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The Arts
by Darrell McGarvey
Boulder City Art Guild

Boulder City Artist Profile
Marion, known as “Happy” by her friends, was born near San Francisco, California. She studied Art and History at the University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1972.

She married Mark Hoekenga in 1972 and they took up cattle ranching on the “Old Hay Ranch” just outside Eureka, Nevada. They worked the ranch together for six and a half years. In her spare time her interest in history and art came to life in many paintings and sketches, including a series of pen and ink postcards of the 19th century buildings in Eureka.

Her art won First, Second and Third Place awards in the Elko Spring Art Festivals of 1975 and 1976. In 1983 and 1984 she exhibited in the Log House Gallery in Lamoille, Nevada. In 1984 she also participated in Ely’s first Art-In-The-Park Festival and had a one-man show in Ely.

After a short stint in Amargosa she found Boulder City and settled here in 1987. Here, too, she drew buildings of the 30s and 40s and created a series of postcards. The original pen and ink drawings for this series received the Theme Awards in the Clark County Art Show on two occasions as well as a Theme Award in the Boulder City Fine Arts Festival in 2002. She also was recognized with Honorable Mentions and Purchase Awards. She has exhibited in the Boulder City Fine Arts Festival since 1990 and exhibits regularly in the Boulder City Art Guild Gallery in the Boulder Dam Hotel. She was the Featured Artist in the Boulder Dam Hotel gallery in 2003.

Recently Happy went back to college and earned a second Bachelors Degree, majoring this time in Studio Art. You can meet her at the art gallery on the third Saturday or behind the counter at the Boulder City Library almost every day.

Her work is available in the Boulder City Art Guild Gallery in the Boulder Dam Hotel. Visit the Boulder City Art Guild at

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