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The Fine Arts Advisory Team coordinates art exhibits featuring works by members and friends of Second Presbyterian Church. Most of these installations are in McFarland Hall, on the third floor of the north addition.

John Krauss - Photographer

June 9 - July 28, 2013

Artist’s Statement

Photography is my avocation, especially when I travel.  These photos reflect the way I try to find the unusual in the ordinary.  I especially enjoy looking for forms of art in nature and sharing those images with others.

My interest in photography dates back to the ‘60s when I was photo editor for a high school newspaper and year book.  Six years ago, I made the transition to digital work and have attended five different photography schools around the world.  There I have come to enjoy the camaraderie of learning from other photographers who seek to perfect their skills. 
One of my recent photographs, “Three Ladies and Fidel,” ran in the Sunday New York Times’ “Why We Travel” feature (November 27, 2011).  Additionally, three of my photographs were published in a book Maine Frame, Maine media Workshops, Blurb Publishing, San Francisco, 2009.

The Indiana Supreme Court and the United States District Court of the Southern District of Indiana photo series have been made into photo note cards.
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Krauss is an Indianapolis attorney/mediator, on the faculty at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis. 

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           LONE CYPRESS             THREE LADIES AND FIDEL

All images © John L. Krauss


Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. --- Philippians 4:8


Basil Smotherman

(April 7 -June 2, 2013)

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POLKA DOT SHOES

Smotherman is the Chairman of the Visual Arts Department at North Central High School and a member of Light of The World Christian Church. His passion for art was developed at an early age. He cannot remember when art was not a part of his life, but soon realized that this gift must constantly be developed. As he tells his students, “If it was easy, anybody could do it.” He is confident that Pablo Picasso was correct in saying, “All children are born artists; the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”

The Eighth Day of Creation
Annual Open Art Exhibit
(September 30 – November 30, 2012)

Each artist in the Second Church community is invited to submit a work of art – painting, drawing, photograph, sculpture, collage, ceramic, mixed media – for our sixth annual church-wide fine arts exhibit presented by the Fine Arts Advisory Team of the Department of Music and Fine Arts. The exhibit has become a church tradition, celebrating the glory of God’s creation and inviting us to delight in the wonderful gifts of God’s people. This year we are celebrating the theme of “Sacred Journeys” to complement the fall sermon series. It is not necessary that your art relate to the theme but if it does or you are so inspired, consider entering it in the exhibit.

In Search of Blessings

(August-September 2012)

Many members and friends of Second have made pilgrimages to holy places, some of which are famous and some of which are not so well-known. The Fine Arts Advisory Team shared the memories of members' pilgrimages.

The concept of pilgrimage is deeply embedded in human faith. Certain places are held to be especially holy; people visit them, pilgrims searching for the blessings of healing, forgiveness, enlightenment, comfort, a deeper and richer awareness of God’s presence with us, a more vital relationship with our Creator and Redeemer. Photographs, drawings, and paintings illustrating the journeys and the destinations of pilgrimages were exhibited. Other works of art, including those purchased on pilgrimage were also on display.

Between Paper and Palette

(June - July 2012)

The Fine Arts Advisory Team featured an exhibit of watercolors by the “Between Paper and Palette” artists. This group of local watercolor artists paints together on a regular basis to encourage each other to create art that reflects the visual beauty of God’s world in many subject forms both representational and abstract. Many of the artists have exhibited in the Hoosier Salon, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Artists Club, Indiana Heritage Arts, Southside Art League, Indiana State Fair, and National Watercolor Society. Several of these artists have received awards in these various juried shows. Each artist is at a different point in their artistic journey but is dedicated to this medium.

 

Works by Donna Shortt & Debbie Slack
(April 7 - June 2, 2012) 

Donna Shortt is a life-long Indiana resident and skilled in the use of oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics. She is now concentrating on perfecting her skills in the pastel and oil mediums.

She enjoys painting plein air landscapes and light-filled still life sets in her studio. She is part of a group that meets weekly for life drawing as it is her continuing desire to improve her drawing and painting skills.

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She has held workshops in the pastel medium as well as weekly classes that teach adult students various ways to paint and draw with pastels, the surfaces and materials used as well as composition, color and under painting techniques. '

My inspiration to paint starts with the light at early morning or late afternoon and I would be content to spend most of my time capturing it. Color is just as important which is why pastels are my favorite medium. I consider each painting not a destination but a journey.'

