Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Mixed Media, Sculpture; Kinetic Sculpture
One often hears musicians describing their childhood as being filled with music and being surrounded by musicians. My story is similar except that I came from a family of makers. While Mom was making clothes and knitting blankets Dad was welding trailers and repairing cars. And all the kids joined in. My parents and grandparents did teach me some basic making skills, but more importantly instilled in me the desire to make things with my hands. Somehow I have always known, even back to my early childhood, that something made with moving parts is better than without.
I have delved into many different hobbies over the years, which has given me a little experience with many different media. Now working full time as an artist, I get to draw on this diverse experience and build with very few limitations
Literary Arts; Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
Born in Jamaica, NY in 1953, Stacey Torres is an African American folk artist and writer living in New Castle, IN. Her primary focus are unique women in natural settings. She paints with an abundance of brilliant color using different media, including watercolor, oil pastels, and acrylics, inspired by her Caribbean heritage.
As a self-taught artist, Ms. Torres’ love of painting began at a very early age. In the summer of 2014, she began to create again after a 40 year hiatus. Spending hours with her mother, who was in her final stages of Alzheimer’s, Stacey began to paint her thoughts and emotions, with images to help her mother remember some things. Her artwork became therapy for her and comfort to her mother.
“When the word, “artist” began to appear behind my name, I embraced my lost gift, and paint life as I see it. Art is just an exercise in emotional expression — a way of holding onto things from the past — documenting visions, impressions and dreams. I could write a journal or blog, however, my visions needed to be seen and felt … At times, I feel messages from beyond, like small glimpses of my past as ancestral folktales emerge with splashes of color on canvas. These primitive images of pleasingly imperfect subjects are bits of me; things I’m compelled to recapture. I suppose I’m guilty of living through my art by proxy.” Stacey Torres
Exhibits & Awards: Recipient of Indiana Lt. Governor & State Treasurer Hoosier Women Artists 2016; Richmond Art Museum’s Holiday Art Mart; Whitewater Valley Arts Association Regional Exhibit 2015 (Advanced Merit Award), and 2016; Art Association of Henry County’s 50th Annual Fall Show; Flava Fresh 12 (Annual Juried Multi-Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art in Indianapolis, IN); Hoosier Women In Art 2016 (Indy Parks Dept.); Twitter Art Show NYC 2016; Will Vawter Art Show, Hancock Art Association 2016; Naturally Inspired Paint-Out, Indianapolis Zoo 2016; Inspired by Dreams Exhibit 2015, Indiana Interchurch Center; and most notably, her art was featured on CBS TV’s Criminal Minds (Season 10).
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media
I graduated from Herron School of Art and Design with a BFA in Fine Arts in January, 1980. I immediately began working as Assistant Registrar at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where I accessioned new cultural, historical and natural objects into the museum’s collection, helped install and de-install exhibits, performed condition reports on objects loaned to the museum.
In 1987, The Children’s Museum promoted me to Collections Services Manager. I supervised the registration, conservation and museum library staff, selected and implemented two collections management databases, drafted the museum’s collections polices and procedures and instituted a peer review audit of our policies and practices that gained national recognition.
In the early 19902, I was introduced to a book of historical photographs, Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. I reacted so strongly to the imagery that I was compelled to combine objects with altered and manipulated vintage photographs, creating assembled vignettes, composed in found boxes. I exhibited some of these pieces at the Herron School of Art and Design Alumni show, at Crown Hill Cemetery and at The Children’s Museum.
My art making went “underground” for several years until 2014, when a friend saw my assemblages and urged me to begin showing them. Her suggestion prodded me to begin creating again, and I have been working steadily since 2014.
I have shown my work at the 5547 Project in Coal Yard Coffee, at Oasis Creative Space, Art Bank, Full Circle 9 Gallery, Do 317 Gallery and Lounge and the Tiny Show at The Arts Council of Indianapolis. I am a founding member of Full Circle Nine Gallery, a cooperative where all the member-artists work to keep the gallery open First Fridays and weekends.
