Biography

Award winning artist, Sally Heston, works primarily in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and drawing media.   Her work reflects her interest in a variety of subject matter including still life, landscape, florals, animals, and portraiture.  Her body of work includes a significant amount of commissioned fine art and graphic design work as well as paintings done for pleasure.   Her career as an artist and art teacher spans over 5 decades and includes work experience in a variety of media and content in both public and private schools. She holds a BS degree in Art Education (cum laude) from Indiana University of PA (IUP) and a Master of Education degree in Art (with honors) from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in painting.   She has studied with many artists, including Frank Webb, Judi Betts, Don Andrews,  Judith Carducci, Douglas House, Cheng Khee Chee, Mel Stabin and Frederick Graff.   A retired K-12 and college level art educator she currently teaches painting at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  A signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Whiskey Painters of America, she has been part of numerous group art exhibits and has won many awards for her work.   She has had several one-person exhibits and her work is included in private collections locally and throughout the United States and Europe.  Her biography is included in Who’s Who in American Women.  Her work is also included in the book, Splash 8: Watercolor Discoveries, published by North Light Books.   Sally is a resident of Broadview Heights, OH, where she lives with her husband and one small dog.

Professional Memberships:

  • Delta Phi Delta (National Art Honorary)
    National Art Education Association
    Whiskey Painters of America (WPA)– signature member
    Transparent Watercolor Society of America
    Ohio Watercolor Society –
    signature memberPennsylvania Watercolor Society-signature member
    Pittsburgh (PA) Watercolor Society
    Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
     – member and president Board of Directors – 2007 – 2012
    Medina County (OH) Art League
    Hudson (OH) Society of Artists
    Akron (OH) Women’s Art League
    Crooked River Gang of Artists
     – (former curator: MD Garage Art Gallery-Cuyahoga Valley National Park)

Exhibits and Awards:

  • 2016 Kaleidoscope Show – Akron, OH
  • Crooked River Gang of Artists exhibit at St. Paul’s Gallery – fall 2016
  • Akron Women’s Art League fall show 2016 third place
  • Sisters in Art exhibit – St. Paul’s Church Akron fall 2016
  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2016 juried show
  • Ohio Watercolor Society 2016 Juried Show- Riffe Gallery in Columbus, OH
  • MCAL Aquarius Show 2016:  3rd place award
  • Solo show- September 2015 – Red Brick Gallery – Foxburg, PA
  • Ohio Watercolor Society 2015 juried show
  • Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2015 Juried Show
  • Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous juried Show-2015
  • CVAC Members Show 2015 – honorable mention award
  • CVAC “Selfie” Show – 2015 – second place award
  • Solo show –Gallery 732 – Akron, OH – April  2015
  • Small Group exhibit exhibit- Lakeland College– Spring 2014
  • Sisters in Art exhibit (Akron) – May 2012- Best in Show
  • Women’s Art League of Akron 2012 Fall Juried Show – second place
  • Ohio Watercolor Society 2011 Juried Show – Travel Show award
  • Akron Streetscapes Plein Air Show – 2011 – honorable mention award
  • CVAC Members Show- 20111 – first place
  • Graham Co. award-2010 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Annual Juried Show
  • 2010 AAAA Kaleidoscope Show – Akron, OH
  • Best of Show – 2010 CVAC Members Show
  • 2010 Butler Museum of American Art Mid-Year Show
  • 2010 Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Show
  • Akron Women’s Art League Spring Show – first place
  • Hudson Society of Artists 2010 juried show – Honorable Mention
  • 2009 AAAA Kaleidoscope Show – Akron, OH – Second Place
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Painting Show – Fall 2009 – third place
  • 2009 Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Aqueous Show
  • Solo Show- Gallery 732 – Akron , OH – October 2009
  • Plein Air Ptg. 3 Person Exhibit – St. Paul’s Art Gallery – Akron, OH 2009
  • CVAC Still Life Show-2009 – Honorable Mention
  • CVAC – 2009 Plein Air painting competition-third place
  • CVAC 2009 Floral Painting and Still Life Shows- HM
  • Women’s Art League of Akron – 2009 Akrona Galleries Show – first place
  • Medina County Aquarius Show-2009 – First Place
  • CVAC Friends, Figures, Faces Show -2009 – honorable mention
  • CVAC Landscape Show -2009- honorable mention
  • CVAC Members Show 2008 – honorable mention
  • CVAC Regional Painting Show – 2008  First place
  • Women’s Art League of Akron –75th Anniversary show (2008) – Best of Show
  • 2008 – Ohio Watercolor Society  annual juried exhibit
  • CVAC Landscape Show-2008 –  Second Place award
  • 2008 Medina (OH) Aquarius Show – Best of Show
  • 2008 Akron Women’s Art League – 3rd Place
  • 2007 Northeast Ohio Regional Painting Show – First Place and Honorable Mention
  • 2007 Pittsburgh Aqueous Watercolor Show (Pittsburgh Watercolor Society annual)
  • Whiskey Painters of America- spring 2007 show at CVAC- Best of Show
  • Akron Women’s Art League- 2007 Small Art Show – honorable mention
  • CVAC 2007 Member’s Show –  Honorable mention
  • Hudson Society of Artists – 2007 juried show – first place
  • CVAC June 2006 show – (2) second place awards in painting
  • Transparent Watercolor Society of America  – 2005 and 2006 Juried Shows
  • Medina, Ohio Aquarius Exhibit 2006 – Honorable mention
  • Laurel Lake Retirement Center, Hudson, Ohio – solo show January, 2006
  • Gallery 732, Akron, Ohio – solo show – November 2005
  • 2005 Cuyahoga Valley Art Center Members’ Show – First Place
  • RUCC gallery – solo show – January 2005
  • 2004 NE Ohio Regional Painting Show – Best of Show
  • Women’s Art League of Akron 2004 show- Best of Show
  • Solo Exhibit – St. Paul’s Gallery – Akron, OH – September, 2004
  • Butler Art Institute Mid-Year Show – 2004
  • Arts Alliance Kaleidoscope  Exhibit – 2003, 2004
  • 2003 – OWS annual juried exhibit
  • Women’s Art League of Akron annual exhibit 2002 – First Place
  • Medina County Paint Historic Medina contest 2003 – first place
  • Hudson Society of Artists 2003 member show – honorable mention
  • Eat’n Park Gold Sable Award for Watercolor – 1989, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
  • National Council of State Garden Clubs – 1992 National Poster contest – 1st place
  • South Hills Art League – Pittsburgh, PA      first place  –1987