Heartland Gallery logoHeartland Artists Gallery welcomes Ann Peperak who resides near Milford, Indiana. A self-taught artist learning from many books, CD’s and some workshops she started painting in oils in the early 1980’s, but later put that on the back burner while she and her husband, John, had a successful career in the Dental Lab business and farming.

They moved to Kosciusko County fifteen years ago. As she was now working only one job, she found time to revive her painting, but at this time she favored watercolors. Her inspirations for her paintings came from the nature she photographed during her many travels. One of her paintings is the ‘Old Crystal Mill’ she found in a remote part of Colorado which can only be reached on foot, horse or a four wheeler. The cabin was home to many generations who mined silver in the mountains. This was a commissioned painting by a gentleman whose wife had loved that area. After his wife died at an early age he wanted to capture it in a painting.

There will be a Reception to meet Ann Peperak and other Heartland Artists on Friday evening from 5-8 April 8th at the Gallery. Ann’s goal is to draw the viewer into each of her paintings and take them on a journey so that she can share her own memories with them. Ann enjoys painting many different subjects and hopes all will like her work as much as she enjoyed painting them. She enjoys all God’s creations and finds peaceful settings to paint. That is very apparent in viewing her paintings that show great detail and capture nature’s vibrant color variations.

Ann has received many awards including Best of Show, Purchase Awards, Ribbons and Memorials. Her paintings have ended up in many corporate offices across the United States and in foreign countries as well. She also does commissioned work upon request.

This calendar year her shows started in Elkhart with the ‘Love of Art’ Show in March at the RV Hall of Fame and as the Featured Artist at Heartland Artists Gallery in Plymouth during April’s Show. She will be at the Village of Winona Art Show at Warsaw in June and several other gallery and tent shows the rest of the year.

2016 will be a very busy year for Heartland Artists Gallery with a lot of art centralized around the Indiana Bicentennial Anniversary. In April artists will be painting the bison sculpture for Marshall County’s part of the state wide art project for the Bison-tennial. In the month of May the Gallery will display the annual ‘Small Wonders Art Exhibit’. ‘Indiana Past & Present Exhibit’ will be displayed in June. Entry forms for ‘Small Wonders’ and ‘Indiana Past & Present’ are available at the Gallery or online at www.heartlandartgallery.com. The deadline is April 16 postmark for the Small Wonders entries.There will be an ‘Art in the Street’ Event during the Yellow River Festival on June 4. The 28th Annual Regional Juried Art Show will take place in October. And the December’s Show will be art that shares the theme ‘A Year in the Life of Marshall County’.

The Gallery’s mission is to support area artists, to bring and to teach the arts to our community. Our not-for-profit Gallery gives area artists a venue to show and sell their art. Our art classes fulfill our mission for educating and the classes assist in our financial means to maintain the Gallery. For more information visit www.heartlandartgallery.com or Facebook or call 574.936.9515. The location is 101 N. Michigan St., Downtown Plymouth. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat. 10-4. Join us with a heart for art!

Photos Caption: ‘Old Crystal Mill’, ‘Alaskan Landscape’ and ‘Hidden Treasure’.