Debbie Slack was born and raised in Indianapolis, attended North Central High School and graduated from Indiana University. She and her husband along with their three children have been members of Second Pres for nearly twenty years. After working in the field of social work, she started painting about five years ago and has found that she truly enjoy the process of creating something that she hopes will touch the viewer.

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Her favorite thing is painting landscapes, particularly vast landscapes with big skies and expansive views. In Debbie's words, " It is in these scenes that I most feel the presence of God and the wonder of his creation. In my journey as an artist, I have discovered the joy of expressing this presence in everything from the ocean, to a flower, or a crumbling building. It is my hope that others will see this as well."

 


“Mysteries and Contrasts”


Photography by Mike Bowman
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Mike Bowman, a member of Second Presbyterian Church, has loved photography since his days in the Boy Scouts! He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. He studied at Herron School of Art, Ansel Adams Workshops, Asilomar Workshop, and Yosemite Workshop. Has taught for the Friends of Photography in Carmel and San Francisco, was a photographic assistant to Ansel Adams in his workshops, and has conducted his own workshops in Sun Valley, Idaho. Mike taught at the Art Center for over 35 years.


The Student’s Eye
Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities 
(February 12 - March 31, 2012)

We are delighted to host this exhibit of outstanding art by high school students for the third year. Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities attracts highly talented artists from around the city. Students create excellent works of art in many different media; this exhibit showcases some of their best work. Teachers Debra Tyte, Tim Williams, and Jim Arnoldt chose the works for the exhibit and encouraged the students to participate.

Broad Ripple Magnet High School offers students the opportunity for specialized study in the arts. The magnet program provides college preparatory and individualized instruction designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete and succeed as productive citizens. Admission to the magnet school is by application only; an audition is also required. This program is designed to prepare talented students to select a possible career in visual arts and to provide them with the ability to perform at the highest level of their individual abilities. This exhibit is the product of the Broad Ripple Magnet High School / Second Presbyterian Church Partnership, which celebrates the church’s connections to the school. Many Broad Ripple graduates are members of Second.

 Moment by Moment
by Doris J. Brinkman - Painter, Printmaker and Teacher 
(February 12 - March 31, 2012) 

The extraordinary drawings of well-known Indiana artist Doris Brinkman returned to McFarland Hall. The exhibit, “Moment by Moment,” is presented annually as a special Lenten experience.

Ms. Brinkman’s works invite us to prayerfully engage in a spiritual journey through the life and Passion of our Lord Jesus, joining our own experience of Christ to those of the people who saw him. Ms. Brinkman says, “In the drawings I hope to express the response of the individuals in scripture at the moment Christ reveals to them who he is. There among them we may find ourselves.” A brief guide to the twelve drawings will be provided, and you are invited to use it to enter into the drawings in meditation as you move through the exhibit.

Speaking of her work, Ms. Brinkman states, “I work with a variety of media and subject matter utilizing the one which enables me to express an idea most effectively. The majesty of nature often provides inspiration. Most recently my work has focused on the human face revealing the spiritual quest of the individual. While the medium and subject may vary, the theme remains consistent. The major part of my work stems from my belief in the presence of God in the journey of the human spirit.”

The exhibit appeared at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Carmel and at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, before Ms. Brinkman graciously donated the drawings to Second Presbyterian Church. Ms. Brinkman holds the Master of Art Education degree from Herron School of Art and taught for 25 years in the Indianapolis Public Schools and Broad Ripple High School. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally, and its excellence has been recognized in the many awards her paintings and prints have received.


Dorothy Chase Nature's Impressions
       and
Martha Wagoner Flora and Fauna
(January 8, 2012 – February 11, 2012)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Dorothy Chase
A degree in Biology from the University of Illinois reflects Dorothy’s life-long interest in nature. She is a former school teacher and Advanced Master Gardener primarily known for her award winning watercolors of nature scenes. Her paintings can be found in many collections throughout the U.S.

To quote Dorothy: "
I find painting to be very fulfilling and I enjoy seeing my visions come to life. I try to capture the simple and elegant wonder found in nature, along with the detailed beauty often seen. I try to show the splendor found in nature’s perfection. I love the challenge of each new painting."


