A new series of abstract art celebrating the Iowa Landscape will be unveiled in Cedar Rapids.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, December 5th 2014 - January 31st 2015 - Nationally acclaimed local artist Mary Zeran will be exhibiting her recent body of work at Gilded Pear Gallery in a show titled: “La Tierra de Mi Corazón…The Land of My Heart”
The new series comprised of Zeran’s trademark joyous color, will be unveiled Friday, December 5th at an opening reception from 5:00-7:00 at Gilded Pear Gallery, 808 Third Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA. For more information regarding the exhibit contact Suzy McGrane-Hop at 319-366-0205, gildedpeargallery.com
The new abstracted landscapes celebrate the land of Zeran’s heart, Iowa; a place flowing with small rivers, and creeks, bursting with bountiful fields of corn, powerful oak trees, and expansive skies.
“When Zeran and her husband first moved back to Iowa from Seattle, WA, the thing that surprised her most was how much calmer she felt. The bustle of the city was invigorating at first, but then became exhausting. Life turned into endless traffic jams, loud noises, and cramped spaces. The only way to contact family was by phone or plane. Luckily older parents, new generations, and memories of a better quality of life called them back to Iowa. What she and her husband found was a much welcomed calm and ever inspiring landscape that has fueled Zeran’s artwork for the last 5 years.”
“I’ve been working to develop a series of abstract brush marks that describe the sense of joy and wonder I feel when I look at the Iowa landscape. One of the symbols I’ve been using is wood. Not only is this my way of honoring Iowa’s majestic Oak trees, it is a way of celebrating my rich family.”
“I’m fascinated with tree rings and how they are an annual record of a life well lived.”
About Mary Zeran
Mary Zeran is a third generation American artist known for her innovative painting and collage techniques using polyester film. She grew up in a family of women folk artists. Textiles, embroidery, and wood carving were their visual language. Abstracted shapes and forms were their words.
Each time she pick up a brush or scissors she immerse herself in the language of her family. As she abstracts flowers, trees, and all the colors of nature, she speaks her mother tongue. This language brings her closer to her family traditions, history and stories.
For more information about her work, visit maryzeran.com