But once watercolorist
"A photographer friend of mine,
"The more I thought about it, the more it became a really good idea," she says. "I have so many paintings that I don't know what to do with them. And I don't want my family to have to worry about what to do with them when I die."
Those who don't want to see Zimbicki's paintings sizzle will have an opportunity to save them. She is one of 70 artists participating in the sixth annual "Yart" sale -- a creative spin on the traditional yard sale -- from
" 'Burn' is a festive way to share Kathleen's work and support her," says
Zimbicki plans to donate half of her profits to the center, where she has taught and sold her paintings over the years.
"Kathleen is so much fun," says
The timing for this sale is perfect, says Zimbicki, 80, a mother of four children, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of one.
She says there is no time like the present to begin taking inventory of all the paintings she has created over the years.
Her family background includes many musicians, but that genre wasn't for her, so she started painting at age 14. She owned
"Kathleen's work is quite unique," Domencic says. "She loves color. You can spot a Zimbicki from a mile away. You can tell she loves what she does when you see her paintings and talk to her about them."
People have tried to stop her from burning her art, she says, but she has a reason.
"I am not disrespecting art," says Zimbicki, surrounded by stacks of paintings in her home. "Look at this treadmill. It can only hold 50 or so paintings. I have thousands of paintings. I have so many pieces of art in my house that I can't find one, and it's 60 by 40 (inches) ... and it's framed. So, see what I mean when I say I have too many?"
"I don't want her to burn them because I like her work," he says. "They are so nice that we should keep them all. She is really talented."
It takes time to burn one of Zimbicki's paintings because she uses archival paper, which is acid-free and keeps the painting from rotting.
Not all of the art in the house is created by her.
"I love to buy art," she says. "I appreciate other artists and their work. I love all colors. I especially love bright colors. They are pleasant. I would say my work is funky and humorous. I hope it makes people happy."
Zimbicki credits a lot of what she learned to the late teacher
"I still hear his voice when I am painting," she says. "He was a big influence on me. He was a real character."
"The Yart Sale is a great event because it is a way for people to get artwork at a discounted rate," Zimbicki says. "It is fantastic to have a piece of my artwork in someone's house or office.
"This is not an easy business, but I have such great support from my husband, children, other family members and friends," she says. "I am now realizing what can happen after watching friends pass away, seeing that their families don't know what to do with all of their art. It's a problem. It can be a burden. I don't want that."
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