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Artists of the Month - March

Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Carol Zahn of Midland, MI as the Artist of the Month for March.

Artist Bio
Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Central Michigan University, Human Resources Management, 1993
Toledo Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, R.T., 1984
Midland Center for the Arts - Studio School
Intermediate Water Media 2014, 2015 Pat Smith
Advanced Acrylic, Michelle Courier, Ruth Howell, Sylvia Coon 2016-present
Advanced Critique, Steven Parkhurst 2018, 2019
Art Talk with Armin Mersmann 2020
Oil Pastel Workshop with Jack Brumbaugh, Maryland, 2014
Full Spectrum of Colored Pencil Workshop at MCFTA with Dean Rogers, May 2014
Introduction to Professional Practices for the Artist with Armin Mersmann, MCFTA, May 2014

Exhibits and Competitions
First United Methodist Church Art of Sharing Exhibit, Midland, MI:  2013 - present
Midland Artist Guild Juried Show, Midland, MI:  2014 - 2018, “Award of Excellence” for I go to the Lake…2018
Midland Artist Guild, Midland, MI:   2015 - 2019 Various solo and shared exhibits throughout the area at local businesses, Vice President 2015-2016, Venue Assistant 2015-2017
Saginaw Township Annual State of the Arts Juried Exhibition, Saginaw MI:  2014, 2016, 2019, Lifetime Family Care Purchase Award for Mineral Series I 2019
Midland Center for the Arts Student/Faculty Show, Midland, MI:  2014, 2016, 2018, 2019
Northwood University Show through the Midland Artist Guild, Midland, MI:  2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
515 Gallery, Clare, MI:  group show 2015
Art Walk Central Juried Show, Mt. Pleasant, MI:  2019

Artist Statement
My passion for art began at an early age, starting in grade school when I became the go-to kid for any project requiring artistic talent.  Art became my identity during my teen years.  I was fortunate enough to have parents that encouraged my passion through lessons in various media at the Toledo Art Museum and countless private painting lessons.  Even during my 20-year sabbatical to raise my 3 young boys, my interest in the fine arts continued to grow.  From sneaking out in evenings to learn how to “throw” on a pottery wheel to convincing my active young boys (and husband) that a tour of the Sistine Chapel would enrich their lives in ways they could not imagine, I continued to actively explore and observe art in many forms.

My medium is acrylic paint.  It fulfills my need to portray my subjects with rich, vibrant color.  I straddle the realism/impressionism line in my work.  I want my subjects to be recognizable but still be my interpretation of what I see.  My subjects are of nature, the landscapes of places I have lived or traveled.  This organic beauty is abstract and realistic at the same time which adds to my curiosity and interest in it.  The colors, shapes, light and shadows intrigue me and urge me to communicate what I am seeing with brush and paint.  I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds us in the world in which we live.  To me this beauty is a reaffirmation of a higher power and plan.  My hope is to bring a sense of wonder to my audience.

Carol's exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., now through March 31st.