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Parkville, Missouri 64152

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Art Gallery
The Art Gallery at Wines by Jennifer
The Art Gallery at Wines by Jennifer
The Art Gallery at Wines by Jennifer


Come relax with your food and wine in our Art Gallery, which comprises several intimate seating areas in the lower level of Wines by Jennifer, each adorned with beautiful artwork from our Featured Artist. Our Featured Artists rotate on a regular basis, so there are always fresh and interesting works for you to enjoy or purchase.

In addition to the Featured Artwork, we also have on permanent display and for sale several beautiful ceramic and woodworking pieces.


April - June, 2016

Gloria Heifner


Artist Bio

Growing up on a farm in the middle of Missouri with six siblings, I had little exposure to art and painting. However, after high school I attended Central Missouri State University acquiring a degree in commercial art, or what would now be called graphic design.

Along with all of the design classes, I was exposed to a variety of art mediums, methods, and styles. It offered the opportunity to study about other artists and to explore my strengths and weaknesses as an artist. I found myself drawn to the speed of expression and the flexibility of pastels and acrylic paints, which I continued to explore after graduating.

Commercial art did not offer the creative experience I desired, so I continued taking art classes and workshops to fill my need for more creativity. When I was laid off from my job and suffered a stroke, it left me thinking that if I was ever going to create art and show it to the public, now was the time because I was not guaranteed tomorrow. I applied for and was accepted into a coop gallery and began creating and displaying my work. It was so frightening and at the same time so exciting to hear peoples' reactions to my artwork.

I was beside myself the first time I actually sold a piece of artwork. Sales were slow, but as I grew and began finding my artistic voice, my sales and confidence increased. I began participating in other shows and groups, until eventually I left the coop gallery and began showing in more galleries and art venues.

My paintings begin very intuitively, with me knowing very little about the final outcome. Using fluid acrylics which are poured, dripped, thrown, and spread onto the canvas, the colors are allowed to blend and begin to form a composition. This composition is developed further by tipping and rotating the canvas to enable additional paint movement and blending. I also use a variety of unconventional tools such as hairdryers, kitchen utensils, combs, straws, squeegees, or whatever I can find to bring energy and balance to the finished piece. My inspiration comes from watching the paints blend and take on a life of their own before my very eyes. The creation process is at the same time very meditative and invigorating.



You can see more of Gloria's beautiful work on her website.


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