The next time you are in Noblesville, Indiana, be sure to stop in the Noblesville Visitors Center. Not only can you get the latest information about things to do in Noblesville and throughout Hamilton County, Indiana's 8 Great Towns, you also will get a visual treat from the Hamilton County Artist Association! This month's featured artist is Mary Jane Keys and her paintings will be on display for the entire month of October.
A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor of science in home economics education, Mary Jane married, raised a family of four children, and owned a dressmaking business for several years, always maintaining her interest in color, pattern, and design. She began her art career at the Indianapolis Art Center and Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island in Wisconsin. As a fiber artist her passions are batik and rozome (a Japanese wax resist technique on silk) as well as quilting. Her materials are dye, wax, thread and natural fibers. Three years ago she began to paint in watercolor. Transparent dyes and watercolor work in a very similar way when applied to fabric or paper. She has traveled extensively taking many workshops to advance her skills. Her memberships include the International Surface Design Association, Studio Art Quilts Association, Hamilton County Artists Association, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Florida Watercolor Society, and the San Cap and Cape Coral Art Leagues in Florida where she winters.