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Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts; term
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; term
“I love art you can feel. I love color and texture. Organic shapes inspire me and nature absolutely fascinates me. I am particularly drawn towards natural elements like the patterns of leaves, the curling branches of trees and the soft shapes of clouds. When I look closely at a tree for instance… I feel as though underneath it all, everything is connected with everything else and also with the source of all life. In my art, I wish to capture these natural objects, not recreate them exactly, but to convey the essential quality of the forms as if the viewer is experiencing them in a dream. The real beauty of it is, I often don’t truly know where a painting is going until it’s finished… all I know is that in the end, it just has to feel right.” -Nanette Winter
Brett Wiscons is an Indiana-based touring singer, songwriter and four-time author. He has shared the stage with a vast array of international and national touring acts including: Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett, Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band, Katy Perry, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Collective Soul, Tonic, BoDeans, Red Wanting Blue, LeAnn Rimes, Rick Springfield, Lifehouse, Trace Adkins, Taylor Hicks, Kellie Pickler, Shawn Mullins, Hootie & the Blowfish, Sister Hazel, Fuel, Days of the New, Maia Sharp, Freddy Jones Band and Tony Lucca among others.
In April 2019, he was selected to perform on the Jon Bon Jovi “Runaway To Paradise” Caribbean cruise. His performances have occurred in 25 states – on hundreds of stages – equaling over 2500 gigs. The music he has written and performed has appeared on Australian television, Triple-A Radio and the international smash hit Tony Kornheiser Show. In July 2020, his latest single “Late Bloomer” will appear on the soundtrack for the new NASCAR HEAT 5 video game on Xbox and PlayStation. He is currently working on a new, full-length record with producer and collaborator Thom Daugherty (The Elms, The Band Perry).
As of April 2020, he has become sponsored by international hard seltzer brand White Claw.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
Diane has been, all her life, an artist. Her mind is cluttered with thoughts, emotions and ideas that will eventually get put to canvas (or wood, or leather, or anything else she can get to hold still – even a rock)!
She sold her first painting at the age of 13. Today, there are wall murals adorning many homes throughout central Indiana and paintings hanging in homes all across the country. Diane has always had a driving force within her to create and express her emotions through art.
Probably, as with any “artist”, to create in any shape, form or medium is a release, a comfort, and a very necessary means to an end…that being to replace fear, anger, loneliness, sadness and pain with calm, peace, and serenity. Diane’s style is eclectic, spontaneous, and ever changing! There is so much inspiration in the world, how can one possibly limit their creativity to one style or one medium and her “style” is subject to change on a day to day basis, depending upon what happens to be the inspiration at the moment. This is neither good nor bad…it is what it is. Through art, Diane is able to transform “reality” into whatever she wishes or needs it to be. To be human is to experience good times and painful times, which is reflected in Diane’s art. Sometimes it is only visible to her but, sometimes, the art speaks very loudly with emotions it needs to convey. That is something for each individual to determine as they gaze upon her art.
Visual Arts: Illustration; term
I’m an Illustrator from Central NJ and have done my fair share of bouncing around the country before settling in Indianapolis. I’m inspired by mid century design and cartoon modern. I have a passion for color and love to seek out new combinations with colors I never thought I would ever use or like. Sometimes you just need to go out on a limb to find things you love.
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; term
I am an Indy-born, corn-fed, Indy-raised artist through and through! I have studied art at both Purdue and Duke Universities under professional artists that have produced exhibitions for the Indy Airport, National Geographic, and other large-scale audiences. For the last 7 years, I’ve done mural work for several Indy communities including Noblesville, Fishers, Vincennes, and Cumberland. In my time spent living in Boston and Los Angeles over the last 5 years, I also developed skills in exotic face and body painting, pottery, and stained glass, adding a unique skillset and aesthetic style to my teacher abilities and artwork.
In 2018, I formed Hue Murals LLC (fully licensed by the state of Indiana). I offer classes and studio time, work on large scale mural projects, travel to festivals and cultural events to share face and body painting, project manage for local art partners, and more.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Functional and/or Decorative; term
A graduate of The School of The Art Institute of Chicago (1986), 28 years as a Sales Engineer and now designing/crafting furniture.
Visual Arts; term
“One’s canvas or piece of paper is the window into the soul of the creator. My own art reflects my feelings and emotions and my concern and respect for the beauty of the world.” Elaine’s favorite quote is one from Cesare Pavese, who stated “The richness of life lies in the memories we have forgotten”. Artwork can return one to those memories by returning the viewer to a particular moment in time where the place, colors, atmosphere, and light all trigger those feelings of participation, regardless of how long ago that initial experience occurred. Elaine strives to make art a personal and tangible experience for all her patrons, seeking to take them back to their memorable times.
