September/October 2013: Gina M. Baird, LMHC, ATR-BC is a local multi-media artist and a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. Gina received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy from The Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Gina shares her passion and love for art as an art therapist, artist, and a teacher. Gina’s on-line gallery and blog, www.ginabaird.com, features current works, blog posts and professional offerings. Her art has been exhibited at Source Yoga in Fishers since 2012. Her art has been published in numerous publications. She is featured in Bruce Moon’s book Working with Images: The Art of Art Therapists and one of her paintings is featured as the cover art for the newly published book Dream Manual for Therapists and Other Listeners, by author Galen Martini. She has been awarded numerous grants throughout her 19 years as a therapist supporting her art and her clinical work. Gina believes whole-heartedly in the creative process, both professionally and personally. She works with an impressive range of materials and enjoys exploring a variety of techniques and combining materials to express herself. Gina has just completed a grant-funded year-long process painting series related to her work as an art therapist with women and children survivors of trauma. She is scheduled to present on her explorative process in late September at the Buckeye Art Therapy Association Symposium.
Artist Statement: Art has allowed me to start conversations with myself and with others without words. I rely on art as one way to soothe and nurture myself, to process and lift the heavy burdens of working with people struggling in their lives, to celebrate life and love, to inspire myself, to challenge myself, and to give to others.
July/August 2013: Janet Skinner lives in Greenfield, Indiana and has a studio on the second floor of the Creative Arts and Event Center in the heart of town. Janet received a B.F.A. in painting with high honor from the Herron School of Art and Design. She is a member of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts and others. When asked what is her preferred medium, she will often answer that she does not have one and likes to create art based upon her mood at the time or perhaps what her subject determines. The work exhibited at Orchard Park represents an exploration of the foliage found in or near her backyard. She says of her exhibit, “I hope you enjoy my work and that it will prompt you to look a little more closely at your own surroundings.” Additional information about Janet Skinner can be found at www.skinnerfineart.com
May/June 2013: James Kelly graduated from Herron School of Art with a B.F.A. degree. After over twenty years as a graphic designer and illustrator, he wanted to create a business of his own utilizing his artistic talent. Mad Lab Studio was established in 2002 when he transformed an old chemical laboratory in downtown Indianapolis into an art studio. His Madison Avenue laboratory soon became known as "Mad Lab Studio." In 2005, he moved his studio over his garage behind his home.
James has been producing lively and colorful paintings of birds and pet portraits. His interest in portraiture has been a life-long passion. "Even though I’m painting in a realistic manner, my paintings are based on abstractions in reality. Reality has many moods, twists and turns, created by man and nature. I strive to reflect this energy in my paintings, dealing with light and color that create form." James works on individual commissions from clients and participates in various art shows and gallery exhibitions throughout Indiana. He finds that Indianapolis is growing as a supportive, progressive arts-oriented city. Additional information about James Kelly and be found at http://www.madlabstudio.net/about.html
March/April 2013: Kathy Blankenheim worked as a professional photographer for 15 years before quitting her job in 2010 and learning how to paint. She writes, "It was a natural progression for me to delve into drawing and oil painting, as it is in my fingers, and it has to come out--simply put. I was chosen as a school-age child to paint murals in hallways, and it never occurred to me to follow my heart...until now. I love the slower pace of painting and drawing as opposed to the machine-gun pace of digital photography these days, as I prefer to look long and really see my subject. And I love to paint! So here I am, ever doing what I love, ever hopeful that you may love it too."
January/February 2013: Judy Ireland and INfiber
The art and craft of quilting nearly died out in the years following WWII but was revived in the 1960s and 70s when the beautiful traditional patterns guided makers in regaining the skills of quilting as our nation approached its bicentennial. The term “Art Quilt” was invented in the 1980s, and in 1989 Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) was born, an international advocacy group for fiber art.
Locally, INfiber was formed in the late 1990s at the Indianapolis Art Center to foster connection, growth and exhibition opportunities among artists wanting to work with originality in fibers and fabrics.
