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Ziemer is featured artist at Old Courthouse Museum

January 18, 2019

Ziemer is featured artist at Old Courthouse Museum

Maureen Ziemer, formerly of Chicago and now of Milford, is the featured artist in the Art Gallery at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka. Her exhibit will run throughout January and February.

Ziemer’s expression is through the use of magazine publications and recreating themed paper collage compositions from the pictures. Color, shape and texture are part of the overall effect of each work of art.

“Art is a cultural expression. It can be made from anything around us. I choose a theme, a design and colors, a picture with pictures,” said Ziemer in a news release from the museum. “Books, magazines and newspapers provide me with inspiration to then conceptualize an idea. My art seeks to show the beauty that comes in my mailbox.”

Ziemer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at St. Xavier University. After a 40-year career, she retired and moved to Milford in 2003 due to health concerns.

“Milford is a convenient place for those retired,” she said. “Change is the only constant in the universe. Adapting to change insures our survival. God gives us all potential. I believe it is my duty to develop it at any age. At present, I am able to express my God-given potential with this humble attempt at art. I hope you enjoy and like it.”

An open house-artist’s reception will take place 2-4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the museum at 103 W. Cherry St. in Watseka.

Additional new exhibits to celebrate the new year include a viewing of vintage Valentines from the museum’s collection. Another is a reinstallation of many, once loved and cherished dolls of all sizes and ages, as well as those dressed for historical and themed occasions. These also come from the vault collection.

The Old Courthouse Museum is supported by the nonprofit agency, Iroquois County Historical Society, which is responsible for the museum’s maintenance, repairs, upkeep and improvements.Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month.

For more information, call 815-432-2215.

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