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Current Exhibition 

Stop in to see the latest ARTservancy Artist in Residence

Current Exhibition 

Stop in to see the latest ARTservancy Artist in Residence
Heidi Parkes

Stop in to Gallery 224 in the month of November

to see the artwork of ARTservancy Resident,

Fiber Artist, Heidi Parkes

Holiday Week Hours (11/26-28, 30):

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Giving Tuesday

 Open 11am-3pm

Her exhibition features quilted pieces inspired by

her time at Milwaukee's Lake Park - Lake Park Friends

Listen:  ARTservancy Residents Panel -  Past, Current and Future


Image borrowed with permission from A Wealth of Nature blog by Eddee Daniels about Heidi Parkes. Click here to visit the blog.

Heidi's Story

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 I’ve been a quilter since 2013, and it’s been my profession since 2014.  Before that, I was a high school art teacher for 9 years, and I’m a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   I’ve had great interests in herbalism, kitchen medicine, aromatherapy, cooking, Ayurveda, and my house plants and garden plants are survivors.  In 2020, I felt a longing to incorporate more plants into my quilts.  Something about the pandemic was causing plants to show up much more prominently in my work, like the chives, roses, and my heart-leafed houseplant in Meuse, Pandemic, Invisible, Sweetheart. 

Artist StatEment

 I have never really been a fan of ‘being outdoors.’  I suppose that’s part of my attraction to artmaking.  In my childhood my mom had an “art table” set up in the kitchen, next to our guinea pigs and the bay window overlooking our garden.  I would spend hours inside, drawing and painting at that table.  Looking out the window, I recall the bleeding hearts most vividly, along with the marigolds that I helped plant every year, and the rhubarb with its poisonous leaves and the delicious pies and jams that I helped make.  The cottonwoods beyond the garden distributed a fluffy summer coating of ‘snow,’ and I learned to love depicting leaves as hearts because of them, the birch tree in the front of our home, and the heart-leafed vine-y house plant beside me.  The safety of the art table, with my mom’s four-foot Victory Garden cross stitch above it, kept me away from bug bites, sweat, and sunburn.  Winter, therefore, was my favorite season. Once bundled up and cozy, I would walk with my younger brother and our sleds to Seager Park, a tiny forest preserve near my home in Naperville, IL.  Rosy cheeked and tired, we would return home to hot chocolate with marshmallows, and a quilt to snuggle in by the fireplace.



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