Artwork By Heather Scott On Display At Highland Library
Monterey, VA – A new art exhibit has opened in the Highland Public Library sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council. Heather Scott’s paintings and drawings are on display in the Mountain View Room. Heather has been the art teacher for the Highland Public Schools for the past 7 years. She talks about how she got started doing art.
“I’ve been doing art since I was a kid” she says, “I had an aunt who was an artist. She saw that desire in me and always made sure that I had an easel and paints; and every summer I would go spend a week with her and she would have me doing tons and tons of art projects. In high school I started taking more art classes and I actually had the opportunity to work with Jim Hefner doing oil paintings.”
“I worked with Judy Skeen doing drawing, some of the local artists here in Highland. It was just such a neat experience that I got to do those things and work with those artists.”
She trained at several nearby schools and then started a studio.
“I have a Bachelor of Science in Art from Eastern Mennonite University; and then I also took classes at James Madison University and started at Bridgewater College” she says. “I’ve learned from a lot of really different teachers which is what I like. I’ve had my own studio for several years.”
Friends in Highland County tried to get her interested in teaching art at the elementary school in Monterey.
“At the time I said No way, I don’t want to teach kids, I’m happy doing what I’m doing” she says. “Then in a years’ time I met several elementary school art teachers and started working with them in their art classes at school and learned that I loved it. A year later they called me again and said you know that art teaching position is available again and we’d like you to apply. So I did, and I’ve loved teaching the last seven years.”
Heather and her husband Chris are moving to Winchester in August where he will take up a new position with a church there. Heather plans to start up an art studio again and get back to making pottery and ceramics. She may also give art lessons and has been looking for opportunities at schools in that area to get back to teaching art.
Heather Scott’s exhibit of paintings and drawings will be showing in the Highland Public Library through the end of August. Please click on the above link to hear more about the paintings in the show.