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Wabash Valley Artists’ Works Fill Moench Hall for Spring Exhibit
March 6, 2012
Nearly 100 artworks by 22 artists from the Wabash Valley Art
Guild are being featured in a spring exhibition that fills two
hallways of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Moench
Hall. An opening reception, with several of the local
artists, will take place on Thursday, March 8, from 4:30-7 p.m. at
the college's oldest classroom building.
The exhibition showcases artworks by Terre Haute residents Bill
Aitken, Jane Dusanic, Bruce Fiscus, John Hemminghouse, Roger King,
Phyllis Ling, Laura Mason, Jim McMullen, Sue McCallum and Peggy
Summers. Current and former Vigo County School Corporation
art teachers Jo Anne Fiscus, Edward Holloman and Marsha Stewart are
also part of the exhibit, along with Julie Bricker of Brazil, and
Eloise Lovell and Bill Bolz of Parke County.
Other artists featured are Edith Acton, Marvetta Bee, Jeanette
Ellingsworth, Skip Evans, Thomas Makosky and Pria Rahmouni.
Aitken, a retired local dentist, is a self-professed "tinkerer,"
and works with his hands to create model airplanes, grandfather
clocks, china cabinets and paintings from his own beautiful
Bolz is a veteran painter who became serious about showing and
selling his works through "Brushstrokes by Bill Bolz" and at the
Covered Bridge Art Gallery in Rockville. He loves the vivid
colors you can get with acrylics, but also favors the soft blending
and the "mind of its own" nature of watercolors. He has a
lake house on Rocky Fork Lake near Turkey Run State Park.
Bricker is an avid drawer who has won over 30 awards for her
artworks. Her celebrity portraits have been sold all over the
world and she has rendered over 100 portraits of Indians from a
variety of tribes. While living in Arizona, she was a member
of the Arizona Cowboy and Indian Artists.
Dusanic works primarily with watercolor, watercolor pencil and
ink. In recent years she had had good success with notecards
made from digital copies of many of her paintings. She
invites the viewer to see the world through her eyes, including
cats with attitudes, vacation scenes and flowers.
Jo Anne Fiscus is a former art teacher at Terre Haute's Woodrow
Wilson Middle School and current Art Guild president. She has
painted several large-scale murals, including a 50-foot artwork of
a coral reef for Exotic Aquariums of Miami, Fla., and the Combs
Chapel for Union Hospital. She is always looking for that
dramatic light, that unusual color and that story in a single
frame. Jo Anne and her husband, Bruce, have a studio in
northeastern Vigo County.
Hemminghouse is retired professional sign painter whose artistic
touch has moved in recent years to wood carving.
Holloman, art teacher at Terre Haute's Chauncey Rose Middle
School, assisted in the planning and painting of the Boys &
Girls Club mural. He annually conducts art workshops for the
Halcyon Gallery's Summer Youth Art Program and the Eastern Illinois
University's Celebration: A Festival of the Arts.
King is known for sharing his painting knowledge and
techniques. He taught painting on television in West Virginia
and Arizona, and has hosted seminars in Arizona, New Mexico and
Arkansas. He specializes in watercolors and his subjects vary
from still life to flowers to cathedrals along with scenes from the
Ling is a Parke County resident whose artworks specialize in
animals and nature scenes. She enjoys sketching outdoor
scenes with pencil or standing at her easel and bringing her ideas
Mason's watercolors, collages and monoprints have been displayed
in solo and group shows throughout the area. Two of her
paintings are part of Rose-Hulman's permanent collection, one is
displayed at Parks Community Hospital and several others are in
McCallum became interested in photography while undergoing
successful treatment for breast cancer. The daughter-in-law
of respected local photographer Robert Kadel, she has become an
award-winning photographer in her own right.
McMullen has been looking through lenses for most of his life.
First, he spent over 30 years as a research scientist looking
through microscope lenses. He now looks at life through the
camera lens. His eye for detail and his chemistry background
have been great assets for darkroom developing and
Stewart is a former Vigo County teacher who has always made art
a part of her life. In retirement, art gives her an outlet
that is both peaceful and rewarding. She has become activated
by the sacred, aesthetic colors and culture of the American
Southwest. Since 2003, her art has been sold and displayed in
Summers, also a retired local school employee, is a self-taught
artist who favors artworks in chalk because it can be easily
blended and shaded. Her favorite subjects are seascapes and
landscapes, while Indiana's changing seasons offer several
fascinating scenes to capture on canvas.
Rose-Hulman's spring exhibit is open for public viewing on
weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through May 26. Guided tours
can be arranged by calling Steve Letsinger, director of art
programs and art curator, at 812-877-8452 or Steve.Letsinger@rose-hulman.edu.