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Spotlight Member Section Featuring Marilyn Beig

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Q: Tell us about you? …and your story of art?

A: I have been an Omaha Native for 84 years! My grandmother was an artist and my father, a policeman made duck decoys. I began drawing and coloring when I was 3-4 years old. In Kindergarten, I entered a contest, created a poster of the circus and won tickets to see the Barnum and Bailey Circus! My mother sent me on the street car in third grade to take art lessons at Joslyn Art Museum – the lessons only cost 25 cents! When I was in 2nd or 3rd grade, after I finished my lessons, I would draw pictures. After one of the classes, my teacher found I had been drawing nearly nude figures: the famous pin-up girl Betty Grable made the Petti Girl and Varga Calendars popular. I was evidently inspired by these calendars! I went to Tech High School taking lots of art classes and a favorite teacher was Zenaide Luhr. I went to Duchesne College and studied Liberal Arts. I married and had 3 children, 2 girls and a boy! I taught crafts and painting for "Ladies Stay Out" at the YMCA. Later, I met the love of my life while playing bridge! I married Carl Beig who also had 3 children; thus when we married we had 6 grown children! Carl encouraged my passion for art and attended all functions with me. We were happily married nearly 24 years. At this time there are 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and #20 on the way! After our marriage, I went back to UNO to finish my degree in art education. I did my student teaching at Dundy Elementary School yet not teaching art, but teaching Special Ed!

Q: What is a little-known fact about you?

A: I enjoy fishing (walleye), have enjoyed white water week-long vacations on the water, picnics on the shore and camping in tents at night! I love the farm and horseback riding!

Q: What other organizations are you a member or have belonged?

A: Bellevue Artists Association, the now defunct Associated Artists (evening group), a Board Member of the Red Feather Community Chest (a fund-raising organization), a Girl Scout Leader for 15 years, up until a couple years ago a Kindergarten Teacher's Aide at the Nelson Mandella unique and private school…a rewarding position!

Q: Tell us about your OAI History and what positions you have held with Omaha Artists Inc?

A: I became a member in the 60's – I was Secretary 2 times, Vice President 1972-1973, President 1973- 1974 and most recently Fun Shop Chairperson and then Co-Chair as well as on the artwork hanging committee. I was honored to receive the Joy Long Memorial Award at the May, 2017 Hot Shops Art Show for Best Use of Light and Atmosphere. This was a painting (approximately 24x30 inches) of a Native American riding a Pinto Horse with buffalo in the background. After the show, I donated it to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I have been a member of ANAC for several years and in fact, my artwork was chosen as the travel show award three times! I am an active member who enjoys the luncheon programs and the Fun Shops. I especially like the Fun Shops as we learn new techniques and different mediums. It is a great opportunity to learn and at the same time visit with my friends.