Warrenville Inspired, Featured Artist: Ana Zanic

We happily opened our new exhibition “Warrenville Inspired” on Friday, March 16th to a great crowd and an artist reception on Sunday, March 18th.  It was great to see all the artists with their work and the Museum transformed!  We are continuing our special hours and will be open on Thursdays from 4:00-7:00pm and Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm, so please stop by and see the great work on display!  As always, we are free.

Enjoy learning more about one of our featured artists, Ana Zanic, in this post as she gives us a little background on her piece “Correspondence” and how she found inspiration in the history of Warrenville’s Post Office.  You can also add your own contribution to her work by designing your own postcard at the Museum or in the lobby of the Warrenville Library, located at 28W751 Stafford Place.   “Warrenville Inspired” runs through Sunday, April 22, 2012.  We hope to see you at the Museum soon!

Copyright 2012 Ana Zanic, Postcard, Part of Collection "Correspondence" for Warrenville Inspired

“My inspiration for the piece “Correspondence”, which consists of 68 watercolor postcards sent by mail, came from my own interest in the idea that people in the past didn’t have the communication forms we have today. There was no Internet, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Skype, actually for a very long time, not even the telephone.  Until relatively recently, the only way people could communicate with their families and friends living far away was by mail. People sent letters or postcards with news. Those who moved to a different country, or even a different continent, were separated from their roots, and for them letters were their only connection. I imagine the new settlers in the early days of Warrenville receiving letters from far away…

“Today, things have changed a lot, and we now have the ability to communicate with the rest of the world instantly.

“I myself have moved to the United States from Croatia almost ten years ago.  I know how precious it is to be able to connect with my family back in Croatia on a daily basis. But I also often think about the times when letters were the only connection one had with their families.” -Ana Zanic, 2012

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