CHESTERTON | Artists Doris Myers, of Wheatfield, and daughter Bonnie Zimmer, of Rensselaer, will explore the beauty of nature as well as its degradation in their new exhibition titled In Harmony with Nature or Not. The show will be hanging at the Chesterton Art Center from Oct. 6 until Oct. 31. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at 115 S. 4th St.
Both artists find inspiration in their lifelong, Northwest Indiana, rural surroundings. Myers' acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings range from highly realistic studies that investigate rural landscape, to colorful abstract interpretations. Zimmer creates three-dimensional fiber sculpture and installations that reveal her strong sense of place through the use of fiber processes with natural and found materials. Both artists also work in ceramics and will present selected works with a natural reference.
"As a painter and lifetime resident of rural Indiana, I am at home drawing upon nature for my subject matter," said Myers. "My representational work reflects my response to my environment."
"Nearly all of my work is created with natural and found materials "harvested" from the fields, woods and roadsides near my rural home," Zimmer said. "By limiting myself to local objects and materials to which I have a deep connection, I've discovered my ideal media for exploring my sense of place and finding meaning."
Myers holds a bachelor's of arts from Valparaiso University and an master's of arts from Ball State University. A retired art educator, she continues to teach, lecture and make art regularly in her home studio in Wheatfield. Her work is in private and corporate collections internationally and she has won many awards for her art over her long career.
Zimmer holds a bachelor's in fine arts from Indiana University and a master's in arts M.A. from Purdue University. She is the associate professor of art and chair of the art department at Saint Joseph’s College.
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