New Exhibits at Lakeland Art Gallery, Warsaw City Hall –

Artwork by Thomas Zuber.

By Darla McCammon
and Dee Anna Muraski

We’re starting a new series next week that will unveil artists that might surprise you. In the meantime, we invite you to view two artists whose work is available to view in person and locally, for free.

The first artist is Patrick Dillon, woodturning specialist. The second is Thomas Zuber, a creative abstract artist. We visited the exhibitions last week and found both artists to be extraordinarily creative and both produce interesting work.

Dillon’s woodwork is smooth and flawless. You find yourself drawn to the art and eager to touch the gentle curve of the bowls. He uses different types of wood-like mahogany and oak as a base, which he can then use to create patterns in finished pieces. The results are captivating, encrusted treasures created with love and polished with a shine.

When Dillon was in college, he said, “I tried to spin a bowl on a lathe. I’m not sure my shop teacher was much help. I am self-taught. Dillon is drawn to discarded pieces of wood that he can reuse in art. The same could be said of the old tools he likes to use.

“I was at an auction and they had this old Sears trick,” Dillon said. “I bought it for a hundred bucks and a bunch of tools to go with it. I took out a bowl and took it to work. A guy wanted to buy it. Everyone wanted a bowl like this. I’ve done more of the same, and they all sold out.

When you see the bowls, you will understand why these unique creations are so popular and in demand.

Zuber’s work is very different because he uses different mediums. Interestingly, he also got his start in woodworking, which drew him into the art world. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture from Indiana University in South Bend. Zuber began teaching in Bloomington, Minnesota in 1995, teaching students drawing, crayons, and painting. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Arts in Art Education from Boston University. He branched out into digital photography and filmography, creating several feature films. His work exudes this creative explosion of abstract pieces that are the culmination of years of perfecting a variety of genres.

For the month of April, Lakeland Art Association will be opening their art gallery to view these key artists as well as other local artwork. They are located at 302 E. Winona Ave. in downtown Warsaw. The gallery is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. You can also call (574) 267-5568 anytime for more information.

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Julia P. Cluff