By Darla McCammon
WARSAW — We will return to our Golden Age of Painting series next week. But meanwhile, the Warsaw City Hall Art Gallery welcomes guest artist Don Swartzentruber beginning April 2 through the end of May. Patrons can stop in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays in order to see the work of this amazing artist.
When asked about his work, Swartzentruber said, “Being an artist has provided different opportunities for me as a person. Sometimes, it’s an opportunity to reflect on my past, such as the Pop-Mennonite paintings. Or to visually examine objects like the Chicago Field Museum mask series. Or to earn money such as my corporate work drawing caricature portraits. And now, with my new sequential work, I’ve spent a lot of time exploring issues surrounding my spiritual faith and identity.” That spiritual faith may emanate from his years as a youth growing up in a Mennonite family.
Swartzentruber is a contemporary artist and illustrator. He is originally from Sussex County in Delaware. He studied animation at the Kubert School, then earned an Art and Art Education degree from Grace College in Winona Lake. Following this, he did graduate work in fine art at Vermont College of Norwich University where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Swartzentruber is the triple recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist grant. He has exhibited his paintings coast to coast. His illustration work has appeared on CD covers, comics, literary magazines, etc. His business Caricature Sideshow entertains for companies in the Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis area. Recently, this artist began drawing a comic book for Penguin Point Restaurants. The success of this book has propelled him into current work on a second book.
Teaching in the art departments of both Grace College and Warsaw High School is very gratifying to this artist. He and his family now reside in the Warsaw area and their oldest son is following the art tradition with undergraduate work as a student at Art Center in Pasadena, Calif.
The excellent work on exhibit at Warsaw City Hall will be offered at half the retail price for the duration of the exhibit. This is a great opportunity to obtain an original and high value piece of art for your collection.
Contact Swartzentruber at [email protected] if interested in purchasing his work.
Upcoming and Current Events:
* Lakeland Art Spring Art Show competition coming up. Contact the gallery for more information.
* Warsaw City Hall Art Gallery features Don Swartzentruber through the end of May. Visit the current exhibit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays