PRESS RELEASE: What are you doing the weekend before Thanksgiving?  Come have fun at the Garfield Park Arts Center!  Indy Parks and Recreation proudly presents the Third Annual Preview Show and Autumn Art Fair at GPAC.  Free to the public, both the Preview Show (currently on display in the lobby) and the Autumn Art Fair focus on exquisitely hand-created, family-friendly, affordable items (50¢ -$500) from about 60 artists.  Groups and individual artists from Indy, Brown County, and central Indiana are now displaying their unique wares of all kinds at the Preview Show.  These items and more go on sale at the Autumn Art Fair at GPAC on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 & 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Sign up for door prizes!  The building is handicapped accessible.

Several of the previous years’ groups have chosen to return.  An intricately cut gourd by Bob Dillard and a beautifully drawn fish-patterned gourd by his wife Emily represent the Indiana Gourd Society.  Brown County Artisans return with a mix of rustic and elegant works from glassman/painter Pete Bullard, weaver Linda Comstock-Teel, potter Jerry England, painter S. Frederick, pen and ink artist Lynne Lynch-Hughes, gourdist Sharon Jungclaus-Gould, woodcut artist Tom Lowe, bead and basket-maker Mary Pendergrass and jeweler Ruth Wert.  Herrons and Egrets have a woven gourd, “Hoosier Autumn,” by Mac McCrary and Jeanne Scheuring’s triangular shawl in warm purples.  The family of painters who formed Art is Relative bring us “The Wagon and the Barn” by Michael Ries, his wife Karla has “Missing Wheel,”  and her dad Richard Williams shows us “Lands End.”

Other well-known area artists are back.  Ceramicists Rick “The Pearman” Greiner and Sean Gray will be demonstrating their art.  Mike Rogers, GPAC’s “poet laureate,” has an original poem on display.  John Jarvis brought a tooled and painted leather Native American Medicine Wheel.   Marti Icenogle’s unique monotype is “Chinese New Year.”  Proudly  “Eagle”  by Mike Taylor surveys the scene.  A speckled blue sugar and creamer set by Christine Heisler makes you crave tea.  “West Washington Street” is Steven Keller’s offering.  “Little Blond,” a charcoal portrait sketched by Charles Ver, encourages you to have a sketch done at the fair.  Pam O’Rouke and friend Anne Kominowski have photos and cards for sale.  The photo of fine jeweler Megan Martin’s “Butterscotch Drops” glows golden.  An opaque yellow slumped glass vase is from Muncie-area artist James Tharp.

Several people are new this year.  “Piecemaker” Linda Booker has a quilted purse and a child’s denim jacket.  Martha St. Claire creatively recycled of an old L. L. Bean man’s shirt into a cute little girl’s dress.  Mary Ann Habeeb shows a felted fedora and purse.  Sylvia Gray’s “Day in Jamaica” is a picture painted on silk.  “Sail Away” on Mary Lee Griffin’s stained glass boat.  Len Bibeau’s “Boars Head” is a landscape.  Lynne Medsker’s copper and more collage is entitled “Embrace.“  Do you recognize the tree in Leo Ware’s photo, “Garfield Park Beauty”?  Daniel Westfall brings us the appropriate “Fall Harvest.”  Local china-painter Penny Nangle offers lots of styles.  You’ll love Debbie Heidelberger’s tall iris cut from aluminum and set into stone.  The expressions on the faces of Francis Annich Johnson’s “San Diego Gorillas” will touch your heart. Brown County artist Cheri Platter’s jewelry incorporates her husband Dallas’s handmade lampwork beads.  Their friends Connie Simmonds and Susan Threehawks will bring mosaics.  From Peru comes Kenton Ridenour’s digitally painted “Visible Transformation”  and Valerie May’s elegant blue collage “Revisitation.”

Currently planned special guests include Faten Ali-Munger’s dancers, Manual High School’s Choir, and the Garfield Shakespeare Company.  Come for the fun!  Experience the extraordinary art for sale.  There’s plenty of free parking at the Garfield Park Arts Center.  Call 327-7135 for hours and info.  Check us out on the Garfield Park Arts Center’s Facebook page!

Come See Art from the Heart in the Heart of the Park!