WellConnect is a health and wellness center created by Columbus Regional Health, located in the heart of the Columbus Arts District at the corner of Third and Washington Streets. Through a partnership with Columbus Museum of Art and Design, two-dimensional art by local and regional artists is displayed on a rotating basis. The center is open to the public Monday–Friday, 7 AM–7 PM with artist receptions held during the first month of the exhibit.
JANUARY 6 - MARCH 29, 2016
Indiana Artisan Daren Pitts Redman creates 2D and 3D textile art and contemporary fabric wall hangings using pieced and quilted cottons she has dyed in the traditional Japanese methods called arashi and itajime shibori. Redman applies surface designs to the fabrics, using her photos as design motifs, to create deeply personal artwork from start to finish.
Redman has been chosen as a Quilt National 15’ artists and as Artist in Resident at the Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim for September 23 through October 13, 2015. She will create a 3D textile installation of dyed fabrics to match the geology and lead an indigo dyeing workshop for children and adults. Her residency will consider water conservation.
In 2013, Redman chaired the Notable Arts Gala for the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Notable Arts was the idea of Daren to raise money for non-profits with fine arts silent auction. She holds this trademark.
She received an Individual Artists Grant 2010 from the Indiana Arts Commission –- to create an interactive 3D textile installation at Wonderlab Children’s Museum in Bloomington Indiana for April – May, 2011. Her interest was to have the children touch and interact with fabric. The other surfaces in the museum are metal or plastic. The guests wove and walked between the long forms of fabric. After the show came down, Daren suggested the fabric be recycled into functional crafts. The children used sewing machines during a workshop to make their own tote bags.
Redman has appeared on HGTV’s “That’s Clever” show, featured in The Quilt Magazine, The Best of Quilting Arts and has written for Quilting Arts Magazine. She attends fiber workshops every year at Nancy Crow’s Barn and Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota. She teaches textile dyeing with indigo using shibori techniques.
PAINTINGS BY KATHY WELIEVER
Kathy Weliever's passion for abstract art was inspired in 1995 by her first instructor at The Indianapolis Art Center, Shirley Despot. From that time on she has painted with a fervor fueled by her curiosity of non-objective compositions that stir emotions or foster reminders of real life images or experiences.
Kathy entered John Herron Art School at the age of 54 with a youthful determination and conviction that one is never too old to do what they love. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, Kathy has continued painting in her home-based studio and has even offered painting parties for small groups where her desire was to introduce others to abstract art in the hopes that their hands-on exposure would expand their understanding and help them see the transcendent beauty in abstract forms.
Kathy uses the fast drying aspect of acrylic paint to achieve a fascinating layering effect that can not only offer a pleasing view for the eye but can also give a sense of mystery and intrigue. What is covered by one or more layers of paint may not be easily seen and yet it can, and often does, compel one to explore more closely what lies underneath.
The series of abstract faces being exhibited are part of a long project where Kathy painted one face painting each week for a year. Some of the 52 images came to her in a dream. Others were inspired by friends or family members.
Laurie M. Wright was born in Hawaii sometime during the “baby boom” which followed World War II. She always felt that she was switched at birth and plopped down in the middle of the country instead of living in the blue water paradise where she belonged!
Laurie grew up in the military and her family finally settled in Columbus, Ohio where she graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design with majors in both photography and advertising design. After marrying in 1972 and moving several times, Laurie and her husband settled back in Ohio where she spent 20 years in various aspects of advertising and art production. Her interest in printmaking is a natural extension of her life and experiences in commercial art. The simplicity of the silkscreen process appealed to her after many years working with preparation of art for commercial printing. The processes are very similar and it became an easy and natural way to express her own ideas and images.
Upon moving to Columbus, Indiana in 1987 Laurie began her career as a printmaker and left commercial art far, far behind. She maintains a studio at 811 Lindsey Street, Columbus, Indiana, 47201 where she continues to print and also creates custom framing.
WILLIAM A. RASDELL
Artist statement: My earliest influences in photography were Ernst Haas, Gordon Parks and Henri Cartier-Bresson. I consider each to be masters of the moment. Even in controlled situations their subjects have responded to the artist and not reacted to the camera. It is a high priority for me not to allow the camera to impose itself upon my subject. I prefer to observe from a distance, capturing slices of life as they occur.
My work as an artist is strongly influenced by issues related to migration as a transforming agent in cultural evolution. I examine the many ways that ethnic convergence can greatly enrich cultures with foods, religions, languages and the arts just as it can erode the foundation of a society through over-population, unemployment, homelessness, xenophobia and war.
