Indiana artist Zach Medler uses an array of traditional and non-traditional media to create his unique pieces which will be exhibited in an installation format at historic Bear’s Mill until Sunday, December 31, closing this season for “Art at the Mill.” The series will take a short recess during the cold winter months, but will re-open in Spring, 2013. Medler’s installation entitled “Midwestern Landscapes” will include ceramics, paintings, and sculptures created from found objects of wood, metal, paper, books, fabric, and more. The exhibit opens with an artist’s reception offering light appetizers and wine from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, November 30.
According to Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for Bear’s Mill, Zach is a potter, printmaker, and painter with a degree in ceramics from Purdue University. “Zach’s work is incredible – interesting and fun and moving and charming,” Ms. Clark stated. “He is creating this three dimensional installation mural that will spill from the wall and onto the floor, telling its story in muted tones and midwest-inspired imagery to fit perfectly within the Mill’s warm, rustic setting. Although the installation has an overall narrative, each panel will stand on its own and can be purchased individually,” she explained.
The artist himself says that his art is focused on connection with his audience. He often asks viewers to interact with his work by touching and even moving components. “My job is to create a simply told story that people can experience for themselves,” Zach said. His serious, yet playful pieces capture themes that reveal aspects of rural, suburban, and city living, and to which most viewers can relate.
The work of Dayton, Ohio, collage artist Marsha Pippenger remains on display at the Mill through Sunday, November 25. “Art At the Mill” has received funding from the Ami McClurkin Community Fund, held by the HOPE Foundation of Darke County, and also receives support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. The art exhibit is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear’s Mill is operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear’s Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.