Basket Weaving Class

Weaving Mary’s Basket

WS071517 – 3D Visual Art
In this Creative Experience, each of us will weave an 8″ x 8″ x 15″ Mary’s Basket. We’ll learn to weave the base, perform over and under weave, four rod wale, and simple arrow weave. We will each choose ceramic handles to incorporate into our baskets.
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 –  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT
  • Bev Larson, Facilitator
  • Includes all materials
  • Bring a sack lunch
  • MoonTree Work Shop


Please register by Friday, June 30th.

Bev Larson has been weaving since 1988 and teaching since 1999. She loves to share the joy of basket weaving with those around her and has done so by teaching in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and the Caribbean on the Basket Weaving Cruises. Making basket weaving fun, relaxing, and inspiring is her goal. In 2003 Bev won the Eiteljorg Museums Weavers Challenge.

Business Start-up 101

Business Start-up 101


The workshop is a first step toward owning a successful small business and it aims to help entrepreneurs evaluate their business ideas, prepare a sound business plan, manage expectations and increase chances of accessing capital.
The workshop is based on the ISBDC’s A Sound and Proven Path Towards Launching Your Own Business Workbook, available at all ISBDC offices. A free copy of this 60 page step-by-step workbook will be distributed to participants and used during the class.

Topics include:

  •  Identifying personal objectives, skills and resources.
  •  Describing your business idea and requirements.
  •  Developing a sales forecast.
  •  Identifying start-up expenses.
  •  Estimating your operating budget.
  •  Analyzing your feasibility results.
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday June 22
Where: Regional Development Company, 1757 Thornapple Circle, in Valparaiso
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday July 12
Where: GreenCow Coworking, 5209 Hohman Ave., Hammond, 46320
Cost per workshop is $25. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required as payments are not accepted at the door.
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday June 27
Where: Pulaski County Public Library, 121 S. Riverside Drive, Winamac, 46996
Special Event: This business planning workshop will also include details on how to build a sound business plan.
No cost: There is no fee for this specific workshop due to the help of the Winamac
Main Street Organization, Wander our Winamac.
More information: Email or call (219) 644-3513.

Natural Plant Dyes

Incorporate natural plant dyes with traditional Chinese pictograms
Spirituality in Nature: Chinese Calligraphy Garden Flags

with Jane Everhart

PS0621717 – 2D Visual Art, Spirituality


“When the breeze blows prayer flags, harmony, happiness, and good fortune are spread among all living beings.”
Jane Everhart guides our practice of Chinese characters and our thinking about abbreviated images for garden banners. Then, we’ll take a Nature Walk to gather natural materials to color our muslin flags. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • Saturday, June 17, 2017; 9:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Jane Everhart, facilitator
  • Includes all materials & lunch
Jane Everhart is a graduate of DePauw University (Art) and Indiana University (Linguistics, East Asian Language and Culture.) Additionally, she studied with Liang dan-Fong in Taipei, Taiwan and Jo Wang Hess in Bloomington, Indiana.
The unity of Nature, Language and Art in Chinese Calligraphy and in landscape painting is a prevailing interest in Jane’s work and teaching.
 Please register by Wednesday, June 7

Wetlands and Wildflowers Artist Opens at MoonTree

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:


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


Grand Kankakee Marsh Trip

A Trip through the Grand Kankakee Marsh
with Cliff Berger & Sister Mary Baird, PHJC

EC062217 — Earth Care


We’ll travel west to the junction of Yellow & Kankakee Rivers at English Lake, along with about 4 stops along the way.
A collaboration with the Marshall County Historical Museum.
  • Thursday, June 22, 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Meet at MoonTree Gallery
  • Cliff Berger & Sister Mary Baird, PHJC, facilitators
  • Bring lunch money–we’ll stop in Kouts, Indiana
Cliff Berger, a retired teacher, is an avid botanist and Natural History buff. A member of the Marshall County Historical Society, Cliff has led expeditions to the Grand Kankakee, pointing out evidence of history still on the landscape. Also a Henry David Thoreau fan, Cliff will talk about the land as Thoreau would have. He is a member of MoonTree Studios and an explorer of all things natural. Cliff sits on the Marshall County Plan Commission and independently maintains his log cabin homestead and greenhouses.

Sister Mary Baird is a Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ and founder of the MoonTree Community/MoonTree Studios. She is an environmental artist who worked for the DNR as an Interpretive Naturalist, guided Flat Lake Watershed Group, and has long studied and documented the land around Ancilla.
  Register by Friday, June 9
member $10; non-member $15

Moonlit Walk and Owl Prowl

Who, who, who will join the Owl Prowl?

EC061017 — Earth Care 

Join Sr. Mary for a silent, moonlit walk…interrupted only by some hoots of invitation to the nocturnal birds. We’ll traverse the woodland habitat around Lake Galbraith, keeping ears and eyes open for return calls from resident owls. You should be able to walk a mile, and some of the trail is on uneven ground. Wear sturdy shoes or boots for walking and NO FLASHLIGHTS, please!
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 –  9:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT
  • Meet in the MoonTree Studios Parking Lot

Please register by Tuesday, June 6

Member free — Non-member $5

Newly Pinned Nurses at Ancilla

Ancilla Honors Newly Pinned Nurses

DONALDSON – The annual Nursing Professional Pinning ceremony for Ancilla College Nursing graduates was held Sunday, May 21, 2017 in the Ancilla Domini Chapel at The Center at Donaldson. Dr. Ann Fitzgerald, Director of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ancilla College, gave the Invocation and welcomed everyone to the ceremony. “The Ancilla College Nursing Pin is unique to this nursing program and is worn with pride by each nurse graduating. It represents the hard work, dedication, professionalism, and ministry of each nurse who identifies with Ancilla College and the nursing profession,” said Fitzgerald.


The keynote speaker this year was Melissa Barenie. Barenie completed her nursing degree at Ancilla College in May of 2015 and was chosen as the Nursing Student of the Year for 2015. She is currently a registered nurse at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth. She gave an emotional and inspirational speech about her experiences as a nursing student at Ancilla College, and experiences during her orientation at SJRMC.


Student nursing graduates in attendance who received their Ancilla College nursing pin were: Rachel Isom (Winamac), Deanna Wicker (Rochester), Nellie Alexander (Knox), Roxann Fredel (La Porte), Bridget Ebeling (Crown Point), and Cortney Bedard (Wheatfield). The graduates also received a New Testament Bible presented by members of the Gideons. All nurses in attendance recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge, followed by the Benediction given by Lori Huffman, Ancilla Nursing Instructor. Cake and punch was served following the ceremony.