Talents on Display

Rivertown Art Walk will provide
glimpse of area artisans’ work

The three-day event will take place in Vevay, Ind.

VEVAY, Ind. (June 2019) – If you want to be impressed by artists, artisans, authors and even musicians, then visit the Community Art Center of Switzerland County, located on the corner of Main and Ferry streets in Vevay, Ind. This year, the center will focus as the hub of the Rivertown Art Walk, set for June 7-9.
The center has about 40 members and is located in a historic building, which was once a factory, a store and even a bank. The center is the perfect place to showcase the many genres, all by working local artists. From the center, the art walk will expand to different locations from the Farmer’s Market to the Switzerland County Historical Society grounds. Artists will be demonstrating their talents.

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Lou Cougill is a woodturning craftsman and crafts fallen trees and other wooden materials into home décor including bowls, vases, bird houses, bottle openers, holiday ornaments and more.

This year, a new display of agricultural arts will be displayed. Several local restaurants will be participating, such as Third Street Sushi. The American Legion will sponsor a special lunch. This year, three local authors will be participating: Kit Meyerhoff, Robert Hoss and Stephen Vinnei.
The kick-off on June 7 will be a First Friday for Vevay from 6-9 p.m.; then from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The art center’s president, Tim Shackleford, is also an artist. He makes exquisite jewelry as well as fine paintings.
The art center itself contains stained glass in many forms, wood bowls with colored epoxy and live edges, found art (old pieces recycled) including a guitar with old watch gears, pottery with horse hair, painted pottery, delicate and elaborate jewelry, metal vines, felt sculptures, soap, quilts and many oil and water color paintings.
When you visit, you will usually find one or two artists working. Ted and Mary Brown are often there. Mary just started doing stained glass 23 years ago when she discovered a piece of stained glass she wanted to buy. The artist overheard her say she wanted to turn the piece a different way and was dismayed, insisting it must be mounted as it was. So she didn’t buy it, but she did think she could do her own stained glass.
So she took a class and she has never stopped doing it her way. Her items are not luxury items. She loves the way stained glass changes in the light.
The Browns moved to Vevay six years ago, since Mary’s dad had a farm in the Vevay area. Both are from Cincinnati and had other careers there and raised two children. Now she has her own studio at home. Her biggest order to date came about when someone saw she had done a pet portrait in glass. As a result, she was asked to do 850 Christmas ornaments for the National Canine Cancer Foundation.
Ted had been a pipe fitter for 47 years. As he went to art shows, he noticed how metal was being used as art. He already had the skills he needed, so he began to make and buy the tools he would need to weld and shape metal, and now he has his own workshop in his barn. His pieces have been as varied as metal can be. He does custom tables. He did a fountain for the Swiss Wine Festival. He does decorative metal vines. He did the table legs for a local restaurant.
He collaborated with Mary on a beautiful Tiffany style lamp.
Ron Devore is another artist member. He does meticulous paintings of birds especially but other subjects as well. Devore plays old tunes on a dulcimer. He said he has collected more than 20 dulcimers, all made by the ultimate artisan, Warren May, of Berea, Ky.

These artists are just a few of what you might find during a trip to Vevay for the Rivertown Art Walk.

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