my heART is in the garden

Posted on | Sunday, May 3, 2015 | No Comments

An Iris Glow by Kathy Houghton














Featured Artist Kathy Houghton

Opening Reception May 8th, 6-8pm


The Vagaband from Lafayette will be playing live for her show!

Kathy was born in Madison Wisconsin, and moved to Carmel, Indiana as a child. She married her childhood sweetheart in 1975. They lived in Indianapolis, and Carmel for many years, until their children were grown. After 6 years in Wisconsin, Kathy and her husband moved back to Indiana settling in Crawfordsville.

Kathy had the great fortune to begin art training at Highland High School, in Highland, Indiana, which has always had an excellent art department. She owes a debt of gratitude to those instructors and mentors who were so instrumental in providing her with a solid foundation on which to develop her skills.

Kathy is currently working in her studio full time, unless distracted by her four grandsons, or her gardens. Kathy's gardening passion provides her with unending subject matter and inspiration. The grandsons are mostly just joy and entertainment.

While traveling locally and across the country, she is always on the lookout for motivation. As each piece is finished, she hopes that she has conveyed some of the love, appreciation, and respect that she has for nature.

Kick the Canvas Till it Bleeds Daylight

Posted on | Saturday, March 21, 2015 | No Comments



Featured Artist Angela Vinson of the LaLa Gallery is our next artist up! 
Stop in on March 28, 6-8pm for her opening reception of Kick the Canvas Till it Bleeds Daylight
…a progression through life and faith


artist websites: www.AngelaVinson.com and www.lalagallery.com

Artist Statement:
“Kick the Canvas Till it Bleeds Daylight”
Over the past several years I have been wearing many hats in my day to day, Artist, Teacher, Curator, Gallerist, Business Woman, and have searched for the daylight in the fog of busy. I think we all choose roles and responsibilities to tackle that cause us to be spread thin. Women in art specifically through history have had to balance their lives between being mothers, caring for the home and family, and art. When we are pulled in multiple directions things can become heavy and dark.

Singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn released an album in 1991 titled, “Kick at the Darkness.” I had never heard of the artist until a sermon at church several months ago. The pastor expressed how we have to press on through faith, go the distance, and persevere through the darkness like singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn says in one of his songs, gotta kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight. The lyric resonated in me, and I reflected on the idea for several days.

On the surface it may appear negative, but “Kick the Canvas Till it Bleeds Daylight” is about progression, perseverance, self discovery, faith, and the different canvases I work with. I make marks in clay, design and paint bags, and create paintings while thinking of my family, friends, customers, current news, and people I casually pass, like a meditation. My work has always been about a journey, the world around us, religion, being a woman, connections between people, and relationships.

Kick the Canvas is a series of work sampling what I do to shake off the darkness, and the different canvases I use to express the light.

Artist Bio:
Angela Vinson (Lala) an artist since the ol’ pushing crayons around days; works from her studio in Lafayette, Indiana creating paintings, prints, sculptures, pottery, handbags, and more.

Her work first began as an exploration with the elements and principles of design and figures began to emerge. She communicates people, community, togetherness, isolation, and journeys in her work.

Lala began her college studies as an art education major, but was soon drawn into the clay studio. After her sophomore year she committed to ceramics and received her BFA from Herron School of Art. Lala spent a year at Purdue University pursuing her MA in ceramics and decided teaching was her passion, and received her MA in secondary education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2007. In May 2008 Lala opened LaLa Gallery & Studio, and has been a full time teacher, curator, event organizer, and working artist ever since.

SPRINGTIME IN FRANCE! 2015 GALA!

Posted on | Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | No Comments







Come along with the Athens Artists Gallery to explore the wonders of the Arts in France!

We hope that you will join us as we explore France and “Do as the French do and savor every moment” at our Gala and Silent Auction Fundraiser

BE PART OF IT!
Saturday, April 25, 2015
The evening’s festivities include Silent Auction with Buy-it-Now opportunities.

Individual Gala Tickets $50ea.

Sponsorship packages available: 
• Title Patron $2500
• Connoisseur $1000
• Curator $500
• Director $250
• Art Advocate $100

If you can not come, please consider a donation of any amount.
For tickets and donations: click here!


Thank you to our current 2015 Gala Sponsors!

