The Edmond Fine Arts Institute (FAI) Gallery features the art of Heather Porter May 1- 31. An artist reception, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, May 3rd from 5:00-8:00 at Edmond Fine Arts, 27 East Edwards, Edmond, OK. Heather Porter is a lifelong resident of Edmond, Oklahoma. She is the wife of Rodney Porter and together have three children, Rian, Reid and Carsyn Porter. Heather has always considered herself a creative person, it wasn’t until she found a piece of art she loved but couldn’t afford that she discovered her passion for painting. “Being a self-taught artist with no formal training has helped me feel truly free in my creative process. Color, movement, abstracts, texture, layers and all things pretty inspire my work. If I had to define myself as an artist, I would say I’m a mixed media artist. I love to combine different materials & types of paints to create the layers I love in a piece of art,” states Heather. In her world of real estate she works closely with a talented team of women. They all bring unique perspectives and skills but share the same love for home design and décor. “We love to stage our houses and make them look the best for our clients. We are always looking for ways to brighten the home and add personality reflecting our clients’ taste. What better way to stage a home than with an original piece of art to add that perfect pop of color?” says Porter. After staging many homes with pieces from her own collection, she has been encouraged by multiple clients to have her own art show. “I sell paintings to friends and love to donate pieces to help local charities and fundraising events,” states Heather, “ the perfect night for me is to unwind with a paintbrush in hand, a blank canvas and glass of wine!” For 33 years the Fine Arts Institute has been Edmond’s non-profit community arts organization offering educational enrichment for adults and children in the visual and performing arts. Visit the Edmond Fine Arts Institute Gallery, 27 East Edwards, Edmond, Monday – Thursday 9:00-5:00, Fridays 9:00-1:00. For more information on Heather Porters’ exhibit or future gallery shows visit edmondfinearts.com or call 340-4481.