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APSU student, former interior designer presents “Gourmet Art”

Its a common daydream. You imagine yourself owning your own restaurant–deciding whats on the menu, choosing the right look. Maybe you even have a special barbecue sauce or chocolate truffle dessert topping youd like to package and sell.

Ashley Zimmerman understands that daydream.

The former restaurant employee-turned-interior decorator was helping to choose the right colors for a Florida restaurant when she realized she didnt want to stop there. She wanted to design the restaurants menu, uniforms, stationery, retail item labels and to-go bags.
It's a common daydream. You imagine yourself owning your own restaurant—deciding what's on the menu, choosing the right look. Maybe you even have a special barbecue sauce or chocolate truffle dessert topping you'd like to package and sell.

Ashley Zimmerman understands that daydream.

The former restaurant employee-turned-interior decorator was helping to choose the right colors for a Florida restaurant when she realized she didn't want to stop there. She wanted to design the restaurant's menu, uniforms, stationery, retail item labels and to-go bags.

It was time for a career change.

Zimmerman, now a graphic design student at Austin Peay State University, will unveil “Gourmet Art,” a restaurant-themed exhibit, Feb. 28 and March 2-3, in APSU's Trahern Student Gallery, room 108.

The opening reception is scheduled for 7-9 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28.

“Gourmet Art” will feature Zimmerman's designs for Oliver's, a fictional upscale restaurant. Guests can see her vision for everything from the restaurant's opening-night invitation to the paintings on the wall.

In addition, the opening reception will feature appetizers from the “Oliver's” menu prepared by Zimmerman's mother, Betty Jo Smith.

Zimmerman, who is the daughter of Judge John Roger and Betty Jo Smith of DeLand, Fla., will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design in May 2005. She plans to pursue a career in graphic design and illustration.
—Rebecca Mackey