July 15 – August 15, 2010 *This show was held in the Garis Gallery of the American West
International artist Marilyn Diggs has been living in São Paula since 1985. She returns to Oklahoma frequently, most recently in April 2016. She was born in Tulsa and lived in Calgary, Canada, until moving to Duncan at the age of 13. She attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1973, with a bachelor of arts degree; and then earned her master of arts degree from Purdue University in Indiana. She also earned a commercial art diploma from Brazil and her worldwide travels and workshops with notable artists set her on a lifelong path for being an artist.
She is an impressionist/realist artist, preferring to work in oils – from portraits and landscapes to still life work, she finds inspiration in the saturated colors of life. She is an active member of the São Paulo Association of Fine Arts and has numerous awards. Her work is displayed in several Brazilian museums and is in the private collections around the world.
Her exhibit, “Brazil” was one of the most successful shows and receptions held at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, with more than 150 people attending the reception. It featured the cowboys, landscapes and numerous artifacts of Brazil.
Her work was on display in the Garis Gallery of the American West, which was also where the reception was held. For those who have been to the Garis Gallery, then you would understand that it was a packed show, to say the least! The show was staged to exhibit four groupings to provide a visualization of life in Brazil. Stagings included Rio De Janeiro landscapes, portraits of Brazilians, the Brazilian cowboys, “Gauchos” and the religion of the country, and also the natural beauty – flower gardens, colorful birds, and still life work. Each painting offered a story so that the show was both visual and educational.
Marilyn’s work is also included in the archives of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington D.C.
Diggs donated “Sunrise on the Trail in Brazil” to the Heritage Center, following the end of the show. In April 2016, she donated a second piece, which had also been on display during her show, “Gaucho Drinking Tea.”