ashley welch


My name is Ashley Welch, I’m an art teacher at Kankakee Valley Intermediate School grades 4-5. I also teach kindergarten art at Wheatfield Elementary. This is my 9th year of teaching art, and 4th at KVIS. I have experience at the high school level as well as lower grades. Technology has allowed me to be innovative and create engaging lessons for all my students.

Barb lucas

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

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 and installations, but also loves her new hobby of making jewelry. You can view her artwork and latest endeavors at

David Herriott

David Herriott holds a BS and MS in Vocal Music and Art from Indiana State University. He has worked in stained glass and fused glass for many years. He currently maintains a studio in Kentland where he lives, providing a full line of services in stained glass. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions. David is an Adjunct Professor of Art as Saint Joseph's college where he teaches various glass courses. He was a long-standing member of the PAC board of directors and ARTCAMP instructor.

Doris Myers

Doris B. Myers holds a BS from Valparaiso University and an MA from Ball State. She retired from public school teaching in 1984 but continues as an artist educator giving lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Her work has been exhibited widely and won numerous awards, including Best of Show at The Art Barn's Annual Juried Show, Valparaiso. Her work is in many corporate and private collections both in the US and abroad. A retrospective of Doris's work created over 70 years was held last year at the Lilian Fendig Gallery.


Gail Woolever

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.

Jessica hopper

Jessica Hopper is a Senior at Anderson University and will be graduating in the summer of 2016. She is studying Psychology and Youth Leadership Development, and will have a minor in Dance Performance and Family science. She has been on the Dean's List, and is a part of Anderson's Student Leadership. She has been the Senate Chair for the Anderson University’s Student Government Executive Staff, was the Alumni officer for her Camarada Sorority, and the Vice President of the Anderson University Girl’s Rugby Team. She plans on going to Graduate School to become a Counselor, study Dance therapies, and pursue a Ph.D. She started dancing when she was three years old and has a passion for teaching children the art of dance.


lindsey preston

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.

Nancy Klockow

Nancy Klockow retired from teaching art at Kankakee Valley High School and now focuses on creating her own art with an emphasis on unique contemporary jewelry. A lifelong student Nancy has studied with some of the top contemporary jewelry artists. She is certified by Rio Grande for PMC, cross certified for Art Clay (silver clay) and accredited to teach Hadar Jacobson's Base Metal Clays.

ryan preston

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

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.

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Abbie parmele

Everyone is welcome to visit Abbie’s Art Studio and Healing Arts Studio at the Upstairs Gallery located at 112 W. Washington, Rensselaer, IN.  Abbie is a Hoosier Salon Artist and certified Healing Touch Practitioner.


Marcia Smith-wood

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. (Helping individuals pay attention to what God is doing in their lives, including leading retreats.) As well as being a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (energy work), which she shares this with Hospice; is a Dream Group facilitator and also 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.