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Artistic freedom

May 27, 2011
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Local artist Sima Wewetzer is ready for a short break from art before she starts painting again.

After having her work shown at an international art show in New York two months ago, Wewetzer has several of her pieces on display locally at the Daily Grind in Marshall.

One of Wewetzer's latest paintings, which is also featured in the exhibit at Daily Grind, is of the Statue of Liberty. Wewetzer, who is originally from Tehran, Iran, came to the United States in 1978.

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Artist Sima Wewetzer poses by a painting of the Statue of Liberty that she recently completed. It is on display at the Daily Grind in Marshall.

"I feel like the United States is my county, my life, my everything," Wewetzer said. "This painting is all about freedom." That's what inspired her to create the painting, she said.

Wewetzer said the Statue of Liberty painting, which is an acrylic on canvas, depicts the hands of people reaching for the symbol of freedom.

"You see them asking for freedom," she said. "It is abstract transitionalism. It's almost real, but not completely real."

Wewetzer said she has a lot of followers in her New York base, especially for her paintings. She recently took part in Artexpo New York March 25-27, which is the world's largest fine art trade show.

"I had a beautiful, fantastic booth," she said. "I was able to hang my big pieces." Wewetzer said she brought 14 large-scale artworks to Artexpo.

Wewetzer, along with the help of her sister, drove the artworks to New York. She said it's "very, very hard work" to do an international exhibit.

"I was exhausted," she said.

But it was worth it, she said.

"The result of my Artexpo was fantastic," Wewetzer said. "Lot of response." She said she got requests from people wanting her artwork for a bank and "lots of invitations to Europe."

Wewetzer said she was also interviewed by Iranian filmmaker Pantea Bahrami while she was at the Artexpo.

"I'm so proud to have an interview with a lady like her," Wewetzer said.

Wewetzer said art is what keeps her going.

"I am so happy I am able to paint, this way I never feel lonely," Wewetzer said.



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