Featured Art Exhibit: Art Meets Math – Fascinating Fractals

Posted on | Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | No Comments

Group Show featuring: Lisa Parker, Jo McGraw and Skeezix6
March 23 – April 23
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8

A collaboration in digital art using fractal equations. Using a single image in different directions for some as well as scenes of nature and science. The fractal program manipulates images bringing geometry, structure, patterns and rhythms that mirror those qualities in the world around us. 

Jo McGraw

Jo McGraw lives in West Lafayette Indiana with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Her artistic inspiration and passion has always been nature and all of her creatures, wild and domestic, beautiful or weird. She is particularly drawn to animals as individual beings. Normally she paints animal portraits with acrylic, but enjoys photography and photo editing, especially manipulating photographs in fractal equations, and exploring fractal distortion of faces.

Lisa Parker

Lisa Parker is an artist from Lafayette, happily living with her husband and cats in rural Tippecanoe County. She finds great inspiration in the beautiful natural landscape and wildlife surrounding her home and studio.

Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Printmaking from Purdue University. Since 2011, She has made art her full time pursuit. She has had work in many group shows, a solo show in 2014, and a second upcoming solo show at TAF in August 2016.

Lisa works in multiple mediums, including printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, and has recently enjoyed making digital fractal images which she describes as “visual metaphors about dreams, daydreams, and the universe within each of us.”


Skeezix6 lives in West Lafayette Indiana with his wife, daughter, and two cats. He works with computers by day, and enjoys the more creative side of mathematical equations in his spare time. He first began exploring fractal patterns on a graphing calculator as a student. His goal is to develop novel ways of combining the infinite space of procedural patterns, which can feel very technical and lifeless on their own, with more organic and personal subjects. He has built a CNC router from scratch in the garage to extend his work into reliefs and sculptures in wood and plastics.

People, Places, and Things - Photographs by Dr. Kathy Steele

Posted on | Saturday, February 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

February 10, 2016 to March 17, 2016

Opening Reception Saturday, February 19, 6-8 pm
Dr. Kathy Steele states: “In my travels in the United States and abroad, I have been fascinated with the unique faces, landscapes and objects created by man or nature. This photographic show will explore all three areas, each being displayed on individual walls. The eyes of the “People” wall will mystify you; the “Places” wall will invite you to relax and enjoy natural landscapes; and the “Things” wall will open your eyes to exotic animals, colorful flowers and bright butterflies. Sets of cards will also be available representing all three facets of the show.
Dr. Kathy Steele has been taking pictures since her husband, John, bought her a 35 mm camera in 1970. It is a hobby that they both enjoyed. This is Kathy’s first solo photographic show. Her photographs have graced the cover of a national magazine, a calendar, brochures, educational publications, and newspaper articles. She has exhibited in two Montgomery County Art League juried shows, three Montgomery County Art League shows at the Crawfordsville Public Library and two Salon shows at Athens Arts.
Kathy retired in June of 2014 after 43 years in education. During her tenure with the Crawfordsville Community School Corporation, she served as the Superintendent, Curriculum Director, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and elementary teacher. Currently, she volunteers around the community and is on the board of directors for Athens Arts.

A Life Time Event: Elizabeth Sharpless

Posted on | Saturday, January 9, 2016 | No Comments

Opening Reception Saturday, January 9, 6-8 pm

Elizabeth Clements Sharpless was a recognized Hoosier artist in watercolor, oil, and mixed media. She graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in music and art. She pursued her postgraduate art education at Purdue University, St. Francis Art School, and the John Heron Art Institute.
Mrs. Sharpless exhibited in many places, including Wabash College, Purdue University, and through the Art Leagues of Indianapolis and Crawfordsville.
Please join the Athens Arts Artists and Board of Directors for a once in a life time event on January 9th for the opening of Mrs. Sharpless’ work.  The event will be co-hosted by Sara Houston Dicks as she opens the Half Way Home.  All proceeds from this Featured Artists showing will help benefit the Half Way Home and Athens Arts Gallery.

Art in the Stars { get your shine on }

Posted on | Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | No Comments

Athens Arts Group Show
Works of art with star appeal!
{ get your shine on }

Opening Reception November 28, 6pm - 11pm
(during downtown party night)

The Greater Lafayette Clay Guild at Athens Arts!

Posted on | Monday, October 12, 2015 | No Comments

Featured Artist Exhibit September 9 - October 17
The Greater Lafayette Clay Guild at Athens Arts

The current Athens Arts Gallery exhibit offers a delightful view of the wide range of work by Clay Guild potters and artists. Visitors will see both functional and sculptural pieces reflecting a wide variety of clay bodies, surfaces, glazes, and firing techniques. Gallery visitors will also see samples of the 100 dessert plates handmade by the Clay Guild and donated to Athens for their current fundraising efforts.

The Greater Lafayette Clay Guild was founded in 2011 to promote artistic growth, education, and appreciation of ceramic arts.

Membership and participation in the Guild is open to both clay “makers” and clay “appreciators.” Guild members include beginners, seasoned professionals, and everything in between, all encouraging and learning from each other and reaching out to the community. Members also include those who don’t “do” clay, but enjoy collecting and learning about the art and process of clay.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Guild’s outreach is the 14-county TAF (Tippecanoe Arts Federation) community. Through exhibits, workshops, sales, demonstrations, networking, and presentations, the Guild brings to its members and audiences an increased awareness of clay as both legitimate art and functional craft...and a whole lot of FUN!

