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Beryl Ouimette Sr Retrospective Exhibit

Guest Curated by Beryl Ouimette Jr.

  • Thu, Jan 5, 2023Wed, Feb 15, 2023 Tickets


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Lovingly curated by her daughter, Beryl Ouimette, Jr., the Heyde Center for the Arts returns to its roots to present a retrospective of the artwork of one of its founding members, Beryl Ouimette. Born April 18th, 1926 in Michigan. She pursued life as many did - getting married, having children, and working. However in her late 40s, early 50s, Beryl attended UW-Eau Claire to pursue a BFA in painting and illustration (graduating Magna Cum Laude), and she continued her studies through classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rhinelander School of Arts.

A talented artist in her own right, Beryl was also an active leader in the Chippewa Falls art community. She offered private art lessons in illustration, oil and acrylic painting, silversmithing for area children and artists of all ages in the art studios she managed. She was an organizer of the Chippewa Herald Spring Art Show that had been held at the Methodist Church for many years. And in the late 1980s and 1990s, she was an integral force in the restoration and opening of the community art center, now known as the Heyde Center for the Arts. For several years after its opening, Beryl managed the Heyde Center’s “Artist of the Month” exhibits and supported the move of the Spring Art Show from the church to the Heyde Center art galleries. Until her passing in 2011, she remained an active artist and advocate for the arts.

Her daughter still has a significant amount of her mother’s artwork in storage that will be put on display for this unique exhibit starting on January 5 and running until February 15, 2023. Some of the artwork will be available for sale for the first time in over a decade.