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Zen gardens inspire Witter artist's one-woman show

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Witter Gallery held its monthly Lunch 'N' Such program recently, showcasing a unique one-woman art show.

Local pianist Vivian Toomer entertaining those in attendance with piano music. Lunch 'N' Such is put on by the Witter Gallery Board of Directors and features a different menu and entertainment by a various local musicians each month. The event serves as a kick-off for each new art show that comes to the Gallery every month.

This month's show is "Prolonged Tranquility, Oil & Acrylic Paintings by Elinor Noteboom." The show runs from Sept. 2 to Sept. 30 and is sponsored by Stan and Stephanie Quick. Noteboom, who is from Orange City, is active as a painter, printmaker, liturgical designer, educator and author.

In her artist's statement, Noteboom says that her paintings were inspired by a trip to Japan and visit to Zen rock gardens there. "That summer as I drove through rural Iowa, I came to realize that there was a close connection between the atmospheric qualities surrounding the farmer's manicured fields, with their mesmerizing rows of plants and the Japanese gardener's special world of carefully raked stone spaces. In some mysterious way, both evoke a kind of holistic interaction between my mind and eye, which relaxed my body and refreshed my spirits."

New gallery director Rita Hermann was on hand to introduce herself to luncheon-goers and make comments about Noteboom's show.

"Lunch 'N' Such is great for the gallery," Hermann said. "People are here meeting each other and enjoying each other and the art. What a positive feeling to walk away from the gallery with."