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Targgart is featured artist for July at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center

(Talk of the Town photo provided) Donna Targgart, below, is the featured artist in the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center's Focus on the Arts Series for the month of July. Her exhibit debuts this evening, July 6, during First Friday with a reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

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Whitley County resident, Donna Targgart, is the featured artist for July at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Focus on the Arts. Her exhibit will be on display through the end of July. 

Her exhibit will debut on Friday, July 6, during the Chamber's Focus on the Arts artist's reception at the Chamber that will be held in conjunction with First Friday in downtown Columbia City from 6 to 7 p.m. The Chamber is located at 128 West Van Buren Street in downtown Columbia City. Donna Targgart0718.jpg

Born in Warsaw and raised in Columbia City since the age of three, Targgart graduated from Columbia City High School in 1951. After graduation she was employed at Bloom & Bloom Law Office, Weatherhead Office and Northeastern REMC office. About three years before retirement, she began to think about the extra time she might have and what she would do with that time. She had traveled with her husband to several locations before and knew they would travel some, but would still have extra time to enjoy. 

Donna had a friend that was taking painting lessons in South Whitley and talked about how much she enjoyed it.  

"I never thought I could paint, but took the chance and went to talk to the art teacher, Marilyn Copeland," Targgart said. "She encouraged me to try, so I bought my supplies and was very excited about learning the art of painting. I struggled and struggled but never gave up. I enjoy my time painting at home and also go to paint with several other ladies at Marilyn Copeland's Art Studio in The Castle at North Webster." 

"Marilyn is so kind and patient with teaching her students," she adds, "and what a joy she has brought into my life of oil painting."

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