Martha Wagoner
Martha graduated from the Butler University School of Pharmacy in 1965 and is now a retired pharmacist. For over 30 years she has been working in oils, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, and pen and ink art mediums. Recently she was introduced to scratchboard art and has done several animals in this medium. A member of many groups and societies, she states “the change from pharmacist to creative artist has been a very rewarding one for me. I enjoy putting many subjects into artwork, especially the delicate rendering of flowers, the changing seasons of scenes in Indiana, wildlife and ‘domestic’ animals.”

 

Carol Boarman Exhibit
(November 20 - January 1, 2012)

“I’m interested in creating beauty with soul. Whatever style I’m painting, my goal is to touch another’s inner being with my art.” That, in Carol Boarman’s words, is her feeling about her art. The Fine Arts Advisory Team is proud to exhibit her work from November 20, 2011, to January 7, 2012, in McFarland Hall.

Carol is not new to Second Church. She has exhibited her work before at various exhibits here. One of her most beautiful pieces, Archangel, is on permanent display in Room 356.

Carol has over 30 years of successful experience in painting fine art, Byzantine icons and pieces expressing spiritual emotion. She says, “A spiritual theme or religious presence has appeared in my art throughout my career. The gold leaf has been in my work from the beginning, first in my Byzantine icons and has been carried into my abstracts.

“Spirituality has become a major part of my life. The spiritual world is all around us. Since September 11, and the current world situation, many people are in need of a spiritual connection. Angels have appeared in my work. At first, not consciously, but as people could see them in my abstracts, I started looking for them too. These paintings are a part of my spiritual journey. I hope they will speak to you as part of your spiritual journey.”

Carol is a resident artist at Mavris Art and Event Center and the owner of Archangel Michael Art Studio.


"Home" - A Mixed Media Photography Exhibit
The works of Janet Rhamy Broyles
(August 8 - September 22, 2011)

Janet was born in Wabash, Indiana, graduated from Marion High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Her family moved to Phoenix twenty years ago. After her mother’s death in 2009, the concept of “home” has continually been in her thoughts. After pouring over old family photos, Janet scanned and restored the images digitally. Intrigued by the combination of the old photos with contemporary digital images, Janet added colors, layers, and embellishments. The result is a mixed media photography exhibit.

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The Artwork of Willa VanBrunt
(June 12 - August 6, 2012)

Willa VanBrunt has been a member of Second Church for nearly 50 years and the Fine Arts Advisory Team was delighted to have her exhibit of photography and abstract images.  Willa has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and a master’s in education from Butler University.  She also has studied art at the University of Indianapolis.  She taught art for 8 years in the Indianapolis Public Schools and has exhibited in international and national art shows. Having been a member of the Nevada Art Society, Hoosier Salon and Watercolor Society of Indiana, Willa is currently a member of Indiana Artists’ Club.All images are copyrighted by the artists and may not be downloaded from this web page for any purpose without the written consent of the artist. All images are copyrighted by the artists and may not be downloaded from this web page for any purpose without the written consent of the artist.

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All images are copyrighted by the artists and may not be downloaded from this web page for any purpose without the written consent of the artist.



Fiber Art in the Church - Artists from INFiber
(April 17 - June 10, 2011)

INfiber
is an association of fiber artists in the Indianapolis and surrounding central Indiana area who meet regularly to promote their professional artistic development through networking, educational programs, and exhibition opportunities.
Interests of the INfiber artists include studio art quilts, wearable art, surface design, soft sculpture and art dolls, weaving, and fiber mixed media. Techniques employed include hand-dyeing and hand-painting of fabrics, discharge, printing, stamping, batik, machine and hand embroidery, and beading. Their work includes both 2D and 3D expressions. The goals of INfiber are the introduction and promotion of the aesthetic qualities of fiber and fabric-based, original art to the viewing public and the continued artistic growth of its members.



The Students' Eye
Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities
(March 5 - April 16, 2011)
Once again, we were delighted to host this exhibit of outstanding art by high school students. Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities attracts talented artists from around the city.  Students create excellent works of art in many different media; this exhibit showcases some of their best work.  For this exhibit, teachers Debra Tyte, Tim Williams, Jim Arnoldt, and Cindy Swanson chose works for the exhibit and encouraged the students to participate.



