Don Quijote Restaurante and Imports


Address: 119 Lincolnway Valparaiso, IN 46383
Hours of Operation:
 Open for Lunch Mon- Friday from 11:00 to 2:00 pm
Open for Dinner Mon – Thursday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm Friday 5:00 to 10:00pm Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday 4:00 to 8:00 pm

Staff Contact: Elena Jambrina

Public Restrooms: NO
Public Parking: 
Handicap Accessible: YES



    Dorothy Graden, an award winning artist, live in Valparaiso, Indiana. A former educator of 25 years, she now works full time in her art studio. Inspired by her travels and a fascination with ancient cave drawings, Dorothy uses textural hand-pulled and dyed cotton rag as background for her whimsical interpretations of distant and forgotten cultures.

    As so often happens in the creative process, other life experiences have made their way into her work. Being a certified SCUBA diver, one can also find sea elements in her paintings. After a recent safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya she was inspired to weave the colors, textures and patterns of the savannah into new pieces. She loves to exhibit her work and encourages the viewer to experience a sense of wonder and exploration.

    After traveling more than twenty-five years to prehistoric rock art sites my mission is to introduce art images created by the First Americans to people of today. I often stand in silence and awe and can feel the great strength and sorrows of the people who lived on the land thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. It brings me to a place where words can’t go. My art is truly inspired by the places I have been and the rock art I have experienced. These ancient spirits reach out and move throughout this body of work. Additional research into modern and contemporary art sources provides stylistic innovations.

    I have given presentations on ancient rock art at universities in Russia, Ireland, and most recently in Austria. Traveling to these wonderful and remote ancient rock art sites has involved climbing buttes, descending into canyons, dodging rattlesnakes, and scrambling up cliffs. I have done this for over twenty-five years because of the awe-inspiring rock art, and the adventure of the hunt. My art and slide presentations open a whole new world to many viewers, because these are sites that most will never see.

    When creating each work of art I create each sheet of cotton rag in the paper studio, and then apply India ink, watercolor and pastels. The hand pulled paper and cotton pulp painting provide a surface that lets images emerge from the paper, creating the atmosphere and detail I experience at various rock art sites. As I create my art, all that I feel, experience, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, are within every piece of my art.


    Dorothy Graden | Don Quijote Restaurant | Mixed media on hand pulled cotton rag framed 42×33

    Dorthy Graden | Don Quijote Restaurant | Mixed media on hand pulled cotton rag framed 42×33