MICHIGAN CITY — The Rising Phoenix Gallery will be opening a new show on Friday featuring prehistoric-inspired art.

"Timeless Mysteries," as the exhibit is called, features award winning contemporary artist Dorothy Graden. The artist reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of the Michigan City May First Friday event.

According to a press release from Rising Phoenix, Graden is inspired by Ancient Visions, prehistoric art of the Americas. Her mission is to bring awareness of these amazing places and to promote preservation and protection of ancestral sites on this continent, most of which are considered sacred to Native Americans. For more than 30 years she has been traveling through the American west to photograph and draw prehistoric rock art. These rock art images were incised, pecked, abraded and painted on cave and canyon walls and boulders. Rock Art has been found on every continent except Antarctica. Some sites are 30,000 years old.

Graden is also inspired by personal experiences. She has explored the world of the seas scuba diving with her family. And a recent trip to the Masai Mara in Kenya influenced her palette with colors of the savannah, the release said

Graden pulls and pigments cotton rag in the paper studio and then applies mixed media to create her art. Often, images emerge from the paper as she works her technique.

Graden has presented her field work on rock art at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow at University College Cork, Ireland and at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (2014). Her photographs have been published in the Theosophical Society's journal, "Quest." She also presents, lectures and exhibits her drawings and ceramic sculptures at various venues throughout the Midwest and the Chicago area.

According to Rising Phoenix, she draws with great admiration, respect and humility for the ancients who inspire her work.

The Rising Phoenix Gallery is located at 2803 Franklin St. in Michigan City. "Timeless Mysteries" will run through June 2. The Rising Phoenix Gallery supports only local and regional artists and offers a variety of classes, including needle felting and glassblowing.

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