The Orchard Park Presbyterian Church Art Gallery was established in December, 2006 in memory of J. William Norris. It is located in the hallway between the Caryl Thompson Music Room and the North Chapel. The art, which varies in its medium and style, changes approximately every two months.
Current Exhibit: Karen Graeser
The work of Karen Graeser is now showing in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church Art Gallery. Karen considers herself a contemporary representational artist. Her main love is portrait and figure painting. She works in pastel, oil and mixed media. Her interests include Christian, American Heritage, and Native American imagery. Karen works out of her studio in the historic Stutz building in downtown Indianapolis, where she also teaches portrait and figure painting classes.
Rena Brouwer, a resident of Carroll County, Indiana, has been recognized and winning awards for her watercolors since her high school years. She has studied under Zolton Szabo, Christopher Schink, Charles Reid and other accomplished artists. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and won numerous awards.
Having created exceptional watercolors for more than 40 years, Rena has taught watercolor at national art conventions, colleges, museums, state and nationwide community venues. She has served on national, state and local boards for art organizations, including the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Midwest Watercolor Society, Indiana Artists Club, and Wabash Valley Watercolor Society
Known for her collaborative nature, she has curated and organized exhibitions since 1989, combining writers and artists, performance and fine arts, and various community interests in the promotion of art in daily life. Professional achievements include being selected as one of five Indiana professional watercolorists by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, during the Exhibition of Turner in 1997, to showcase her work. Brouwer was one of four business owners of the Lafayette Renaissance Academy which combined visual fine arts with performance arts in a historical building from 2004-2007. In 2006, Rena was one of 10 Indiana artists of 150 fine artists of Indiana, selected by internationally known jurors for the Preserving Nature project, through the Central Indiana Land Trust. Her work was awarded Outstanding Watercolor from the collection of statewide art exhibited during the exhibition. In 2009 the Delphi Preservation Society invited her to be a resident artist of the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art. In 2013, she was published in the book Painting Indiana III, the only Indiana watercolorist selected for publication. 2014, Rena, collaborated with music conductor and director Nicholas Palmer and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, closing their season with the Prelude Project. Painting live onstage to the music of Debussy, the project engaged and cultivated young patrons. 2008-2016 Rena collaborated with musician and songwriter Joe Peters presenting live music/art performances promoting conservation through the arts. In the spring of 2014 at the Indianapolis Zoo before the opening of the Orangutan Exhibit, Brouwer painted onsite for the Zoo’s promotion. In the fall of 2015, Brouwer reopened the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art LLC.
She is an Indiana Artisan, member of The Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Artists Club, and Cardinal Fellow member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana, Hoosier Salon and Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.
I am an 'abstract naturalist’ exploring the layers of life with acrylic washes and ink on canvas. My art is about color and shapes
and a positive attitude toward of life. I simplify images and find joy in the mundane and the everyday. “Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else.” (Marc Chagall) I have always loved Georgia O'Keefe as an artist and her character as a woman in a man's world of art. I love her use of color and shapes. Much of her influence still appears in my own work. I am concentrating on lines, layers, color and composition primarily. Lines represent my ‘self’ trying to order the events in my life and the layers represent the complexities and ‘color’ the experience.
Debbie (Hanneken) Bredemus is a painter, illustrator, photographer and teacher of art. Born in Illinois, she has degrees from Northern Illinois University, Herron School of Art/IUPUI and Indiana University, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis in the school of education.
She has a large family of 4 daughters, 10 grand children and 3 great grand babies. Teaching art to high school students joyfully consumed her life for 35 years. She's now excited that it's her turn to be an artist! She belongs to the Southside Art League, The Hoosier Salon, and The Stutz Art and Business Center in Indianapolis. She's been participating in many gallery exhibits and shows, has had private gallery invitations, commissioned paintings, and recently completed a book illustration project. She has 2 studios, one at the Stutz Building (B350) and one at her home in Greenwood, where she gives art lessons and also creates larger pieces of art.
Her many Art awards include the Kitlinger and Grey Prelude Arts Educator of the Year Award for Indiana and was also Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. Many of Debbie's students have gone on to become noted artists and art teachers.
Her most recent project is a large 5-piece epoxy resin series which measures 48" x 106" titled Genesis, Chapter 1. It has been accepted into the Grand Rapids 2016 Art Prize exhibit, which will be held in Grand Rapids MI Sept. 21-Oct.9. In its 8th year, Art Prize Grand Rapids has become the largest art event in the world.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her website address is debbiebredemusArt.com.
Deborah Kolp has worked for over twenty years as a studio artist doing group and solo shows in addition to church commissions. She has also taught children and adults in various educational settings. Deborah writes of her work, “My initial compulsion to paint was born out of a robust need to bear witness to internal struggles on a spiritual level by linking truth and beauty. Particular books and pieces of music have inspired and provoked a deeply personal style hinting at the mystical silence of iconography to dream saturated surrealism.”
Deborah is a studio artist and instructor at the Art Lab Indy located in the Carmel Arts District and Poplar Art Studio in Zionsville. More information about Deborah Kolp can be found at www.deborahkolp.com
Joanne Breen is a Marion, Indiana artist. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she has lived her adult life in Indiana. She attended Clarke College, Dubuque, as a foreign language major but later channeled her attention to art. A self-taught artist who works in several media, she now works primarily in watercolor and acrylics. She studied under Bruce Campbell and Ron Mazellan at Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a member of the Grant County Art Association, the Hoosier Salon and the Watercolor Society of Indiana.
