Artists

Anna Kietzman

 

Anna Kietzman is a Plymouth native and self-proclaimed “creative…with moments of artistry”. Growing up in her mother’s art studio, she was surrounded by art early on and developed a true passion for the arts in all forms, specifically visual arts and dance.

Living in Chicago for 6 years, Anna held various creative jobs, such as teaching children’s dance and also received a Masters in Education from National-Louis University. She went on to teach 4th grade in Crown Point for 7 years, often weaving the arts into her classroom.

After returning to Plymouth, Anna joined Heartland’s Advisory Board in 2016 and has since taken on the role of President in 2017, while also teaching children’s art workshops, as well as classes in paper quilling. She thoroughly enjoys being part of Heartland and is wholly dedicated to helping grow the arts in the Plymouth community.

Outside of the Gallery, Anna spends time with her two boys, Danny (9) and Davey (6), her husband Russ, and their dog, Samwise; she also plays competitive tennis in northern Indiana; is an active member of the local Tri Kappa Chapter, and co-chairs the Marshall County Neighborhood Center’s Dancing with the Stars Fundraiser.

Mary Szymczak

I grew up in Michigan City/Long Beach and loved the beach and Lake Michigan. I have been married for over 50 years and have two daughters and five grandchildren.

I started stained glass art in 1977. I had two young children and was looking for a creative hobby. I tried several things but it didn’t fill the gap. A friend and later, the mentor talked me into trying stained glass, and I was hooked. I did not feel creative until
I found stained glass. I love the sparkle, the feel, texture, and the challenge!

I have completed large and small projects, repairs and restorations. I have created special pieces for special people and places.:

Holy Family Church, South Bend
Holy Cross Village, Notre Dame
Chapel at Shupert Home
Meditation Room at Andrea House
Franciscan Friary Chapek, Mishawaka
Restoration on the Chapin Mansion, Niles
Houlihan’s Restaurant

I work on all media of stained glass, copper foil, lead, and zinc. Copper foil is my choice, I like the gentle lines and versatility of it.

3D projects are my favorite. No two are alike and can be viewed from any direction, giving you not one piece of art but three or more just by turning it.

I retired from a ‘normal job’ several years ago and have been able to devote more time to do the job
I love ‘Stained Glass by Mary’. I strive to create
individual, unique pieces of art that will become family treasures. I hope I can create something you will love and treasure.

Tony Straw

Please visit Tony’s website to see more

examples of his work (https://www.tonystrawphotography.com/) or contact him

via email: tonystraw9@hotmaill.com

or by phone 574-250-3142

Tony was voted one of Indiana’s top 25 photographers by his friends and some of his family, Tony has been a photographer since he could hold a camera.

He officially opened Tony Straw Photography in 2016 and specializes in taking photos of the things he loves:  dogs, wildlife, nature, landscapes, and humans. He is available for hire for pet photo

sessions,  all human photo sessions

(except wedding ceremony photos),

Real Estate Photography, Athletic Events, Senior Photo Sessions, Family Photo Sessions, Holiday Photo Sessions, etc…

 

Tony, originally from Culver, IN, lives

in Plymouth with his wife Jennifer and three dogs, Gus, Chloe, and Buddy

Bridget Scutchfield

“Bridget is an active Heartland Artist Member. You can often find her in the Gallery as a docent, as she is a frequent volunteer. If she isn’t in the Gallery, her beautiful work is.

She is an avid painter, often capturing natural subjects, like horses and
flowers with oil paints. Recently she has been creating ornaments from
caning reed. The reed comes from the rattan palm which is imported from
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and China. She weaves and twists
the reed to make beautiful heart
ornaments.

When Bridget isn’t creating, she spends time with her husband, Ralph, also a woodworking artist and tends to her rabbits.

Cindy Boener

Cindy has a BS in Pharmacy from Purdue University and an MM in Church Music, with the highest distinction, from Valparaiso University.

