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Art Show with Karen Barnard and Dorothea Heger



Dreams & Wishes
Jul 13th, 2017 - Sep 10th, 2017
10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Artist Reception
Jul 15th, 2017 - Jul 15th, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Dorothea Heger

An international artist, Dorothea Heger was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany. She has been involved in art from a young age - in school, she participated in art competitions and won awards for her drawings. To supplement her artwork, she worked as a medical technician until her husband’s job brought her to the United States in 1996.

Before settling in California in 2002, Heger lived in Florida and Colorado, studying at the Bemis School of Art in Colorado Springs. This is where she first found her passion for experimental painting, which is where she uses any media and material she can find. In the past, she’s used anything from broken glass to metal screws and makes it a beautiful work of art. She teaches this style of painting at the Conejo Valley Adult School and in her own studio.

Since her time in California, Heger has won over 30 awards and founded two artist’s organizations: Colorific and Rootless. Rootless is a group of 8 international women who do group art shows, both in the US and in Germany. She goes to Germany often and had a show there with Rootless last year.

Heger teaches extracurricular drawing classes at elementary schools all over the county and has done so for the past 6 years. She enjoys sharing her vast knowledge and talent with the youth in our community, encouraging them to get involved in art.

Heger's site

Karen Barnard

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Karen Barnard has always been immersed in art. By the young age of 16, she started showing and selling her artwork. She was married briefly and had two kids, and after her divorce she moved to Ventura in 1982 to start anew.

Barnard excelled in her position as the product developer for Patagonia, engineering the construction of apparel and ensuring everything met Patagonia’s high quality standards. Although this job did not allow for her intense creative knack, she found ways to make it more creative and uses her graphic design talents in her work today.

Now, as Barnard’s kids are grown and she is retired, she has much more time to create her art. She often uses unwanted items, like advertisements, watch parts, foreign money, and trinkets, transforming them into artwork. Most of her work stems from her love of travel. She has traveled to a plethora of countries but now travels within the United States.

When describing her creative process, Barnard says, “I become completely absorbed in how all of the lines of ink, paint, and paper flow together. I love how the elements within each piece intertwine with each other, just as human lives often do.”

Barnard's site

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