Performing Arts: Dance; term
Wong is a former dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope. She currently teaches ballet and modern dance and is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Butler University. She is also a published dance photographer.
Heather Datia Wong
Visual Arts: Painting; term
I paint with bold colors to depict unusual southwestern landscapes and abstract images of mother and child. I enjoy capturing life events including wedding celebrations and births, and the emotions that accompany marriage
Visual Arts: Painting; term
Artist, Educator, Illustrator, Speaker, Designer, Writer and Mentor, Michele Wood (b.1964) is best known for depicting moments in African American history as well as changing consciousness of the African American experience. With a career spanning over 30 years, this prolific artist continues to document the human experience with an unusually poetic introspection on African American history.
Michele Wood is the recipient of over 30 awards and honors. Michele was awarded the Ashley Bryan Illustrator Children Book Award in 2012. Her Art quilt was chosen for Glory Kilanko’s Video at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2012. The release of I Lay My Stitches Down, text by Cynthia Grady, won the 2013 Gold Nautilus award, 2012 recipient of the NYPL Children’s Book List and more.
Michele’s art has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA. Her art is included in private art collections the Indiana State Museum, Tubman Museum and more. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, the amazing story of Michele’s rise as an artist began with her graduation in 1991 from the American College for Applied Arts- last named American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia under Steve Steinman. In 1994, the Apex Museum awarded the artist with a grant that allowed her to embark upon a pilgrimage to Yoruba Land in Africa. She was mentored by the international acclaimed sculpture Lamidi Olande Fakaye. It gave Michele an appreciation for aesthetics and led to her first publication Going Back Home: An Artist Return to the South (1996), a book that
explores her family’s rural Southern heritage. Wood drew inspiration from her African heritage, Southern African-American roots, American quilts, African textiles and everyday experiences.
The public began to take increasing note of Michele’s evolving talents when, in 1993 and 1994, she produced the coveted Atlanta Jazz Series Poster. The posters instantly elevated her work to the status of highly-valued collectibles. In 1995, the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia organized a solo exhibition. In 1996, Michele Wood’s artwork was selected for Fulton County Art Commission public art at the Atlanta Airport. Since that time, this first hint at future achievements has been confirmed through the acquisition and commission of her work by such organizations as: the Toni Morrison Society, Fulton County Arts Commission for the Auburn Avenue Senior Citizens Home, Black Entertainment Network, St. Jude Christian Church in Atlanta, 1997 Playbill and Poster Arizona Theatre Company, Tubman Museum and Indiana State Museum.
Often painting from the American experience in her chosen medium Acrylic, she is known for her detailed quilted pattern motif works, Michele’s work continually evolved over the years, and in 1996, Wood’s first children’s book Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South marked a turning point in her career. It established her not only as a major modern artist but as an important commentator on the history and culture of African-American people. She received for her efforts the highly-prized American Book Award as well as nearly universal critical acclaim.
The artist followed the success of Going Back Home with her contribution to Just Like Me, an anthology of visual self-portraits and autobiographical writings by fourteen artists from different cultural backgrounds. In 1998, she returned with I See the Rhythm. Critics applauded the book for “Mixing modernist and primitive styles and using color nicely to communicate musical style and tone.” They also noted, “the pictures broadcast joy, innovation, and exuberance in the face of systematic oppression.” The American Library Association awarded Michele with the 1999 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for the illustrations. She chartered new gro
Turner J. Woodard
Visual Arts: Painting; term
Art is just one of Turner’s passions and began when he was a young boy growing up in Indianapolis. He says through the decades his artistic style and preferences have been influenced by several important and renowned artists, including 17th century painter Peter Paul Rubens and American Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline,William DeKooning and Jackson Pollack. Turner now calls his own style Abstract Enthusiasm.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; term
Kassie Woodworth is a visual artist in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kassie makes a variety of work including sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media. She graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2019 with a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Most of her work investigates patterns, habits, movement, and growth of nature.
Kassie has exhibited in various galleries in Indianapolis including the Indianapolis Arts Center, the Indiana State House, Gallery 924, Indianapolis Arts Garden, Berkshire, Reese, and Paul Gallery at Herron, Butler University, The District Theatre, The Harrison Center for the Arts, and the Tube Factory.
