A Rich Tapestry of Talent

What’s it like being a creative professional in Goshen? Area artists and designers share their perspectives.

Lauren Morales, Jewelry Maker

Lauren Morales, Jewelry Maker

“Right now, I am working on metal-worked jewelry. The process of creating a piece starts out with sketches. I start out with a design on paper, and then I cut out that design and put it on a metal sheet. Then I begin to transfer that design onto the metal. I cut it...

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John Mishler, Sculptor

John Mishler, Sculptor

“I work in sculpture. My medium is metal sculpture, mainly, aluminum and stainless steel. Some of the surfaces are painted and some are textured. I’m also known for my things that are kinetic. Most of my outdoor work is kinetic. They have one or two parts that move in...

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Artists and Creatives Happy Hour 11/19/2020

Artists and Creatives Happy Hour 11/19/2020

Join this monthly gathering of local artists. This month we'll be talking about current projects, Goshen Arts Council website, and discussing areas of needs for local artists. Just join us via ZOOM, Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m.

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Anna p.s., Musician

Anna p.s., Musician

“My medium is music, for the most part. My style is indie folk. Along with music, though, I’m an incessant crafter and have incorporated that into what I’m doing with music. I just sell it on the side. I make soap and reusable coffee filters and lip balm and salves...

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Kevin Koch, Master Tailor

Kevin Koch, Master Tailor

“We do custom clothing, but we also do textile design and we do embroidery. I like to do a lot of genres within that field. Last season, I did some things that were definitely art deco-inspired. That happens a lot, where I have customers who want something from a...

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Thomas Zuber, Painter, Art Educator

Thomas Zuber, Painter, Art Educator

“My current medium is acrylic paint on canvas. In college, I focused on figurative sculpture. I’ve done bronze casting. I spent several years as a custom woodworker. Then I got into teaching, and that got me into watercolor and calligraphy and art history and all...

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Rafael Barahona, Graphic Designer

Rafael Barahona, Graphic Designer

“I’m a designer, which applies to a lot of things. Our studio, LightBox, specializes in visual identity and branding. Logos, primarily, but branding encompasses all kinds of services including graphic design and web design. What I love about design is that it’s so...

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Amanda Wagner, Arts Educator

Amanda Wagner, Arts Educator

“My medium of choice is oil painting on canvas. I’m classically trained in realism. I think I’ve steered away from that now that I’m out of school and I’ve kind of gotten my own voice and broken the rules. I’m a little bit more of a figure abstract artist; I love the...

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Artist Halloween Happy Hour 10/29/2020

Artist Halloween Happy Hour 10/29/2020

This monthly zoom gathering gets spooky! Feel free to wear costumes or character make-up or even a bedazzled mask for this virtual artists and creatives meetup. We will be introducing our new and improved website where artists can add and edit their information. We'll...

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Nate Butler, Musician

Nate Butler, Musician

“Broadly speaking, my artistic medium is just helping make amazing musical experiences for people. Whatever form that plays out, whether it’s through my own creative music or through helping other people make their music, whether it’s in my recording studio or in a...

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Kathy Stiffney, Painter

Kathy Stiffney, Painter

“I mostly do paintings. I use all kinds of mediums, from oils to acrylics to watercolor to collage to pen and ink. I just sort of work with everything. I think I have a style, because people tell me - no matter what it is - ‘I can tell that’s a Kathy Stiffney.’ But I...

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Jenni Sears, Music Educator

Jenni Sears, Music Educator

“I am an elementary music teacher at Chamberlain Elementary School. I teach kindergarten through fifth-graders how to make music. So we sing, dance, and play, and those are some of the fun things that we do. One of the things I love about making music is that we can...

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Todd Helmuth, Wood-Worker

Todd Helmuth, Wood-Worker

“My medium is wood. My favorite style is the Arts and Crafts, Prairie, Mid-Century Modern - the simple, timeless looks that those styles give. I’ve always loved the look of those in houses and architecture, and then the matching furniture to go with them as well....

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Irene Ortiz, Jewelry Maker

Irene Ortiz, Jewelry Maker

“A proud moment for me was a necklace piece that I made. I tried to do a piece at the end of my course that had almost all the techniques that I learned in it. I wanted to make something that was special for me. I actually made two of them that had all those things....

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Caitlin Lanctot, Jewelry Maker

Caitlin Lanctot, Jewelry Maker

“I’m a jewelry maker, and that means a lot of different things to different people. I mostly am a metal worker and an enamelist. I work with sterling silver, copper, brass, and enamel to create jewelry of all different kinds, mostly earrings and pendants but also...

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River Bend Film Festival

River Bend Film Festival

River Bend Film Festival 2020 starts TONIGHT! This year looks a lot different than past years and we're excited to go on this virtual journey! There are still amazing short films, features, workshops, panels, and filmmaker Q&A's to stream. Learn more and buy your...

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Michiana Pottery Tour

Michiana Pottery Tour

The 9th Annual (and virtual) Michiana Pottery Tour is now LIVE! Check out a virtual opening of the tour and find more information and links to each virtual shop of the 27 different artists. You'll see some familiar faces to Goshen and a whole lot of regional talent....

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Meredith McGriff, Ceramic Artist, Author

Meredith McGriff, Ceramic Artist, Author

“The story goes back about eight years. I started interviewing Indiana potters all around the state for a project that I was doing with Traditional Arts Indiana. I happened to go up to Goshen to interview Mark Goertzen and Dick Lehman. They both said, ‘Hey, we’re...

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Mark Goertzen, Ceramic Artist

Mark Goertzen, Ceramic Artist

“It started out being sort of production oriented, and it’s becoming more and more one of a kind as time is going along. Whereas I used to make a lot of mugs at one time, I’m slowing down a little and paying a little more attention to each piece as it goes along. I...

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Dick Lehman, Ceramic Artist

Dick Lehman, Ceramic Artist

“My entire career has circled around objects that are functional but also, I hope, beautiful and can stand on their own irrespective of whether they work functionally in a kitchen. I’ve come to embrace the idea that function extends beyond the home and kitchen -...

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Arts on the Millrace

Goshen’s premier arts event is back — with a 2020 twist. Due to COVID-19-related health and safety concerns, the annual Arts on the Millrace will be a virtual event this year. From Friday, August 28 through Sunday, September 6, people will have the opportunity to...

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Love Goshen Art & Music

Wander downtown over lunch on Fridays this August and September and catch free music by local musicians while you shop, eat, and enjoy this lovely summer. Saturdays are for art in downtown Goshen. Local artists need your support during these rough times. Now you have...

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Building our Art Economy

Our Mission

The Goshen Arts Council is our city’s collective voice for artists. Formed in September of 2016 by Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, the Goshen Arts Council seeks to promote the arts as an economic driving force in our community. GAC recognizes that one of the most significant challenges in building an art economy is supplying start-up entrepreneurial wisdom and widened exposure to artists seeking to develop a sustainable profession.

For this reason, GAC’s mission is to improve the vibrancy of our diversely talented city by delivering entrepreneurial resources and a collective art network that highlights artists, supporting businesses, retail venues, and art events.