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Mary Lou Zeek | Episode 66
Painting by Sue-Del McCulloch, Ceramic vase by Natalie Warrens, Wall sculpture by Bruce West.
Mary Lou Zeek is a graduate from Western Oregon University and was a studio artist for 28 years as a ceramic artist. Mary knew the skill and passion artists pour into their work. Mary has supported the arts through her work on the Oregon Artists Series Foundation and the Salem Public Art Commission. But mostly Mary has supported the arts through the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.
When Mary first opened the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in 2001, her vision was to honor artists and their creations, and to push the limits of
Steven Gardner: ceramic inset
what a small gallery could do. Even though Mary’s gallery only had 700 square feet of space, she specialized in shows and events that went way beyond the gallery doors. She partnered with small non-profits, other retailers and large organizations to stage some amazing collaborative art shows and events. Mary’s gallery received a number of local, state and national awards.