Genoa artist Susan Hayes is exhibiting her works through Dec. 11 at the Carson Valley Arts Council.
An artists' reception is 5 to 7 p.m., Friday at the CVAC, located at 1572 Highway 395 in Minden.
In 1978 Hayes graduated from Marymount College of Kansas in
Salina Kan., with a BA in fine arts.
After graduation she worked as a graphic artist for two printing companies in the Chicago area.
In 1981 she worked as a graphic artist for the University of Kansas Libraries sign system development.
While at the University of Kansas Graduate School Hayes studied fiber arts. Learning to weave on large and small looms was a highlight of those studies.
From 1983 to 1985 Hayes studied Japanese calligraphy or brush writing and Japanese flower arranging.
After marrying in 1986, she returned to Japan in 1987 where she taught English for 28 years. During those years she raised her son Ken and daughter Erika.
In 2001 Hayes met artist Ryoko Watanabe, whose oil paintings were regularly shown in the Tokyo Metropolitan art museum, and had a long standing art career. She encouraged Hayes to become a regular contributing artist in the Kyokubi Art Association.
In 2002 Hayes' painting "Strange Angel" won the Ibaraki Educational Award at the Tsukuba Ibaraki Art Museum. Later at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum she received three more awards. In 2004 her painting "Holy Family" received the Green Hill Award, in 2007 her painting "The Vow Tree " won the Art Journal Award, and in 2008 her painting "Let's Get Married" won the Kyokubi Art Association's President Award.
In 2009 Hayes remarried and relocated to the United States. She continues to work in a broad range of mediums which include pastels, colored pencil, watercolor, and oils. Besides works on traditional papers and canvas, Hayes likes to do collages and assemblages. She likes to embellish the surfaces of gourds with her drawings.
Hayes' motifs are varied. Nature and common objects from daily life are often the subjects of her paintings and drawings. Often her subject matter in her work reflects a contemporary approach to Christian iconography. She continues to exhibit in group and solo art exhibitions in Japan and the U.S.
The arts council exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call 782-8027.