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Dance; Political Artist; Visual Arts: Crafts, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Murals, New Media/Technology, Performance Art, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Hey and welcome to this facet of my digital persona!
I am not a robot, but a human person. not spam.
I have human children and non-human pets.
I enjoy the internet, physical movement of my human form and eating human food.
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Visual Arts: Illustration, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor
Hello! I am the illustrator of numerous books for children and author/illustrator of Señor Felipe’s Alphabet Adventure, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book. My paintings have appeared in children’s books, magazines, textbooks, as murals, limited edition prints, and are in private and museum collections.. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper; Bookbinding, Calligraphy, Lettering Arts
Sandy Wagner is a calligrapher, artist and music engraver who maintains a studio in Indianapolis, IN, where she lives with her husband Doug, a professional composer.
Early in her career as a high school choral director, Sandy enrolled in a local calligraphy class for fun and was instantly hooked. Now as a professional lettering artist with more than 40 years of experience, she utilizes the techniques and design philosophies gleaned from her studies with many internationally recognized calligraphers and artists. She has designed covers for major music publishers, produced and exhibited award-winning art, and taught adult continuing studies courses in calligraphy. Her work was chosen for the 2010 Letter Arts Review Annual Juried Issue.
During the past several years, Sandy has expanded her artistic media to include bookbinding, drawing, pastels, watercolor, mixed media and collage. She is always seeking new ways to incorporate these into her calligraphic expressions.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media
Cathy Williams, a native of Indianapolis, is an abstract-expressionist painter and mixed-media artist.
First drawings appeared at the age of four and her interest in art was resolute through her adult life. She enjoyed a successful career working for a large pharmaceutical corporation the majority of her adulthood.
Upon retiring, Williams completed courses at the Indianapolis Art Center where her fondness of mixed media and the figurative arts were established; and, she’s never looked back. Currently, she is mentored by James Victore, Georgetown, Texas and Nicholas Wilton, Sausalito, CA.
Her work has been displayed in a myriad of group shows throughout the State of Indiana, Chicago and, in international online galleries. Cathy has exhibited in several solo shows and has won awards in competitive settings.
Cathy lives and dreams with her husband, Michael, and their two adored English Bulldogs: Zadey Zee and Zola Maxine in Indianapolis. Cathy likes to run, hike, laugh, dream about Picasso and always enjoys an outstanding glass of red wine.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Visual Arts: Ceramics, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
As a creator and facilitator of Visual Arts, I feel it is my purpose to make sure that people of all ages, all socioeconomic backgrounds and varied experiences have an opportunity to learn and experience art in some way shape or form. Art permeates every aspect of our society. It speaks for us when there are no words. It heals wounds and brings people together. No matter what your art experience, it can always be shared. No one should feel like art isn’t or couldn’t be a part of their lives.
Visual Arts: Crafts, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles, Visual Arts Instructor
Danielle Winger was born in Reno, NV. She received her BS in Textiles, Merchandising and Apparel Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA in Studio Art from East Tennessee State University. She is a full time artist and currently resides in Indianapolis, IN.
Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Creativity Coach
“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
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
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.
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; professional face painting, festival makeup, live event painting
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.
Cynthia J. Young
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Murals, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Interior/Environmental Design from Ball State University and worked for a number of years as a residential and commercial interior designer. Presently, I am an arts administrator for a small cultural organization while pursuing my passion in the visual arts. Both of these careers have shaped who I am as an artist and have also contributed to my skills and interests.
I explore many subjects-nature, human figure, portrait, abstract and more! I experiment with media, color combinations and techniques striving for a look of spontaneity in my work.
I am inspired by Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Matisse and Robert Kushner to name a few. I hope my work inspires others to discover their own creativity!
Visual Arts: Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Visual Arts Instructor; Body paint and face painting
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
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