For much of my career I have focused on the impact of the African presence throughout the Americas. My work is an attempt to understand how these cultural relationships have evolved into contemporary societies. In that process I have created pictorials that bear witness to the legacies of influences and retentions in daily life and custom in South Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad/Tobago and across the United States.
BY Laura Laforge
Laura LaForge is a self taught artist of French and American Indian decent. She opened her first studio in Indianapolis in 2000. She has worked on a variety of projects with her paintings over the last decade. She has exhibited at Clowes Hall, Indianapolis (one in five artists selected annually), Stutz Artist Gallery in Indianapolis, Saks Fifth Ave in Indianapolis, The Nines Gallery in Holland MI, Hidden In The Hills in Carefree, AZ, Art Basil 2014, Rubinkam Gallery in Douglas, MI. and Galleria Farina in Miami, Fl.
She has been a featured artist for Dress For Success in Indianapolis, Saks Fifth Avenue in Indianapolis, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Simply She Affair in Indianapolis, The Catherine Peachey Fund, (in conjunction with Lilly Foundation) in Indianapolis and the Super Bowl 2012 Super Cure Gala, benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. LaForge has designed artwork for Be Bon Vivant Boutique in Indianapolis, Hoosier Lottery, The Catherine Peachey Fund and Luv Ink, Inc.
LaForge has been invited by Ashley Rooney, to be shown in Green Art: Trees, Roots and Leaves, an art book with an international focus, to be published in 2013. Currently she is creating a youth book series, Dinkie’s Universe, opening the world of the artist studio to children. LaForge is directing the project, which includes several characters she created specifically for the book.
A native of Indianapolis, Shawn Causey lives and works in her studio in Broad Ripple on the city’s north side. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and Design in 2003 and a Bachelor of Music from Butler University in 1993. In 2013 she was commissioned by The Arts Council of Indianapolis to install her large scale steel mural, Bright City, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Her most recent project is a 4000 square foot painted mural, part of the Vibrant Corridors initiative through Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, The Arts Council of Indianapolis and Lilly Day of Service.
Causey is interested in rhythms of color and texture, how they produce light, movement and atmosphere. All of these qualities are directly shared between the disciplines of visual art and music, which informs her work. She approaches the process of painting like a composing game, playing with and painting over colors until she finds harmonic undulations that dominate or recede in the composition.
The making of the monochromatic painting Silver Screen and the striped composition Big Time bookend the creation of the larger steel piece Bright City, in which Causey explored the combination of a mirrored surface with color field painting. Her interest in creating work for public spaces is focused on how the viewer’s eye is drawn through a space as it follows rhythms of color. Currently she is developing a plan for a free standing full color sculpture, comprised of fifty-two 18 foot tall powder coated poles. The piece will allow the viewer to walk between the poles to more fully experience the relationship between the public space and the color composition.
To celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, Columbus Museum of Art and Design (CMAD) has partnered with the Bartholomew County Breastfeeding Coalition to display photographic works by local artist Whitney Ulm of Eminence Photography through August 31, 2014 at WellConnect.
Artist Statement Being a mother of two, and having had breastfed both of my daughters for an extended period of time, breastfeeding is something that I have become extremely passionate about. I have been blessed enough to capture this special and intimate bonding experience between a mother and child for a few previous clients, but it wasn’t until I was contacted by the Bartholomew County Breastfeeding Coalition that I have been given the opportunity to do a project based around breastfeeding. After being contacted by the Coalition, I then had a numerous amount of nursing mothers that were interested in the project and wanted to help in any way they could to raise awareness of breastfeeding. It is my hope that through these images, people will start to normalize a mother feeding her child with her breast and that it won’t be something that is looked down upon, but a natural way of life that is admired and accepted.
A resident of Bloomington, IN, Elizabeth Busey is primarily a self-taught printmaker, although she studied printmaking briefly at Indiana University. With ideas from her travels throughout North America, Europe and Australia, she creates linoleum prints in her basement studio on a press her husband built out of recycled steel.
Busey’s inspiration comes from the many miles traveled during her life. “Whether on foot, in a car, or on a plane, I am fascinated by the forces that shape our world and the patterns that are created,” said Busey. For her, these patterns evoke feelings of power, excitement and grandeur, as well as peace, stability and strength. “I want to highlight patterns from many disparate perspectives in order to celebrate their universality in the natural world,” added Busey.
Each print on display is created using one linoleum block, where ink is rolled on the block and then printed on cotton rag paper. Busey begins with a very minimal outline of the subject, allowing the image to develop in the conversation between carving away the block and printing each stage with transparent layers of color. As the print develops, more linoleum is carved away, or reduced. This process allows Busey to create rich two-dimensional explorations of the three-dimensional world.