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VALPARAISO | Dorothy Graden is very excited about her next art show which will be held Friday through Aug. 26 at Box Factory for the Arts.

The opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan.

Graden's exhibit, Archaic Magic, is a mixed medium show.

"I'm so excited about this show because I will have 30 pictures in the gallery on display for the show," she said. "I've done other shows included in Hammond and in Munster.

For her artwork, Graden uses a number of materials and makes her own paper out of cotton rag and pigments it.

"For my work I apply different things like water color or ink or pastels or colored pencils," Graden said.

Graden enjoys rock art and has been inspired over the years through hiking.

"I've hiked from the Rio Grande to Central Montana looking at rock art and that inspired my artwork," she said. "I scuba dive and have been to Hawaii so I put ocean elements in my work, as well."

Graden is a full-time artist now and retired from teaching kindergarten at Northview Elementary for 25 years.

"I've done art all my life," she said. "I retired a little early and became a full-time artist. I'm very excited about this show.

For information, visit dorothygraden.com.

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Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.