Nancy Horton Heefner Memorial Art Show Begins September 15

Friday, September 6, 2019
Nancy Horton Heefner, pictured far right

The 15th Annual Nancy Horton Heefner Memorial Art Show will be on exhibit in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery September 15-October 13. It is a non-juried show and is sponsored by the Mercersburg Historical Society. A reception will be held Sunday, September 15, from 1-4 p.m.

The show includes more than 40 works from artists from Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania and Washington County in Maryland. Sydney Caretti (a fine-arts faculty member and the Academy’s director of galleries) is the curator of the show, which is open to the public during hours the Burgin Center is in operation. 

The public is invited to view the show; visitors should contact the Office of Campus Safety using instructions at the front door to be admitted to the building. The Burgin Center for the Arts is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“Year after year, the breadth of visual variety and depth of talent amazes me,” Caretti says. “I like to think that Nancy Heefner would be tickled by the outpouring of engagement in the art community that reaches across the counties. Inspired by Nancy Horton Heefner, it is the Mercersburg Historical Society, Mr. [Tom] Heefner [’57], contributing artists, and art lovers that make this show possible. It's a delight to display this exhibit and be afforded the opportunity to meet new artists, visit with returning artists, and continue making and maintaining connections and friendships.”

Some of the artists featured in this year’s show include Della Rae Austin (The 1815 Smokehouse at Renfew Park, oil), Henry Babb (Fritizi, photo), Linda Best (Teal We Meet Again, cold wax), Jack Calkins (Quarry, original digital art), Jean R. Frey (Still Life with Daffodils, oil), Amanda Hege (Whimsical Dream, pen and ink), and Kathleen McCloskey (Butterfly Garden, pastel).

Heefner, a teacher, artist, and author, taught art history, drawing, and ceramics at the Academy for 22 years and was head of the art department for seven years, retiring in 1994. She attended McConnellsburg High School and graduated from Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va. Heefner earned a degree in fine arts from Wilson College and did postgraduate work at Alfred University in New York and San Francisco State University.

Her husband, Tom ’57, is a Mercersburg Academy alumnus and a member of the school’s Alumni Council.