Artist Profiles for IUSB Center for a Sustainable The St. Joseph County Soil & Water Conservation District is a proud sponsor of this project, which is being conducted by Kathleen Petitjean, a Fellow withFuture’s Spring 2011 Original Art Rain Barrel Project IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future
Introduction to this ProjectTwelve area artist and artist groups in the Michiana area have been busily painting55-gallon plastic containers converted for use as rain barrels.
The decorated Rain Barrels will be on displayat local businesses from March-April 2011.They then go to the South Bend Museum of Art for two weekswhere they will be sold at public auction on Friday, May 6, 2011starting at 7p.m.
This Rain Barrel Project is being conducted by Kathleen Petitjean, OccupationalTherapist with Students & Buddies from the Special Needs and Abilities Preschool(SNAP) of the South Bend Community School Corporation and a Fellow with IUSouth Bend Center for a Sustainable Future.The goal of this Project is to raise awareness of water as a natural resource anddemonstrate how homeowners can save money while protecting the St. Joe Riverand watershed by capturing water in a rain barrel.
1. Artist: Kathleen Petitjean2. Artist Group: Special Needs and AbilitiesPreschool (SNAP)3. Artist: Mike Depositar4. Artist Group: Washington High School /Adrianna Galacia5. Artist Group: St. Joseph’s High School /Eleanor Harding6. Artist: Michele Klota
7. Artist: Betty McKinney8. Artist: Nicole Brinkmann Reeves9. Artist: David Murray10. Artist: Mitzi B. Sabato11. Artist: Jill Wygant-La Fountain12. Artist: William Tourtillotte
Now…Onward to the Artist Statement for each of the 12 Artists andArtist Groups who have participated in this Project….
Written by Kathleen Petitjean, who is coordinating this IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future’s Spring 2011 Original Art Rain Barrel Project Although most of my professional artwork is pen and ink, I love an opportunity to pick up a paintbrush and play with colors. In addition to being an artist, I work as an Occupational Therapist with schoolchildren with special needs. My “green” activism also keeps me busy with projects with the city of South Bend, Oxfam America and the League of Women Voters. The Fellowship for this Rain Barrel project was granted to me last summer by IUSB’s Center for a Sustainable Future just as I was leaving for my first visit to Ireland. Knowing I would be painting one of the barrels, I carried my sketchbook on my trip and allowed the art and natural beauty of Ireland to infuse my work. My artistic goal was to create an image depicting the dependence on water forPhoto: Kathleen all life on Earth.Petitjean, SNAP OT and a “Interlace”, the national signature style of Ireland in which bands of motif are intertwined, seemed a natural fit forFellow with IUSB Center my design. In Dublin, I was intrigued by the illuminationsfor a Sustainable Future, in the 1200-year–old Book of Kells, and the weaving ofposes with her finished ancient Celtic designs with the relatively new stories of Christianity.Rain Barrel. From these beginnings, I added our scientific understandings of the development of life on Earth to a work of art I hope serves as a gentle reminder for us to respect the resource we all need for survival; water.
Written by Kathleen Petitjean, who is coordinating this IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future’s Spring 2011 Original Art Rain Barrel Project and who is an OT with the SNAP Program. Underwritten by the teachers and therapists of the SNAP Program, several classes of preschoolers are participating in a “progressive” design on their Original Art Rain Barrel. The SNAP rain barrel project is being directed by Occupational Therapist and IUSB Fellow Kathleen Petitjean. Kathleen is taking the barrel between the SNAP/Buddy classrooms at Hamilton, Madison and Darden Primary Centers. The children are using non-toxic tempera paints and began by freely painting the entire barrel lovely shades of sky blue using paintbrushes, kid-sized paint rollers, sponges as well as their hands! The children enjoyed climbing a small stepladder to reach the top of the barrel, looking inside the various holes cut for the rain barrel’sPhoto: Helping a little artist hardware and experimenting with the force of gravity as some brushes were dropped into the holes at the top of the barrel. Theyapply his handprint to the Rain then added handprint “branches” to a tree painted on one side ofBarrel by Buddies and Students the barrel and are currently working on adding a “rising sun” with their handprints.from the Special Needs and The teachers and staff enjoy having the barrel as a special activityAbilities Preschool of the South for their students. SNAP teacher Kate Sullivan, noted, “this project is great as it elicits academic and social skills such as turn-taking,Bend Community School following directions and even doing the number concept of ‘just one’. We also love that the kids get a chance to get their handsCorporation messy; what a wonderful sensory experience this has been so far!” Kathleen and her colleagues look forward to helping the children complete their rain barrel and seeing the children’s faces when the barrel is finished and ready for display. Upon learning the barrel he was painting would be sold to generate money for his school, 4- year-old Joe asked his teacher if she would use the money to buy grapes for snacks for him and his friends.
