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Great Wide Open Art With Idaho Artist Marianne Konvalinka
We’re lucky. Idaho is a diverse state and we get the best of both rural and urban living. We get camping and hiking and kayaking; we get ballet and opera and fine dining.
And we get to enjoy some amazing art while still being small enough to know the artists, too.
Marianne Konvalinka is one of those artists. Her mixed media work has many fans in Boise. Her work “there’s a feeling I get” was used on a traffic box in 2014 (you know we love those traffic boxes!), and she’s known for her art journals, which retail at select stores. She’s approachable, so we decided to find out more.
She has always created, although it didn’t always look the same. “Embroidery, cooking, photography, gardening- there has always been a creative outlet in my life. When I turned 40, I decided to see if I could paint, and found a great teacher who encouraged my development of my own style and experimentation with media. I have been fortunate to find teachers along the way to encourage me to try different things and grow. I believe that every creative visual thing I've done - gardening, photography, sewing - has taught me to see, how to use color, etc. The rest is learning technique.”
Her day job requires a lot of travel and Konvalinka takes full advantage, shooting pictures and journaling.
She made some tough choices recently because of her busier schedule - leaving Art Source Gallery and Boise Open Studios (BOSCO) - but she’s staying focused on her creativity, “The plus side is that I have more freedom to experiment and play. I am using visual journaling as a way to stay creative on the road. As a result, my drawing is improving, and I'm using new media. I'd love to create a body of work incorporating the shots from a window seat and the travel journals. I'd like to learn more about printmaking and incorporate my photography into that some way. I would love to do another public art project or three. I'll also be looking for new and creative ways to get my art out there- maybe Gypsy Gallery 2.0.”
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