For the Troy Daily News
MIAMI COUNTY — Cody Heichel, the renowned Columbus-based watercolor artist, has donated a cityscape painting to be part of the live art auction serving as a major fundraiser supporting Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy. The event has been set for May 4.
The Seventh annual Healing Jar Gala dinner and art auction will be held at the Piqua Country Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. Funds raised from the event will provide continued support for the sole free clinic having served Miami County for 16 years.
For the second year, clinic leaders are joining with the Piqua Arts Council (PAC) in a cooperative effort to help those in need locally. PAC Executive Director Jordan Knepper said the council and artists believe in the services provided by Health Partners and welcome the collaboration.
Knepper said Heichel is one of the top “up and coming watercolorists known in the art world.” He stated the artist’s work are highly sought-after pieces to own and anticipates them to increase in value as Heichel continues his art.
The 32-year-old Heichel was named a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society two years ago. The honor made him one of the youngest people to be named to such a post. He is also an Associate Member of the American Watercolor Society.
Heichel has received the People’s Choice Award at ARC Ohio’s 2014 Art for Life benefit, as well as the Ohio Watercolor Society’s Merit Award. Most recently he was awarded First Place in the Columbus Through A Lens Competition.
According to information on his website at www.codyheichel.com, he “uses bold colors and high-contrast tonality to create atmospheric interpretations of daily, and recognizable, scenery. Heichel aims to capture the mood and movement of his subjects through quick, spontaneous brushwork.
“The individual strokes that make up his compositions seem arbitrary and fluid. Mysterious figures often occupy the focal point of each composition, and it is through their individual appearance and body language, as well as the language of their surroundings, that the story of each scene unfolds. Urban cityscapes, rural settings, and national and international locales provide his inspiration.”
Heichel also works as an Art Facilitator and Habilitation Coordinator at Open Door Art Studio in Columbus, a non-profit working studio and gallery space for adult artists with physical and developmental disabilities.
Several local artists and others from throughout Ohio have donated items to the clinic for the event. Information about the artists and their work can be found on the Health Partners website at www.healthpartnersclinic.org.
Justin Coby, Health Partners executive director, said the response from area artists and those known throughout art circles has been tremendous.
“All have been given from the heart focusing on the true purpose of the clinic,” he said.
In 2015, the clinic treated 906 unduplicated patients, which equated into 3,359 physician appointments. Coby also noted the clinic provided some 2,223 patient lab/diagnosis; and 8,654 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at more than $1 million. Overall, the clinic provided $4.32 in medical services for every $1 spent.
According to Coby, a record-setting level of giving of more than $17,000 net in overall donations was raised last year, nearly tripling the amount raised in 2013.
Individual tickets are $80 each with a table of eight tickets being $550. For ticket information, contact the clinic at (937) 332-0894, Ext. 208, or by email at [email protected] The clinic website is www.healthpartnersclinic.org; and can be found on Facebook at www/facebook.com/healthpartnersfreeclinic.