Their work can be called art quilts, contemporary quilts, non-traditional quilts, studio quilts, textile art, fabric or fiber art or something else entirely. The goal of the artists is “to make art using the medium with passion, innovation and skill to tell our stories.” Anything that will go onto fabric or change its character is of interest, including: dyes, paints, printing screens, inks, stamps, crayons, pencils, water media, foils, markers, threads, computer printable elements, fusible and transfer agents.
November/December 2012: Rita Spalding was born in Beech Grove, Indiana and has won numerous local and national awards and honors for her work. She is a member of the Stutz Artists Association, The Oil Painters of America, The Hoosier Salon, The Indiana Heritage Arts, The Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, and the American Impressionist Society.
Rita states about her work, “My approach to painting is fairly traditional, but not purely representational. I combine very realistic elements with an abstracted, softened view of reality. While sometimes dramatic, I generally strive for peaceful, calming beauty in my work. My love is creating quiet, poetic paintings with deep, rich colors, compelling subject matter, and concise, elegant compositions.” Come and enjoy a peaceful walk through the gallery as you view the exhibit. You may also view more of her work at ritaspalding.com
November 2012: The Orchard Park Art Gallery was happy that Orchard Park member, Robert Udell was able to show his art in the gallery for a few weeks during the month of November. Bob, born on Udell Street in Indianapolis has lived his entire life here and currently resides at Marquette Manor. Bob is a descendant of the Udell family of Indianapolis who began Udell Wooden Ware Works, also known as the Udell Hook and Ladder Company. Udell Hook and Ladder invented and patented the first self-locking ladder. Bob followed in his family’s tradition with wood-working as a serious hobby for years; but when he was no longer able to pursue it, he decided at the age of 90 to visit a watercolor painting workshop as a curiosity. Now at the age of 97, he has a message for senior citizens: always have or find a hobby, don’t criticize or compare, just do it and keep busy!
September/October 2012: Sandy Matthys Roob, a farmer’s daughter from Northern Indiana, grew up immersed in rural landscapes. Corn, soybeans and mint, crops her father farmed, have worked their way into many of her paintings. The South Bend native finds beauty in the simplicity of farm compositions and the freshness of nature’s colors. Her palette includes rich earth tones, autumn hues, and shades of red, green and blue. Farmland, silos, old barns, and beautiful skies inspire the artist to paint scenes mostly from Indiana. As an avid walker and cyclist, Roob also finds inspiration for nature paintings during her outdoor exercise explorations. Additionally, she enjoys painting the Allegheny Mountains and other sites in Virginia where her family vacations as well as Lake Michigan and the dunes.
Roob began her artistic journey in high school where she took numerous classes in art and photography. She then minored in Studio Arts at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and spent a semester as an intern with Young & Rubicam Advertising on Madison Avenue in New York City. Roob majored in Communications and worked as a television news reporter for several years with the NBC affiliate in her hometown.
Roob now lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She turned her visual story telling via the TV camera to the canvas several years ago when she took up oil painting. She continues to study painting through classes at the Indianapolis Art Center and workshops. Roob’s work has been exhibited at the IAC, the Broad Ripple Art Fair, The Stutz, and Rachles Fine Art during Zionsville’s Brick Street Art Walk. She accepts commissioned work. She currently teaches at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple. You may view more of her work at www.sandyroob.com
July/August 2012: After graduating from Herron School of Art, April Willy became an advertising and editorial illustrator. She spent more than 20 years working for local and national agencies before her interest in painting influenced her to rethink her artistic direction. Now she divides her time equally between illustration and fine art. Willy enjoys the challenge of retelling an author's story visually through illustration, but relishes having total creative control of her fine art. She has completed eight children's books which have sold nearly 100,000 copies. Three Cups, a book she and her husband self-published, has been licensed to Thomas Nelson - one of the largest publishers in the world. April Willy has been in more than 38 juried art competitions and exhibitions and has won numerous awards, both locally and nationally. Her paintings are also a part of permanent collections in many businesses throughout the region.
