Marilyn Heady

Marilyn Heady, Marthasville, has always hoped to become more. Through the Washington Town & Country Fair, her wildest dream has come true.

Heady, 79, grew up in Ferguson. She’s lived in Marthasville for 14 years. Heady and her husband moved there because they wanted to live in the country. Prior to Marthasville, they lived in Chesterfield.

When she was 6 years old she dreamed of becoming an artist.

For a year after graduating from Ferguson High School, Heady took a few art classes through different local colleges before she had to push aside her dream of becoming an artist to raise her two daughters.

Once her daughters were older, Heady found work to keep herself busy through The Garner Agency. She stayed there for three years mainly designing brochures and taking photos.

Then she started working for the art department at Intrav, a travel agency. She created maps and played around with illustrating for 16 years.

Heady has never been one to attend fairs religiously. After stepping into retirement, Heady wanted to be more than she was and she was ready to do something about it. That’s when the Washington Town & Country Fair was introduced to her through various sources. Interested, she picked up the Fair booklet.

“They mail it to me now,” she said with a grin adding that she has been making entries for the home economics show in the Fair for seven or eight years now.

She said she’s just an artist by happenstance. She enrolls her works of art into the home economics show’s pencil drawing, sketching, computer generated art and oil painting classes.

Heady found her way into computer generated art at the home show in St. Louis. She saw a computer-generated, embroidered Mickey Mouse and that was all it took. She bought a computerized embroidery machine and has been doing that for 10 years.

It doesn’t take much for Heady’s mind to create a work of art.

“I could be driving down the road and box in a picture (of the scenery),” she said. Other inspirations come from nature, people and the St. Louis Art Museum.

One of her favorite memories at the Fair comes from last year’s Fair performance, but it’s not because she won $110, the most she’s ever won. Heady created a pencil drawing of a silver tea service.

“I liked that one the best,” Heady said.

Heady isn’t the only hopeful artist in her family. The other artist is her adult granddaughter Megan Dreher.

Dreher focused on drawing, studying art in college before she went on to nursing school.

This year Heady is hoping for a lot of wins in the Fair’s home economics show. Of the creations she will be bringing this year, two that stand out are a necklace created from rocks she found in her front yard and a concrete leaf she made from an elephant leaf.

All in all, Heady loves the oil painting class of the home economics show because that’s her strongest suit.