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 Mary Phillips Helmreich  (1945 - )

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/California      Known for: landscape, cityscape, figure, sculpture

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Mary Helmreich was born March 22, 1945 in Newton, Massachusetts. Her talent was recognized early, when at age nine she won a prize for portraiture, competing against high school students. At twelve she attended a summer art program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In the eleventh grade she studied painting under Sidney Hurwitz at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and at Cummington School of the Arts in the Berkshires.

At Bard College New York from 1963-1964 she majored in Sculpture taught by Harvey Fite and Painting by Anton Refregier. She continued her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston from 1964-1965 under the tutelage of Robert Grady and Andreas Feininger. Toward the end of 1965 she traveled to London and Paris.

While in Europe and later in Africa she experimented with an array of media: oil, watercolor, acrylic and clay. In between museum visits she met Gisbert Helmreich, whom she married in October 1966 in Burlington, Vermont. They have one son, the anthropologist Stefan Helmreich.

From 1966 until the summer of 1981 she and her family made their home in Boston, with a short sojourn to Vienna in 1968. For many years she concentrated on the human figure, drawing from life, first with a Boston group and then with the Winchester Studio Guild, assisted by professor emeritus King Coffin. At her husband's Chess Studio on Newbury Street, which in the meantime had become renowned because of the Bobby Fischer craze, she displayed and sold her pencil drawings, acrylics and watercolor paintings depicting the play of chess.

After an exploratory cross-country trip in 1981, she and her family decided to move to San Diego, where they established residence in the community of Olivenhain.
By then watercolor had become her favorite medium.

She has been a member of many art organizations receiving awards and participating in group and solo shows. Mary now paints cityscapes, landscapes, historical buildings and more intimate views of the area, including commissions, all carried out in the representational manner.

Special Awards and:
Southern California Exposition 1983 Watercolor 3rd Prize, Poster Artist La Jolla Festival of the Arts 1988, Watercolor West Award 1991, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 1992

Exhibitions One Person and Group:
1985 San Diego Art Institute One Person, San Diego Watercolor Society International 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994 Group, San Diego Art Institute International 1987

Written and submitted February 2004 by the artist.

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