📷 Artist Heidi Curboy poses with her painting, “Blowin’ In The Wind” – alcohol ink on vellum – at Jacob Edwards Library. Sarah Champagne photo.
SOUTHBRIDGE – Jacob Edwards Library held the opening reception for the work of Heidi Curboy, the library’s featured artist for the month of August. Curboy’s work features portraits and still life subjects and uses a variety of mediums in vivid color.
Many of the works on display feature a technique that is new to the artist, the use of alcohol inks. In this medium, the artist uses inks and isopropyl alcohol to create movement and dimension to a work. The technique was featured earlier this year in a class offered by Charles Gaulin, artist in residence at Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts and Humanities in Southbridge.
“I recently discovered alcohol inks, which I love. I also use acrylics, oils and other material,” Curboy commented.
“It takes a lot to control alcohol inks. It has a defiance to it,” she adds, noting that the works made with this technique require layering as the ink dries.
Curboy lives in Sturbridge, where she grew up, and she is employed as a social worker in Western Massachusetts. She has enjoyed making art her whole life and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t creating art.
“I’ve always had this creative side. There is a drive that makes you want to keep creating,” she reflects.
Curboy has created commissioned artwork, including murals and backdrops for local theaters and vacation Bible schools. She has sold artwork at fairs and online, but the display at Jacob Edwards Library marks her first solo gallery-style show.
Her professional art career includes work as a portrait artist for The Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular each year at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence. Curboy is also a featured artist this month in Stafford, Connecticut for that town’s August Arts on Main celebration.
Curboy’s artwork will be on display at Jacob Edwards Library for the month of August. Curboy’s work can be found on Instagram @UnderTheBlueMoonFinds or on her Facebook page, Blue Moon Finds. Curboy is open to inquiries or commissioned work requests and can also be reached by email at HeidiCurboy@BlueMoonFinds.com.