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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Updated: Apr 27, 2020


Member Spotlight with Sue Payne



Briefly tell us about yourself.

I am Hamilton County/Noblesville born and bred, grew up on White River in a log cabin in a deep woods. The woods, ravines, river and streams were my playground. I attended Fishers elementary and Jr High in the original Fishers 2-story, old brick building which nearly collapsed before I made it to the newly consolidated HSE high school. I graduated 2nd in my class, by the way.


Ball State University was my institution of higher education where I studied art and elementary education as a back up, which was a smart thing to do. My father passed away my senior year at BSU and I needed a job fast. I ended up at Sheridan elementary teaching upper elementary and oh brother, could I write a book about that experience.


As a youth, I volunteered at Conner Prairie and then was hired on and haven’t left since. During the mid 70’s to 90’s my mother and I owned a small custom furniture and accessory store that started in Zionsville and we moved it to Carmel. We both designed furniture and I did the custom finishing and painting. That took a good eye for color matching and mixing.

At the same time my interest in textiles expanded and I began attending Regional, local and International conferences both taking classes and teaching. By the mid 90’s I was declared a Textile Specialist for Conner Prairie and helped reproduce 200 original pieces and taught many classes.

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

I love reading, photography and traveling. I’ll go anywhere.

Who are some of your favorite artists you go to for inspiration (past or living)?

My personal favorite artists are Turner, John Singer Sargent, and Edward Hopper as well as Western artist, Don Weller.

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

I’ve been fortunate to have had many opportunities to travel around the country and the world. Japan was the once-in-a lifetime experience and I had some amazing adventures.


Do you have any secret talents you’d like to share?

Well, I have scraped pig intestines to make sausage, boiled a hog’s head in a pot over the fire and picked the meat to make scrapple. I saved my son’s urine when he was 6 to make a historic indigo vat. He is now 33 and I’ve never felt the inclination to do it again. I also enjoy sharing my various and sundry skills with the public doing 1812 reenacting with friends and family, including participating at the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. That was January 8th, 2015.


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

I have countless ribbons and awards collected over a lifetime for spinning, weaving, knitting and natural dyeing. I only wish I had more time to really experiment outside the box with those skills; designing and creating, but…..I have shared my skills for 17 years with the youth volunteers at Conner Prairie and that program has grown wings and flown. The youth generate the enthusiasm, share and mentor each other and want as much as I can challenge them with.

Anything else you'd like to share?

It has been my pleasure and privilege to be the President of the HCAA and hopefully we will come through this global experience and continue to build the community of the arts in Hamilton County together.

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