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The Arts
by Judy Barton
Boulder City Art Guild

Marion the Librarian

Meredith Wilson wrote about Marion the librarian in the famous 1957 musical “Music Man”.  Right here in Boulder City we have a true “Marion the Librarian.”  Marion Hoekenga goes by the nickname of Happy.  She is more than just a librarian working at the Boulder City Library.  She is a well-known Boulder City artist. 

Living her early married life on a ranch west of Eureka, Nevada, on “the loneliest road in the nation,” she sent hand-rendered pictures home when there were no postcards available to depict the old mining town. 

Happy says she is a naturalist, loving the wilderness and wide-open spaces of Nevada. She draws inspiration from the works of Edward Hopper and Maynard Dixon, who painted the scenes around them, creating a new and exciting world.  Happy does not limit herself to one media or subject. She works in oils, watercolors and acrylic, as well as using the graphic lines of pen and ink for drawings and etching. Happy feels she cannot limit herself to one media, since the idea she is hoping to portray may take a specific media to express it. Her prize-winning work, shown here, is a great example of how Happy sets the mood drawing the viewer into the work giving a feeling of isolation and loneliness.

Happy received a Bachelor of Studio Arts degree from UNLV, has been a substitute teacher and has been an assistant librarian for 15 years.

Presently, Happy is serving as president of the Boulder City Art Guild. She will be featured in the B.C. Art Gallery located in the Boulder Dam Hotel during October through November 15th. Her reception will be held on Saturday October 13, 11:00am until 4:00pm. Those interested in meeting Happy are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

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