Art on the Wabash shows diversity of artists in the region

The 13th annual Art on the Wabash event brought artists from a 15 county region together.

Posted: Sep. 23, 2018 7:17 PM
Updated: Sep. 23, 2018 7:20 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The 13th annual Art on the Wabash event brought artists from a 15 county region together.

Paintings, jewelry, wood work, and pottery done by various artists were on display, all showcasing the diversity of artists in the area.

The event is a juried fair, meaning that the artists had to submit their artwork to be judged by an outside person before being selected to participate.

First time coordinator of the event, Kathy Atwell, says this is a way to highlight the vibrant art culture in our community.

“We don't tell the juror, well we want this many 2-D, we want this many 3-D, we want this many sculptures, it's the quality of the art that allows us to have such a variety of art,” she said.

She also said it helps showcase the diversity of people we have in our community.

“It shows that it’s not just a bunch of engineers who live here,” she said with a laugh. “It shows that we have a strong artistic community.”

There were 44 different artists showing their work. Of that group, there were 11 new artists showing their work this year.

One newcomer was retired pharmacist, now jewelry maker, Libby Marks-Shepard.

She turned her hobby into her business Phoebe Wear, making brightly colored jewelry out of real stones.

She says it's a great opportunity to share her passion with the community.

“I just thought it was a wonderful opportunity to get out, meet people in the community,” she said. “I have been attending the art fair for several years and decided this was the year I was finally going to apply for it”

The fair was also interactive, giving kids the chance to make their own artwork.

Click here to learn more about the Art on the Wabash event.

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