Peggi Heisenberger has been a member of OCAC since 2006!She grew up in Webster NY, the 4th of 13 siblings! She fell in love with the creating process in the art lab at Bishop Kearney High School and spent most of her four years of high school in the lab! This is where she learned about different visual art mediums that she could create with.
Peggi’s background is medical – Medical Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician. But she always kept creating artwork whenever she could - even while working, raising a family, and volunteering.
Peggi moved from Webster, NY to the Finger Lakes area in 2005 and was pleased to discover a very active art community in this area. After meeting Judi Cermak she became involved with All Things Art when they were located on Main Street. She has enjoyed taking classes from local artists and craftspeople to expand her skills.
Peggi enjoys sharing the art that has become a passion in her life and believes that, “Your art should evoke some emotion in people.” She says that she needs to be creating something – she can’t help it!! Artists that influence Peggi are: Alfonse Mucha, Patience Brewster, Mary Engelbright, VeMeer, and the art nouveau style.
Primarily she paints commissioned furniture and creates acrylic paintings. Over time, after selling painted furniture in art shows, she got the reputation as the, “Furniture Lady” – often people would just show up to donate old chairs, etc. for her to refurbish and paint! Peggi loves using power tools, she says, “It’s empowering!”
Other mediums she works with include watercolors, wood, wheel thrown pottery, wool, jewelry, and paper crafting. Peggi’s basement studio is organized and neat! She says that this is a must given the variety of arts and crafts materials that she uses, and especially because the clay and glazes she uses in her kiln are toxic.
She displays and sells her paintings throughout the Finger Lakes area as part of the Rotating Artists group with the Ontario County Arts Council. Her furniture, pottery, paintings and crafts are also sold in local shops.
Peggi teaches classes to groups and individuals locally and in her home. She feels blessed to see the students’ faces full of joy at discovering and unraveling new capabilities in themselves!
Peggi is overflowing with ideas and just wishes she had the time to act on all of them. If you go to her web page you’ll be able to peruse her galleries, see her art, and find out what local stores her art pieces are in.
Check out Peggi’s website at: http://peggiarts.com/contact-me/ At the top of her web page you’ll see this: “PEGGI with all my heART - common" There's room in the hammock for everyone. Relax. Enjoy some art.”