Sadie Roberts Heath Returns to Polo
The Lyon’s Share Gallery of Fairhope, Ala. will feature accomplished artist Sadie Roberts Heath, an internationally recognized and award-winning artist. Heath has graced the Polo fields again this year becoming the presenting artist of the 2014 Polo at the Point event. Heath’s acrylic on canvas will be unveiled at the Lyon Share gallery at 7 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014 during Fairhope’s First Friday Art Walk. The artist will also be featured at Polo at the Point and sell her work during the event.
She may be best known in the Polo community for her Polo at the Point paintings from 1989 to 1993 and for portraits of Maj. Ronald Ferguson, one of which hangs in the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Windsor, England. She has also been forever linked to the Senior Bowl capturing football greats like Joe Namath, Bo Jackson and Lee Roy Jordan as well as other famous athletes from our area. Heath was commissioned to paint a montage portrait for Steven Segal, also for Grand Hotel Marriot and the Country Club of Mobile. Her Senior Bowl 50th anniversary mural adorns the lobby at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. She had a one-person showing at the Lexington Country Club during the prestigious Keeneland Races in Lexington, Ky. Her paintings have covered sports of all kinds including golf, soccer, football, polo, and sailing. In contrast to sports art, Heath also paints delicate florals, landscapes, and portraits in different mediums including watercolor, oil, and acrylics.
Heath received her art education from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina and Stratford College in Danville, Virginia. She has since studied with distinguished artists Lucille Sisson, Paul Ladnier, Judi Betts, Jo Patton, Peter Potter, and Don Andrews. A native of Mobile, Heath moved out of the area only to return to her small town atmosphere. Her love of sports was an influence of her late father, John A. Roberts, Sr., who was an avid golfer and fisherman. In her early years he encouraged Heath to enter a contest for the cover of the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo program, and painted the cover for the Rodeo program for 7 years. When Heath was chosen, she was so proud to have won honoring her biggest fan and the man who started her on the road that surpasses most artist’s imagination.