Her studio and gallery are located in the Indiana Design Center in Carmel, Indiana. She resides in Carmel with her husband, Scott, who in addition to co-owning an advertising agency in Indianapolis, designs furniture, books and 3-dimensional art. They have two, wonderful adult children, Adrienne and Nicholas. We can view her work at aprilwilly.com
May/June 2012: Sarah Kercheval is a lifelong central Indiana resident and a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Indianapolis. She is a registered nurse and has made a return to her original career path in the arts. She is a member of the Stutz Artists Association, and SALI in Greenwood, Indiana. Sarah’s photographs have been included in print media and on-line publications including Smithsonian Magazine. She has won awards for entries in the Indiana State Fair in a variety of photography categories. Sarah uses photographs as an interpretation and expression of emotion through manipulation of colors, lines and shapes.
“A photo is not what you see, but how you see it,” is her artist’s statement. Along with her husband David, she is an avid hiker and is a frequent visitor to our city, state and national parks where she obtains most of her subject matter.
March/April 2012: Leonard Bibeau came to Indiana while serving in the army at Fort Harrison. He taught Television Graphics and Audio Visual Techniques to public relations students at the Defense Information School. While there, he also became the painting and drawing instructor for the Harrison Arts and Craft Center. Bibeau became the illustrator and designer for a couple of post publications; and his career in graphic arts career continued as he chose to remain in Indiana after completing his military service. From 1973 to 2006, Bibeau has held positions as illustrator, designer, screen printer, freelance artist, and art instructor, all while he and his wife raised a family of five girls. He currently is doing commission work and limited edition prints of his art under the company name of Limited Expressions. Much of Bibeau’s inspiration comes from personal experiences with family and friends out of an expression of love and caring for those individuals
January/February 2012: Indy Fiber Arts is a group of seven fiber artists from central Indiana who come from diverse artistic backgrounds including quilting, art education, garment construction and design, beading, mixed media and computer graphics. They meet regularly for the purpose of expanding their artistic visions, originality and knowledge of media. Beginning in 2009, they studied a single book together, doing the art exercises and learning the skill of critique. Currently, they are each developing a body of work through practice, using the elements and principles of good design and through discussion of compositions and techniques. Their goals include artistic growth, more accomplished employment of techniques, and the discovery of internal resources both as individuals and as a group. Part of that journey is to share what they have made with others by exhibiting their works together. Members of the group are: Carol Marlin, Laura Otten, Mary Anne Loehr, Mezzie Ash, Von Biggs and Judy Ireland.
November/December 2011: Barbara Mangus-Hopkins studied art at the John Herron School of Art and also at IUPUI. She is affiliated with the Hoosier Salon and is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana. She paints predominately in watercolors on canvas but also paints on purses and shoes! She has paintings on permanent display at churches, universities, banks, hospitals, schools and also a number of private locations throughout the world. Mangus-Hopkins states about her work, "I work in watercolor, painting flowers, seascapes, architecture as my subjects. I paint with my heart and soul." You may view more of her work at www.artistbarbaramangus-hopkins.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September/October 2011: Louise Szymanski lives in Columbus, IN and holds a B.S. and M.A. in English from Indiana State University. She paints in acrylics and oils but prefers watercolor. Szymanski states, “I love watercolor because of the challenges it presents. My favorite subjects are landscapes, especially snow scenes.” Her hobbies are quilting, knitting, reading, volunteering at the hospital and playing Mahjongg. Szymanski comes from a family where everyone either painted, sang or played at least one musical instrument. Orchard Park knows one of those singing family members: Beth Kelley, Worship Elder and Sanctuary Choir member is her niece.
July/August 2011: Maurice J.Turcotte has resided in Noblesville, Indiana for the last four years. He began his artistic career in highly technical roles, starting in 1974 as a technical publications draftsman for General Dynamics in Connecticut. Career growth and opportunities then found him managing the Creative Design/Graphic Arts department of Textron in the early/mid-1980's. Later, he was the designer and pre-press supervisor in the print department of the Paul Revere Insurance Group in Massachusetts. His formal education took him to New England's LaSalette College and The Hall Drafting Institute, El Camino College in California and, finally, The Rhode Island School of Design. His passion, love, and interest in fine art led him to study with Daniel Green, one of the foremost pastelists in the United States, and pastel/landscape artist Albert Handell. Maurice has held professional memberships in the Salmagundi Art Club, founded in 1871; the Academic Artist Association, founded in 1951 by Harriet Randall Lumis to celebrate realism in art; the Copley Society of Boston, established in 1879; Pastel Painters of Maine; and the North Shore Art Association, established on the Cape in 1922.
