A Rich Tapestry of Talent

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

Artists and Creatives Happy Hour 7/15/2021

Artists and Creatives Happy Hour 7/15/2021

We're meeting in person this month! Meet at 213 South Main Street for some special tours of new downtown art spaces!   4:30 p.m. Meraki Arts (213 South Main Street) 4:50 p.m. Printmaking Guild 5:10 p.m. The Goshen Theater Arts on the Millrace returns Saturday,...

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Misti Yoder, Photographer

Misti Yoder, Photographer

“My medium is photography. I tend to lean more towards classic. I want people to be able to look at their pictures today and then again in twenty years from now and not be like, look at that eighties hair! I tend to photograph women. I really enjoy the empowerment...

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Abbie Thomas, Musician

Abbie Thomas, Musician

“I am a singer/songwriter. My music is fused with touches of R&B, jazz, and indie pop. Honestly, a formative moment for me was singing at my very first open mic. I don’t have this issue now, thank goodness - I worked through it - but I had such severe stage...

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Rafael Chavez Moreno, Musician

Rafael Chavez Moreno, Musician

“Music is my medium. I really like expressing myself through playing the guitar and singing. I feel more comfortable doing that in my native language, of course. That’s basically how it comes through on the music I do with the band. I try to stay close in touch with...

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Kathleen Ward, Painter

Kathleen Ward, Painter

“My medium is watercolor, almost exclusively, though I also do some drawing. I say that my style is not hyper-realism, but realism. It’s definitely not abstract. I love colors, so I’m always pushing the colors and pushing contrasts. I'm very proud of being where I am...

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Linda Miller, InterPlay

Linda Miller, InterPlay

“My medium is InterPlay. InterPlay is a system developed in California by Cynthia Winton-Henry and Phil Porter. It’s an active, creative way to access the wisdom of your body. It uses movement, dance, storytelling, poetry, stillness. You can make up songs. It’s all in...

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Goshen’s Clay Community: A Documentary Short

Goshen’s Clay Community: A Documentary Short

Goshen has one of the most amazing artist communities around. Take a deeper look at the collaborative nature of Goshen's Clay Artist community in this documentary short. The video features interviews and work by Sadie Misiuk, Dick Lehman, Justin Rothshank, Trevor...

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Kate Friesen, Designer

Kate Friesen, Designer

“My creative medium is flowers, growing, and arranging. Being at Flowers By Phoebe with Phoebe Brubaker was really formative. She taught me so much about floral design and the logistics of how to actually work with flowers. It kind of sparked my interest in arranging...

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Sonny Carreño, Musician

Sonny Carreño, Musician

“My main medium is drum set and percussion. My style is ‘a listener’: You have to listen first. Listening is so important, especially as a drummer. If I may, I’m going to give you my theory on drummers. We go through three phases. Phase One is when you get a little...

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Olivia Copsey, Creative Marketer

Olivia Copsey, Creative Marketer

“All of the things that I’m interested in, that I do, can be traced back to creative communication or creative marketing. That’s anything from video to social media management to photography. Even different areas like music, theatre, and pottery is communication....

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Idris Busari, Musician

Idris Busari, Musician

“Music is what I do. I’m a recording artist, singer/songwriter. My space is in the world music space, and the sub-genre is Afrofusion. I’ve been working with artists in the Elkhart County area, mostly people in the Christian rap music space. In my space, in the...

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Mildred Orama, Painter

Mildred Orama, Painter

“The medium that I use is acrylic on canvas. I like to create figures, mostly women’s. I work on some landscapes and abstracts too but mostly women is what I like to do. I like to work with colors. I use the palette knives to create texture and move colors on top of...

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Megan Fleming, Painter

Megan Fleming, Painter

“I recently mostly have done acrylic. If I do another art form, it would be more like creative essay writing, but that’s kind of a new thing. I have described my style as representational, impressionism, and conceptual. The full immersion studio time at the end of my...

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Faybrianne Simpson, Musician

Faybrianne Simpson, Musician

“I’m a musician. It’s more like modern folk music, I guess. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s storytelling, along those lines. Right now, I also work in fiber art. When I think about music, I just think of Ignition Music Garage. I love playing Ignition. It’s such...

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Michael Goodwin, Photographer

Michael Goodwin, Photographer

“I’ve been doing photography for around 50 years, since my dad started out with a darkroom when I was about 7. Right now I’m shooting mostly digital black and white. I’ve tried to keep more of a vintage look to my photos instead of the modern Instagram style. I want...

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Chris Beachy, Musician

Chris Beachy, Musician

“My artistic medium is probably sound. Music, but my interest is more in tonality and crafting sound. Stylistically, I approach it with kind of an air of experimentation and an interest in crafting that connection between sound and emotion. I’m not interested in...

