Artist Fills The World With Color

PAYSON ARTS

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Since the first day Solveig (she goes by Sally) Myers picked up a crayon to draw pictures to send to her grandmother who lived in Sweden she knew she loved art.

She was 16 before she met her grandmother.

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"When I moved to Payson 10 years ago with my husband we built the house as we wanted it -- that's why I have a big studio and gallery," oil artist Sally Myers said.

"I was lucky growing up in Chicago," Myers said. "In seventh, eighth and ninth grades I received a scholarship to the Saturday afternoon program the Art Institute of Chicago held for young adults."

She learned to paint using casein paints that are similar to oils but cheaper.

"We'd had live models and still lifes to draw from and of course there were lectures," she said.

Drawing and painting was fun, but her best times were spent wandering the galleries and museums.

She remembers what the marble floors of those inviting halls felt like under her feet.

"I can still picture the ‘Ascension of the Virgin' and of course I liked all the impressionists," she said.

Myers found herself entranced by the skulls of Georgia O'Keefe.

Miniature shadow boxes depicting single rooms also drew her eye.

She took art courses in college that served her well when she became a first grade teacher.

"I had many students who didn't speak English," she said. "But you don't need language to paint."

The walls of the schools were plain gray. Myers and her small pupils used tempera paints to make pictures and posters that soon covered the drab walls with color.

"First-graders are not inhibited and different cultures see things differently," she said.

A scrapbook holds pictures of that time in her life.

While Myers raised her own family she continued to take classes at the Chicago Academy of Art and the Art Institute.

"I tried watercolors and acrylics, but I always went back to oils because it just seemed right to me," she said.

In her spacious home studio she always has three or four paintings going at once.

When the day is bright she often takes her easel onto the patio that overlooks the national forest and paints with her Bichon Frise Sparky lying in the sunshine at her feet.

"I'm just glad I get up every day and am able to paint in this beautiful country," Myers said.

Classical and operatic music help her move into creative mood.

If Myers is not quite ready to paint she will play her piano with Katy, her other Bichon Frise, beside her on the bench.

Sun Path Art, the name Myers gave her studio has been part of the Payson Art League's spring tour since the tour's inception and Myers has been in many of the league's fall shows.

"I joined the Art League before we even moved here," she said.

Along with Sandi and Dick Crane, Myers is Artist of the Rim Gallery's November artist of the month.

There will be a reception for her and the Cranes at Artists of the Rim, 408 W. Main St., Payson, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.

RESUME

Name: Solveig (Sally) Myers

Medium: Oil -- portraits, landscapes, florals and still lifes

Advice to beginners: Just do it.

Motto: I'm retired and I'm just going to paint!

What inspires her now: Color!

What she is painting now: A portrait of her grandson Bricker (and there are 10 more grandchildren to paint after him.)

Points of contact: Artists of the Rim, 408 W. Main St., Payson and Sun Path Art Studio (928) 472-8651.

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