ZIA Gallery begins its seventh year representing artists from across the US and Canada. ZIA launches the new art season on Saturday, September 10th with two featured exhibitions by celebrated artists Fumiko Toda and Beverly Zawitkoski.
Fumiko Toda, based in New York, grew up in a rural area outside Kyoto, Japan where nature stirred her imagination. As she went on to study art both in Japan and New York, abstract and, often whimsical, imagery of the natural world entered her visual vocabulary and continues to animate her vibrant, joyful expression. Toda loves to mix and explore different materials and techniques, stitching together elements of her etchings to fabric and paper on panel with her free handling of paint. This exhibition is certain to uplift.
Beverly Zawitkoski is based in Montreal, Québec where her BFA from Concordia University led to an award of a Commonwealth Scholarship at The Slade School of Fine Arts in London, UK. There she completed her post-graduate studies and was awarded the Leslye Hurry Prize.
Zawitkoski paints with a desire to reach emotional depth and touch a sublime, inexplicable essence. Her journey is intuitive being informed by how the layering of paint changes direction and leads the artist into unpredictable worlds. Her abstractions do, in fact, suggest a land, place, figure or world where intangible nature reigns. Zawitkoski’s works have the ability to speak to people on many levels. Such is, perhaps, their wide appeal. Admirers and new audiences will enjoy seeing the evolution of her bodies of work, as this new exhibition demonstrates, once again.
The exhibition opens Saturday, September 10th, 5 – 7 pm at ZIA Gallery, 548 Chestnut Street, Winnetka, IL 60093 All are welcome to attend. The gallery is two short blocks from the Winnetka Metra train station. Fumiko Toda and Beverly Zawitkoski continues through October 8th, 2016.
Pictured are Fumiko Toda’s Mountain with Wings, 48 x 48, Mixed media on panel and Beverly Zawitkoski’s Still There, 36 x 24, Acrylic on Mylar