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One of a kind artist


December 8, 2019

Marione Martin

Jay Heinrich of Blackwell crafts three-dimensional leather fine art pieces like this water buffalo. His work is on display this month at the Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva.

Jay Heinrich is a rarity. He doesn't know of anyone else doing the kind of three-dimensional leather art he does at the same level. Looking at his art, on display at Graceful Arts Gallery in Alva this month, one sees a unique art form and careful attention to detail. But Heinrich is somewhat new to being an artist.

"I never had an artful bone in my body," says Heinrich who moved to Blackwell from Texas a year ago. After a career as a corporate executive, he was slowed down by open heart surgery. Suddenly after that surgery, "I got this lightning bolt that got me interested in art." He was l...

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