109 S. Washington Street
Thursday, noon - 4:00 p.m.;
Friday, noon - 4:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.;
Sunday, noon - 4:00 p.m.
At other times, call for
765/564-4300 or 765/202-3211
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||Resident artist Rena Brouwer has been adjudicated into the highly competitive Indiana Artisan program of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Indiana Arts Commission among others. Her work now carries the Indiana Artisan logo.
|"Matters of the Heart" Exhibit Reception & Open House is Friday, February 5,
5:00-9:00 p.m. at The Opera House Gallery Of Contemporary Art In Delphi
Burnished Raku Bowl
Raku Tile End Table
Amethyst & Beaded Cord
Pearl in pod Sterling
Necklace, Joanne Kuhn
|Raku and other ceramic
works by artists Angie Peterson, Diana May, and Mary Firestone are featured along with jewelry artists Dawn Cooley and Joanne Kuhn Titolo in a special
exhibit underway at the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art in Delphi through March 3, 2010.
"Matters of the Heart" is the second in a series of special exhibits planned at the
Opera House Gallery for the coming year--each focusing on a different medium
or type of art. Following a jurying process, artists for the exhibits will be
invited to display works alongside those of resident artists Rena Brouwer,
Terry Lacy, and Alan McConnell.
Guest artists will join
the Gallery's resident artists aa reception and open house from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
on Friday, February 5. The Opera House Gallery is located at 109 S.
Washington Street on the east side of the Courthouse Square in Delphi. Opera House
Gallery hours are from noon until 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays,
and Sundays. Saturday hours are from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m.
The Opera House Gallery of
Contemporary Art celebrates the cultural and architectural heritage of the
community. The room in which the gallery operates is itself a gem with a
14-foot high ornate pressed tin ceiling. The building is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Its third floor houses the famed Delphi
Opera House where poet James Whitcomb Riley performed at least six times. The
Delphi Preservation Society is restoring the building and the Opera House as
a center for the performing arts. The gallery is owned and operated by the
Delphi Preservation Society, and a portion of all sales will go to support
the restoration effort.
About the Artists...
Angie Peterson has been learning the craft of ceramics for more than two decades. She now
teaches at the Morton Center in West Lafayette where she took her first
lesson twenty years ago and where she "fell in love with the first spin
of the wheel."
Diana May started working with clay while in high school
in Lafayette and then studied it at Oakland Community College near Detroit. A
minor in business and accounting led to a profession while in the back of her
mind she knew she "would find clay again." Twenty years later, with
the support of her husband and children, she launched Muddog Pottery,
creating functional and sculptural art using clay.
Mary Firestone discovered her medium in the red clay of her native state North Carolina. With a degree in Botany, Mary has both a love of plants and clay. She is an Advanced Master Gardener, spending many volunteer hours “helping others grow.” Her love of plants and nature is evidenced in her choice of motifs and glaze colors in her pottery and her "Dirty Hands" hallmark.
Dawn Cooley's "Bead Beautiful" is both a hallmark and fascination--threading the sparkle and weightlessness of individual beads into works of art. Combining wire wrapping, metal working, and precious metal clay techniques with her beadwork gives Dawn's work a unique style.
Joanne Kuhn Titolo works from her Terra Luna Studio in a variety of materials. Her BA from Purdue University focused on oil painting, but a love of natural and found objects developed into sculptural forms as well as mixed media metalwork. She is now forming sterling silver adornments and jewelry pieces.
Resident Artists: Rena Brouwer Terry Lacy Alan McConnell
||A free-spirited artist, Rena's involvement with the arts has been diverse over the past thirty years. She was a corporate visual merchandiser, taught watercolors at national conventions and has been involved in promoting the arts by serving on numerous state and national boards. Rena now lives in rural Indiana. Daily she paints watercolors inspired by wildlife, nature's bounty and Wildcat Creek. Her oneness with her surroundings is reflected in her images and the strokes of her brush reveal the light, texture and color of her milieu.
Terry Lacy has been working as an
artist doing plein-air landscapes
for over 40 years. His creative work
also includes hand made paper compositions of the American rural landscape and other natural subject matter. Terry is also a seasoned illustrator and designer working on editorial, exhibit and print communication projects.
Terry Lacy Slideshow
Alan McConnell Slideshow
Alan McConnell is a landscape
and nature photographer. He has
traveled and photographed extensively through the western U.S. and elsewhere. The focus of his work is the color photographic print. Being also a science educator, Alan hopes to share his visions of the beautiful and interesting features that nature provides. "What comes to mind when you hear the wind blowing through a pine tree or smell the air after a cleansing rain? A well-known speaker once stated that a good teacher is a good storyteller. My intentions are to tell a story with my photographs."
|The purpose of the Opera House Gallery is to
showcase resident artists while celebrating the cultural
and architectural heritage of the community. A portion of
all gallery sales will support the restoration of the Delphi
Opera House as a performing arts center for Delphi and
the surrounding area.
The Opera House Gallery
of Contemporary Art is owned
and operated by the
Delphi Preservation Society, Inc.,
a 501(c)(3) organizaiton.