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The 2018 Empty Bowls Soup Supper

In exchange for a cash donation, guests will choose their favorite hand-crafted clay bowl and enjoy a simple meal, keeping the bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls here in our area and throughout the world.

  • Saturday, March 17, 2018; 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. EDT at The Center at Donaldson.
  • Money raised at this event will be donated to The Food Bank of Northern Indiana to feed the hungry. Every dollar can provide up to nine meals. Hunger impacts thousands of people right here in our area.
  • Regional clay artists will exhibit and sell other clay artworks at the supper.
  • Dinner music provided.
  • Buy Tickets Here

Crosshatched: A Cartoonist's Perception

Deana Gottschalk is a freelance single-panel magazine cartoonist living in Rochester, Indiana. Her first published cartoon appeared in First for Women magazine in 1990. Her cartoons have appeared in over 36 publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, The National Review, Medical Economics, Hoard's Dairyman, Saturday Evening Post, American Legion Magazine, Barron's, and The Wall Street Journal.

The Purdue University graduate returned to Purdue later to take a continuing adult education class from nationally recognized cartoonist and gag writer Rex “Baloo” May. Since then, she has worked in partnership with Rex and other gag writers from around the country. Her husband, David, and their son, Dean, have also contributed funny lines that have resulted in sales.

The artworks in this exhibit have crossed many humor desks over the years. Most of them have been rejected more than once, but some of the luckier ones published in The Wall Street Journal and Medical Economics are here, too.

Garden of Vessels: Exploration of Clay Art

Wamsley’s studies in the arts began at an early age and continued on to Indiana University in Bloomington. She was accepted into the BFA program where she worked with many talented teachers and students and was Artist In Residence at the Campus Community Center for two years. Wamsley received the Carolyn Marmon Award for Sculpture at the Indianapolis Annual Art show in 1981.

After moving to Los Angeles, she opened her own clay studio, showed in many galleries and served as President of the American Ceramic Society (SOCAL) from 2005-2007. While in LA, Wamsley worked with such well known ceramicists as Paul Soldner and Tom Coleman, Rudy Fleck at Loyola University and Roger Porter at Glendale College. During this time, she received an award from the Los Angeles Art Critic, First Place at the Presidents Show and many other awards.

At her Syracuse, Indiana studio today, Wamsley said, “My artistic concerns delve into historical clay melding into my imaginary oceanic world. These vessels are my narrative homages to historical/future/nature versus tech. I use multiple firings and very textured lava/ash glazes.”

MoonTree Studios, a ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, challenges people toexperience mindfulness as they fearlessly explore the interconnectedness of art, nature, and the Spirit within. Through participation in MoonTree experiences, people awaken to their creative potential and sow the seeds for a more mindful, compassionate and sustainable Earth Community.For more information on MoonTree, visit www.moontreestudios.org, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call us at 574-935-1712.

Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ International Art Exhibit opens July 24, 2017

Finding the Light (and the Shadows) by Daniel J. Slattery Opens Saturday, April 22, 2017 at MoonTree Gallery

MoonTree Studios invites you to meet the artist at the opening reception for Finding the Light (and the Shadows) to be held in the gallery on Saturday, April 22, 2017; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The featured artist is South Bend watercolorist Daniel J. Slattery.

Slattery uses control and detail to capture dramatic effects of light and color in his watercolor work. His artwork has included portraits, landscapes and seascapes, as well as book and magazine illustration. Slattery has taught watercolor at the South Bend Museum of Art, the Buchanan Art Center, and MoonTree Studios. He is a member of the St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society and past President of Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. Slattery has served on the Boards of Directors of both organizations.

About Finding the Light (and the Shadows), Slattery says, “The most compelling element in any painting I attempt is the dramatic effect of light and shadow. Contrast always plays a large role in shaping my approach to a subject. In recent years, dramatic low light scenes which evoke strong moods and memories have come to the forefront. In each case, light, shadow, and atmosphere play a prominent role in preserving in paint a definite time, place, and emotion. Using careful control to depict details of light and shadow, I try to create scenes that appear so real that the viewer feels that it would be possible to step into the painting.”

MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Groups are welcome. Please call in advance for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Finding the Light (and the Shadows) will be May 26, 2017.

Down to Earth Opens at MoonTree Gallery on Saturday, March 11, 2017

Michael and Darcee Thoren of Petersburg, Indiana, make art inspired by the natural world. Michael’s expression takes the form of wheel-thrown pottery with raku finishing. Darcee’s work is multi-media. Come and see why they say that art has enriched and expanded their world, when Down to Earth opens on Saturday, March 11, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST at MoonTree Gallery.