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Cindy Cooper, Ceramic Artist

Cindy Cooper, Ceramic Artist

“I touched clay in eighth grade, and I knew that was my medium immediately. I have three sisters who are all teachers. My mother was a teacher. I was going to be a teacher. It was sort of like ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ - I didn’t feel like I was really good enough to go on...

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Jerry Lapp, Ceramic Artist

Jerry Lapp, Ceramic Artist

“My main medium is clay. Stylistically, I would say that at this stage what I’m exploring is a more painterly form, influenced and continually inspired by abstract expressionism, 70 years on. Finding ways to do that with clay, and use glaze as paint. I think of myself...

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Nayo Ulloa, Musician

Nayo Ulloa, Musician

“The style of music I perform has evolved, but it’s all rooted in Latin American music. I grew up in Peru, so the music that I played first was traditional Peruvian music. When I moved to the United States in 1981 in California, I added a little more Latin American...

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Scott Lehman, Musician

Scott Lehman, Musician

“I think the easiest way to describe my medium is eclectic. I like creating in every way that comes to me and every way that I can, whether it’s through singing or playing trombone traditionally or whether it’s through creating new sounds with my trombone. In...

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Ashley Swartzendruber, Photographer

Ashley Swartzendruber, Photographer

“My creative medium at the moment is styling and photography. My job with Edible Michiana is recipe editor, so I do some writing, but I wouldn’t say it’s my first skill. I would say my style is focused on what feels natural. That goes hand in hand with the visuals of...

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Matthew Manley, Theatre

Matthew Manley, Theatre

“My artistic medium is probably best defined as a general theatre artist. I’ve worn a lot of different hats doing theatre, but it’s definitely the art form I’m the most involved with. One of my favorite things is community theatre, and it’s because of the community...

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Samantha Moore, Ice Carver

Samantha Moore, Ice Carver

“For sure, my art medium is ice. I’m not artistic in any way for anything else. I’m pretty new at it, so I’m still learning my style. I would say I love to ice carve animals. That’s not really a style, but something I like to do. At this exact time last year, I was...

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Jeremiah Wade, Writer

Jeremiah Wade, Writer

“My medium kind of fluctuates depending on my mood. I guess I’m typically known as a writer if I am known at all. As a creative person, I feel compelled to work that out just constantly, whatever I’m doing. I don’t play video games. I don’t work well within some sort...

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Jessica Baldanzi, Writer

Jessica Baldanzi, Writer

“My medium is words, for sure. My style is eclectic. I love trying out new genres. I have published in creative nonfiction and memoir, and I’ve published in scholarly writing. Those are the main two areas that I’ve published in, but I love, love, love writing in all...

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Erin Floyd, Musician

Erin Floyd, Musician

“For Brides of Neptune, mostly I’m a vocalist. I do some of the lead vocals, but mostly I do harmonizing, which I really enjoy. Then I do some silly background folksy percussion, and I’ve been playing more and more acoustic and electric guitar in our songs as well....

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Codey Holliday, Ceramic Artist

Codey Holliday, Ceramic Artist

“My medium as an artist ranges from ceramics to painting to photography. With my clay business, Clay Table, all of those mediums sort of combine into one. With ceramics, I approach my work more utilitarian. I keep it simple, keep it clean, so people who may not know...

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Lisa Guedea Carreño, Writer, Storyteller

Lisa Guedea Carreño, Writer, Storyteller

“Currently I would say writing is my medium. I sing and perform but right now I’m not doing much of that so I’d say poetry and story-telling. Personal essays. My style is writing about experiences I have or things that are meaningful to me. Whether it’s something I...

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Goshen Needs Your Voice!

Goshen Needs Your Voice!

Help Improve the Arts and Culture Scene in Goshen The City of Goshen and the Goshen Arts Council are seeking valuable community input on ways to improve the arts and culture scene here. With plans to continue building new programs that will enhance the arts and...

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Jasmine Wall, Illustrator

Jasmine Wall, Illustrator

“When I started as an illustrator out of college, I started with watercolor and ink. I actually used to do children’s book-style illustrations. I even got a chance to illustrate two educational children’s books for Scholastic Canada, which was kind of fun. Then I got...

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Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, Arts Educator

Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, Arts Educator

“Voice is my medium. I identify first as a song and voice educator and second as a performer. I just get really nerdy about how the voice works. Not just like trying to make the voice sound better, but the kinds of sounds the voice can make, and how we uncover that...

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Amber Butler, Musician

Amber Butler, Musician

“I’m a part of the roots rock band Shiny Shiny Black. That is my primary medium. The biggest role I play is on the songwriting end and helping shape kind of the overall ‘Who are we and what do we want to be as artists? What do we want to put in the world?’ My partner...

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Amber Burgess, Theatre

Amber Burgess, Theatre

“My medium is all of theatre. Pick a thing, and I do it. I am a theatre artist. That is the most accurate representation of what I do. Ever since a very early age, I’ve been fascinated with just being involved and being in the building. It started with music and...

