In Memory of Marion Freerks - Oils & Pastels
Sept. 28 - Oct. 31
In Memory of Marion Freerks
December 1, 1950 - September 14, 2015
Marion Freerks, a native of West Virginia, moved to the Lynchburg area 47 years ago to attend a professional school. After marrying her husband Martin and raising two daughters, Marion began following an interest in art, taking local classes and experimenting in watercolors, oils, and pastels, which became her preferred medium. As she grew in ability, Marion took workshops under Carl Dalio of Colorado, and Albert Handell of New Mexico, and studied under Ron Boehmer, also of Lynchburg. Her work has garnered numerous awards, including Best in Show, and has been shown in many Central Virginia locations, including: Sweet Briar College, Amherst Historical Society, Poplar Grove, Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg Art Club, New Vistas School, Westminster Canterbury, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Bedford Memorial Hospital’s Healing Art Gallery. In addition, Marion had an ongoing exhibit at two local businesses. Her work has been exhibited in a two man show in Denver, North Carolina, and in a solo show in Crozet, Virginia, as well. However, she felt that her crowning achievement is the placement of her print, “Hero for Peace,” in the George W. Bush Historical Library. This same print is displayed in many government offices around the world, and is in the collection of Senator John Warner.
For many years, Marion led a weekly open studio for area artists at First Baptist Church of Monroe. While she did not consider herself a teacher, her keen sense of color placement and composition, and her knowledge and skill with a variety of media made Marion an indispensable source of help to those working with her. She will be greatly missed.