Calendar Month: December 2017
Underwriter: Seacoast Bank
About the Artist: Mimi McCallum
Mimi was born in Meadville, PA. Her father became an FBI agent and his work took the family to many locations to live. The most years were spent in the Washington DC area. During these years from 8 to 14 years old Mimi had many opportunities to visit and enjoy the museums. The National Gallery of art became a favorite. Already interested in art seeing the masters’ work inspired her more. The Impressionists, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Andrew Wythe, Norman Rockwell, Chuck Close are all artists that have influenced and inspired Mimi’s approach to art. “I want to create images that people can relate to their own lives and experiences. Images that provoke memories and dreams. I’ve been told my art feels happy.”
A resident of Florida since 1971, Mimi McCallum taught in the public school system for more than 30 years. She taught the last 16 years as an art teacher, from the primary grades to high school and junior college. Now she has moved into her own art concentrating in oils, her favorite medium. “I take pleasure in working oils, the way it blends, the effects that are created. The colors are so vibrant they jump off the canvas,” she says. Today, Mimi puts her talent to work at her studio/gallery in Harbor Bay Plaza in Stuart, FL. She exhibits in the Stuart area and other parts of Florida and the Bahamas. “Through my art I aspire to capture moments in time that relate to memories that touch our hearts. I aspire to create images of objects, places and figures with pleasing shapes and energetic color,” says Mimi about her art.
Mimi has her Masters of Art Education from Florida International University and art certification from the State of Florida, and her B.S from Montana State University.