Ko Smith – Featured Artist No. 5

Introduction by Ko Smith Working with a restricted palette and an oft-used term of phrase, the “American Landscape” paintings respond to a tendency to present, view, and discuss issues through a “Black and White” lens–often hyperbolic and unnuanced–and demonstrate the subtleties present even in such polarized discussions by pushing, pulling, pouring, and sometimes tearing at the paint surface. I’ve restricted my pallet to different types of black and white paint, solely painting with Williamsburg Oils, an American fine oil paintRead more

Amanda Leemis – Featured Artist No. 4

AMANDA LEEMIS grew up dancing in the Ballet Memphis Junior Company, and went on to study dance in college. In 2013, she graduated from Indiana University with a General Studies Degree, a minor in Dance, and a minor in Religious Studies. In 2012, she traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to volunteer teaching children in the Vrygrond Township. She had such an incredible experience that she finished her studies at the University of Cape Town. Several of Amanda’s paintings giveRead more

Steve Henn – Featured Artist No. 3

Steve Henn is a northern Indiana poet and high school English teacher. The voice in Steve’s poetry is perhaps one of its strongest qualities. There is this sense of sad reflection, a speaker who recognizes that something is off with the world, and through it all are these threads of critique and of hope. The poems are consciously and cleverly weighted with moments of humor, yet these are not punchlines after a cheap laugh. Instead they are the reflections ofRead more