By Matt Werner
Zionsville artist Edie Mahaney says she never thought about success or failure as an artist, but now the painter has turned into a national brand.
Mahaney and her daughter, Lolly Mahaney, have licensed her artwork and is available as prints and home décor items at national retailers Z Gallerie and World Market. The brand was first licensed by Posters2Prints but is now licensed by Poems Art.
“Mom always says that she didn’t ask for a studio, her husband built it,” Lolly said. “She didn’t ask for a gallery, her daughter made one. The path she’s taken moves along in a positive trajectory with a natural progression in life.”
Mahaney admitted that when she left for college at Wittenberg University in Sprinfield, Ohio, she doubted she would be there for more than a year.
“I got a trades and labor scholarship for my first year,” she said. “My mom told me then, ‘If you only have a year, then major in whatever you want to.’ With the help of a lot of people, I was able to get through school.”
Mahaney graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and went on to Ohio State University to earn a master’s degree.
“I learned a lot about painting in graduate school,” Edie said. “I really believe in the academic side of art.”
Mahaney moved to Zionsville and was the executive director of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center from 1984 through 2000.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for more on this story.