Carry Out Cafe & Catering is hosting “When You Put It That Way,” a solo exhibition of collage and object paintings by local artist Diana Zipeto in the Cafe. The collection will be on display in the gallery Sept. 12 through the end of October. A free Artist Reception will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Carry Out Cafe. The public is invited to to meet the artist, see the exhibition, and enjoy appetizers and beverages.
Zipeto studied painting and illustration at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and later at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence, MA. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at the Danforth Art Museum, the Newburyport Art Association, and the Whistler House Museum, to name a few. Zipeto is a member of the Western Avenue Studio Artist Association and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
“Diana depicts everyday items in a bold and clear way that is appealing,” said Paula Simpson, owner of Carry Out Cafe. “She also juxtaposes images in multi-media collages, which makes the viewer see them in a different light. It’s similar to cooking – you take simple ingredients and put them together to make a new creation. We are happy to showcase her art.”
“Objects and images dominate our external lives. Objects have specific functions, images tell specific stories and often it can seem like both have little to do with our lives,” says Zipeto. “My magazine and object paintings aim to celebrate and amplify moments where connection happens – an object calls to mind a situation or a loved one; pictures from a magazine combine to resonate with a belief or experience.”
By putting objects and images together in specific ways, Zipeto explains that it helps her reflect on the ideas and feelings that occupy both her internal and external worlds. “The brightly colored backgrounds attempt to convey the joy, excitement, and importance of feeling connected with an object or image, with being able to find our inner lives in the things that are all around us,” she added.
Diana Zipeto lives in an energizing artist community in Lowell, MA. You can see more of her work online at www.dianazipeto.com.