'All Things Beautiful'

Mixed media collages by Mary Zeran on display April 1-May 25

An art exhibit featuring abstract acrylic paintings by Iowa artist Mary Zeran will be on display April 1-May 25 in Luther College's Center for Faith and Life Gallery, on the upper level of the building.

The 17 abstract collages displayed in the exhibit "All Things Beautiful" feature cheerful colors and undulating brushstrokes on a variety of surfaces.

"Although, I have lived in many cities, Iowa is the land of my heart.  It is a soothing landscape of undulating hills, large puffed clouds, fields of one color, and the Mississippi River," said Zeran. A pioneer in painting on Dura-Lar, an acetate alternative that can be used for anything from overhead transparencies to a painting and drawing surface, her work is uniquely her own style.

"Stepping back and taking the long view, the aesthetic is minimal, but up close it is an active abstract filled with millions of living organisms and small worlds surviving together within the larger whole," said Zeran.

She holds a bachelor's degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree in metalworking, drawing and sculpture at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including solo exhibits at Cornell College, the University of Iowa Hospitals, and in the Public Safety Building Plaza in Seattle. In addition to her solo exhibits, Zeran has been invited to display her work in group exhibits, including a 2011 exhibit titled "What to Dip" at Chaing Mai University, in Thailand, a 2013 exhibit titled "Contemporary Expressionism-The Creative Spirit" in San Diego, and several others across the United States.

Zeran has been creating mixed media collage and assemblage for more than 20 years, and uses her the expertise to hold workshops for artists interested in learning new techniques. Her focus is sharing her passion for art with communities.