“I feel that an artist evolves and, through his evolution, he creates. An artist paints what he feels, what he likes, and what he experiences. He seeks the ultimate discovery; a fresh and personal impression of his world and his times.” For more information, you may contact the artist at email@example.com
May/June 2011: Linda Holcomb writes: Don’t all young girls love horses and paper dolls? I know I did. Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana provided the time and solitude to learn the basics of drawing and to use my newly acquired skill to draw shiny coated steeds and to create my own paper dolls. Allowance money was precious so I used the latest Sears catalog to design a modern and quite impressive wardrobe for my paper dolls. I later became quite adept at drawing graphite portraits of people that influenced my life.
Late in my high school career, life intruded and caving in to my own insecurities and fears I decided to pursue a degree in Mathematics from Purdue University. I loved both Art and Mathematics so it did not seem like a sacrifice. After graduation from Purdue University, I had a successful business career, working at Roche Diagnostics for 27 years, and was able to paint often enough to maintain a minimum level of skill...but this was not true creativity. I painted from books or calendars following someone else’s lead. In 1994 I started work on my Master’s degree at Indiana University and was forced by my long periods of work and study to put aside my brush.
In February, 2007, after twelve years of inactivity, I picked up a brush again. I now paint because I love to paint and I realize that I am just at the beginning of a rewarding and challenging journey. I have so much still to learn. I do however have a philosophy. I do not want to hit the viewer over the head with a message. I just want to share my love of watercolor with its pure, luminous color - its brilliance and delicacy. I spend my time creating original work that I hope communicates my love of or interest in my subject matter. I believe Renoir said it best,
“A picture must be an amicable thing, joyous and pretty - yes pretty! There are enough troublesome things in life without inventing others.” For more information, email the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org
March/April 2011: Carol Boarman has over 30 years of successful experience in painting fine art, Byzantine icons, and pieces expressing spiritual emotion. Her textured abstract paintings express a spiritual emotion and provoke the mind. Boarman writes of her work, “I’m interested in creating beauty with a soul. Whatever style I’m painting, my goal is to touch another’s inner being with my art. A spiritual theme or religious presence has appeared in my art thought my career. The gold leaf has been in my work from the beginning, first in my Byzantine icons and has been carried into my abstracts. Working with textures and layering while creating a painting is a fascinating part of my spiritual discovery. I’m always joyful when my work speaks to another as part of their spiritual journey. “ For more information, email the artist at email@example.com
November 2010 - February 2011: Betty C. Boyle, a native of New York, began as a commercial artist in New York before taking time out to raise her family of ten children. Her interest in the fine arts developed and she began exhibiting while living in the Chicago area. When she and her husband, Don, moved to Indianapolis in 1968, she continued to exhibit and taught art classes when her youngest child began school. For three years, she worked as a watercolor artist with the Metropolitan Arts Council of Indianapolis. Working in oil as well as watercolor, Boyle is a signature artist of both the Kentucky Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Society of Indiana and currently is represented in Marblehead, MA and galleries in Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville and Columbus, IN. Additional works of art can be seen on Boyle’s website www.bettycboyle.com.
September/October 2010: Donna Stader has lived in the Indianapolis area most of her life. She taught art in the public schools for over 30 years before her early retirement ten years ago. Fiber art has been her major media for over twenty-five years with exhibits throughout the United States, Europe and in cities of Japan and Australia. She began making traditional quilts in 1976 and was exhibiting original art quilts by 1984. With some life style changes in 2005, it became more convenient to work in a different media. At that time Stader began using watercolor paints which she had not worked with since her university days. She has continued with both studio and plein air painting since that time. Stader holds degrees from the University of Indianapolis and Ball State University. She also has attended Butler University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Tennessee-Arrowmont. Stader is a member of the Art Quilt Network, Surface Design Association, Indiana Plein Air Painters, the Indianapolis Art Center, and the Southside Art League. She says of her work, “My goal is for the work to be elegant—and the colors to sing.”
July/August 2010: Jean Smith received her formal training in art at Butler University and The John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana. Smith additionally has studied oil painting under Constance Heady and watercolor under J. Anna Roberts, Henry Bell, Jerry Smith, Jo Ann Cardwell, Rob O’Dell and Joseph Fettingis.