She performs frequently at local farmers’ markets, community events, and at weddings, funerals,
receptions, and other significant life events.

Her harp, Caroline, is a lever harp which means that she is particularly suited for folk, traditional, and/or Celtic music. Most of the music that Cindy plays is her own arrangement and she posts her arrangements regularly on her YouTube Channel.

She has produced three CDs and is working on her fourth, a CD of hymns. She is married to Mike, and they have two sons, Stephen and Anthony and
reside in Plymouth.

Nancy Schmelter

MERMAID JEWELRY
All stones are either from the earth, or they are handmade. Therefore, there will be some differences and flaws, which truly show the pieces to be handcrafted and more interesting. These stones and baubles come from all over the world – many from the artist’s travels. Metals are typically real silver, gold-filled, vermeil, brass, bronze, copper and some blackened pieces. Many
of these metals may tarnish over time, but will clean right up with the proper cleaner!
I am happy to answer any questions about the origins and meanings of these pieces.

If any adjustments or repairs need to be made, these pieces are guaranteed for one year. Please know that some stones are not replaceable in the exact color. size, or shape, so similar substitutions may be necessary.

The proceeds from all Mermaid pieces sold here will go toward several not-for-profit agencies in Marshall County on a rotating basis. (Marshall County Neighborhood
Center, Boys & Girls Club, Wild Rose Moon, REES Theatre Project, Heartland Artists Gallery, and Marshall County Humane
Society.)

Custom requests are available, based upon time constraints.

Cindy Carter

Cindy Carter grew up in Culver. From a young age, she was exposed to many art
and craft mediums by her mother and grandmothers. Over the years she has done floral arranging, dabbled in painting, macramé, embroidery and cross-stitching.

In early 2018, faced with an empty nest after the last of her three children moved out, she started classes in clay making.
She was immediately drawn into the hand building and wheel throwing processes.
The search for a used wheel and kiln of her own and other supplies began shortly after starting the classes. She has enjoyed setting up a home studio and learning all she can about pottery making. She is anxious to keep learning and honing her skills. She has given many of her pieces to family, friends and some charities.

This is her first time displaying in a gallery, but she has sold some of her work at the Culver Farmer’s Market. She enjoys creating in her home studio in the evenings and on weekends when not at work. She looks
forward to sharing her love of making things with her grandchildren. Cindy lives in Culver with her husband Bruce, Lab Ellie and cat Boo.

Marge Burkholder

“I have been painting and drawing most of my life. I am an accomplished artist in several media. Watercolor is one of my favorites.

I enjoy teaching and have taught all ages. Currently, I facilitate watercolor painting at several assisted living, nursing homes and
retirement communities.

Most residents in these facilities have never painted before but are surprised at their first attempt and their success as watercolorists. I find this
to be very rewarding!

I also teach workshops for the more serious artists. These include drawing with graphite, charcoal, pen and ink and watercolor painting.”

Lena Matlis

Any art is an attempt by artists to provide a glimpse into their souls.

“Fine Art Photography is a metaphor for the feeling that the artist is trying to express to the viewer. It’s not about the object, place, or event, but rather about the feeling generated within the artist as part of the process of photography.” P. Myers

For me, there is no greater reward than seeing that someone has been touched by my photographs. It’s like finding a kindred spirit.

Pat Pregel

“I am a lifelong, self-taught artist and crafter who recently started taking classes and joined Heartland Artists.

In the past, I have worked with wood inlay and Intarsia creating pictures of nature scenes and animals. I also developed stacked vertical wood puzzles of barns, lighthouses, and vertical
waterfalls that were sold at craft shows in the Northern Indiana area.

Over a lifetime of gift making, I’ve dabbled in oil painting, quilting, paper crafting, stained glass, and greeting cards. I’ve always had a
keen interest in trying new mediums and
techniques. Recently I’ve returned to painting and have been working with acrylics. I’ve found acrylics provide a range of versatility not found in oils, including the use with resins.