The artists welcome the opportunity to personally tell you more about their creative endeavors. They chose to call the show Down to Earth because in their minds, that title encompasses the interests and beliefs that have provided the foundation for their art. “Making art has greatly enriched our lives,” Michael began. Darcee nodded, “We have met many kind and interesting people and visited places that we might have otherwise never seen. We have learned so much about ourselves in the process. Art has enriched and expanded our world.”

The art that the Thorens each make came about as a result of their shared interest in the natural world. The multi-media pieces that Darcee creates are based on a love of color, texture, and pattern. She feels a deep desire to express the personality and spirit of the creatures and landscapes of our planet. Michael’s raku pottery is the result of his combined interests, Art and Science. Michael’s wheel-thrown clay pieces are truly born of fire: natural materials such as dry leaves, straw, pine needles, and even horse hair contribute to the one-of-a-kind nature of every piece. By literally getting Down to Earth, the Thorens follow their innate curiosity to create art that reflects passion for the world and its inhabitants.

Michael and Darcee Thoren embody the mission of MoonTree Studios. They explained, “Our journey started with us carving out some time and space in order to explore the possibilities. So many people are drawn to the idea of manifesting their own unique expressions of creativity, but often that’s where it ends. We have discovered that the struggle is in believing that we have the right to make art…the right to take the time to sit down, think, and explore. Making art is neither a lofty, rarified purpose nor a frivolous endeavor. It is Down to Earth. It is a practical and realistic activity that we can all do. It's an opportunity to settle ourselves, to consider our lives, to express our thoughts and feelings, and to connect with others. We are dedicating this show to Shirley Hume (Darcee's mother) who has encouraged all of our family's artistic endeavors whether it be writing, painting, drawing, sculpting, or raku pottery. She's always said, "You'll never know unless you try." In that spirit, we hope that sharing our artwork encourages others to express their unique creativity and to put it out into the world. ”

Michael and Darcee Thoren’s 3D artwork, Down to Earth, will be on display at MoonTree Gallery from March 11 through April 7, 2017. MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST during winter. Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712 for group tour arrangements, or for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Down to Earth will be Friday, April 7, 2017.

In The Loop Opens at MoonTree Gallery on Saturday, January 21, 2017

The beauty and precision of Nordic, stranded knitting has become Laura Ricketts’ passion. Get a glimpse into why the handcrafts of Scandinavia’s nomadic peoples, the Sámi, have been such an inspiration in her life when In The Loop opens on Saturday, January 21, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST at MoonTree Gallery.

Ricketts is a knitter, knitwear designer, teacher and author. Most recently she has shared her talents as a TV show host on In the Loop with Laura, a regional cable show. A history teacher by profession with a master's degree in education, Ricketts has combined a love for history, literature and textiles in her handcraft teaching.

“My mom taught me how to knit and purl when I was young, but it was only when I was in college that I bought yarn for a project and knit from a pattern,” Ricketts explains. “I've really grown in my knitting from similarly minded friends and from online communities like Ravelry.”

“I started designing my own patterns a few years ago, and publishing in magazines shortly after that. Many of my patterns are driven by historical stories and textiles. I've designed lace inspired by the oldest known bra, and sweaters from those worn by royalty as they fled the Nazis in 1940. My favorite pieces to play with, however, are mittens! Mittens are small, but can easily show off a color or design, or accessorize a plain coat.”

Some of Ricketts’ literature-inspired patterns have appeared in Cooperative Press’ Defarge book series. Inspired after teaching and living among the nomadic peoples of Mongolia, Laura was intrigued by the handcrafts of Scandinavia’s nomadic peoples, the Sámi, and asked the question, “What have the Sámi contributed to Nordic Knitting?” The answer has turned into a wonderful quest, and has blossomed into visits, friendships and wonderful knitwear.

Her work has been featured in Interweave Press’ PieceWork magazine and Knitting Traditions as well as BÁIKI: The North-American Sámi Journal. After an extensive visit to Sapmi, the Sámi traditional homeland, she has also self-published a myriad of Sami-inspired knitting from the Swedish Sámi, Norwegian Sámi, and Finnish Sámi. She is teaching at the North House Folk School and the Janesville knitting guild in February this year, and speaking at the Madison, WI knit guild. In April, Ricketts teaches at Yarnover, a workshop of the Minnesota Knitting Guild. She lives in north-central Indiana.

Laura Rickett’s fiber artwork, In The Loop, will be on display at MoonTree Gallery from January 21 through March 4, 2017. MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST during winter. Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712 for group tour arrangements, or for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for In The Loop will be Saturday, March 4, 2017.