The Geode Grotto

amy rich geodde grottoAmy took so many good pictures of the amazing geode grotto. Here is her post of them…

Squirrels and Tomatoes

While Jane and I were in Jasper for our art show, we took the opportunity to appreciate a wonderfully odd but beautiful outsider art environment there. It was like old times on our epic Grand Canyon Project, but closer to home. I’d read about it in travel guides describing Indiana’s odder sights, but hadn’t anticipated how large and really cool it would be. You can read a pretty in-depth history of the Geode Grotto here.

If you want to find it, it’s in Jasper, Indiana back behind St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

St. Joseph's Church

Go past the cemetery and around the corner and you’ll be greeted by saints. The scale was impressive and difficult to capture with a camera.

the saints

After the saints, you walked a path lined with smaller shrines. Each was on its own intricate geode pillar decorated with seashells and Indiana geodes of impressive size.

Station of the cross

The geodes were impressive…

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Bundles of Art

Bundles of Art.

Click on above link to see Amy Rich’s experiment with the idea. “I found a fragment of brick in my garden and wrapped it in fabric scraps and paper, some with a brief reflection about the brick written on them. The brick is a reminder of structures that were part of my backyard when the house was built more than 100 years ago. I tied the bundle to the magnolia tree in my yard. ” Amy Rich

Amy often inspires me to think of adeas in a new way.

jasper art center

collections

Vickers and Rich – Found Object Sculptures

Date: April 03, 2013  – April 28, 2013
Krempp Gallery Exhibits
Jane Vickers and Amy Rich create sculpture and wearable art from found objects.

my newest metal piece

I used heat to color this brooch and a tube tivet to hold it together.

copper, steel, pearl, bullion, heat patina

I finished this brooch last night at my metals class at USI. We have been exploring repousse and chasing, as well as heat patinas. This is sealed with microcrystaline wax and it seemed to hold the patina well. A tube rivet holds it all together. The back plate is a torched speghetti jar lid. I am excited about the use of steel in my work and have found a great resource in jar lids.