Zimmerman’s artwork drifts into ArtWalk

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Article Published: Aug. 15, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 15, 2013
Zimmerman’s artwork drifts into ArtWalk

Joan Zimmerman’s artwork is on display and available for sale at ArtWalk in downtown Boone.

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This week’s new artist at ArtWalk is Joan Zimmerman.

And according to the downtown gallery, “Her beautiful paintings on driftwood will add a splendid pop of color to any room.”

Her paintings are made with watercolors, acrylics and pastels. During the last year, she has worked mainly with water-soluble pastels, and much of her work has been on driftwood from Watauga Lake.

“My experience of making these pieces begins with a peaceful kayak float to find the wood, continues with the excitement of discovering the piece and bringing it to shore and then moves to the satisfaction of seeing it become something even more beautiful,” she said.

Zimmerman said she began making art during a time of painful losses and transitions. For the first time, she drew, painted, wrote and made music. She said she learned that through making art, she could express her deepest self and healed from it.

According to Zimmerman, she does her best to let go of the thinking part of her brain, open an avenue of expression for what is inside her and be in the moment of creating. As such, she rarely plans what a piece will look like, and later she is often surprised to recognize meaning in her pieces.
Featuring work from Zimmerman and other local artists, ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email (artwalkboone@yahoo.com) or visit http://www.artwalkboone.com.

Gallery Times

Gallery Times is a weekly news feature of The Mountain Times, featuring news items submitted by local galleries.

For more information or to make a submission, contact editor Frank Ruggiero at (frank@mountaintimes.com) or (828) 264-6397.

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