As often happens, one little experiment
working with resin and acrylic paint has led
to my new obsession. I’ve barely scratched
the surface of what is possible with this medium and plan to continue to experiment and further develop my skills.

Perry Olshein

I am a representational artist that works in oil
exclusively. I am a studio painter that works from photographs. I do a lot of house portraits but no pet portraits. I take pride in the fact that my subject matter varies from urbanscapes to still lifes to
interiors as well as landscapes. I love painting
sunsets and winterscapes. My style is realistic
with a good dose of painterly flair.

Perry’s Philosophy
“To me, life is a banquet, I want to eat it, and I want to paint it. So how do I choose what to paint next?
I can almost taste it!“

Perry started his painting career in 2009 by taking weekly private lessons and an artist was born. His paintings are interpretative in a painterly fashion but are not abstract. He competes in juried shows and has won awards. He also has participated in one and two-man shows, been accepted into Oil Painters of America and in 2019 had a painting juried into
Indiana’s most prestigious art show, the Hoosier Salon.

He draws inspiration from nature, his daily experiences and his travels. His subject matter varies from landscapes to urbanscapes to even an occasional still life. He continually creates new paintings, so please, visit his website often

Kathy Zentz

Kathy has had a love of art since early childhood. And ended up with a career in teaching art. She has also been a seamstress all her life, another art form.

She is a retired art teacher of 38 years.
As the only teacher for grades seven through twelfth grade, she had extensive experience in almost all mediums. She
believes in forever learning.

She has and is always challenging herself.
Textile or fabric is her favorite media and is in her comfort zone. She uses photo ideas from her world travels and enjoys
translating those images into mixed media pieces. Nature is usually a theme in her work and represents her love of color and design. She is intense with every
detail and it shows in all her creative
projects.

As an active member of Heartland Artists Kathy has taught many of the art classes for all ages. It is important to encourage and support the arts for all ages. Challenging creativity is her goal in every endeavor.

 Rosie Mireles

Rosie Mireles was born in Texas but lived in Chicago for most of her life. She also lived in Miami, Florida where she was a flight attendant for
Eastern Airlines. While working for the airlines she had the opportunity to travel to Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Germany, Egypt, Paris, London, the Americas, and the Caribbean. During her travels, she visited many art museums and some of the
studios of artists including Dali, El Greco, Freida Kalo, and Diego Rivera. Thus began her love of art and art history.

During her time off in Chicago, she went to the University of Illinois where she studied studio arts, the psychology of color, as well as the different styles of painting and photography through the ages. These are the influences in her life. The last eighteen years of her life were spent on the streets of Chicago as a police officer and was again
influenced by the daily comings and goings of the colorful neighborhoods where she worked and lived. Her art is a mixture of emotion and
passionate expressions of life through color and
application. Rosie paints in pastels and also in acrylic. Her earlier paintings are a combination
of acrylic and oil.

Louise Amundson

“I first became interested in art at a very early age. My report card in Kindergarten listed my interests as ‘modeling clay and stringing beads’. During her high school years, the ceramics class rekindled her love of clay.

I create some popular and ordinary things like cups, bowls, and teapots, but my favorite things to make are very unusual and unique one-of-a-kind items. That is why I love working in clay; I can squeeze, shape and mold all sorts of things, from the ordinary to the extraordinary; from cups and bowls to sculptures. This is the only art medium in which I have been interested.

It has always been just a mere dream of mine
to create with clay, and now is a great time
to be creative!

My work is displayed at Heartland Art Gallery and occasionally at some art and craft festivals”.

Vickie Cook

Vickie is a retired art teacher and potter.
She can often be found volunteering in the Heartland Artists Gallery as a docent and
helping with the pottery program.