“Plein Air Passion” by Jeff Klinker

Posted on | Saturday, August 29, 2015 | No Comments

Jeff Klinker - Featured ArtistJuly 29 - September 5

Artist Statement:
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamed of becoming an artist. My appreciation for beauty within nature came naturally having been born and raised on a farm. From childhood, I was continually surrounded by the subtle beauty of Indiana’s rural landscape and have often felt God’s presence within the serenity and grandness of nature. From an early age, I began to feel I was blessed with a God-given talent for the arts which continue to fuel my artistic and inward journey. 

In 1975, my first oil painting was influenced by Steve Swagerle: my high school teacher, who was living in one of the houses on our farm. I was so inspired when I walked into his home to find every room filled with oil paintings stacked three and four deep. It was then that I knew I wanted to paint with oils.

I began to work from photographs rendering realistic works, and for a short while I studied drawing and design at Purdue University before the duties of life called me away. I never abandoned my dreams of being an artist and I continued to develop my skills both technically and from within. It was not until I studied under the award winning artist Hilary Eddy, that my artistic journey took me on a new path of self-exploration. Instead of earth tones, which I now refer to as my “umber days”, my painting started to explode with color. I was later influenced at a T.C. Steele Historical site paint out, where I discovered the joy of painting en plein aire. I was transported with the freedom discovered by painting nature in the open landscape. That freedom of painting outdoors also began to liberate my brush—my strokes became more fluid interpretations of light and shadow. My paintings are now impressionistic and full of movement and color.

Art is continual learning. I believe I have learned more from teaching painting than my students have learned from me. I also give credit to all of the artists with whom I have worked and shared the experience of interpreting the many beautiful landscapes of Indiana. As an artist, I look forward to painting more and learning more. I am on an artistic journey and gladly follow the path that illuminated my dreams as a young boy. Follow and keep your dreams because dreams can come true.


Posted on | Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | No Comments

Crawfordsville's long-awaited Spring silently gained the strength necessary to push the rain and dull, dark days of Winter away. Not a moment too soon, I might add! A colorful profusion of scents and colors so vivid they take your breath away has come to the rescue. So too the creative adventures of Crawfordsville's Sugar Creek Quilters, percolated in hybernation during those same dark, dull days of late winter, have not so miraculously sprung forth in a myriad profusion of bold, colorful imaginings that redirect the ordinary into something quite extra-ordinary – Original Art Quilts - straight from the verdant imaginations of each Sugar Creek Quilt artist.

Creating an art quilt means using your own skills and imagination to create the pattern and style that best expresses your idea in the most unstandardable way. It means not using a pre-printed patten or kit to accomplish your goal. It means breaking the rules when necessary to follow your dream to its natural conclusion – an Art Quilt, Your Way! No cookie-cutter quilts here! 

Florence by Anita Hardwick
In the featured Artists Room and throughout Athens Arts Gallery you will be treated to the diverse and exciting expressions of Sugar Creek Quilters art. Sugar Creek Quilters artists include Isobel Arvin's BLACKOUT IN WORLD WAR II; Carol Case's, GARDEN; Sheri Clements, CHICKADEE IN STAINED GLAS and the URBAN WINDOWS of Nancy Doemel. Janet Fields created the magicalWHOOO. The ASIAN ELEGANCE of Jean Goebel quiets the soul. Long arm quilter Linda Haltom treats us to SPRINGTIME FROLICand Diane Hammill, AS SEEN THROUGH THE WINDOW OFMACULAR DEGENERATIONA HIPPO IN PARADISE? And CYCLE. SCQ founder, Anita Hardwick brings us WINTER WINDOW. Patriot Lois Jannsen, presents OLD GLORY and PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. Sara Kleihauer's prolific work includes SASSY, BUTTERFLY & PEONY,SELVAGE WINDOWS,SUNRISE ON A GRAY DAY and WINTER GERANIUMS. Nancy Jane Lyon created a self portrait with NANCY AT THE WINDOW and WHIMSY. Cindy McDonald made a FRACTURED QUILT and Marilyn Maddux went A LITTLE OVER THE TOP as did Carole Meyer in ASIAN LADIES.  FISHING AT PEBBLE BEACH by Phyllis Parker makes us want to be there.  Artist and former teacher, Jan Sieferman, shows us a GARDEN OF GLADIOLASWATERCOLOR CONEFLOWERSand PANEL DILEMA, and last, but certainly not least, Lois Vance gifts us withMY SUNFLOWERS.

In 1992 a fledgling group of quilters met for the first time. At 6:45 on the third Monday of each month they still meet at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Anyone interested in quilts or quilting is welcome. There is always something to learn from a speaker or a new friend to be made.

Athens Arts will host this exhibit from Wednesday, June 17 through Saturday, July 25 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday through  Saturday. An  opening artists' reception at the Gallery, 113  North Washington Street, Crawfordsville from 6 to 8 pm will be held on Friday June 19.. Come early and stay late enjoying lite appetisers and beautiful music in the relaxing atmosphere of Athens Arts! ALL ARE WELCOME!