Mothers, Memories and Imagination, an art exhibit by Kymberly Anne Howell Heartsong, will be on display May 1-30 at the Destin Library.
Heartsong said Mothers, Memories and Imagination is an exhibition of acrylic and watercolor paintings that capture the emotions of all things "Mom" and flow through the many expressions of a child's imagination at play.
Heartsong also completed the illustrations for a children's book, “The Three Horses,” that was published December 2017 with local author Loye A Barefoot Papa. The book was considered for the 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Children's Illustrations Books.
Open houses for the library exhibit with light refreshments will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 8 and 29 to meet the artist. The artwork on display is for sale. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 837-8572.
Heartsong served 20 years in the United States Air Force with an assignment at Eglin Air Force Base from 1991-1995 (9th Special Operations Squadron), which included five deployments to the Middle East for Desert Storm, Liberation of Kuwait and Operation Provide Comfort I & II. She retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2007 after suffering a brain injury.
Through several recoveries over five years, she was able to regain the ability to read, write, walk and talk normally and trained at Baum School of Arts in Pennsylvania on her GI Bill. Her paintings and sculptures won first place in the Veterans Administration's annual Creative Arts Contest at the state level from 2013-2017.
She has won recognition locally at Artel Gallery, Pensacola in 2017; ADSO Gallery, Fort Walton Beach in 2016; and through a solo art show at the Destin Library in September 2017. Her first solo art show in Florida was at the Fort Walton Beach Public Library in 2016.
Heartsong’s artwork was featured in the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and was one of 20 veterans in the Combat Paper Art Project called "Paper Dolls" that is currently on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Her work can also be found in the Library of Congress Rare Art Book Collection in Washington D.C.