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Madison Cook is featured artist for April at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is pleased to announce that Columbia City High School student Madison Cook was recently selected as the March-April 2018 featured artist in the Chamber's Focus on the Arts project. MadisonCook418.jpg

Cook's art remains on display now through the end of April at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 128 West Van Buren Street, in downtown Columbia City. Her exhibit can also be viewed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An artist's reception will be held for local residents to meet Cook and view her art on April 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Chamber. 

Cook's love of art has been lifelong. 

"I have always been into art. When I was just a little kid, I took art classes with Joni Walker at the library," Cook said. "In my freshman year, I started mandalas and different zentangle designs. Now, I experiment with a little bit of everything from graphic design, watercolor painting, zentangles and mandalas." 

Studying the intricate angles and designs, Cook's work is elegant and inspiring, but she finds her inspiration in the work of others. 

"I am inspired by the many artists around me," Cook said. "Social media has opened up a new way for people to see artwork. I like to see all of the different types of art that people love to create." 

Viewing her work, it is clear that a great deal of time goes into her projects. But just how long does it take? 

"It all depends on how big something is and how many minute details it has. A small piece can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours," she said. "My biggest piece to date took around 13 hours to complete." 

Cook said she enjoys sharing her art at least as much as she enjoys creating it. 

"I love to see the smiles that my artwork can bring to people's faces," she adds. "Inspiring and exciting people is one of my favorite things about creating art." 

Cook's work has been featured in several art shows recently, including the South Whitley Art in the Alley and during the Small Business Saturday events last fall. 

She plans to attend Grace College and pursue a degree in environmental science. She's quick to add that she still plans to work on her art while in college even though it doesn't directly relate to her career path. "That doesn't mean that I am giving up on art though. I plan on taking a few different kinds of art classes along with my other classes," she says. 

For more information on the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Center Focus on the Arts monthly artist showcase, call (260) 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber.com.

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