She has received numerous awards, including two purchase awards and a merit award in Hoosier Salon and Best of Show in the Grant County, Indiana Art Association. She also received recognition and a purchase award in the Red-tail Conservancy competition at the Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie.
Her work has been hung in shows at the Hoosier Salon galleries in Broad Ripple and Carmel as well as the Hoosier Salon Wabash Gallery. She has also exhibited at the Community School of the Arts, Marion, Indiana; The Honeywell Center, Wabash, Indiana; Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, Indiana and Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Joanne’s work is regularly displayed at the Wilson-Vaughan Historic Hostess House, Marion, Indiana. She taught watercolor at the Marion YWCA adult education program for 10 years and currently teaches watercolor at the historic Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House in Marion. She is the mother of two adult daughters and has two grandsons. For more information, you may contact Joanne email@example.com
Ann Simons is an Indiana native and has lived in Indiana her entire life. As a former travel agent of twenty years, she has traveled extensively. Ann enjoys painting the beauty of Indiana as well as the many places she has traveled.Ann’s memberships have included the CCA Gallery, The Hamilton County Artist Associaiton, The Hoosier Salon and the Stutz Artist Association. She has participated in the Broadripple Art Fair and the Penrod Art Fair. In 2011 Ann won honorable mention at the Indiana State Fair and then won third place honors in 2012.
After studying at The Cincinnati Art Academy, The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture, Judith Ann Weiss received her BFA, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Illinois State University College of Fine Art. She has gone on to take workshops with nationally known artists: Albert Handell, Kim English, Lesley Rich, Sally Strand, John Michael Carter, Ken Auster and Robert Eberle. Most recently she has painted in Venice with well-known California artist, Lesley Rich. A group of paintings from that trip were shown at The Artist’s Vineyard last year.
Linda Rinker is a retired professor of English literature and linguistics and academic dean with a Ph.D. in medieval English language and literature from Northwestern University. An elder at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, she has practiced photography since she won a Kodak Brownie camera in a coloring contest at the age of eight. She has been writing poems since she was six. Painting in watercolor is a more recent passion. Linda sees her work as a reflection on the creative glory of God and as an offering of praise for the world’s beauty. She enjoys altering photographs with computer tools in order to emphasize some spiritual quality of the person or scene or object.
"For me, art is both a means of contemplation and a form of prayer."
Her blog, "Finding the Sacred," can be found at www.findingthesacred.wordpress.com.
“I’m an artist because I’m greedy for life; I want to capture and preserve the significant moments that move me. When I draw or paint, I like to work from what I see, but not just what I see. My desire is to discover and share the essence of what it is about a person, place, or thing that arrests my attention. It’s a great mystery how to do this using mere pigment on a flat surface.”
Charlene Brown’s love of the visual arts was nurtured from a young age by her grandmother, who was a high school art teacher, artist, and kindred spirit. Throughout Charlene’s formative years, her grandmother encouraged her to experiment with different techniques and mediums, making each new project fresh and exciting and magical. Charlene went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from Earlham College, and following graduation utilized her creative energies teaching art to children and young adults. The Renaissance Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, launched her career as a fine artist in May 2012.
Charlene’s paintings and drawings combine elements of realistic, impressionistic, and abstract techniques. Her sensitive portrayals of people and nature are inspired by a wide variety of past and present masters, including Rembrandt for his use of light and shadow, Andrew Wyeth for his attention to the abstract quality of line and mass, and Susan Lyon for the dramatic and tender quality of her drawings.
Art critic Brian Sherwin, editor of The Art Edge, offered some thoughts about Charlene’s figurative paintings and drawings, stating, “Charlene M. Brown’s figurative work offers viewers an emotional powder keg. The visual power of her work is simply stunning to observe. Her images, when viewed collectively, bombard viewers with solid observations of joy and sorrow…revealing the essence of the human spirit.”
Charlene continues to teach children and adults out of her home studio in Carmel, Indiana, as well as working daily to hone her skills as an artist. Her award-winning work has been shown in various venues around the Midwest, and can be seen and purchased at the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Carmel, Indiana.
Additional information about the artist can be found at www.charlenembrown.com
Emily Featherstone was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in a family interested in art. She studied art history in college; and then in early adulthood, took several sketching classes. Later when she moved to Indianapolis was mentored in watercolor painting by Marian Cassell; studied pastel painting with Pam Newell at the Indianapolis Art Center; and currently studies oil painting with Ron Mack at the Southside Art League Inc. Emily was accepted into the Indiana Heritage Arts annual show in 2013 and the Indiana State Fair in 2014 and 2015.
Emily has lived with her family in Indianapolis since 1981. She retired in 2008 from an administrative position at the Indiana Historical Society. She enjoys reading, "wandering Indiana" with her husband, and painting which is her most important interest.
Emily is a member of Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Indiana Heritage Arts, and the Southside Art League, Inc.
Artist's Statement: My goal is to capture the beauty of life around me, whether vanishing roadside architecture, the highlights of each Indiana season in the landscape, or garden flowers or fruits arranged with objects - often old -in a still life. I strive to show the scene at its most appealing without being photographic. Occasional plein air painting is a treat.