Mary Beth Ihnken

I am a professional muralist and decorative painter. I am recognized for my mural techniques, faux finishes, and trompe l'oiel. I bring a sense of scale and proportion to each project, as well as a keen eye for color. My work is designed with you, to fit the needs of your individual space, interests, and budget. The possibilities are endless.

CONTACT INFORMATION

phone:
607-539-3035
e-mail:
mbihnken@frontiernet.net
website:
mbihnken.com

ADDRESS

281 76 Road, Brooktondale, NY 14817

STUDIO DIRECTIONS

From the Commons, take 79 East out of Ithaca towards Slaterville Springs. Before you enter Slaterville Springs make a right onto Boiceville Road (if you miss Boiceville Road you can take a right onto Creamery Road and follow the same instructions). Take this to the end and make a left onto Central Chapel Road. Go up about a mile make a left on 76 Road. Go up about a mile and look for the mailbox on the right #281. The driveway is right before mailbox. It is the new house up on the hill.

BIO

I grew up in Bedminster , NJ with my five siblings, attended Bernards High School and graduated from Rutgers College with a BA in Art History and Fine Art in 1993. I moved to Ithaca in 1994 with my husband and found my home. I started my decorative art business, Ihnken’s Creations, and joined the Ithaca Farmer’s Market in 1995. I primarily painted furniture and slowly moved to walls, painting faux finishes, Trompe l’oil, and of course murals. I had her first son Zachary in 2004, and Miles in 2007. I’ve been a member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail from the start, over 15 years.

The majority of my work during this period has been in private homes, but I have also had the opportunity to paint several large scale public murals in downtown Ithaca. In 2004, I painted the West End Mural on the Bangs Ambulance building between State and Seneca Street for Alternative Federal Credit Union. Since this time I have sought funding to paint many other public murals in Ithaca. In 2009, 2010 and 2013 I was one of the selected artists for Art in the Heart (downtown sculpture) with my triptych “Going to Market”, “Ithaka”and “Barn Yard”. In 2011, I painted several public works. I was fortunate enough to receive a grants from the Community Arts Partnership for community art projects, and art in the schools (along with funding from Ithaca Public Education Initiative Grant. In 2014, I had the honor to be asked to paint the boarded up Restaurant Simeon’s where a horrible tragedy occurred. Through art you could see the community start to heal.

I believe that public murals help to create community, by radiating out stories and energy that touch everyone who passes by them. I strive to create this immediate visual and emotional impact with every mural I create. My overreaching artistic goals are to create both small canvases as well as large murals for the public to enjoy.

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