Photo: Mike Depositar’s Rain BarrelWritten by Mike DepositarWhen Kathleen Petitjean, IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future Fellow, asked Mike Depositar, manager atLochmandy Collision Center, if his shop would be willing to donate the automotive clear coat finish for thisOriginal Art Rain Barrel project, Mike readily agreed.An accomplished artist himself, Mike offered his artistic talent for one of the barrels.Mike, an avid fan of Coca Cola, decided to convert the plain barrels, in which Coca Colas secret ingredientsare shipped, into a giant Coke can.
Photo: WHS Artist, Adrianna Galacia, poses with her finished Rain BarrelStatement Provided by Washington High School / Mrs. Sherry Sprouls and Adrianna GalaciaMrs. Sprouls Art students and Ms. Garcias Language Arts students submitted design ideas for the WHS rainbarrel. A panel of teachers then chose the winning design, which was by Adrianna Galicia, a WHS senior.Adrianna spent 2-3 hours a day for more than two weeks completing the painting of the WHS rain barrel.WHS is proud of this contribution to the auction and cant wait to see the show! WHS also would like tothank Barnabys of South Bend for being our underwriter.
Photo: St. Joseph’s High School Artist, Eleanor Harding, poses with her finished Rain BarrelWritten by Eleanor Harding, St. Joseph’s High SchoolI am currently a senior at Saint Joseph’s High School. I participate in Independent Art Studio and AdvancedDrawing under Paul Kuharic and Cynthia MacWhorter. Next year I plan on attending the University of NotreDame to study Industrial Design.After being asked to design and paint a rain barrel on behalf of the Saint Joe Art Department, I consideredwhat exactly is meant by a “sustainable future.” I hoped that my rain barrel would not only be useful forwater conservation but also meaningful and creative. The circles are meant to represent a bright hope forsustaining a cleaner and eco-friendly future. They are set against a monochromatic background representingthe industrial, threatening path we could be heading down.These rain barrels can bring awareness to the importance of both water and soil conservation while taking astep toward a more sustainable future.
Written by Michele Klota Since childhood, I have always had a strong love for art, animals, and nature. Participating in the rain barrel project has allowed me to share and express my interests in all three areas. I have chosen for my theme the age old saying, “Its Raining Cats and Dogs”. I believe that as stewards of our environment, we need to be mindful not only of the environment itself, but of the many creatures that live in our environment with us. Whether wild or domestic, these creatures need our love, care and respect, so that they too may enjoy a safe, healthy, and happy life on this planet that we all share. In creating my design, I have included caricature representations of my pets as well as the pets of friends and family members. These fun and humorous representations hopefully reflect the fact that all livingPhoto: Michele Klota creatures have a distinct and unique spirit and personality.poses with her Rain Barrel In addition to benefiting IUSBs “Center for a Sustainable Future”, proceeds from the sale of my rain barrel will also benefit the “Saint Joseph County Humane Society”. I will be donating the artist portion of the proceeds to them for the support of all the furry creatures in our environment they care for, who are in need of our love, care and respect.
Written by Betty McKinney I was born in Lafayette, IN and moved to South Bend when I was 13 years old. I graduated from John Adams High School and received my bachelors in Interior Design from Purdue University. I began to draw and paint while I was in college but put down my paint brush for 18 years until my last child moved away. I just recently set up a studio in an empty bedroom. Ah, the luxury of an empty nest! My inspiration for myPhoto: Betty McKinney poses design for the barrel was the barrel itself. I expanded on the idea that the barrel would be holding water andwith her Rain Barrel thought how fascinating it would be to paint an aquarium.
Photo: Nicole Brinkmann Reeves poses as she paints her Rain BarrelWritten by Nicole Brinkmann ReevesSome of the things that defined my childhood were spending summers camping around the country, helpingmy parents in the family vegetable garden, and taking art lessons at the Cleveland Museum of Art.As an adult, I still love the outdoors, gardening, and visual arts, and my rain barrel is a celebration of thesethings. I was inspired by a photograph I remember seeing once a long time ago. The photographer (of whom Iunfortunately do not know the name) took his camera to the same spot in the same field in each of the fourseasons and then he merged these four photos into one so that the seasons blurred into one another fromleft to right across the panoramic photo.With the focal point of a tree, my rain barrel shows the changes of the seasons as seen around the landscapeof farmland.