Vickie is a former art teacher with the
Plymouth Schools. She received her B.A. in
art education from Purdue and her M.A.
in Fine Arts from Notre Dame, and retired
in 2012 after teaching for 38 years.

Originally from Bourbon, Vickie has lived in Plymouth for 46 years with her husband George, a retired Fire Chief for the City of
Plymouth, and her two sons, Phil and Andy.

Vickie likes to try new things and is always
trying or inventing a new technique and loves working with new glazes. When not throwing pots, Vickie enjoys spending time with her 6 grandkids and loves to travel.

James Holderread

From a very young age, James Dee Holderread has always been creative. While in school he took art classes but never flourished in the arts. As
he grew older he found many other ways to express his creativity. Such as landscaping, floral arrangements, interior decorating, crocheting, sewing and being a dog groomer. All of these things helped to explore his creative side.

It was in the summer of 2018 a couple of artist friends told him he just needed some direction. He enrolled in painting classes at Heartland Artists Gallery to give him the inspiration he needed.

Gloria Seitz

Gloria Seitz has loved making art since she was a young child. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in Art Education.

She has been teaching art in many different
settings including Heartland School of Art in
Plymouth, Sylvan Way Christian Schools in
Bremerton, WA, Good Shepherd Montessori, Bethel College, Arborwood and Juday Creek
Retirement Facilities in South Bend.

She offers the opportunity for everyone, kids, through adults to challenge their artistic side and opens her classes up to both; parents with their children and/or grandchildren with their
grandparents.

Gloria’s favorite setting for teaching classes has been through her business, New Creations Art Classes, for the last eighteen years. Gloria enjoys working in watercolor, acrylic, pencil, and photography. She is also an accomplished muralist and illustrator.

Mikayla Knepper

Mikayla was born and raised in Plymouth, Indiana. Her parents are Rick and Amy and she has one older sibling who is a recent college graduate. She also has two little Shih Tzus named Rambo and Rocky.

In school, Mikayla has participated in color guard for the past four years and has competed in numerous
contests. She loves spending time drawing and
painting with all different materials. After spending the past four years experimenting with different
mediums, she found that she loves to work with graphite and colored pencil. After high school, she plans on going to college and majoring in art to hopefully become a professional artist one day.

It is our privilege to show Mikayla’s art as our first Featured High School Artist at the Gallery.

Jayne Jacobson

Jayne grew up in Wyoming and Montana and then settled in Indiana. She was always interested in drawing and painting, but like so many others, she was not able to devote herself to it during college,
raising children and teaching elementary school. Whenever possible, she would squeeze in an art class at IUSB, Ancilla, South Bend Museum of Art and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Many years ago she enrolled in an art experience class at Ancilla College. Eight different media were taught including weaving, calligraphy, wire
sculpture, hooking, and enameling. She had no idea what ‘enameling’ was but thought all the other things sounded interesting. When she took that first glowing piece of glass fused to copper out of the kiln, she was hooked! She has been enameling ever since.

There are many different forms and techniques in enameling which is the fusing of ground glass to metal- either copper, silver or gold. She chooses to create framed wall pieces and jewelry.

Jayne is fascinated by the many properties and forms of glass. She also creates works in stained glass, fused or slumped glass, glass mosaic pieces and dichroic glass jewelry formed in her kiln. Jayne also teaches enameling at Heartland Gallery, MoonTree Studios and in her studio.

Carrolyne Babcock

Carrolyne has lived on a farm in Marshall County for over 40 years. She raises hay, perennials, grasses, and cats. She loves taking photos of her flowers and the
dragonflies, butterflies, and hummingbirds that visit them. Carrolyne also takes pictures of the countryside, old barns and the scenes along the Yellow River. The paintings she creates from these photos are done in watercolor, acrylic, oil, and pastel. She likes to experiment once in a while with texture or using the media in different ways to create an abstract.

