Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Performance Art, Photography
The question ‘what is art’ led me to the following conclusions: 1.) Everyone’s idea of art probably differs vastly. 2.) As soon as someone tries to dictate what art can and cannot be, ignore them. 3.) People tend to compartmentalize everything. Take the colors of a rainbow as a metaphor. As maturing and education expands, we learn that the ‘rainbow colors’ aren’t separate or distinct at all, they’re just generalized sections of what is called the ‘visible light spectrum’. They all fade into and out of one another. But as small children, we don’t quite grasp that. So we compartmentalize. We categorize. Art forms–all of them–I see in the very same way… Absolutely no differences to speak of relative to the fundamental similarities. What is the difference? Everything is completely algebraic, overlapping, and interchangeable. The edge of a stage is something that should draw the audience into the play rather than separating them from it. Show me the edge of the street performer’s stage in central park… Stop trying to compartmentalize and categorize the world. Don’t strip the life out of Life. For me art is an outlet–to let out whatever is inside. Hopefully in doing so, I’ll establish connections with people who thrive in the shadows of life’s grey areas and the fine lines between this and that, here and there, we and they, yours and mine, you and me.
Rana Salame Striedinger
Visual Arts: Jewelry, Photography
Born in wartime Beirut, grew up in south Detroit, and learned life lessons in Chicago… now I live between quartz and the stars in an 1890’s farmhouse nestled in the cornfields of Indiana with my husband Nathan and our daughter Lulu Pearl. I have always admired beauty in various forms and spent many years documenting it through photography. I love to photograph people in their natural element, using natural light, naturally. My shoots are mostly filled with glowing laughter, light, and joy, as I am usually documenting a wedding, birth, party, or something equally wonderful. Those who know me would say that I am loving, nurturing, and a natural entertainer, not the pop song on the radio kind, but one who will bake you fresh bread and serve it with homemade jam when you come to my home. If you want to know more about me, my life, likes and so forth…follow me on your preferred mode of social media. Please feel free to contact me for more information about my services and allow me to capture your own distinct and beautiful portraits.
Gemstones & so on…
It was five years ago that I started my journey into creating beauty in the form of gemstone jewelry. My jewelry is primarily one of a kind or produced in limited quantities. Each element is hand selected for its luster and interest, then handcrafted with love and care. I mainly work with various forms of quartz such as jade, amethyst, turquoise, pyrite, onyx, drusy and chalcedony. I hand forge many of my components and set stones using silver-smithing techniques. I love to showcase each stone’s organic beauty through my art and I feel great joy to know that my jewelry helps women feel more beautiful on a daily basis.
I strive to shop locally and recycle or repurpose as many items as I can. I take all of my photographs in natural light so the colors of my pieces hold true. Every piece has its own unique photographs, as every piece is one of a kind.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Photography, Printmaking
Performing Arts: Music
“Salazar is a dynamic and creative performer who composes music pairing his virtuoso clarinet skills against washes of electronic sound…”
— Kyle Long, NUVO Music Columnist
Eric Salazar is an emerging artist with international press attention. Dubbed a super-human clarinet hero (Big Car, 2015), Salazar pioneers the indie-classical genre. He takes his classical training and fuses together modern electronics with classical instruments, blending ancient styles with present musical trends. Salazar’s connective approach to performing wins the hearts of audiences as he guides them through explorations of raw emotion. Eric’s purpose for writing music is to create art that challenges standards, unites audiences of uncommon backgrounds, and connects souls through creative understanding. When not writing and performing new music, Salazar enjoys drinking tea, playing video games, reading comics, enjoying the nightlife, and making people laugh.
“‘La energia de Eric es contagiosa y su talento a la hora de tocar su clarinete es impresionante…’
’Eric’s energy is contagious and his talent for playing his clarinet is impressive…’”
— Karla Romero, Editor-in-Chief of Eñe Monthly Magazine, Indianapolis, IN
Salazar holds a B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Ball State University and an M.M. in Clarinet Performance from Bowling Green State University. He has performed as a soloist and group musician in 8 states of the US and overseas in Belgium. Salazar resides in the Indianapolis, IN area. Here, Salazar teaches music, performs, and composes. Eric can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, and other major music platforms. He released his first EP album, Live in Chicago, in Spring of 2016. The album contains live performance recordings of Salazar’s original compositions for solo clarinet and electronics. Eric is always on the lookout for talented musicians to engage in collaborative performance projects. Eric actively writes, commissions, and premieres new works for himself and classical chamber ensembles. His other professional interests include: conducting, social entrepreneurship, social media management, pedagogy, music psychology, marketing, graphic design, and project management.
