Galerie Mariska Dirkx is situated on the historic city defensewalls of Roermond. The picturesque surrounding of the city underlines the character of the gallery. It has been an art studio for over 120 years.
Since 1979 the family van Wijk-Dirkx settled in the building with its rich historical background. Currently, the sculptor Dick van Wijk has here his studio. Several webpages are dedicated to his work. On the second level is the gallery situated. It is easy to understand why Galerie Mariska Dirkx started to present modern glass-objects. In the prior historie of the studio, Joep Nicolas and relatives had an enormous impact on the stained glass profession. Because of this, Mariska Dirkx, became interested in their activities. Already in 1974, she presented art on a regular basis, but after founding the Joep Nicolas Foundation and an international masterclass project, the glass- objects got their deserved place in the gallery. With the participation at artfairs in Strasbourg, Geneva, Prague, Gent, Dusseldorf, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, The Hague, Tubbergen and Laren over the last 20 years, Galerie Mariska Dirkx is quiet active. She also organises every two years an art biennale with an accent on glass art in an old cloister at Roermond.