She has taught classes in painting, tole
and decorative painting, and nature printing. She also makes jewelry from polymer clay, dominoes, beads and uses woodburning techniques on gourd and wood pieces.

Carrolyne is a charter member of Heartland Artists, serving as co-chair of the Annual Regional Art Exhibit for 25 years. She is currently serving as curator
of the Gallery and oversees exhibits and
receptions.

June Pullen

“In 1976 I was offered a class in stained glass. It looked interesting and different so I tried it, and found I enjoyed it. I do quite a few window panels and I really like the challenge of making
3-D pieces.

Stained glass requires my concentration; the stress is sufficiently different from my day-to-day tension to require a “shift of gears” to accomplish my goals. I’m “mechanically” inclined, so the technical problems are challenging when I work in 3D.

Most of my art is for family and friends and by the commission. I have displayed some at Heartland Artists Gallery in Plymouth. I enjoy the beauty in all
its forms, but I would probably classify my main
interests as being crafts; for example, in addition to stained glass I also do beading, embroidery,
crocheting and knitting.

I think stained glass is a medium that can be used to express one’s artistic taste and talent if you weren’t blessed with creative fingers. Glass colors are “pre-chosen” for you, combining is your choice. Construction of 3-dimensional items requires
innovation and experimentation … a little
engineering “know-how” also helps!

Jennifer Calhoun

“One of my favorite gifts as a child was a “Learn
to Draw” set and I was enthralled by the idea of putting together shapes and shading them. I could create beautiful groupings of objects and shapes that soon became realistic scenes. As an adult, I still had this passion to create and was searching for a creative outlet and discovered an artist in the area who gave lessons. She taught a representational style of oil painting that appealed to me and I
studied with her for ten years.

Although I didn’t paint for a number of years,
I continually looked at the scenery with my artistic
eye visualizing how it would look if I painted it.
My love of painting has been intensified through
this learning experience, I now see and paint more realistically. I also like to improvise by mixing
several techniques to create a new style of painting. I am continually tickled to try new mediums, forms, substrates and techniques and wonderfully surprised at the outcome.

I would enjoy bringing your want/need to an
artistic reality through my commissioned work.”

Christa Risher

Observation in nature is my flow.

I get happily lost in its process: unearthing the layers, utilizing all of my senses, focusing on transitions, and memorizing the light. I absorb the broad strokes of the horizon, but am truly fascinated by the minutiae. I look for striking patterns in unexpected places. Living harmoniously with the natural world—and with child-like wonderment—is everything to me.

 

The art it inspires is my joy and my self-discovery.

I thrive on unlocking local palettes, seeing things in fresh new ways and capturing these vibrant notions between brush and paper. By creating art and sharing it, I reveal a piece of myself, and that feels significant and beautiful. 

 

The workings of watercolors themselves hold so much wonder. I use mostly genuine earth pigments and find them magical and natural. I love their unpredictability which keeps me playing, learning and seeking. My art will always be a work in progress.   

 

Everyday my connections to the outdoors grow deeper, whether I’m on my paths through the woods, my long swims, or my country road commute, which slices through fields framed by distant forest stands. My seasonal bird visitors, frequent interactions with wildlife, and passion for gardening constantly unveil new lessons. Pilgrimages to the coasts of Maine and Florida instill awe in me each time—but so does my life on a small kettle lake with its sounds, aromas, reflections and ever-changing light.

 

I have known from the beginning that I would live a life focused on the visual arts. From those first clouds I eagerly studied as a little girl, to the extra hours and electives with my fabulous art teacher who inspired me throughout high school—all the way to my clear directives in art school and my graphic arts career—I have always recognized what motivates me and makes me feel whole.  

 

I earned a BFA at the Ball State University School of Art with a major in Graphic Design and I am the Art Director at Vanadco Signs. I serve on the Board of Directors at Heartland Artists Gallery and feel driven to help inspire creativity and a love for the arts in our community.

