February Featured Exhibit!

Posted on | Monday, January 31, 2011 | No Comments

The Maine Event
featuring Mark Burkett, Jeanne Mcleish and Jerry Smith
Sunday, February 6th at 2:00pm there will be an art speak with the above artists!

Mark Burkett:
Mark Burkett received his printmaking and painting education at Indiana State University. He has worked as an architectural illustrator and is now a landscape painter. His work appeared in Painting Indiana II, the Changing Face of Agriculture, IU Press, 2007. His paintings are displayed at the Brown County Art Guild, Nashville, IN and at Color Works Gallery in Mooresville, IN.

Jeanne Mcleish:
Born in Clinton, Indiana in 1951, Jeanne began painting in 1970. Working in both transparent watercolor and oil, she creates images that reflect her deep love of nature as well as her fascination with color and light.

Her paintings have been included in numerous exhibits including the Hoosier Salon, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Artists Club, Realism Today, The Wabash Valley Exhibition, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America of which she is a signature member.

Jeannes work is displayed regularly at the Brown County Art Guild in Nashville, Indiana, at the Renaissance Gallery in Lafayette and at Color Works Custom Picture Framing Gallery, which she owns and operates in Mooresville, Indiana; where she currently resides.

Jerry Smith:
Indiana artist, Jerry Smith, has had a life-long interest in art, although opting for a business degree in college. He began oil painting as a hobby in the early 1970’s, switching to watercolor shortly thereafter. Primarily through self-training and workshops he left his business career behind and has been a full-time artist since the mid-seventies. Included among his workshop teachers were Indiana painters Louise Hansen and Floyd Hopper, both of whom had a big influence on his work. Jerry was introduced to plein-air painting in a 1976 workshop taught by Don Stone in Rockport , MA . This trip also inspired a fascination with the painting opportunities offered by the New England coastline and has had a major impact on his work. Annual painting trips to the Mainecoast compliment his Indiana landscape painting.

Shortly after taking up painting, Jerry switched to watercolors. He worked almost exclusively in this medium for many years with occasional experiments with acrylics. His paintings now include oils, watercolors, and acrylics.

Jerry maintains signature memberships in the American Society of Marine Artists, the International Society of Acrylic Painters and The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. He is a member of Indiana art associations including the Brown County Art Guild, Indiana Artist Club, Indiana Heritage, Small Painting Society of Brown County, Indiana Plein-Air Painters Association, and is a charter member and Cardinal Fellow of the Watercolor Society of Indiana. He is also a member of the Hoosier Salon and has been included in over 30 Hoosier Salon exhibitions since the mid-seventies. He is the author of a book published by International Artist, Expressive Landscape in Acrylic, and has been featured in the pages of International Artist Magazine as well as the Artist’s Magazine.

Jerry lives in Crawfordsville with his wife, Cindy, and maintains a restored, century old store-front building in downtown Crawfordsville as his studio/gallery.
Source: Artist website

January Featured Artist - Rob O'Dell

Posted on | Wednesday, January 5, 2011 | No Comments

Born in Decatur, Illinois.
Education: American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he received his formal training and was introduced to watercolor by Irving Shapiro. Then a Commercial Art career in Chicago before moving to a farm in Indiana to be surrounded by his subject matter and live in a 150-year-old farmhouse. He has a wife, Ann, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Looking at Rob O'Dell's watercolors, you will feel as though you have entered a peaceful, timeless world. There is nothing contrived or artificial about his art. The past is celebrated. Time is preserved, and simplicity is found. Rob knows how to find beauty in the seemingly quiet rural life, in the slight rises and dips of the Midwestern landscape, in the nuances of color in an evening sky or in the patterns of light and shadow in a garden. His work reflects the way he lives his life--honestly, quietly, and joyfully.

Bringing over 40 years of experience to his craft, Rob has won numerous awards and exhibited his work around the world. Rob's workshops are popular, both for his painting demonstrations and his willingness to help his students achieve. When not working in his restored, turn-of-the-century gallery/studio in Ladoga, Indiana, Rob enjoys golfing, watching his five grandchildren's activities with his wife, and spending time with his two daughters.

© 2011 Rob O'Dell Watercolors