First Posted: 8/30/2012 2:19:15 PM | Last Updated: 8/30/2012 2:19:47 PM
WEST LAFAYETTE – Tall shade trees, a riverside park and dozens of artists displaying and selling their latest works make Art on the Wabash an event to attend, said West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, who invites the public to attend the 7th annual fair on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Tapawingo Park.
The Wabash Landing parking garage will offer free parking throughout the fair.
“This is a showcase of regional artists, chosen by a fine arts juror for their superior talents, and it’s a showcase of our community, too,” Dennis said. “We invite residents, students and visitors to enjoy the day.”
Seven artists will be participating for the first time, bringing unique, must-see artwork to the fair, said Beverly Shaw, Art on the Wabash committee chair.
“The wearable art by Adena Vanderwielen and Chinese watercolors by Wendy Zhang are sure to draw attention,” Shaw said of two artists who are debuting at the show. Others participating for the first time are Pete Brown, mixed media; April Johnson, jewelry; painters Mitchell Austin Schuring and Dennis Wischmeier; and photographer Rona Schwarz.
“New art by established artists who have been in the fair before will also be featured,” Shaw said. “Visitors can count on a great mix of colorful, interesting, reflective and expressive pieces.”
Participation in the juried fair is open to artists living in 15 Indiana counties. This year, artists from Benton, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe and White counties were selected by juror Craig Hadley, curator of exhibitions and university collections at DePauw University. He’s a graduate of Beloit College with a master’s from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Returning artists include painters Rebecca Brody and Alice Harpel and jewelry designers Lisa Hopkins, Rebecca Minniear, Joanne Kuhn Titolo and Deborah Waymire.
Participating potters are Coal Creek Clay, Mary Firestone, Scott Frankenberger, Nancy Grenard, Gail Johnston, Diana May, Angi Peterson, Roberta Schonemann and Angela Vinson.
Exhibiting glassworkers are Deb Achgill, Kathryn Bodine, Sharon Owens, Beverly Skinner and Lisa Walsh; and mixed media artists are EB Bead and Metal Works and Becky Chapman. Others are woodworkers Phil Conlon and William Krug; Donna Leuck, sculpture from re-used items; and Craig Whitten, various forms.
Art on the Wabash is presented by the City of West Lafayette with assistance from Tippecanoe Arts Federation and sponsorship funding from KitchenArt, The Store for Cooks.