Dara G. Lewis
Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor; Drawing
Dara G. Lewis has always bee a visual learner. Growing up it was quickly understood that she needed greater visual reference than most to excel. But as she grew up if there was no visual reference provided she made her own which also started to help those around her understand concepts given. Growing up she had multiple artistic interests including ballet, visual art and horseback riding. Ballet and horses too precedent since being homeschooled prevented finding any good art teacher. She excelled in both and moved onto becoming a horse trainer in Dressage and other training disciplines. Still dancing she remained a ballerina and choreographer into her early twenties. Listening to her parents’ desires for her to gain a non-artistic education in hopes for a more “lucrative” career at age 19 she attended nursing school at the local community college in Sanborn, NY. She excelled within this field as well, although still sketching the human body during A&P classes to satisfy her artistic itch. One year into the two year RN program there was a problem. The college had ignorantly left open the formaldehyde vat the dissected cats were being stored during A&P classes. Dara’s station was right next to the vat and caused severe brain damage. Needing to drop out of college and plagued by seizures she spent the next 8 months in and out of doctors offices and hospitals waiting for an answer. The only thing she had was her art so she started drawing….a lot. After finding a medicine that worked things returned to a relative normal; but left side brain damage remained. She found certain things like coordination, language, memory and math very difficult. Professional possibilities narrowed greatly for her. She decided to cut the nonsense and go for what she originally wanted to go for…Visual Art. Showing a few times before finally building the courage and ability to drive she signed up for classes at the University of Buffalo, NY at the age of 22. Attending art classes gave her hope back. She graduated Magna cum Laude within three years and was asked to return for the Noncommittal show at the beginning of 2013. She moved to Indianapolis that year after a year long of Skype dating her soon to be husband. They met at the yearly Messiah Conference for Messianic Jews and Believers and fell in love quickly. After a second terror bout of seizures she married Nick Lewis later that year. Even more damaged she spent the next year on sabbatical from everything trying to recover; in 2015 she started making art again. Now a year later she is working on a new body of work with a specific range of themes.
Visual Arts: Murals, Painting, Works on paper
“Energy and raw feeling. Serenity gained from recognition of darker emotions. These are the themes that I draw upon in creating my highly idealized figures. I also demonstrate influence from favorite pop culture or, more often, my own experiences struggling as a non-bohemian, non-traditional young artist, husband, father and professional. As my compositions seek to remind us, we are all on an arduous path of survival.” – Lopez
Visual Arts: Painting, Photography; Pastels and charcoal
A lifetime resident of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, except for a 13-year sojourn to Michigan, I only realized the joy of painting and creating art works as a mature adult. As I was planning for my early retirement, I started some art lessons and quickly found I was immersed. When I joined the ranks of retired persons and could devote more time to painting, I found that while occupied with my new passion, everyday cares disappeared and ills of the heart were diminished.
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Works on paper
I am an illustrator and cartoonist based out of Indianapolis, IN. Academically trained in oil paint, I work primarily in illustration with brush and ink, then finished with paint or digital, and I’ve invested countless hours into developing my own unique style. Since 2016 I’ve worked as a professional illustrator for a Chinese company that teaches English to youth, contributing nearly 200 images to date. I’ve also done multiple large scale murals and a wide array of printed marketing materials. My personal work focuses on telling stories about my observations of life’s humor, absurdity, and irony through engaging, graphic novel imagery.
I try not to take myself too seriously, but I do take my discipline seriously and every job is handled with the utmost professionalism. With a decade’s worth of sales business experience, I understand the nuances of a healthy working relationship.
Ann D. Luther
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Textiles
Art quilts are my passion. They combine color, texture and design together. My designs are original or reworked traditional. I love color and my work clearly shows that. In addition, I love adding a layer of texture, such as three-dimensional pieces. Most of the time, I start the process with a design in my head which I put down on paper. I then pull fabrics and start cutting and sewing. Lots of times my draft is not even close to what I actually made but it is still part of the process. Sometimes I see a fabric and it serves as the jumping off point for the piece of art.
I am a Professional Engineer and many of the tools that I learned how to use are ones that I use on a regular basis. These include French curves, a compass and graph paper. The challenge becomes how to translate the design to fabric. Fortunately I am not hindered by the fear of mistakes. It is all part of the process. Sometimes those mistakes become the perfect feature of a piece.