Photo: Artist, David MurrayWritten by David MurrayGardening has always been a big part of my family’s summer heritage, mostly because it’s one of the mostenjoyable, productive things to do when hockey is not in season. It’s one of those activities where there isalways something to do.By day, I’m a graphic designer and by night, I’m still a graphic designer, so let’s hope that some of my skillscan transcend media.One of the most enjoyable things to do in the summer time (besides gardening) is to sit back and crack opena cold one. And in terms of drinking while it’s hot out, I’m sure that plant’s aren’t that different from us, somy rain barrel will be designed as the plants’ drink of choice, sort of a play on corporate art.I am sure the plants will all be dying for a drink of “Rain Water Lite.”
Written by Mitzi B. Sabato Daughter of a prominent psychoanalyst, my work has always maintained an interest in the human psyche, personal narrative, subjects of science, religion, astronomy, literature and photography. I am interested in how the identifiable object can draw the viewer into a piece of sculpture for a meaningful interaction and journey. My areas of study and investigation are ceramics, and fiber, mixed media sculpture – assemblage utilizing many techniques. I’ve spent the last few years in returning to my roots in ceramics, which I always pursued while acquiring my other degree. The current work is in porcelain. The bodies of work are studies of closed forms referencing wind erosion shapes, gulch walls of Montana river canyons, cone shaped vessels and pod forms.Photo: Mitzi Sabato poses The images I have chosen for the rain barrel are twoas she paints her Rain dragons, opening their mouths to receive a drop ofBarrel water. Dragons are powerful images throughout many cultures, often reflective of wisdom and the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe… I thought that all these qualities made a good match with collecting rain water – besides, my daughter has always loved the dragon image. I hope that the patrons will find the dragon rain barrel engaging, and will bid fiercely to own it!
Written by Jill Wygant-La Fountain Ever since I was a young child I have loved creating things with my hands and expressing myself through art. Having worked in several mediums, I find I have a certain knack for photography but do enjoy painting with acrylics. Up until now, all of my paintings have been for my pleasure. This is the first time I have been tasked with trying to convey an important message with my artwork. For months this barrel sat, primed and ready to receive its colors. As I searched for inspiration, I started to think about what the barrel would hold; this life source we, as a country,Photo: Jill Wygant-La Fountain tend to take for granted. I thought of those who thirst and the feeling of having that thirst quenched. I imagined diving into anand her dog, Zippo, pose with ocean of water to escape the heat. I thought of the water thather Rain Barrel drenches my husbands garden, helping the plants to stand a little taller; refreshed, revived and healthy! Keeping those feelings in mind I began to paint without any plan or picture, I just let the paint swirl and move until the barrel was covered with my vision of water. I am humbled to have been asked to paint a rain barrel for this important project and to be among this group of amazingly talented local artists. With my rain barrel, I hope for these things; that you gain a greater appreciation of our natural resource of water, you will work to conserve and protect it and that you will share your knowledge with others. In addition to these things, I hope my rain barrel brings you pleasure when you look at it!
Photos: William Tourtillotte provides his photo source for his Rain Barrel design (far left) and poses as he paints his Rain Barrel (left)Written by William TourtillotteI am an artist, educator and subsistence farmer and have been a member of the South Bend community fortwenty-five years. As Chief Curator/Program Director at the South Bend Museum of Art, I invented, organizedand engineered exhibitions about water and sustainable design.My artistic activities have ranged from public murals to comic book workshops and have for the last decade, inmy paintings and installations, utilized materials that I grow and produce on my small farm. I believe that thevisual arts need to use earth-friendly, non-toxic materials and methods. I imagine the art of the future fabricatedfrom water, recycled waste and solar power grown plants and vegetables.My rain barrel image is an 8-bit pixel rendering of Dianthus flowers in my garden. Individual squares ordered in agrid combine to make the larger image - one drop at a time. Rain falling on a roof, running into a gutter andflowing down a spout to collect in a rain barrel reflects the convergence of media and information occurringtoday in our culture and worldwide. It is my hope that awareness about conservation, sustainable design andeco-activities build in the same way until we experience a watershed of significant change. If you need additionalinformation, please go to my website www.artbert.com
This project would not be possible…Without the support of the following Underwriters…
Barnaby’s of South Bend South Bend Museum of (website) Art St Joseph County Soil (website) and Water ConservationIU at South DistrictBend Center (website)for aSustainableFuture(website)
Gary Mester, Foegley Master Landscape Photographer Company (website) Coca Cola Bottling (website) Company of IndianaThe Beehive (website)Salon(website)
Lawson-Fisher Associates Martin’s Supermarkets (website) Just Goods (website) (website)GoodrichAuctionCompany(website)
Teachers and Therapists of the Red Hen Turf Farm Special Needs and Abilities Purple Porch (website) Preschool (SNAP) Co-op of the South Bend (website) Community SchoolLochmandy CorporationCollisionCenter (website)(website)
The Troyer Group NOT least… (website) Last BUT …And…