Thursday, June 2, 2011

Round the Fountain Art Show 2011 Lafayette, Indiana

The 38th Annual Round the Fountain Art Show at the Tippecanoe County Court house in Lafayette Indiana
was able to start and finish as the eminent storm clouds held off just long enough to let everyone feast their eyes on some amazing talent.

Don't forget you can click on pictures to enlarge for a better view.

Every year I have my favorite and this years Fab Find is photographer & artist Chris Maher - Fine Art Nude Photography from Lambertville, MI

This is the display that drew me in
And this would be the one that Chris would describe as my "A-ha" moment
He was also the most joyful, enthusiastic & informative artist I met that day.  He really wanted you to know about his work - how & why he creates.  He says it best “ I Create photographs that reveal a woman’s beauty and celebrate her intimate connection to the eternal.”
This is not playboy fluff.  These are some of the the most tasteful and creative nudes I have ever seen.
Hubby spotted the one that resembled a flame and insisted that I photograph it.  Chris asked him if he noticed the bodies.  Hubby looked at him and said "Duh".  Chris said it is amazing how few people do.  I can understand that because the "Flame" is so perfectly formed.
Just amazing
To view more of Chris Maher's work visit

I wish the lighting had been better so that I could show off this artist who wants to share the love of his craft. He is Berry Davis co-owner of Neptune Hot Glass from Celina, OH.
Berry Davis & Collette Fortin use heavy precious metal to create solid glass sculptures, to portray ocean themes.  Berry and Collette spend the entire winter making these beautiful glass statues and then spend the summer traveling around to art shows selling them.
Ecology is alive and well in the artist community. With the purchase of any of his sculptures that have "Save Our Seas" etched on it, he will donate 5% to aquatic preservation.
Neptune Hot Glass doesn't currently have a website, but you can contact them by email at  Each piece is it's own unique creation.

When I spotted Lindsey Elizabeth Tull - a painter from Shelbyville, IN. - I was thinking how awesome this would look in my living room!
"Paintings filled with Light & Imagination"

I'd say she's having a Whale of good time.  Ok, so it's not a good pun, but it's the best I could do after a day like this.

Bronze Indian Sculptures by James A. Ford 
from Richmond, IL
Jumping in & out of tents my flash didn't go off.
My pictures don't do his pieces justice, so please stop by his website to see how exquisite these sculpture really are
You can also Like his FaceBook Page

Love the colors in this Randall Scott Harden painting
from Noblesville, IN.
And it says "Vintage"!  Another piece that works really well for me.  Randall's website was not up and working at the time this was written, hopefully he'll have that corrected soon.

Interesting Ceramic Wall Art by Steve & Miky Cunningham - Cunningham Pottery - W. Des Moines, IA
Love all the different textures and colors

Kyle Spears Photography out of Nashville, IN.
is an Awesome Photographer
 His booth is always bustling with activity
 The crowds really try and absorb every detail
he captures with his camera.
 He practically had to kick us out of his booth
Definitely worth making a trip to his website to see all the wonderful photographs
He also has a FaceBook Fan Page

Apologies to Deborah Keese and Alan Freund from Ann Arbor, MI for drooling all over their counter, but these burl wood boxes are the bomb!
The woodworking craftsmen ship is outstanding.
All natural - No stains are used.  Pieces are cut from solid blocks of wood so there are no joints.
Visit to see more of their
jewelry & trinket boxes

Contemporary Abstract Textured Paintings by John Blower from Fennville, MI
To see more of John's paintings visit

Wagar Glass by Mark Wagar from Riga, MI
 Mark does not have a website but you can reach him via email at

Thoroughly enjoyed Mixed media artist Darron Chadwick from Carmel, IN
Darron uses actual old comic book pages, vintage postcards & stamps (not reproductions).
Learn more about Darron's art at

Really like Sculptor Thomas Yano from Vermilion, OH.  Unfortunately he does not have a website or email address to obtain scheduled upcoming shows where he is participating.  Phone number is 440-967-4623
He works mostly in bronze, brass and copper.

JT Dunphy - Woodturner from Mount Vernon, OH.
"He uses rescued hardwoods from storms & landscaping casualties thus the business name Turned Treasure"
My friend inspecting Turned Treasure's fine craftsman ship
No website but you can email him at

Ceramic Artist - Paul M. Jeselskis from Michigan City, IN.
Designs functional & decorative porcelain pottery
You can view more of his pieces at

Some musicians popped in this year
to add a little flavor to the festivities.

Turned out to be a very pleasant day.  However, in the midst of all the cavorting, I got home, only to realize we had not bought one single thing to brag about!  What were we thinking?  Of course, I do have their addresses!  Now to decide which one - hummm?  My living room is Blue, Yellow, Orange - I have the "Hair" album on display.  Can you guess which picture I decided on?  I'll give you a hint -
It will work really well with my strobe light.

Hope you get a chance to go out and visit
with your local artist this summer.

KJ the JunkYard Gypsy


  1. Beautiful art work! I especially love the glass work by Neptune Glass.

  2. You got it gonnin' on here. Love it will check back often. Thank you for your work. You did Good.


Celebrate your State Find Your State by Clicking Here I'm so digging these Rustic State Bottle openers! Like how cute are ...