Spring Into Art has Local Artists from Bremenby Claire Schmidt on April 14, 2015
Spring Into Art has been held in Nappanee since 1996. Full of a great variety of different artists and talents, visitors can choose from traditional oil paintings and functional pottery to modern macramé and steam punk sculpture, dramatic nature photography, assemblage, automotive art, upcycled jewelry, lamp-worked beads and much more, according to the Spring Into Art Press Release.
Three of the 40+ artists that will be participating in the program include Cha Sutton, Jessica Flores, and Gayle Graverson.
Jessica Flores, who also works at the library and is the chief promotional person for the show, has been “drawing, painting, cutting, pasting and exploring every creative outlet available to me since I could grasp a crayon.” Flores has been a part of the Spring Into Art show since 1999, and says her favorite part about the show is “seeing the old rustic factory rooms transformed into colorful art galleries!”
Gayle Graverson is also participating in the Spring Into Art show and is a self-taught artist. Her focus is on using authentic findings in her collages, making each piece original with no two alike. About her collages, she says they “tell stories of the past and hopefully stir long forgotten memories in the minds of onlookers.”
Cha Sutton is another artist who is participating in the show for the first time this year. She has only recently began considering herself an artist, and says that she became an artist through a “happy accident” – when her cats knocked over a glass of water onto her book, she didn’t want to throw it away and instead turned it into the first “blooming book.” Although some people tend to see her work as destroying books, she says to her, “it is a matter of creating something new to love out of something that might otherwise sit on a shelf forgotten.”