Smith has won a variety of honors and awards. The most recent was the Floyd Hopper Memorial Award-Indiana Heritage Arts in 2009. She is a member of the Hoosier Salon, South Side Art League, Central Indiana Artist, Indiana Heritage Arts, Inc, Indiana Artist Club, Between Paper and Palette and the Hamilton County Artists Association. Smith is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana and an associate member of the Brown County Art Guild.
Smith’s artwork is a part of many private collections. She has also exhibited at the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. Smith is a Hamilton County resident, residing in Fishers, Indiana.
May/June 2010: Audrey Fiet was born and raised in Wisconsin, and as a minister’s wife, has lived in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Colorado and Indiana. Before retiring, Fiet was employed as a Social Worker working with children in foster care as well as the elderly in nursing homes.
Fiet became serious about oil painting in 2005 after her retirement. The last few years she has become intensely aware of the beauty around her. She paints realistic/impressionistic landscapes and flowers in their natural settings. She paints only in oils, letting the scene and painting guide her as she co-creates with God, putting on the canvas what she feels in her heart. In the words of Henry Ward Beecher, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Fiet states, “What an awesome responsibility…and what a blessing…as I continue My Painting Journey with God.”
Fiet received her art training under Ruth Pritchard and Ron Mack with workshops under Tom Bluemlein, Carolyn Lewis, Jerry Botzum, M.Kathryn Massey, Mary Ann David, Todd Williams and Jerry Points. Professional affiliations include the Southside Art League, Hoosier Salon, Indiana Plein Ari Painters Association, and the Indiana Heritage Arts. She has exhibited in the juried shows of the Indiana State Fair, the National Fine Art Exhibition, Irvington Presents, and the Artesian and has received numerous awards. Many individuals throughout the United States own Fiet’s paintings. Her paintings also are exhibited at the Southside Art League Gallery.
March/April 2010 : Beverly Sunday Mathis can't remember when she was not interested in art and teaching. She grew up on the south side of Indianapolis, and graduated from IPS#20 and Emmerich Manual H.S. After earning a Bachelor of Art Education from Herron School of Art in 1970, she fulfilled her childhood dream to be an art teacher, and taught 5 years at Keystone Middle School. While keeping busy as a stay-at-home mom, Beverly continued doing a variety of art projects. Her second oil landscape was a mural for her church baptistery. She has been her church’s Vacation Bible School Crafts Director for 38 years. She created an annual logo for an international missionary for 9 years, and designed 5 sweatshirts for the Whiteland Marching Band and Guard. She has worked as a substitute teacher for 25 years, and still enjoys teaching her Grades 6-7-8 Sunday School Class after 36 years. Her career as an artist reached a new level when she took watercolor classes at the Southside Art League in 1988 with Dave Tipton, and attended the workshops of many local artists. She has won awards at the North American Christian Convention, the Hoosier Salon, the Indiana Artists Club, the Johnson County Fair, the Indiana State Fair, the Brown County Art Gallery, the Brown County Art Guild, the SALI Regional Exhibition, the Midwest National Abstract Exhibit, the Johnson County Museum Art through History Exhibit, Irvington Presents, and T. C. Steele Paintouts. She has also been accepted into the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibit, SALI National Fine Art Exhibit, the Hoosier Salon Pastel Show, the Herron Alumni Exhibit, and the 75 Miles in any Direction Contemporary Art Exhibit. She is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana. In 2002-03 she was the Artist-in-Residence for Clark Pleasant Schools. Her painting style features traditional subjects, details, textures, and clear colors, but she also can paint loose contemporary abstracts. Look for a scripture that she hides in some of her paintings. Beverly was chosen to be featured in Indiana Painters of the 21st Century, Volume 2 by Mark Butterfield that is scheduled for release in the spring of 2009. She has had numerous solo shows.
Beverly has taught two Watercolor Classes at SALI since 1996. Supplies are available for beginners to rent for $1.50. Class demonstrations are designed to teach beginners basic techniques using a step-by-step approach to copy her sample painting. Those with more experience are encouraged to create original compositions. Students of all ability levels are welcome. Most paintings take 4-6 classes to complete. She can also help students with mat cutting and framing. The fee is $10.00 per class.