Erin Lawrance Salewicz
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Graphic Arts, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
“I am motivated to create because of my adoration of the process of making art. THe organic quality of media, i.e. oil paint can sometimes dictate the direction a piece takes. My work is a reflection of places, feelings, patterns, details and vagueness. These snapshots of moments mean different things to everyone, and are supposed to be malleable.”
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Painting, Sculpture; Furniture
I am driven by a passion for problem solving and finding creative solutions. I studied fine art at Ivy Tech and completed both the Sculpture and Furniture Design programs at Herron School of Art and Design. I work primarily in wood and steel to create unique and imaginative pieces of art and furniture.
J. Andrew Salyer
Visual Arts: Illustration, New Media/Technology
Sayler is one part of the collaborative entity called Langue. Langue is a multidisciplinary and experimental effort that creates a dialogue about the openings that lie between tongue and being.
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
“As a painter working in oil, acrylic, watercolor and ink, my primary purpose is to attain a closer connection with the spirit of the Indiana landscape, and translate that association to my paintings. Images incorporated in my art include trees, meadows, clouds and sky, flowers, and architectural forms.” – Jean Salzmann
Robert Warren Sander
Performing Arts: Storytelling
Sander’s stories present a rich blend of intelligence and wit, and are often accompanied by skillful renditions on a variety of folk instruments. He presents folktales, as well as stories from history and his family. The resident storyteller at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for 15 years, Sander offers a wealth of experience in education, performance, writing commissioned stories, and working with seniors.
SATCH Satch Art Space
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Performing Arts: Dance, Music; Visual Arts: Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Visual Arts Instructor; Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Indian classical dance, Choreographer, Teacher, Performer and Nattuvanar
Aparna Satheesan, Artistic Director of Samyoga School of Arts is an internationally acclaimed talented dancer who trained in different classical Indian dance forms like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattom, Kathakali, Ottam Thullal, Kerala Nadanam from eminent legendary dancers like Padmabushan Dhananjayans(Alumni of Kalakshestra and direct disciple of Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale), Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, Regatta Girija Chandran, Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboothiri. She has been trained in this art form for more that 20 years and has been giving a lot of performances in India and abroad. She is an active member of International Dance Council and State ambassador of IndianRaga. Prestigious events organized by ICCR, Soorya Festival(India), Kaur Natyanjali festival(India), Guruvayoor Temple festival, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, featured performer at The Balaji temple, Chicago, Samarpana at Vyllopilli Samskruthi Bhavan, Light and Sound Show, Global Rhythms and many more are some of her major performances. She has won several awards and recognition in this young age and is renowned for her creative dance productions, choreographies and music sense. Performing for an event directed by Great musician Mr. A.R Rahman had added more stars in her career. She is a graceful and talented dancer who excels in nritta as well as abhinaya aspects of dance and also a well-trained nattuvanar.
She has been State level winner for various dance forms for Kerala State Youth festivals and Kalathilakam (Overall Champion) for other dance competitions like Sri Chitra Thirunal Cultural Trust and many more. In 2015, She won runner up in Bharatanatyam for one of the biggest Dance Festivals in USA, Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. She has organized and performed for several charitable events for fund raising. Her recent project on “Transforming lives through dance” was highly appreciated in India and USA. Transforming lives through dance is her initiative to help people in need through dance. Apart from these, she had worked as a VJ for some of the leading television channels like Asianet, Soorya TV, Kairali, Asianet Plus etc. She had also worked as an RJ and dubbing artist for malayalam movies.
Performing Arts: Music
Cocktail Sax Jazz Band is a group of performing musicians focused on providing classic and contemporary jazz music. The band is a four piece ensemble of a saxophone, keybaords, bass and drums creating an exciting groove of musical inspiration. The band is great for cocktail receptions, private events, or other special events.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Photography
I have spent the majority of my life dedicated to the creation of things. It began with music and has transcended over the years into many other genres of art.
My stained glass designs focus on color, texture, shape, and form resulting in unique one-of-kind art, ranging from finished custom framed pieces and refurbished antique windows to smaller window hangings.
I’ve been taking photos since I was a kid when my mom gave me an old point and shoot camera. I remember taking photos of sky and cloud formations and somehow trying to capture my imagination on film. That same fascination with nature and the intimate beauty that surrounds us inspires much of my photography today.
