Barb is a retired educator. She is passionate about bird watching and nature photography and sharing this passion with others. Her photos, calendars and more have been displayed at the Prairie Arts Council's Fendig Gallery, Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette, Jasper Co. Libraries and beyond. She is known as "The Bird Lady" in Rensselaer and is happy to answer questions from the public about local Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, backyard birds and more.
Bonnie Zimmer is a lifelong artist who has enjoyed teaching art to individuals of all ages for over 40 years. Retiring as chair of the art department at Saint Joseph's College in 2016, she is now a full time artist specializing in fiber sculpture, vessels, and installations. She continues to work with students of all ages as Guest Artist and brief Artist-in-Residencies. In addition, she loves her newest hobbies of making jewelry and eco-dyed clothing. You can view her artwork and latest endeavors at bonniezimmer.com
Gail is a retired art teacher from the KV School Corp. with 34 years of experience teaching all levels of students. She currently creates her own art work in her studio "Heart to Hands" located on her farm in Wheatfield.
Lindsey Preston teaches Art at Kankakee Valley High School. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Art Education and minors in Art History and Horticulture. Lindsey's artwork is inspired by nature, and she continually experiments with various ways to incorporate the natural world into her work. Lindsey and her husband, Ryan, enjoy creating artwork in their rural ceramics studio.
Ryan is a graduate of St. Joseph's College with a degree in Art Education. Ryan's focus is ceramics, and his work has been displayed in galleries in Kentucky and Indiana. Ryan and his wife, Lindsey, enjoy creating artwork in their rural ceramics studio.
Valerie Milholland grew up in Jasper County and received her Art therapy degrees from the University of Evansville and the University of Louisville. She works as an Art Therapist in private practice, and an adjunct instructor at the University of Evansville. Her passions include creative development, recycling old suitcases into works of art, and shrinky dinks.
Marcia Smith-Wood has been an Inter-Play leader for many years, delighting in the way Body and Soul are playfully one, ever teaching us again (despite our stressful world) how to be relaxed, loving, joyful, creative and more free. She is a Presbyterian minister, now engaged in the ministry of Spiritual Direction. She leads retreats and helps individuals pay attention to what God is doing in their lives. She is also a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (energy work), which she shares with Hospice. In addition, Marcia is a Dream Group facilitator, a painter, and a poet. Falling in love with life every day is her passion. Marcia is married with 3 beloved adult children, their beloved spouses, and 5 beloved grandchildren.
Judy Kanne is a retired teacher who draws and paints primarily in watercolor. Judy is known for her ongoing leadership with all things historical in Jasper County and her work with the Jasper County Historical Museum. She recently retired as Director of PAC's Lilian Fendig Gallery but continues to serve on the Prairie Arts Council's Board of Directors.
"I have always been interested in Art in one way or another. I like to try all kinds of mediums and techniques as I find out about them. I am currently a member of Jasper County Art League and a Board member of Prairie Art Council. I feel Art is a wonderful thing and being creative is important; there is room for it in everyone's life in one form or another."
Shannon Anderson is a third grade teacher and children's book author. She is the regional adviser for the Indiana Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as a board member on the Indiana State Reading Association. She is excited about her newest book series, Monster and Dragon Write! To learn more about Shannon or her books, visit her website at www.shannonisteaching.com. You can also sign up there for her newsletter for free resources and big announcements.
"I'm a lifelong resident of northern Jasper county with a love for nature and creative adventures. I've dabbled in several different mediums over the course of many years. I find that many creative endeavors can be useful as well as beautiful. Being open to new ideas and art forms is thrilling! Let's explore together!"
Kelley Spurgeon holds a BS from Ball State University and currently teaches high school art at Rensselaer Central High School. She is also a Prairie Arts Council board member and helps coordinate the exhibitions. In her spare time she works in mixed media art journals. The journals are portable forms of art that allow her to work in paint, pen, collage, and a variety of materials.