About Margi Hafer:
Art has always been a part of my life. Even as a small child I would spend hours drawing and creating fanciful “objects of art.” I enjoy exploring and reinterpreting the forms, colors and composition as the work develops. Often the artwork will take on a direction of its own that is completely different than what I originally conceived.
My work has a spiritual quality that relates to my inner feelings as a woman with the roles of daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother feeding my visions and energizing my spirit. I usually work “full pallet” when painting or using colorful materials to create art.
I have a BFA degree from Northern Illinois University, and a MA in Sculpture from Governors State University. Although my Masters Degree is in sculpture, most of my more recent work has been painting and collage. After many years of teaching art at various levels and locations, and working as an arts administrator, I retired from my position as Assistant Director of Moraine Valley College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, at the end of June 2003. Since that time I have been spending more time working as an artist in my studio. I closed my gallery “The Creative Experience” in downtown Frankfort, where I represented over 40 other artists as well as myself, in June 2005. I moved my studio to my home, which gave me more flexibility and time for my own artwork as well as mural and portrait commissions.
I designed a steel sculpture “Sam”, for Frankfort’s Founder Center sculpture garden, and recently illustrated a book based on the horse’s story. I created public murals for the Palos Park Recreation Center (2003), The Palos Heights Recreation Center (2004), a park bench for Tinley Park’s 2004 “Benches on the Avenue” exhibit, and a mural for Chelsea School in Frankfort (2006). Various recent fundraising work includes a water colored paper-mache’ bowl for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2004 fundraising raffle, “celebrity portrait chairs” for Chicago’s “Celebrity Chair Auction” (2004-2006) and a painted “White Sox” chair for The McCord Gallery “Chairity” Auction (2006).
I am affiliated with the McCord Gallery, in Palos Park, Tall Grass Arts Center, in Park Forest, and the Union Street Gallery, in Chicago Heights, as a studio artist. I am a member of the Midwest Collage Society and the National Collage Society.
About Margi Hafer’s Design:
My husband and I both enjoy golfing and admire the professional golfers and their dedication to the game. It’s at the eighteenth hole that we look back and say “that was a great game” or remember greater games of the past. I guess that’s one thing we have in common with the “pros”!
As a youthful golfer we aspire to play “like a pro!” As an older golfer, we just aspire to “play!” No matter how young or old a golfer, there is a common bond of desire to achieve and to play better….next time. “Memories of the 18th Hole “ reflects the spirit of the golfer, no matter what level they play the game.