'HONORING MOTHER' ONLINE EXHIBIT

The Hamilton County Artists' Association has released its very FIRST entirely online exhibit! Visit the link below to view the 50 pieces submitted for this month's exhibit. Most pieces are for sale, so if you are interested, please contact the HCAA or the artist for more information on how to purchase!


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Member Spotlight with JOHN DIERDORF


Briefly tell us about yourself: your family, education, work background, etc.

Childhood growing up in Noblesville. Graduate of Ball State Architecture program, and practicing Architect since 1974. Family includes four children and four grandchildren.


Aside from art, what other kinds of things do you enjoy doing?

Spending time with family is always fun, tending the garden (flowers and veggies), golfing, and cruising in the convertible on the way to antique shops with my wife.


Who are some of your favorite artists you go to for inspiration?

Monet, Pollock, Miro, Kandinsky


If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Scotland for the golf and scotch and Italy for the architecture and wine


Do you have any favorite places in Hamilton County?

The back porch at my art studio, the patio in our garden and multiple golf courses in the County.


Do you have any secret talents you’d like to share? Or maybe an interesting fact about you that not many people know about?

I enjoy grilling in the summer months and have an interesting grilled lettuce salad dish that surprises guests.


Do you have a favorite quote?

Jackson Pollock- “When I say artist I mean the man who is building things..some with a brush-some with a shovel- some choose a pen.”

Jerzy Kosinski- “The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.”


What are some of your biggest accomplishments (art or life)?

Launching my children into the world and seeing them thrive.

Being able to design lots of projects, both locally and across the U.S, to help my clients achieve their vision and the long term friendships that developed along the way.

Being re-energized to begin painting again and to challenge myself to exhibit the work.


Do you have any favorite pieces of artwork of your own?

Like many creative folks, the one just finished is the favorite. It however is a fleeting moment as the next one will shortly take its place. Here are the last two finished works.


Flowers on the Prairie 36x36
Spring Stories 36x36


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with ALYS CAVINESS GOBER



Briefly tell us about yourself: your family, education, work background, etc.

I'm an anthropologist, artist, and writer. Despite lifelong disabilities that include a rare and incurable lung disease, I try to persevere with my arts related projects and nonprofit volunteering. I was raised in and academic and arts-focused household; I have an MA in Anthropology, taught Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the collegiate level for several years, and was a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics until I developed chronic heart failure, tachycardia, and an aortic valve leak. I serve on the Noblesville Cultural Arts Council and am active in the local arts scene. I sell artwork online and locally as Creative Expressions Arts, and was juried into the Hamilton County Artists' Association in both photography (2012) and 2D categories (2013). I'm a FY2017 (July 2016 - June 2017) Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Project Grant Award recipient, for which I created a series of paintings expressing life with hidden disabilities. You can find out more about me in my HCAA Artist's Profile.

Aside from art, what other kinds of things do you enjoy doing?

I write poetry and prose, and I enjoy relaxing to music, classic movies, and good books.

Who are some of your favorite artists you go to for inspiration?

Although I appreciate many artists (passed on or living), my inspirations come from my own experiences, travels, things/places I love, literature, poetry, songs, etc.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Ireland and Macedonia.

Do you have any secret talents you’d like to share? Or maybe an interesting fact about you that not many people know about?

Hm, secret talents. Well, I can read Tarot cards. And I can read tea leaves and coffee grounds (from coffee brewed like Turkish coffee).

Do you have a favorite quote?

The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n. ~ John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1

What are some of your biggest accomplishments (art or life)?

Life: my grown kids; they're amazing! Art: national and international recognition for my artwork, photography, and writings.

Do you have any favorite pieces of artwork of your own?

Wistful

Hill of Tara

Force of Nature

At the Farm

St. Louis Cemetery #1, Through The Fence, New Orleans, LA

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