Ronald P. Mack
Visual Arts: Painting
From the Artist:
Ron is recognized for his familiar and nostalgic landscapes that seem to be a frozen moment in history. He works exclusively in oils to produce the brilliant and effective use of color and light in the traditional as well as impressionistic landscapes both en plein air and in his studio.
Visual Arts: Works on paper
“I bring a lifetime of artistic practice and experience to my contemporary interpretations of classic painting themes.”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
Anastasia Maroney is a professional artist working within a wide variety of media. She holds a B.A. in Fine Art from Indiana University and a M.S. in Art Education from the University of Tennessee. She is also a fully credentialed Art teacher in the state of Indiana. Anastasia is inspired by the intricacies of life around her – from the simple forms that present themselves every day, like the fruit her children eat for snack, to the flowers growing outside her studio windows and on to more complex topics such as the state of American culture, religion, relationships, and personal struggles. There are so many opportunities to recognize beauty in God’s creation, whether it be through music, movement, or the visual cues that surround us everywhere.
After growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Anastasia attended art school at Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Soon thereafter, she moved south to attend graduate school at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A marriage and graduation led her to California, Georgia, Nevada, and then back to Indiana, all in a period of seven years. During those years, Anastasia taught high school and middle school art, all while trying to find time to create work on her own. After being blessed with her first two babies, she stopped teaching professionally to serve in a volunteer capacity while raising her children. Seven years later, she and her husband were blessed with two more children, and she continued to find small pockets of time to create art. After another professional year in the classroom, she decided to venture out as a professional artist full-time. Since then, Anastasia has been working to create a professional body of work, and has been instructing students in her home studio while exploring venues for exhibiting and selling her work.
M. Kathryn Massey
Visual Arts: Painting
Massey creates still lifes and landscapes that are reminiscent of the traditional oil masters.
Visual Arts: Photography, Textiles
“My work in photography and mixed media has concerned itself with looking at image making as a poetic process. A plastic process that uses images drawings, paintings, objects locations and other kinds of graphic information as elements that are combined in my images. Primarily my work concerns itself with the inter-connectivity of human society.” Edward Matalon
Media; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Film, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Instructor
As a freelance photographer and artist, Mary McClung focuses on America’s food culture and the social bonds found in making and sharing of food.
McClung has been a fine artist and commercial photographer for over 20 years. Her practice includes all photographic media including film, digital photo and video, and alternative processes such as cyanotype and wet collodion processes.
Her fine art media includes multi-media work, encaustics, and oil, acrylic and watercolor painting.
Mary graduated with highest distinction (summa cum laude) with a BFA in Photography from Herron School of Art + Design, Indiana University.
Visual Arts: Painting
In 2017, I jumped into the world of abstract painting. It is a liberating space of action, color, and layers. Each layer hides and reveals something that came before it…just like life. I consider myself to be an Emotional Archaeologist as I dig through the previous day’s work, scratching, eliminating, brushing, sifting, mentally labeling, and adding more paint. I am searching for primitive forces that I have overlooked in my physical life.
David H. McLary
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Sculpture
“I sculpt freeform glass and then etch via sand blasting. Animals are my main subject in all my artwork. My glass pieces are attached to wood, driftwood or granite bases. Some have a lit base which makes the etching glow. I also carve stone and model in clay.”
Graphic Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Printmaking; tattoo art
Hiya! I am a recent transplant to this rad city, Bloomington In. I’m a 37 year old professional tattoo artist/painter/illustrator. My work centers on all things nerdy, sci-fi, and horrific, and i tend to use a more vibrant palette. Check out my work or schedule an appointment with me at WWW.CHRISMCVILLAIN.COM, I am always looking for collaborators, shows to submit to or host, projects, and all professionals otherwise interested in similar arts and visual debauchery, and I am always open to commission!
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting
I never claimed to be an artist nor enthusiast, but have always admired and respected the various displays of art. I was introduced to my artistic ability in high school when I had to pick an ‘elective’ to satisfy a mandatory class schedule. Once I captured the attention of my art teacher, I knew that I was on to something.
I was very much inspired by the events of 2008 when we elected our first African American president, so I commissioned myself to draw a piece which I titled, ‘Dream, Believe & Achieve’. This pencil drawing is a likeness of Dr. King(Dream), Obama (Believe – Yes we can!) and Mandela (Achieve – after being imprisoned for over 27 years, when released, he became the first black president of South Africa). This strong betrayal of strength adorn the walls of many friends and family, and is what I call my “official” coming out piece.
