Top of the Morning, April 15, 2018

Top of the Morning, April 15, 2018

At 55 years old, Dana Overman's career as an artist is just starting.

The energetic Champaign mother of five — and grandmother to five, too — made her Boneyard Arts Festival debut on Friday night, showing her series of 10 creative fine art images at The Human Narrative at 110 on University Avenue (above).

"I want to do this forever," she said. "Champaign is my launching space."

Dana, a Rankin High grad, was introduced to art at an early age by her mother. But she didn't pursue it as a career until a year ago, nudged by her daughter after a serious health scare (Dana underwent two surgeries for cancer one year apart).

"That was my epiphany," she said. "Life is really short. It's now or never. That's what pushed me."

With degrees from Parkland and Eastern Illinois — as well as master's from Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago — Dana was doing just fine without a paint brush in her hand. But something was missing.

"It's not like I found a new career," she said. "I opened up a cabinet and pulled it off the shelf. It was always there."

See for yourself from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Mahomet's TK Salon, where Dana will show her paintings.

She said she's "excited" about her Boneyard breakthrough, grateful to Kelly White and 40 North for the chance to open up at, well, home.

"I know what kind of art community this is. I feel safe here," she said. "I feel there's room for me here. The door is open, and there's plenty of space."

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