COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center will feature northern Whitley County resident Aileen Meier as February’s featured artist for the Chamber’s Focus on the Arts initiative.
Meier’s exhibit will debut in an artist’s reception 6-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 128 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
Meier took her first art class when Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne offered a continuing education class on basic oil painting in 1999. A few years later, she took lessons from local artist, Renee Erickson, who gave her guidance in improving her technique and has always been very encouraging.
She does oil painting for her own enjoyment and gives many of her paintings to family and friends.
Meier is a graduate of Ball State University in medical technology. She has worked in both hospital laboratories and in human health research. She later worked in her husband’s dental office.
During her years in Columbia City, she has volunteered and served on numerous boards and other community activities. Meier is a Master Gardener and an Indiana Master Naturalist.
She and her husband are involved in Rotary Youth Exchange and have hosted 15 exchange students. They also have taken three service trips through Rotary International, providing dentistry to boat people in refugee camps in Hong Kong, the Philippines and helping the local population in Kenya, East Africa.
Meier and her husband, John, have two children. Kristen McDonald, a senior developer for Avangrid Renewables (renewable energy) lives in Portland, Ore. Their son, Kevin, is a business consultant for Goodwill International. He provides consultative support to U.S. Goodwill organizations, as well as help start new Goodwill organizations in other parts of the world such as Brazil, Finland and South Korea.
The exhibit is available for viewing 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays in February.
For more information, contact the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center at 248-8131.