from Portland, OR. She became a member of Virgin Valley Artist Association (VVAA) in 2012 and meets with a group of fellow artists in the open studio location. She said “We inspire each other through experimentation of new techniques and mediums. I find critiques from artistic peers are most helpful in developing finished paintings.”

Halicki has held various board member positions for the Northern AZ Watercolor Society and served as President of the SageBrushers Art Guild in Bend, OR for two years.

She is currently creating paintings using Water Alcohol Inks and this had opened up new artistic opportunities and renewed enthusiasm for art. Her involvement with VVAA and the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery has been most enjoyable and rewarding. She thanks the public for viewing her art.

A reception to honor Halicki and the winners of the winners of the 3D and Photography exhibitions, sponsored by the Mesquite Local News, will be held at the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery February 18, 2016 from 4 – 6 p.m.

The Mesquite Fine Art Gallery is administered by the Virgin Valley Artist Association (VVAA) a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to advance and promote the arts in the community, provide a place for local artists to display their talents and help with funding, planning and operating the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery.