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Mary Helmreich

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Newton, MA

Birth year

Lives in
Encinitas, CA

Works in
Encinitas, CA


Bard College, 1964
School of The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1965

Representing galleries
Frame Designs & Gallery, Solana Beach Art & Frame, Art & Frames by Wood Gallery, Artrageous Gallery Services, Leucadia Art Gallery Corner Frame Shop

traditional, landscape, realism, contemporary art, watercolor, Photo Realism, fine art, paintings, watercolor paintings


Mary Helmreich was born in 1945 near Boston, Massachusetts. Her talent was recognized early, when at age nine she won a prize for portraiture, competing against high school students. At twelve she attended a summer art program at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In the eleventh grade she studied under Sidney Hurwitz at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and at the Cummington School of the Arts in the Berkshires. At Bard College New York from 1963-1964 she majored in Sculpture taught by Harvey Fite and Fine Art by Anton Refregier. She continued her studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston from 1964-1965 under the tutelage of Robert Grady and Andreas Feininger.

Toward the end of 1965 she traveled to London and Paris, where she met Gisbert Helmreich at a youth hostel in Place Pigalle. Together they hitchhiked through Europe, North Africa and East Africa. They were married in October 1966 in Burlington, Vermont. Their son Stefan Helmreich and his wife Heather Paxson are both anthropologists at MIT. From 1966 until the summer of 1981 they made their home in Boston, with a short sojourn to Vienna in 1968.

For many years Mary concentrated on the human form, drawing from life, first with a Boston group and then with the Winchester Studio Guild, assisted by professor emeritus King Coffin. In 1969 her husband opened the Boston Chess Studio on Newbury Street, which became a focal point for the chess community during the Bobby Fischer era. Newbury Street, being the center of the New England art scene, inspired Mary to display her pencil drawings, acrylics and watercolor paintings.

After an exploratory cross-country trip in 1981, she and her family decided to move to San Diego, where they established residence in the community of Olivenhain in Encinitas. By that time watercolor had become her favorite medium. She has been a member of several art organizations and has entered juried art shows receiving many awards & prizes. Mary now paints cityscapes, landscapes, historical buildings and more intimate views of the area. All her paintings, including commissions, are carried out in the representational manner, using archival materials. Her original watercolor paintings and prints are available at outdoor art exhibits, by appointment at her studio and through California galleries.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Coronado Art-In-The-Park
Every First & Third Sunday of the Month
Corner 7th & Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

Oceanside Days of Art
Pier View Way - In and About the Oceanside Civic Center
Oceanside, California

Christmas in July
Old Mission Montessori School - 4070 Mission Ave
, California

Carlsbad Art in the Village
August 10
Grand Ave
Sponsored by the Carlsbad Village Business Association
Carlsbad, California

Leucadiart Walk
Highway 101 and Leucadia Blvd
Encinitas, California

Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll
October 5
Camino Del Mar
Del Mar, California

Sponsored by the Del Mar Chamber of Commerce

Christmas on the Farm
Sherrie Ness
Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd
Valley Center, California

Encinitas Fall Festival
November 23
South Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, California

Santa's Coming
Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd
Valley Center, California


Cadence Pharmaceuticals - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pitman LLP - Hilton - Scripps - Sharp - Courtyard by Marriott - McDonalds - Novartis - Pfizer Nereus Pharmaceuticals - Beckman Properties - TEC Torch Welding Products Co Veteran's Administration Hospital La Jolla

Paintings On Commission:

Robert F Driver Inc, San Diego, California, USA
Bully's Restaurants, Del Mar, California, USA
Davidson Communities, Del Mar, California, USA
PW Construction Inc, Glendora, California, USA
Lillick, McHose & Charles Attys, San Diego, California, USA
Worden, Williams, Richmond & Ellis, Solana Beach, California, USA
Mc Cauley General Contractors, Olivenhain, California, USA
The White Sands of La Jolla, La Jolla, California, USA
Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, Rancho Santa Fe, California, USA

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