Music has been a passion for as long as I can remember. It began with making up senseless little songs and trying to write them down in some form to earning a M.A. in music composition. My first obsession was the guitar, over time the banjo and other stringed instruments found there way into my hands. My present obsession has become the violin. I have always strived to create my own voice with my instruments and compositions. The Maple Trio, Blueprintmusic, and my solo work demonstrate my collaborations with other amazingly gifted musicians.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Printmaking
My name is Aaron Scamihorn and I operate my creative endeavors as Ronlewhorn Industries. I focus a lot on digital portrait illustration and hand screen print these portraits on wood, canvas and paper. I am passionate about illustrative imagery with a retro/vintage vibe. I also have a deep love of typography and incorporate it whenever possible. These passions converge in my efforts to create fine-art, screen-printed gig posters.You can see more of my works at www.ronlewhorn.com
Betty J. Scarpino
Visual Arts: Printmaking, Sculpture
“My primary art activity is working with wood to make sculpture. Several years ago, I experiemented with woodcuts and fell in love with the process. I joined INprint, a printmaking group in Indiana, and I have participated in several of their print exchanges. Two years ago as a resident artist in Pennsylvania, I worked with a printer to create a major woodcut print. Many of the shapes I use in my sculpture appear in my prints, so I became intrigued with the idea of combining wood-turned forms with woodcut prints. I envision these two art forms displayed together, the forms, textures, and colors playing off of each other. I am exploring the combination of woodcut printmaking with wood sculpture and turned forms. To achieve prints that are highly figured with grain patterns, I use ash and oak, woods generally avoided by most woodcut artists. I know how to work with their unruly natures.” Scarpino goes on to say about her Creative Renewal Experience, “The ability to explore a new direction in my art work enriches my life as an artist and nourishes my soul.”
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
Schaad is a ceramicist who creates art objects in both vessel and non-vessel forms.
April Michelle Schafer
Visual Arts: Painting
The inspiration for my work is life in it’s simplest form; Silent moments transformed into relentless dreams within a persistant imagination. I have always been interested in some form of art whether that be sculpting, drawing, painting and anything in between. Most often I paint on scrap pieces of wood that I find.
Visual Arts: Illustration
The bulk of my work deals with the natural world and my seeing the visual poetry it displays before me. I try to capture, thru various media, the spirit of a time and place I have seen in a glimpse or in hours of quiet contemplation.
Duncan P. Schiedt
For 72 years, Schiedt has photographed jazz musicians and researched jazz history. He has published four books titled, “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “The Jazz State of Indiana,” “Twelve Lives in Jazz,” and most recently “Jazz in Black and White.” He has also mounted exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Canon Art Institute in Ohio, the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkart, Ind., and many other venues. In June of 2007, Mr. Schiedt exhibited side by side with Ansel Adams in Elkhart, Indiana.
Charles R. Schiefer
Visual Arts: Sculpture
I have made my living as a stone sculptor since 1975 and plan to sculpt as long as I can hold a chisel. My private art collection consists of Pre-Columbian, African-Oceanic and most recently, Ethnographic works form Indonesia. Like the primitive artist, my sculptures have minimal detail, clean lines, and positive optimistic rounded forms. When possible, they also include movement, action, and humor.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture
“My works are inspired from images of daily life. I enjoy the juxtaposition of combining everyday icons with fine art. The decal incorporations represent wallpaper or clothing. I use molds from accessories: buttons, hair barrettes, zippers and bows to enhance my surfaces. These metaphors encourage viewers to appreciate a moment in time.”
Visual Arts: Crafts, Sculpture, Textiles
I am interested in exploring:
Unexpected works in an unexpected material. Objects transformed by material and materials transformed by objects. Surface, texture, form of wool fiber sculpting and how they transform meaning.
Visual Arts: Glasswork
Blown, fused and slumped glass using traditional Italian techniques. These techniques include: pulled cane, shards, wraps and murrini. I love the world of color and the endless variety of shapes and incorporate each component in the pieces of glass I create.
M. Jan Schroeder
Visual Arts: Painting
“I enjoy being able to slow down and focus intently on tiny details, literally holding my breath to place just a fraction of a pen dot-sized highlight in the eye of my subject.” M. Jan Schroeder.
Visual Arts: Photography
Steve Schubert moved to Indianapolis from Iowa City in 2008 and currently teaches at IUPUI and Butler Universities in Indianapolis. Although not formally trained as a photographer, he been creating work in this medium for over a decade. His influences are travel photography, digital journalism, as well as documentary and street photography. Schubert has done some abstract photography and creative image processing, as well as digital design for postcards and posters based on Indiana themes.
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