Heartland_juried2017Heartland Artists Gallery is proud to show some of the area’s best and most creative art for the 29th consecutive year at the Juried Regional Art Exhibit. Over one hundred entries were judged this week and will be shown at the Gallery from Sept. 30 through November 3. Every year we strip the walls of our members’ art during the month of October in order to display and share art from some of the leading artists in the northern half of Indiana and the surrounding states.

The judge for this show was Jeffrey Diesburg. He earned a BA in Biological and Pre-Medical Illustration from Iowa State University and a MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design. From 2007- 09 Jeff and his wife Foy served as Peace Corps volunteers in the rainforests of Panama. In 2011 he began as an Assistant Professor of Art at Manchester College (now Manchester University) in North Manchester, Indiana. At Manchester University Jeff teaches a wide range of studio courses including Oil Painting, Figure Drawing, Graphic Design, Torchworking and Photography.

Heartland_Juried_1After an afternoon of judging, Jeff had this to say about the art submitted, “This show has many strong pieces in an array of media, especially in its abundance of excellent landscapes and natural subjects.

The works that stood out for me depicted light, motion, subject or other aspects in a way that exceeds their peers. In that separation I measure the quality of art”. The Gallery would like to thank Jeffrey for his time and investment in our Juried Show. Art was submitted from several states and surrounding areas.

There will be ten awards given to the winning artists on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 3:00 at the Community Open House from 1-4 at the Gallery located in downtown Plymouth. View exceptional art, meet the artists and share refreshments and conversation during the Open House. The winners are; Best of Show – “Looking Up” by Susan Ring; First Place – “Sandhill Dance” by Mark Daniels; Second Place – “By the Nose” by Barb DeLeu; Third Place – “Dune Song” by Susie Russell; Creativity – “Blue Dahlia” by Jayne Jacobson; Creativity – “My Little Elephant” by Todd Hoover; Merit – “Ruffles and Flourishes” by Marilyn Kruger; Merit – “Black and Red Art Deco” by Mary Szymczak; Merit – “Loch Ness” by Joan Spohrer; Merit – “It Just Hurts” by Sarah Luginbill. All visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of art; a Popular Choice Award will be given to the artist receiving the most of these votes.

Heartland_Juried_2Each year we are amazed at the artists’ talent, the varied media shown, the unique mixed media and the creativity of ideas that shows artists’ establishing their mark.

The Gallery’s mission is to support area artists; to bring and to teach the arts to our community. Our not-for-profit Gallery gives area artists a venue to show and sell their art. Our art classes fulfill our mission for educating and the classes assist in our financial means to maintain the Gallery. For more information visit www.heartlandartgallery.com or Facebook or call 574.936.9515. The location is 101 N. Michigan St.,

Heartland_Juried_3Downtown Plymouth. Gallery hours are Tues. – Sat. 10-4. And in October the Gallery will be open each Sunday from 1-4. Join us with a heart for art!