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June 10, 2008 - Phyllis Sigal
Years ago, I wrote a feature article about my next-door-neighbor, Anne Hazlett Foreman, and how she had painted a dinosaur mural on the walls of her son Will's bedroom.
The murals were beautiful, and turned Will's bedroom into the envy of any school-age boy. Floor-to-ceiling creatures and vegetation made you feel as if you'd been transported back millions of years.
More murals and art now dot assorted places about her house: the garage wall carries a huge rendering of Shaquille O'Neal and the cement has been turned into faux "brickwork" in the alley behind the garage and on the walk up to the front porch. Inside walls are busy with artwork, much of it hers.
But, you don't have to live next door or be invited in to catch her work at the moment. Dozens of her works are on display for the world to see at Oglebay Institute's Stifel Fine Arts Center, now through July 11.
Anne now specializes in capturing the images of those who provide living history in the tri-state area. She has brought these soldiers, rifle makers, weavers, frontiersmen and women, Native Americans and more to life in oils and acrylic, watercolor, and graphite and ink. Their faces are extraordinary; the detail amazing; the lighting is gorgeous. You feel as if you know them; and you may be right.
Many are family members and friends who take part in the Revolutionary War re-enactments.
Take special note of the framing and matting of her works; she did them herself, and every one seems to be just the perfect touch. Her prices are ridiculously reasonable; she sells herself way too short!
June 5 at Stifel was the opening for the show titled, "Marking Time," which also includes sculptures of wood by Jim Haizlett, and custom furniture and stringed instruments by his son, William. The Haizletts' work is also fascinating.
A record number of guests attended the event, more than for any other art opening at the Stifel Center. Four of her six children attended, as did other family members, friends, admirers and a number of re-enactors from the tri-state area. Also, a record number of Foreman's works were sold on opening night!
As I've told her a hundred times, she's got much of which to be proud.
Treat yourself to this show and check out Anne's Web site, too.
Also, this Saturday night, you can bid on a violin that Anne painted for the Wheeling Symphony Board of Directors auction. As a tribute to Mount de Chantal, It features a section of the stained glass dome in the chapel on the back and the front has the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Anne is amazing and so talented; and I'm glad to call her friend.
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