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Marci Oleszkiewicz grew up in the city of Chicago in a family of four.  Her mother home schooled all four children where each child's gifts were nurtured and encouraged. Marci's father was a carpenter and there wasn't a moment where he  was not renovating or working on some project for their home. Looking back Marci attributes much of her creativity to seeing her father always working on something, creating something out of nothing. “My dad would say see Marci if you work at something little by little you will see your idea come about. Seeing my Dad's work ethic and learning from my Mom the value of self discipline as a home schooler, I believe gave me some of the foundational tools I would need later in life to succeed as an artist.”

Marci's passion for art was inspired at a young age. As a child, she remembers sitting at her little desk making pictures. “It seemed I often communicated visually. Whether it was in a Christmas card to family or a personal journal entry, there was always a drawing to be found. I remember imagining my little creations coming alive as I made the final touches.”

Although she has been studying art and painting for some time, it was in 2007 when things started to move forward and she began to see what the future might hold for her as an artist. Upon entering several art competitions Marci was not only accepted in two of the top shows, but also received very substantial awards from both. An award of excellence from the OPA and the best of show award from the AIS. Not long after, she was included in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 under 31 and had her first show at Gallery Russia in Scottsdale, AZ. “Receiving so many incredible honors, one after another, really encouraged and pushed me into becoming a full time painter.” Since then Marci has continued to paint full time, focusing on her annual show. “I am always so encouraged to hear the response from my collectors every year, how they connect and are so touched by what I paint. It is my goal as an artist to do just that, to create works that resonate with the hearts of others, to speak clearly and deeply to the innermost being. To capture moments of life on canvas that convey beauty and wonder, joy and sorrow, love and truth. I've heard it said if you paint from your heart you will speak to the hearts of your viewers, and that is my desire.”

“The Lord has blessed me with this passion for art and I am delighted to be able to share with you the beauty and wonder I see in this created world.”

Groups & Organizations:

The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts

Art Renewal Center Living Master

Oil Painters of America Signature Member

American Impressionists Society Signature Member

Portrait Society of America

Plein air Painters of Chicago 

American Women Artists

Publications:

American Art Collector, show previews, 2007-2017

Strokes of Genius 3, 2013

Southwest Art Magazine Featured Artist, Marci 2010

Epoch Times, Art Inspired by Purity, 2013

Southwest Art Magazine, 21 under 31,  September 2007

Galleries:

Gallery Russia, Scottsdale, AZ

Linden Gallery, Door County, WI

Castle Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN

Concetta D Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Awards

2016 Richeson School and Gallery, Portrait/Figurative competition, Honorable Mention

2016 OPA Regional show, Gold Medal Award

2015 OPA Salon Show, Silver Medal Award

2015 OPA Spring online Showcase, 3rd place Award

2015 OPA Summer online Showcase, 1st place Award

2015 Art Renewal Center 2015 International Salon, Finalist

2014 Bold Brush March, Finalist, Judge Phil Couture

2014 Raymar September Competition, Finalist, Judge, Daniel Keyes

2012 Bold Brush February, Finalist, Judge Fong Wei Liu

2012 Palette and Chisel Gold Medal Show, Gold Medal

2012 OPA Regional show, Gold Medal Award

2011 OPA online showcase, Honorable mention

2011 Bold Brush April, 2nd Place, Judge Robert Lemler

2010 Bold Brush December, Finalist, Judge Bruce Cameron Liston

2009 Bosque Art Classic, 1st time entrant award

2008 American Impressionist Society, Award of Excellence

2007 Richeson Landscape & Exterior Show, 1st place Oil painting

2007 OPA National Exhibition, Award of Excellence

2007 American Impressionist Society, Best of Show Award

Exhibitions:

2017 Salmagundi Club, Hudson Valley Art Association, 84th Annual national Juried Exhibition, New York]

2017 Waterhouse Gallery, Small Gems Exhibit, Santa Barbara, CA

2017 Randy Higbee Gallery, AIS inaugural small works show, Costa Mesa, CA

2017 Gallery Russia, 10 year anniversary show, Scottsdale, AZ

2017 Richeson School of Art and Gallery, Small works 2017, Kimberly, WI

2016 Castle Gallery Fine Art, Holiday Show, Fort Wayne, IN

2016 Waterhouse Gallery, Anniversary Show, Santa Barbara, CA.

2016 Richeson School and Gallery, Portrait/Figurative show, Kimberly, WI

2016 Castle Gallery Fine Art, OPA Salon Show, Fort Wayne, IN

2016 Eisele Gallery, OPA Regional show, Cincinnati, OH 

2016 Southwest Gallery, OPA National show, Dallas, TX

2016 Gallery Russia, Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2016 Waterhouse Gallery, Small Gems show, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 Waterhouse Gallery, Anniversary Show, Santa Barbara, CA