In 2008 I was commissioned, by an incredible local artist, to write about the two amazing sculptures that were to be part of the Meet the Artists XX – “Homecoming” event. One piece, entitled, “Pick Me – The Emancipation of Check-X” tells the story of how mega churches promise a means to the promised land at the expense of it’s followers. The other described the impact of Jazz on society during a time when music and inclusion were misaligned. This was my first “unofficial” launch into the art event world.
In 2012, I participated in my first, official, ‘coming out’ art exhibition(prior to this, I characterized myself as a closet artist, doing, primarily, commissioned based work). The Meet the Artists XXIV – “SuperBowl Extravaganza” is where I had an incredible opportunity to display some of my work, network with other artists and art enthusiasts, speak about my pieces, and gain recognition as an artist.
Since then, I’ve participated in various local Art Exhibitions, and displayed my work at a local art gallery. Currently, my art can be seen at a local contemporary furniture store, and on my website: DeeMillerInspired.com.
Often called a wordsmith, I believe that the ingredients for a good story or poem can come from many venues….experiences, imagination and observations… just to name a few. What makes a story/poem come to life is the writer’s execution.
My Self-Published books can be found on my website and via Amazon.
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Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My name is Isaiah Morris-Henderson.
I am a visual artist who is native to Indy. At the moment I use mainly colored pencils but occasionally use charcoal, graphic, ink, and water color in my pieces. In this upcoming year I am looking to expand my range, explore different mediums, and produce as much work as possible.
Visual Arts: Painting, Printmaking, Works on paper
My earlier still life paintings focused on simple objects like folding chairs, umbrellas, broken toys, or paper airplanes. These objects were painted directly from life as they lay on the studio floor. The goal was that the works be visually pleasing and enjoyable in the formal sense, emphasizing process and the tactile qualities of paint as opposed to taking a photorealistic approach to the subject matter. My recent work draws from mass media images of the chaos that is so much a part of life in the modern world. Again the goal is to make works that are visually pleasing and enjoyable in the formal sense, utilizing low resolution news clippings as a point of departure for painterly invention. These paintings explore present and pending natural disasters, war, and the general indiscretion of man in the search for redemption.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
BORN AND RAISED IN INDIANAPOLIS, I LIVE IN BROAD RIPPLE WITH MY WIFE OF 20 YEARS. I HAVE BEEN AN ARTIST ALL MY LIFE AND WORKED IN ALL TYPES OF MEDIA. MY FOCUS RIGHT NOW IS MURAL WORK AND MY ABC PAINT PARTIES. CHECK WWW.NEALARTISTRY.NET FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Pamela C. Newell
Visual Arts: Painting
Pamela Chase Newell is an award-winning artist whose pastel and oil paintings have been recognized and have received awards in many juried competitions. Pam received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She continued her study at the Indianapolis Art Center with Leah Traugott, Marilyn Etchison, and Becky Hall Fehsenfeld. She has also studied with Ron Mack, Dan Woodson, Bob Eberle, and noted American impressionist, C.W. Mundy. Her luminous colorful paintings have been selected for numerous exhibits including the Hoosier Salon where she has exhibited for 12 years, Indiana Heritage Arts, Indiana Artists Club, Minnetrista, – Art About the Land, the Cincinnati Art Club – View Point Show, (a national juried art competition), and the Indiana State Fair. She has had work selected for many solo shows. In 2007, she exhibited in a collaborative solo show with the Smithsonian Institute at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville. Recently she was the featured artist in the January/February edition of Fishers/Geist Magazine.
Nancy Anne Noel
Visual Arts: Painting
Nancy Noel started her career by drawing pastel portraits, and now commands nearly $50,000, with a two year waiting list. Nancy’s desire to paint is clearly and simply an outgrowth of her need to communicate. She wants her work to have no boundaries and no limited dialect and to reach people across the world.
