Photo courtesy of the Canton Museum of Art
Painter Evie Zimmer loves flowers so much she stops to take photos of them in the grocery store.
And once she has those photos, she manipulates them until they look interesting, and then she gets and idea, and then she heads to the canvas.
Zimmer, who lives in Mayfield Heights, won the 2018 Canton Arts District All-Stars competition with her entry of an oil painting titled “Moonlit”—a contemporary green and white piece that prominently features lilies.
“This one particular picture I took had the light shining that there was a lot of contrast, and that’s one thing artists really like,” Zimmer said. “At least I do. I like contrast.”
The Canton Arts District All-Stars competition is an annual, one-night only event held at the Canton Museum of Art. Any artist who supports the Canton Arts District may enter artwork, which goes on display for a few hours during a First Friday. Museum visitors cast ballots to select their favorite artist, who wins a solo exhibit at Avenue Arts gallery in July and the opportunity to be featured in several magazines (including this one).
Zimmer didn’t plan to even enter the competition because she had another event the same night in Chagrin Falls. But when a friend pulled the I’ll-do-it-if-you-do card, she decided to submit a painting. She showed up a little before 8 p.m.—just in time to run around and see everything quickly before voting closed and she was announced the winner.
“All-Stars is a terrific event each year that celebrates the spirit of the Canton Arts District and the arts,” said Max Barton, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art. “We are honored to have such terrific representation from not only Stark County, but also our surrounding areas that bring the spirit of art and the arts together. Artists are showing how both the visual and the performing arts build better communities by challenging us all to come together to share and to talk. We congratulate Evie Zimmer, this year’s All-Stars winner, and all of the entrants for their spectacular work shown in this year’s competition.”
Around Cleveland, Zimmer’s neighbors know her as the artist who makes swirly things because that was her style before she became interested in painting flowers a few years ago. Her earlier work is bright-colored paintings that look like ripples on the surface of water. Her Instagram account name, appropriately is “theswirlyartist,” and she posts in-progress photos of her latest pieces.
Zimmer welcomes visitors, and people interested in seeing her studio should call or email to set up a time. Contact information is available on her site, eviezzz.wixsite.com/eviezimmer.