ART LEAGUE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Title Patron
with Special Thanks to Arts & Crafts II & Dept K
Crawfordsville Main Street - Connoisseur
Eli Lilly - Connoisseur
John & Kathy Steele - Connoisseur
Chuck & Alice Harpel - Curator
Greg & Lora Hess - Curator
Jon & Anne Dantzig - Curator
Elizabeth Justice - Director
Les & Pat Hearson - Director
Marc & Helen Hudson - Director
Monty Thompson - Director
State Farm - Director
Wabash College - Director
Davidson Greenhouse - Director (inkind)
Elk's Lodge #483 - Director (inkind)
Smartpig Recording - Director (inkind)
Under my Umbrella Design  - Director (inkind)

Athens Arts Gallery is funded in part by:
Montgomery County Community Foundation and
IAC Indiana Arts Commission

"REcycled"

Posted on | Wednesday, October 8, 2014 | No Comments



"an inspiring installation of newly forged Wabash student art making its debut at Athens Gallery"

The Story Behind “REcycled”


This summer, the city of Crawfordsville was awarded a grant to study and draft a complete plan for improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. Research and design was done by the Indianapolis firm Remenschneider &  Associates, who worked alongside a local steering committee to gather public  input. In August, the proposed bike/ped map was adopted by the city council to  become an integral part of Crawfordsville’s comprehensive plan.

This blueprint contains both short and long range goals for making our streets safe & attractive, raising the quality of life, fostering both economic & environmental wellness. Thanks to Mayor Todd Barton, Park & Rec’s Fawn Johnson, Brandy Allen of City Planning & Scott Hesler of the Street Dept for seeing this project through.

Many in the community looked for tangible ways to celebrate this brave achievement for our town. Among these were two groups who had representatives on the bike/ped steering 
committee - Sustainable Initiatives & Wabash College. SI sponsored “Artsy Bikes” by artist, Gerburg Garmann. Four used bikes were purchased from Mr. Donald Swisher of Cville and painted by Ms. Garmann in fun, lively colors. The bikes have been featured in several local events throughout the summer.

Next, an idea was formed to extend the strategy of artistic advocacy to the Athens “Revision” Show. An invitation was extended to Wabash College art professor, Douglas Calisch.
The objective: take the concept “ReCycle” and create something using old bicycle parts. Prof Calisch applied this opportunity to an assignment for his incoming sculpture class. The result: an inspiring installation of newly forged Wabash student art making its debut at Athens Gallery.

We hope you enjoy this showcase of creativity and the whimsical way it lends its own brand of celebration for Cville’s new Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan.

Participating artists:
Corey Hoffman
Robby Cater
Pat Embree
Sean Grannan
Kolby Lopp
Dan Miller
Aren Peterson
Duc Trinh





2014 REvision Exhibit CALL FOR ENTRIES!

Posted on | Monday, August 25, 2014 | No Comments







2014 REvision Exhibit! CALL FOR ENTRIES!

REthink. REuse. REclaim. REcreate.
Rethinking our relationships with “DISPOSABLE” objects as well as encouraging the REuse of discarded or broken items.
This year – YOU are invited to submit your art for this years REvision show!
• Enter up to TWO pieces.
• AWARDS will be given out for First and Second prize!
2D and 3D art created from used, recycled, reclaimed or found objects. Exhibit runs October 10, 2014 through November 27. Opening reception October 10th, 6-8pm
All entry forms must be postmarked by September 30, 2014. (Entry forms available at Athens Arts gallery or message us and we will send you a PDF you can print out).
Art Drop off date: October 3, 10-5pm
• All art must be original, professionally made and created from approx. 80% reclaimed, recycled or found materials.
• Created in the last two years and never shown at Athens Arts before.
• Appropriate for family viewing.
• Paints and glues must be completely dry prior to drop off.
• ENTRY Fee only $25.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10-5pm
Phone: 765.362.7455

"Paint and Party" with Stacy Bogan

Posted on | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | No Comments

Have you always wanted to paint?
Would you like to paint with your friends?
If so you will enjoy Paint & Party!

This is your chance to relax and create a piece of your very own artwork!

Stacy Bogan will walk you through some basic techniques and help you to create a special painting! Create your very own "masterpiece" to hang on your wall or give as a gift. 

All supplies are included. Registration forms are at Athens Arts Gallery!

What: "Paint and Party" evening

Where: Athens Art Gallery, 113 N. Washington St., Crawfordsville, IN (765-362-7455)

When: August 21

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fee: $30

Deadline: Aug. 19th. 

Hope to see you there!!!

artist website: http://stacyboganart.com

Athens Arts Artists Demonstrating at the Farmer's Market!

Posted on | Saturday, July 5, 2014 | No Comments

Some of the Athens Arts artists demo their creative skills this year at the market on Pike St.



Nina Cunningham and Alice Harpel Farmer's Market July


Karen Patton Farmer's Market July


Tracy Smoll Farmer's Market June


Amy Westphal Farmer's Market June

Bob Foote Farmer's Market June


Diana May Farmer's Market June


Nina Cunningham and Alice Harpel Rain Barrel Collaboration Farmer's Market May