Visual Arts: Painting
Kami Noland is an Indiana native currently residing in Indianapolis. Her work oscillates between her love of both abstraction and representational landscapes. As an emerging artist, Kami enjoys exploring a variety of themes, techniques and mediums, with oils and acrylics being her main focus. As a self-taught artist, she relies on workshops, YouTube videos, and local classes to build her skills. She was heavily involved in the arts during high school, winning school, county and statewide awards. After high school, she took a nearly 22-year hiatus from creating visual art, aside from the occasional piece for friends and family. In early 2017, she made the decision to start painting again, and won an Honorable Mention ribbon in the non-professional category at that year’s Indiana State Fair. Since October 2018, Noland has participated in several group shows, including juried exhibitions for the SALI National Abstract Art Exhibition XIV and the Indianapolis Art Center’s 2018 Student Show where she was awarded 2nd place and Best of Painting, respectively. Her abstract work has been featured in the fourth season of HGTV’s Good Bones, as well as being selected for the 95th Annual Hoosier Art Salon exhibition. She is a member of Southside Art League, Inc., Indianapolis Art Center, IPAPA, and Hoosier Salon.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Photography, Works on paper
Whether it is through the lens of photography or through the stroke of a paint brush, I am most content when I have the freedom to bring beautiful things to life. My style has changed and evolved over the years, as I experiment with different mediums. However, I have always considered myself an abstract expressionist. Having a natural affinity toward bright colors and whimsical movement in my work, I love to tell stories and make people feel something. I cannot help but create. And so I will. May all who encounter my work be moved, inspired, and blessed by what they see and feel. And I also happen to be a homeschooling mama to six of the MOST amazing kiddos on this planet!
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Glasswork, Murals, Painting
“My paintings straddle the line between juvenile and adult, simultaneously reflecting a sense of playfulness, wonder and nostalgia.” Emma Overman
Visual Arts: Painting
Tiffany Marie Parker lives and works in Indianapolis. A recent graduate of Herron School of Art and Design, she paints, draws, and sculpts abstracted figures and objects that embody a truly modern and specifically American Black cultural life. Through her studies at Herron she has developed a sophisticated gestural technique that allows her to reference past artistic styles and movements while focusing on current black culture through the lens of topics such as labor, race and gender. As a Featured Artist for Art & Soul 2017, Parker’s work will represent personal depictions of her life in the past and present. It is her hope that the audience will see themselves or their families in her paintings.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Figurative and Portrait Fine Art
Visual Arts: Painting
Julie’s first exposure to art, as a very young girl, was her mother’s extensive art book collection, which
she spent endless hours poring over with voracious enthusiasm. Most often her attention landed on the great portrait and figure painters such as Rembrandt, Ilya Repin, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, and Diego Vela?zquez. Even then she knew she wanted to be an artist, and was encouraged early on by her family when they recognized a natural ability to capture the likeness of whatever she drew.
Her formal study of art began in grade school and continued through her childhood and teenage years, through a brief career as an Army linguist living in Korea, and an even longer one as a communications manager for a national research laboratory in Colorado. Though she earned her BFA in painting from Arizona State University she considers painting education to be a lifelong endeavor and continues to study with notable artists, including Ron Hicks, Quang Ho, Jeff Legg, and David Shevlino.
Julie has always considered herself as an artist of the realist tradition, and her brushwork is infused with an impressionist affection that invites the viewer to knit together the forms she has painted to create their own experience of the work. She recently moved back to Denver, where she teaches oil painting workshops and classes. Her work is in institutional and private collections all over the United States and Europe.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Works on paper
I hold the title of artist sacred. I hope to be one someday. Until then I will do work to make that a reality.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting
Aaron Pickens was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Toledo School for the Arts between 2001 – 2007. In December of 2011, Aaron completed his BFA in Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University and completed his MFA at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. After graduate school, Aaron worked as a studio assistant for a digital installation artist and taught art at Adrian College, in Adrian Michigan, and other regional institutions of higher education for four years. As of August 2019, Aaron lives in Kokomo, IN where he teaches in the New Media, Art, and Technology department at Indiana University, Kokomo as an Assistant Professor. Both his plein air paintings and toy still life paintings have been accepted into juried exhibitions throughout the United States.
Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Illustration, Painting, Works on paper
“As long as I have the ability to see, I will be creating art. I begin each piece with a specific goal in mind. I may be as simple as documenting a moment in time or as complicated imitating a mood on a 2 dimensional surface. I won’t be content to continually create the same work and I won’t stop until the creative solution is found. Therefore, my work is never done. I am constantly trying to depict those things that are seen in order to excite a sense or stir up a memory.” Dianna Porter.
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