A World of Color and Texture - Paintings by Bob Bratton
(June 6 – July 30, 2010)

Bob is a semi-retired dentist and IU faculty member who started painting about fifteen years ago.  He and his wife Sally are members of Second Presbyterian and sing in the choir.  Bob’s watercolors are full of the rich textures of creation and demonstrate his love of history and nature.  Whether he’s painting cathedral archways, reflections in the headlamp of an antique Ford, an old steam engine, or a rusted old truck with a spider crawling across its hood, he looks for the texture of the object, and his paintings make us feel the rough stone, shiny paint, or rusting metal.




The Student’s Eye -
Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities (April 11 – June 4, 2010)

We were delighted to host this exhibit of outstanding art by high school students for the second year.  Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities attracts highly talented artists from around the city.  Students create excellent works of art in many different media; this exhibit showcases some of their best work.  Teachers Debra Tyte, Tim Williams, and Jim Arnoldt chose the works for the exhibit and encouraged the students to participate.

Broad Ripple Magnet High School offers students the opportunity for specialized study in the arts. The magnet program provides college preparatory and individualized instruction designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to compete and succeed as productive citizens.  Admission to the magnet school is by application only; an audition is also required.  This program is designed to prepare talented students to select a possible career in visual arts and to provide them with the ability to perform at the highest level of their individual abilities. This exhibit is the product of the Broad Ripple Magnet High School / Second Presbyterian Church Partnership, which celebrates the church’s connections to the school.  Many Broad Ripple graduates are members of Second. 



Drawings by Doris J. Brinkman - Painter, Printmaker and Teacher (February 14 - April 9, 2010)

The extraordinary drawings of well-known Indiana artist Doris Brinkman returned to McFarland Hall.  The exhibit, “Moment by Moment,” is presented annually as a special Lenten experience.
Ms. Brinkman’s works invite us to prayerfully engage in a spiritual journey through the life and Passion of our Lord Jesus, joining our own experience of Christ to those of the people who saw him.  Ms. Brinkman says, “In the drawings I hope to express the response of the individuals in scripture at the moment Christ reveals to them who he is.  There among them we may find ourselves.”  A brief guide to the twelve drawings will be provided, and you are invited to use it to enter into the drawings in meditation as you move through the exhibit.

Speaking of her work, Ms. Brinkman states, “I work with a variety of media and subject matter utilizing the one which enables me to express an idea most effectively.  The majesty of nature often provides inspiration.  Most recently my work has focused on the human face revealing the spiritual quest of the individual.  While the medium and subject may vary, the theme remains consistent.  The major part of my work stems from my belief in the presence of God in the journey of the human spirit.”

The exhibit appeared at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Carmel and at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, before Ms. Brinkman graciously donated the drawings to Second Presbyterian Church.  Ms. Brinkman holds the Master of Art Education degree from Herron School of Art and taught for 25 years in the Indianapolis Public Schools and Broad Ripple High School.  Her work has appeared in numerous exhibits locally, regionally, and nationally, and its excellence has been recognized in the many awards her paintings and prints have received. 



Paintings by Roger Merkel (July 25 - September 19, 2009)

Roger Merkel was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and followed a career in federal law enforcement (deputy U.S. Marshal in Washington, D.C., and in Indiana, and criminal investigator for the U.S. Treasury Department) until 1989, when he began painting on a full-time basis.  Growing up in the ‘50s, Roger was constantly exposed to the work of America’s great illustrators such as N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Norman Rockwell.  Roger was impressed not only with their superb draftsmanship, but also with their ability to tell an entire story with a single picture.  That is a difficult goal to achieve, but it is the one Roger has set for himself.

Roger, who is a member of Second, lives in Indianapolis with his wife Ginger, a dog, and three cats.



Art in Real Life: An Exploration of Decorative and Functional Art
(June 7 - July 24, 2009)

Art is not confined to galleries or museums.  Many of the things of our daily lives are works of art that bear forth both beauty and practicality.  This exhibit featured pieces by members and friends of our congregation, utilizing traditionally functional media - fabric, glass, and ceramics, to name only a few - to create beautiful works of art.




The Student's Eye: An Exhibition by the students of the Visual Arts Magnet of Broad Ripple High School
(April 19 - June 6, 2009)



Moment by Moment: Drawings by Doris Brinkman
, a special Lenten experience (February 28-April 18, 2009)



Lifting the Spirit: an exhibit by "Between Paper and Palette"
(January 11-February 27, 2009)