2015 Eckert & Ross Fine Art Gallery, OPA Eastern Exhibit, Indianapolis, IN

2015 Beverly McNeil Gallery, OPA Salon Show, Birmingham, AL 

2015 Gallery Russia, Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2015 Cutter & Cutter Fine Art Gallery, OPA National show, St.Augustine, FL

2014 Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, OPA Regional, Cincinnati, OH

2014 Gallery Russia, Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2013 Gallery Russia, Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2012 Eckert and Ross Fine Art Gallery, AIS Show, Indianapolis, IN

2012 Waterhouse Gallery, Great American Figurative Show, Santa Barbara, CA

2012 Bennington Center for the Arts, OPA regional show, Bennington, VT

2012 Gallery Russia Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2011 Waterhouse Gallery, Great American Figurative Show, Santa Barbara, CA

2011 Silvana Gallery, International Figurative Show, Glendale, CA

2011 Gallery Russia Solo Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2010 Waterhouse Gallery, Great American Figurative Show, Santa Barbara, CA

2010 Walls Gallery, OPA Eastern Regional show, NC

2010 Galley Russia Solo Show Scottsdale, AZ

2010Southwest Art Magazine featured artist “Portrait of a young artist” March Issue

2009 Waterhouse Gallery, Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA

2009 Saks Galleries, American Impressionist Society 10th Annual Nat. Exhibition, Denver, CO

2009 South Street Art Gallery, American Women Artists National Exhibition, Easton, MD

2009 Bosque Art Classic, 1st time entrant award, Clifton, TX

2009 Jack Richeson:Portrait and Figurative National Show, Kimberly, WI

2009 Jack Richeson:Still life and Floral National Show, Kimberly, WI

2009 Gallery Russia, Journeys Near and Far 2009 Solo Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ

2008 Waterhouse Gallery, Great American Figurative Artists Exhibition, Santa Barbara, Ca

2008 Coda Fine Art Gallery, American Impressionist Society 9th annual National Exhibition, Palm Desert, California

2008 Richland Fine Art, OPA Eastern Regional Exhibition, Nashville, Tenn

2008 Barnsite/Linden Gallery, Exploring The Hidden Realms of China

2008 Barnsite/Linden Gallery, A Beautiful Child, Kewaunee & Ellison Bay WI

2008 Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational, Appalachicola, FL

2008 Painting South of The Clouds, Kunming China

2008 Gallery Russia, Painterly Impressions, 2 Person Exhibition, Scottsdale, AZ

2007 Southwest Art Magazine, 21 under 31, September 2007

2007/08 Palette and Chisel, 3 man Exhibition, Chicago, IL

2007 Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD

2007 Weatherburn Gallery, OPA Regional Show, Naples, FL

2007 Jack Richeson:Landscape & Exterior National Show, Oil painting 1st place, Kimberly, WI

2007 Hilligoss Gallery, American Impressionist Society Salon Invitational, Chicago, IL

2007 Sunset Art Gallery, Society of Master Impressionists Amarillo, TX

2007 Whistle Pik Gallery, OPA National Juried Exhibition, Elaine & Peter Adams OPAM Award of Excellence Fredericksburg, TX

2007 Hilligoss Gallery, American Impressionists Society, Best of Show Chicago, IL

2006 The Palette and Chisel, Gold Medal Show, 2nd place, Chicago, IL

2006 The Palette and Chisel, 3 Artists From 3 Walks of Life, Chicago, IL

2006 Brazier Fine Art Gallery, OPA Regional Miniature Show, Richmond, VA

2006 Sunset Art Gallery, Society of Master Impressionists, Amarillo, TX

2006 Dana Gallery, OPA National Juried Exhibitions, Missoula, MT

2005 The Tavern Club, What Exactly is Plein Air Painting? PAPC-SW, Chicago, IL

2005 Marwen, 2 Years 2 Reflect, Solo Show, Chicago, IL

2005 Barnsite Arts Studio, Barns & Farms Nat. Juried Show, Kewaunee, WI

2005-08 The Palette & Chisel Academy, Plein Air Painters of Chicago, Chicago, IL