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The Arts
by Darrell McGarvey
Boulder City Art Guild

Boulder City Artist Profile
Maribeth McLay was born in Monroe, Wisconsin and grew up on a dairy farm. I wonder if that has anything to do with her choice of artwork medium. Was it because oils and pastels wouldn’t freeze? If so, did the cows produce ice cream?

Questions like that come up when we are used to the warm, and hot, climate. The answers are obvious if you know Maribeth and are aware of how ice cream is made. Maribeth didn’t know she was an artist until after moving to Boulder City and I won’t get into how to make ice cream!

After Maribeth graduated from Whitewater State College with a degree in Education, she and her husband, Ivan, ventured west to Nevada where they both taught school in the Las Vegas area. They moved to Boulder City in 1976 and she continued working with children as Director of a pre-school. She retired in 1994 and went with a friend to an art class. Using her friend’s oils and brushes she painted a picture before the class had ended. She was amazed that she had this new found talent!

She immediately bought paints, brushes and oil painting books and began her informal training through recreational program workshops. She took a charcoal portrait class since she loved people so much, especially children. Faces, people and character studies are her favorite subjects. After joining the Boulder City Art Guild she signed up for a weekly class taught by James McLean. This is where she developed her own techniques. She loves to paint people that remind her of pleasant memories, a smile or a tender moment... many of which are her own family and family of friends.

Her work can be seen in the Art Guild Gallery in the Boulder Dam Hotel and in the many exhibits around Boulder City including the Community College, City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Boulder Animal Hospital.

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