Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers Opens at MoonTree Gallery on Saturday, June 3, 2017.
DONALDSON, Ind.—Artist Don Kegarise has a goal–to see beauty in everything–and to make others aware of this beauty through his art. Come and see why the vast expanse of flat land and large sky of Indiana mesmerized Kegarise 45 years ago, when he decided Kewanna, Fulton County, Indiana was a perfect place for an artist to live. Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers opens on Saturday, June 3, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EDT at MoonTree Gallery. Birthday cake will be served due to the proximity of this occasion to the artist’s birthday. The art featured in this show reveals the many wildflowers and wetlands Don has encountered during his travels in northern Indiana.
As a self-taught artist, Kegarise began drawing as a young child in western Pennsylvania. He was given his first paints at the age of 14, beginning his artistic explorations in oils. Since that time, he has worked with pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolors and now mainly acrylics. His works feature landscapes, old barns, farms, vehicles, wildflowers, wetlands and other buildings. His art is held in collections throughout the U.S., Europe and South Asia, and his work has been featured in shows throughout northern Indiana, including Honeywell Center’s Clark Gallery in Wabash, Diane Tesler’s Annual Art Show “Works in Progress,” in Kewanna, Moontree Gallery in Donaldson, and The Village Pines in Valparaiso. His has received much recognition, including several Best of Show and First Place awards.
Kegarise has always had a studio in his home and at times has located a studio in local store fronts, allowing other artists from the community to display their works as well. He continually promotes art and other artists in Kewanna, Indiana. He passes on his creative techniques as well, offering drawing and painting classes. Kegarise has been involved in many regional art organizations: Pulaski County Art Association, Rochester Art Association, Indiana Arts Commission, Logansport Art Association, Akron Area Arts League, Heartland Artists Gallery, The Heartery (Kewanna), Rochester Woodcarvers, and Tippecanoe Valley Woodworkers.
Besides his many paintings, Kegarise has created promotional art for special occasions, individualized Christmas and specialty cards, calendars and coloring books: for the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources–featuring pen and ink drawings of the state park inns, for the Logansport Ironhorse Festival–pen and ink drawings of Cass County scenes, for Kewanna–featuring local scenes all done in pen and ink, and individual calendars for various local businesses featuring their facilities.
Woodcarving and furniture-making are also hobbies of Don’s. In 2005, he created a one-twelfth scale model of the Cass County Dentzel Carousel, Riverside Park, Logansport IN; carving and painting each of the 43 animals true to the carousel’s original design. The animals are whittled from basswood, and feature giraffes, deer, horses, rams, a lion and tiger plus two sleds. With its native cherry case made by Kegarise, the replica carousel is 46” in diameter and 24” tall. The carousel has been used to promote the original at Door County Festival, LaPorte IN, Northern Indiana Power of the Past and Northern Indiana Farm Toy Show, Winamac, IN and IVY Tech, Logansport, IN, among other locations throughout northern Indiana. It can be seen online at: http://carousels.com/mcb/mcb0306.php
On top of all of this, Don Kegarise is a published author. He has written two books; compilations of true short stories. The books are available in more than 40 libraries in north central Indiana and through the author. Kegarises’ personal philosophy is “to give back to the world more than I take.” His favorite phrase, taken from Dr. Wayne Dyer is, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Kegarise challenges visitors to his exhibit to look at the world just a bit differently, to see the beauty in all things.
Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers will be on display at MoonTree Gallery from June 3 through July 14, 2017. MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. EDT. Call MoonTree Studios at (574) 935-1712 for group tour arrangements, or for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Indiana Country I: Wetlands and Wildflowers will be Friday, July 14, 2017