Adam Thada is the Director of Ecological Relationships at The Center at Donaldson. He studied prairie restorations at Taylor University and worked as a consultant assessing wetland and upland prairie communities. He serves as a land steward across the Poor Handmaids’ 1,100 acres of forests, wetlands, working farmland and pastures. Prairie restoration and grassland grazing are on-going research interests.
Annie Lightsey has been a facilitator of women’s circles, group experiences, and workshops for the past ten years. She leads participants to discover the artist within and leads drumming workshops. She believes that every person carries the seed of creativity within. Each of us exists as a walking, breathing icon of sacred artistry. The divine potential that we all have finds expression in the art we create. To Annie’s mind, the process of making art is far more important than the product. When someone does the work of painting a painting, writing a poem, or even baking a loaf of bread, he or she creates and experiences something tangible. The creative journey has inspired the artist even as the artist has created a work of inspiration.
Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and even the Caribbean on the Basket Weaving Cruises! Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is her goal. In 2003 she won the distinguished Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge, and in 2009 she added broom making to her repertoire and now it’s a passion, too. In 2016, Bev received the honor of being named an Indiana Artisan.
Bob Allison has over 20 years’ experience leading native seed production, collection, and development for Cardno, an engineering and consulting firm specializing in natural and cultural resource management. For over 40 years he has studied plant use for survival, medicinal and propagation purposes. Bob is passionate about instilling in others the motivation to care for the earth and substantially contribute to the environment’s sustainability for the generations of people to come.
Indiana Artisan Brian Gordy lives in Muncie, Indiana. He has taught art at the university level and privately for over 25 years. Throughout his career, his paintings have depicted the landscapes of the Midwest and the north woods of Michigan and Canada. Brian is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and the Red River Watercolor Society. His works are included in several permanent collections and have been featured in The Best of Watercolor Vol. 3, “Arts Indiana,” “Snowy Egret,” and “Lake Superior” magazines.
Cathy McCormick holds a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She focuses on the landscape as a serene counterpoint to our urban culture and hectic lives. She has worked in oils, watercolors, mixed media and photography, but pastels are her favorite medium. She teaches pastels and drawing and is founder and president of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society.
Cliff Berger, a retired teacher, is an avid botanist and Natural History buff. A member of the Marshall County Historical Society, Cliff has led expeditions to the Grand Kankakee, pointing out evidence of history still on the landscape. Also a Henry David Thoreau fan, Cliff will talk about the land as Thoreau would have. He is a member of MoonTree Studios and an explorer of all things natural. Cliff sits on the Marshall County Plan Commission and independently maintains his log cabin homestead and greenhouses.
Darlene Troyer holds Level I and Level II certification in Metal Clay from PMC Connection. She began working with precious metals over thirteen years ago, and she has studied with noted metal artists such as Celie Fago, Linda Kaye Moses, CeCe Wire and J. Fred Woel. Her jewelry designs have been featured in Metal Clay Artist Magazine Gallery and she has written feature articles for Metal Clay Today magazine. She has exhibited at Carnegie Center for the Arts, Buchanan Art Center, and a number of juried shows. Darlene brings you the newest techniques in precious metals so that you can experience creating a piece of jewelry that is extraordinary.
Diane Overmyer has been painting for over 35 years. Her fine arts education came from Indiana University South Bend and through workshops taught by other noted artists. She has taught various fine art and painting classes or workshops since 2003. Her work is held in over 100 private and public collections throughout the United States and Canada. More information about Diane and her artwork can be found at www.dianeovermyer.com.
Dick Reel has been using primitive methods in woodworking for more than 30 years. He retired as an Extension Educator working in 4-H, Leadership and Community Development. His passion is the Pioneer Village, part of the LaPorte County Fairgrounds. He’s helped to plan the twelve buildings created there over the last 20 years.
Dori Beth Josimovich is a self-taught watercolorist who has been painting for over 15 years. Her work is heavily influenced by country living and a passion for the great outdoors. She has been teaching her process for about five years. She also enjoys commission work and her work is held in both public and private collections. See her work at www.doribeth.com. Dori says, “Let’s color the world!”
Ellen Anne Eddy Bowers is an internationally known fiber artist whose wall art goes beyond the traditional concept of quilting. Fish, bugs, birds, and frogs are found throughout her art, blending her dreams and vision with the natural world. She uses hand-dyed fabrics, lames, machine embroidery, cut-away applique, and layered sheers to create the illusion of flames, water, and mist in her work.