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ZaPow is special. 


Visiting ZaPow in person can not be replaced by clicking on images on a website. 


We do not seek to become the Amazon of illustration and narrative art. 


ZaPow's artists and community made it special by weaving love and care into each illustration, each show and even the very walls. 


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About The Founder


 “I am an artist/illustrator and writer. I am driven to create illustrations that are silly, cute and sometimes creepy. No other galleries were showing illustration. 

So, I created ZaPow.” - Lauren Patton Word Watterson 

Lauren Word Watterson

is the creative director of ZaPow and art professor at a local college. 

Years before starting the first gallery focusing on illustration and Pop Art in the Southeast, She worked as a professional designer and illustrator. She has been the art director for a software company, a resident illustrator for Western Carolina University, the Resident New Media Designer at McColl Center for Visual Arts, and an Artist in Residence at the Burren College of Art and Design in Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland. Her original paintings and prints of Snarky Ponies are widely collected. 


She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, her liberal arts at Brown University and completed an honors course in web design at Parsons Paris in Paris, France and graphic design 

at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand. Lauren also received a Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts with a focus on writing and illustrating from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. 


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