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Beverly’s exhibit entitled “Sunday Art” has double significance for the artist. She was a premature baby, and as the nurses placed her in the incubator, her parents heard the church bells ringing next door. Thus her middle name Sunday was chosen. Many babies from that era lost their sight due the high concentration of oxygen in the incubators, but Beverly’s sight was not affected. So now, when she signs her paintings with her middle name, it is her way to give God the glory for the ability to be an artist. She also likes to hide a scripture in some of her paintings
January/February 2010: Judy Ireland, Fiber Mixed Media Artist, received her art education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Exposure to "traditional" arts was followed by the revelation of "needle arts" in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s. At that time she challenged herself to make original art with fabrics and thread. The urge to incorporate more media such as found objects, papers, paints and beads has brought her art to one of works with mixed techniques and expressions. Closer observation of nature, travel and folk designs make up much of her subject matter.
"It is my desire to make work of aesthetic quality, full of texture and color and beauty. I want something of my faith to come through. I want the viewer to find intrigue and delight in the work, to consider it worthy of many long looks."
Judy's work has been juried into the International Quilt Festival Chicago, regional shows and has been published. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (an international organization of art quilters), the Indianapolis Art Center and INfiber, an affiliation of fiber artists in central Indiana. Their upcoming exhibition will be in April, 2010, at the Propylaeum Gallery downtown. She is represented by CCA Gallery in Zionsville and will be exhibiting in a two woman show at the Sugar Creek Art Center in Thorntown in June, 2010.
November/December 2009: Marian O'Haver Greene was born in Indianapolis and has spent most of her life in the Midwest. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in Fine Arts and French and a minor in Mathematics. She also studied art at the John Herron Art Institute, Indiana University at Kokomo, Marion College in Marion, Indiana, Ball State University and the Indianapolis Art League. She has taught art as an art Supervisor in the Angola Public Schools, the Marion Public Schools in Marion, Indiana, and in the Indianapolis Public Schools. She has also taught privately. Greene works in oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. Greene's paintings have been shown in regional and national shows, and she has won many awards and has had several one-woman shows. Greene is a member of the Brown County Art Gallery, the Hamilton County Art Association, the Water Color Society of Indiana, the Indiana Artist Club, Inc., the Grant County Art Association and the National League of American Pen Women.
September/October 2009: Chris Griffin-Woods, a local artist, has won numerous awards, locally as well as nationally. One of her pieces is on exhibit at the Indiana Governor's Residence Permanent Collection. She writes of her art, "The poetry of paint keeps pulling me past mere technical ability and representation. I look for the mystery of shadow, the beauty of light, the rhythm of movement and the tranquility of a moment caught in time, choosing subject material that has memory and meaning for me. I prefer understatement to shouting and the enduring to the trendy, trying to create artwork with which one can live well for a long time."
July/August 2009: Victoria Gillieron is a self-taught artist who has been lucky enough to have fabulous artist friends that have taken her under their wings and generously shared their knowledge, time and skills. She thanks Carolyn Halteman for inspiring her, John Reynolds for trying to teach her, and C. W. Mundy for becoming her mentor, spiritual advisor, and friend and imparting his strong work ethics. Without these individuals, Victoria would still be “trying to figure out which end of the brush to use.” “My goal as an artist is to capture the soul of my subject and to translate that life force to the canvas with graceful realism.” You can view art by Gillieron on her website www.victoriagillieron.com or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
May/June 2009: Donna Shortt is a life-long Indiana resident and self taught in the use of oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics. She is now concentrating on perfecting her skills in the pastel and oil mediums. Shortt enjoys painting Plein air landscapes and light-filled still life sets in her studio. Recent accomplishments include a Purchase Award from the Indiana State Museum in 2008 and a Best of Show in the fine arts professional division at the Indiana State Fair in 2007. She was also part of a pastel exhibit at the Richmond Art Museum in 2008. Shortt is a member of the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Artists Club, Indiana Heritage Arts, the Southside Art League and Indiana Plein Air Painters.