Janet Reese

Janet’s interest in art began as a child always doodling, drawing and painting. In high school, she helped design the yearbook and was the yearbook photographer.
During her school years Janet won several art awards, but never really gave serious thought to pursuing art.
In 1982 she enrolled in some evening non-credit art classes, just for fun. Her teacher encouraged her to
pursue a career in art so she enrolled in commercial art classes at Ivy Tech. At the time she was also working at a state park. The new nature center in the park was in need of natural history displays, and other promotional artwork. That was the start of her working in the graphic and commercial art field for over 27 years. Her experience includes newspaper advertisement, logo designs and corporate identity, outdoor signage, designs for a screen printer, and as a graphic designer in the education field. Janet was dedicated to graphic arts as a freelance designer and worked from her home office.

In 2011 she began turning her attention to a fine art but most seriously pursuing it by the end of 2013. Janet
enjoys working with pastels, acrylics, ceramics, creating 3D mixed media art and some photography. She works on graphic projects occasionally, but her current emphasis is pottery and “paintography” which is a combination of her photograph’s digitally painted then enhanced further with paint or pastels. Also recently she is “Zentangling” with black ink then digitally adding color, collage effects, quotes, and Bible verses.

“I really do not have any major artistic philosophy for the art or ceramic pieces I create. I just thoroughly enjoy the process of working with clay and other media. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to create something someone will use and enjoy.”

Elinor Pihl Huggett

I was born in Chicago and grew up in South Bend and
Chicago. As a youngster, I spent much of my summertime staying with
family friends on farms in Chesterton, Indiana, Minnesota, and South
Dakota where I fell in love with country life, horses, all animals, and the
great West.
Ever since I was a child I was frequently drawing but never had any
formal training, except for 2 ½ years of drafting at a vocational high school
in Chicago.
My mother’s side of the family, the Johnsons, is the creative side. My
relatives are singers, musicians, cabinet makers, needleworkers, writers, and
artists. All have a love for travel.
After attending Illinois State University I moved back to Indiana,
worked for the phone company, spending vacations at a ranch in Michigan
and traveling. After I married I settled in Lakeville.
I teach haiku poetry in South Bend and like to accompany my poems
with the artwork. I have the need to create, whether it is poetry, artwork,
needlework, or writing family stories.
After retiring from the South Bend library, I greatly enjoy spending
time taking a variety of art classes at Heartland.

John E. Thomas

Who is John E. Thomas, Photo-realist Painter and Airbrush Artist of Indiana?

John E. Thomas, born in 1951, began drawing in high school. Encouraged by his teacher, he continued his artistic training at Indiana University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree. He furthered his training by attending Notre Dame University where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in painting.

Inspired by the smooth look of the airbrush, he mastered the tool and is known for his large paintings on canvas. The photo-realistic images have won him many awards throughout the years. Included in this list are:

Critics Choice Award – Blueberry Festival
1st Place Professional – Blueberry Festival
Indiana State Fair – Most Popular Award 1978, 1979, 1980
Indiana State Fair – Best of Show
Indiana State Fair – Champion Open Class
Heartland Artist Regional – Young Peoples Choice 1997, 1998, 1999
Heartland Artist Regional – Popular Choice 1997 – 1990
Starke County Fine Arts Commission – First Place 1994
South Bend Michiana Regional Competition – Best of Show, 1st in Painting 1978
Mid States Show Evansville – Best of Show 1974 in the permanent collection

Art Work in permanent collections of:
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Evansville Museum of Art & Science
Bristol Myer Squibb Corporate

 

He has taught high school art for 43 years while continuing to pursue his own art career. Many of his students have gone on to become professionals in the field of art. His art department, at John Glenn High School, has won 25 national achievement awards from the Scholastic Art Awards in New York.

He continues to paint using a variety of mediums such as oils, watercolor, and acrylics. He paints a mixture of subjects; however, figures and portraits continue to be his favorite.

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