Arts Society features Wifholm

HOLLIS – The Hollis Arts Society will feature member artist Anne Wifholm at the RE/MAX Properties gallery in April.

A reception for the artist, with food and music, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

Wifholm is a native New Englander, raised in central Massachusetts. She spent her first 12 years of education in schools where the arts were emphasized as part of a well-rounded education.

Her “ah ha” moment was winning a blue ribbon at age 9 in a state-wide contest, when her piece of art was chosen to be exhibited at the MFA in Boston. In high school, she won a cash prize for a poster design for the Massachusetts Safety Council.

Wifholm got a degree in business education at Salem State College. She taught high school, then adult courses in the corporate world before moving into sales and marketing. Art took a backseat, though she took a variety of courses.

With her husband, she lived in the UK and in the Netherlands for four years. While in Holland, she studied with the “Schtiching” or foundation for the preservation for the study of the Old Masters. As she mixed her egg tempera from the shell, she again found art as a necessary part of her life.

Wifholm began with oils, then moved on to the decorative arts. If asked to describe her art, she would say it ranges from decorative to functional to whimsical.

Wifholm taught decorative painting at the New Hampshire Institute for 14 years, and now gives private lessons.

This is Wifholm’s first solo exhibit. She has been part of group exhibitions at the MFA, the Keyes Art Group, New England Traditions Decorative painting convention, and faculty shows at NH Institute of Art.

The RE/MAX Properties gallery is at 2 Ash St., Hollis, and is open during regular business hours. For more information, contact Pat Hurd, president, Hollis Arts Society, at PHurd1503@aol.com.