About her work Shortt states, “My inspiration to paint starts with the light at early morning or late afternoon, and I would happily spend the rest of my time here capturing it. Color is just as important, which is why pastels are my favorite medium. I feel that each painting is not a destination but a journey and my goal is to share this with others.” You can view art by Shortt on her website www.dshortt.com or contact her at email@example.com
March/April 2009: Roseanne Crowell and her husband Jim live in Noblesville, Indiana. They have three grown sons and three grandchildren. Roseanne began painting about 25 years ago in Monticello, Indiana and is mainly self-taught but has taken a number of classes with Professor Pete Carr, who retired from Ball State University; Judy Allen, in California; and Professor William Taylor, IUPUI as well as a variety of artists’ workshops.
Roseanne works in Pastel, Watercolor and Oil. Her subjects range from portraits of pets and/or their people, floral and nature scenes. Her work has been recognized several times including: 2005 People’s Choice award at the HCAA Fall show, several ribbons from the Marion County Fair, including Reserve Grand Champion, and two non-professional Honorable Mention ribbons at the Indiana State Fair.
Roseanne enjoys trying to capture the essence of God’s creations and sharing what she sees with others. She is a member of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, the Watercolor Society of Indiana and the Hoosier Salon.
Her work can be seen at the Hamilton County Art Center in Noblesville and her home studio. Copies of completed commissioned works can also be viewed. Roseanne Crowell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
January/February 2009: Dr. Robert Bratton has been a practicing dentist in Carmel for 38 years. A graduate of Indiana University with degrees in Education and Doctor of Dental Surgery, he has had a life-long interest in art. Without formal training in art, he has taken adult education classes and workshops and has studied watercolor with Rosemarie Southworth and J.Anna Roberts. He is a signature member of The Watercolor Society of Indiana, a member of The Hamilton County Artists Association, Hoosier Salon, Between Paper and Palette Art Club, and the Indiana Artists Club. He has exhibited at the Indiana State Fair, the CCA Gallery in Zionsville, the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit, and the Watercolor Society of Indiana Fall Exhibit, and has won various awards.
November/December 2008: Robert Ryan, a lifelong resident of Indiana, is married and a father of three. Robert is a graduate of Anderson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Biology. Robert writes:
“I’ve always held nature in the highest regards and have worked my lifetime attempting to emulate the beauty and wonder that I find throughout the natural world. I found my true love of marine life during studies of marine biology in the Florida Keys while attending school through Goshen College. I went on the gain my PADI open water certification in 1997 and now dive recreationally as often as possible. My subject matter stems from the images that I capture first hand either on land or under water. When appropriate, I take these images and work them into the basis for illustrations, murals or canvas and board paintings working in several media such a colored pencil, pastel, watercolor as well as oils acrylics, creating representational pieces of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, etc.”
Ryan has won many awards for his work including first place in May 2008 at the Delaware County Creative Artist Guild with his piece entitled “Red Macaw,” and winner of the www.artwanted.com - 2007 Calendar Contest for two pieces, “Sleeping Beauty” and “Morning Glory.”
September/October 2008: Eileen Kitchens, a native Carmel resident, had an interest in art at an early age. She took private art lessons from local artists during her school years. Then as an adult raising a family, Eileen found little time for her painting, but after her children were on their own, she was able to pursue her love of painting again. Eileen belongs to the Indiana Watercolor Society and is also a member of the Hamilton County Art Association. She entered one of her paintings in the Indiana State Fair this past month and won an Honorable Mention. This was the first time that a member of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church has shown their work in the Gallery, and we were thrilled and honored that she shared her work with us.
June/July 2008: Farideh Peacock was educated at the St. Martin’s School of Art, London, England. She continued her training at Leeds, England, in the workshop of Eric Taylor, distinguished British abstract painter and former president of Leeds College of Art. In 1987, Farideh moved to the United States and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Herron School of Art, Indiana University, where she was the recipient of the Marvin Bradley scholarship awarded in recognition of outstanding work. In 1994, Farideh joined the faculty of the Indianapolis Art Center where she currently teaches painting. In 2006 she was honored with the “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” award.
For more information on displaying art in the gallery, please contact:
Rachel Faudree by consulting your OPPC Directory, or call the OPPC office at 317-844-1107