Stephen E. Wooldridge
Visual Arts: Sculpture; term
Wooldridge studied 3D Design and Sculpture at the Dayton Art Institute and Sculpture technique at Herron Art Institute. He has extensive experience in welding, fabrication and finishing of ferrous, non-ferrous metals, and exotic alloys through training with the US Navy. He is currently building limited edition sculptural furniture, and site specific sculpture for indoors and outdoors.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting; term
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting; term
Originally from NYC, Paula attended Music and Art H.S. and then went on to Pratt Institute with a major in Architecture and a minor in Art. She has worked for 10 years in architecture then made the decision to focus on her two children and her love of painting. She moved with her family to Florence Italy in 2007 where she was able to explore and further develop her skills through her studies in art history and studio painting. While in Italy Paula began teaching a beginners painting class. Teaching art has since become her passion. For more info visit Artofpaula.com
For me colors are what drive my paintings. I started out painting with acrylics then oil. I painted landscapes and I become absorbed in the colors of the composition even more than the subject. Today I am interested in how colors react next to one another to create balance or a bold statement. Lately I have been experimenting with the fluidity of paints. I am using oil enamel because I like the way it flows and I like the glossy finish when it is dry. Enamel flows almost like stained glass. It is my intent to use this fluidity to create organic shapes that contrast with the concrete. Like the slow growing rings on a tree or coral flowing underwater. I want to explore more these shapes and medium.
Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture, Textiles; term
Samantha Wright is an Indianapolis-based artist who specializes in mixed media and painting on canvas. The medium she works with the most is paint and canvas. From Ivy Tech, she obtained her Associate degree in Fine Art’s. Wright graduated from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI and earned her BFA degree in Integrative Studio Practice with a Minor in Art History. On December 6th, she will be a part of a group exhibit called Perception, where she will show her most current three-dimensional piece at Herron School of Art and Design. She will also be showing a painting at the Fountain Square Brewing Company for their Feed Me Weird Things exhibit during the month of December.
Visual Arts: Photography; term
Jim Wyant, Master Photographer, Craftsman, and holder of the prestigious Diamond Imaging Excellence Award through the Professional Photographers of America, has studied the composition of light and element for over 35 years. He challenges himself to present the essence of each individual through mood, depth, and sensitivity. His style of “interactive” imaging is relational, genuine, and timeless. Jim’s passion, as a portrait artist, is to use God given talent with experience and education to capture the “drama of life intensified” as each person’s story unfolds before the eye of his camera.
Literary Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Performers and Writers, Textiles; term
Spoken word poet
Fiber artists (crochet)
Alto/Soprano singer (prefer Accapella and Aousitic stylings)
Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
Open-ended mystery grounded in every-day experience. Painting is for me a spiritual practice and an expression of my spiritual journey. To that end, my current work focuses on mundane objects and explores their expressive potential. Paint is a symbolic medium, a window into the mind. I reference still life objects such as toasters, cheese graters, scotch tape dispensers, seashells and pinecones. My intuition also strongly informs my process. So making lots of (often small) paintings has become a way to discover how I want to paint.
This year has been an exciting explosion of art! Contact me to see more works, meet the artist, or to ask about commissions.
Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word; Visual Arts; term
My name is Daniel Andrew Young. I was born in Indiana, and grew up here, graduating from Clinton Central High School in 1963, attended IU in Kokomo and Bloomington, with time between in the US Army. I have worked professionally in music sporadically since leaving IU in 1973, mostly in Central Indiana. I was a paid songriter in 1976, and had songs published and recorded.
I became an American songbook vocalist in the eighties and nineties, and entered the jazz realm in 2002. I am also a multi-artist, and compulsively creative as a lyricist, composer, poet and viusal artist, including drawings, graphic designs, electronic art and photographs. I have written and graphically designed two (e)books of illustrated/graphic poetry, and do spoken word perfoming with slides of the pages.
Visual Arts; term
They way I live my life is the same way I go about making art. I live my life not knowing where I’m going, but loving everything that comes my way. I live my life with the goal of bringing fun and happiness to myself and to the ones around me. Like any human being, I make mistakes and do not have the gift of time travel, so the mistakes will remain in history. Instead of fretting over mistakes I remember that everything happens for a reason, I accept the mistake, and stay positive even though the past is permanent.
When I am making art, I am not doing it with the focus of how much money I can make from this, how many people I can impress, or to hear compliments of my talents. Although I make art for the pure fun that I get out of it, my art is not about me, nor for me. My goal with my art is to provide something entertaining, happy, and pleasant to look at in hopes of making the viewers smile, or to forget about what’s going on in their thoughts, if only for a brief moment. The process of making my art is this: I grab any surface to draw on, and I begin drawing with permanent ink. Drawing with permanent ink leaves me with whatever mark I’ve made, whether I make a mistake or not. I never start a drawing with a plan of what I’m going to create; rarely with even the slightest sliver of an idea. I just draw on the spot, leaving the outcome of what any piece I make ends up being a surprise to the viewer, and myself.
Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper; term
Art was the one thing I could do when I was little that could keep me perfectly content for hours and hours. I loved it in high school and was president of our art club. I went to college to become an Interior Designer, not a fine artist, but an Interior Designer, because everyone knows you can’t become a full-time artist and survive. Yes, I bought into the stereotypical answer when someone finds out you want to be an artist. I graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts with concentration in Interior/Environmental Design. I figured I at least I would have a creative-type job. I was an Interior Designer for 20 years. I squeezed in art whenever I could by painting murals, faux finishes and commissioned paintings for my design clients.
Still longing for more art in my life I answered a job ad for a Summer Arts Camp Instructor. I loved kids and art and I thought this would at least put me closer to art. I loved working there, coming up with creative art projects for the campers was a thrill! I did this every summer for several years in addition to my Interior Design business.
Then the economic downturn of 2007-08 hit and design jobs were scarce. The place where I was working as a summer art instructor had an opening for an Art Center Director. As a matter of fact, the job came open three times before I had the nerve to apply, leaving my design career to become the Art Center Director at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville. I figured I would once again be closer to art as I would be talking to artists to plan art exhibitions and hiring artist instructors for our camps and classes to name a few exciting parts of my job.
In 2012, my immediate supervisor, the Executive Director, was leaving and had asked me if I was interested in the position of Executive Director. I knew so much about the organization by this time, I was honored to accept the position while still glad I was incorporating art into my job.
During my whole life, I have been trying to find my voice as a fine artist. Trying this, trying that. Nothing was really resonating with me. I would hear other artists say they couldn’t stop creating, like they had a force behind them urging them on. They loved what they are doing, and nothing could stop them. I kept searching for this for myself.
I took a portrait/figure class because I loved figure drawing in college and wanted to revisit it. Then, it happened! I fell in love with the human figure and portrait. I can’t stop now! Drawing and painting the human figure has improved my work all-around, no matter the subject.
I am inspired by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Matisse to name a few. I hope my work inspires others to discover their own creativity and helps them see the world as the colorful creation it is.
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; term
I am a visual artist from Indianapolis, IN. While using various mediums, with acrylic paint being my current focus, I create works of art to enlighten the hearts of others and bring health and happiness into my own life. Using bright colors, crisp lines, and whimsical flowing designs I create paintings and sculptures to represent the world around and within us all. My works are inspired by dreams, meditation experiences, folklore, metaphysics, and the world observed from my imaginative perspective.
My artwork has been displayed in many galleries around Indianapolis such as The Harrison Center for the Arts, The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Primary Colors Gallery, Garfield Park Art Center and many more. Traveling to music festivals such as Resonance Music and Arts Festival, Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, Good People Good Times, The Werk Out Festival to name a few are also places that have offered me the opportunity to share inspiration to new audiences through my artwork.
I am currently the owner of Imagination Jubilation Indy, a local business that brings happiness to the community through artistic entertainment. From face painting, balloon twisting, henna tattoos, caricature portraits, art lessons, and live painting Imagination Jubilation allows creativity to flow graciously to kids and adults of all ages in the Indianapolis Community. Never limiting my artwork to a specific area or artist, I plan to extend my outreach to others across the globe during my life to inspire others to create, learn, and grow.
“Our world can be beautiful if we look for the beauty to be grateful for. Everyday I try to find something to be thankful for because I feel it attracts more beauty to inspire my life. I am thankful for the gift of growing. I am blessed for receiving the gift of creating art in my life. I am grateful for the experience of living and the opportunity to flourish. I want to find the beautiful things, the plentiful gifts and blessing of this life and paint them for others to see in case they forget to look for the beauty themselves.” – Julie Young
Molly Young Meier
Visual Arts; term
My Artwork explores feelings of connection with nature, spirituality and energy. Much of my subject matter consists of Aspen or Birch tree forests and of animals painted in an expressionistic way. Painting these images help me to explore determination, overcoming fears, love and new beginnings. When I am in nature I feel totally present. I am not distracted by everything else going on in my life and I feel more clarity. When I Paint I to try recreate that feeling.
I am a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a private practice where I work with adolescents and adults.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Sculpture; term
“Working in multiples is a constant theme in my art. Most recently I have focused on ceramic wall pieces, as paintings in clay, often presented in groupings or grids. These pieces contain imagery that may represent influences such as architectural lines, primitive textiles, carvings reminiscent of wood block prints, or scribbles that imply sound waves or writing. Although clay is the most prominent medium in my work, I enjoy using other materials such as handmade paper, sand, stone, wood, and more to create installations and assemblages. I take pleasure in creating a contemporary dialogue through the most basic materials. I create art that promotes aesthetic universal language, with open-ended interpretation for all viewers.” – Zech
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