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Goshen has some brand new public art!

Goshen has some brand new public art!

The downtown Art Alley is growing. It now features six 8’ x 8’ murals created by local artists in the pedestrian alley off Main Street between Washington and Lincoln. The creatives were first given the theme “Love Goshen Places.” Then they came up with concepts for...

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Debi Cooper, Multi media artist

Debi Cooper, Multi media artist

“My artistic medium ranges from painting to crafting. I get interested in certain art and it’s like I use up my creativity there and then I move on to something else or I’ll combine it with the next medium I move to. My favorite is anything vibrant or uplifting. I...

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Artists and Creatives Happy Hour 1/21/2021

Artists and Creatives Happy Hour 1/21/2021

Goshen Arts Council monthly gathering of creatives of all types. Artists, performers, writers, designers, videographers, and crafters are welcome! The focus this month is curating arts experiences for the community and review adding content to the Goshen Arts...

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Carrie Lee Bland Kendall, Musician

Carrie Lee Bland Kendall, Musician

“I have been a singer and an actor for most of my life so I’ve worn many different hats as a creative. I have been focusing lately on my music. I love singing songs from the Great American Songbook but I’ve been expanding that recently and finding female writers who...

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Chris Collat, Musician

Chris Collat, Musician

“My medium’s always been music. I moved to the Goshen area 5 years ago. I’ve been involved in various projects going on here in Goshen. My music kinda leans towards Motown music, soul music, acoustic-driven, kinda like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers. I have a band here...

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Kristen O’Dell, Arts Educator

Kristen O’Dell, Arts Educator

“The two mediums I tend to focus more on are ceramics and drawing, although I do paint, sculpt and do printmaking. I would say those are my top five. As an arts educator, I do a little bit of everything but me personally, that would be my pecking order. I like...

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Ida Mae Short, Printmaker

Ida Mae Short, Printmaker

“I mainly do a lot of printmaking and drawing. I do some mixed media pieces. I like to combine different forms of printmaking. For a long time, I only did figurative work. In the last year or two, I’ve gotten much more into abstract work, and that is in part because...

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Heather Potsander, Arts Educator

Heather Potsander, Arts Educator

“Most recently I started doing fusible web quilting or fusible web appliqué. There are different names out there depending on what you want to call it. I’m creating a design and really simplifying it and cutting shapes out of fabric, and then quilting over it. I like...

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Jama Brookmyer Graber, Arts educator

Jama Brookmyer Graber, Arts educator

“Currently I’m at Waterford Elementary School here in the Goshen Community Schools system, and I teach grades K through five. We do pretty much everything that I can get my hands on: painting, drying, ceramics, watercolor. I try to do some fiber arts, mostly weaving,...

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Brian Whirledge, Painter

Brian Whirledge, Painter

“I use egg tempera, which is one of the oldest painting mediums. It’s egg yolk mixed with ground rocks, colorful minerals. It goes back to ancient Egypt and is extremely durable and long-lasting. It’s the traditional medium for Byzantine icons. Egg tempera also dries...

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Mark Daniels, Painter

Mark Daniels, Painter

“To paraphrase Piet Mondrian, I am always inspired by the exciting interplay between color and line. That interplay is what some people call beauty. The subject matter, like the dancing birds, gives people permission to look at the image and really dive into it a...

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Viki Graber, Folk Artist

Viki Graber, Folk Artist

“My main medium is willow basketry, which is classified as folk art. It can be traced back to my great-grandfather who came to the Dakota territories in 1874. In the prairie, willow was pretty much the only wood source there was for a while until people started...

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Steve Freeto, Performance Artist

Steve Freeto, Performance Artist

“Performance art is my medium. I can’t play an instrument. I don’t sing anymore, though I’ve been in a lot of musicals and plays over the years. I really enjoy improv and just performance and performance art. I’ve really embraced, like, odd and weird things the past...

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Ted Yoder, Musician

Ted Yoder, Musician

"My medium would be music, of course. The more precise medium would be the hammer dulcimer. But also as a band, because that’s what I do now, we have marimba and percussion and bass. The bass player is not always with us. He lives out in Ohio, so he’s more of a studio...

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Kaci Diener, Jewelry Maker

Kaci Diener, Jewelry Maker

“As far as how I would describe my style, I would say colorful, eclectic. I like to up-cycle things. The medium that people in the Goshen community know me for is jewelry. I’m a jewelry maker. I do, though, dabble in a bunch of other mediums; I like acrylic and...

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Marlon Martinez, Painter

Marlon Martinez, Painter

“My medium is acrylic paint. I do other stuff, too, like pencil, ink, oil sometimes. My personal style that I think works for me has been pop art - very vibrant colors - and surrealism. I really like incorporating both of those things because they’re so opposite of...

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Leah Cassidy Borden, Painter

Leah Cassidy Borden, Painter

“I’m probably the most proud of the murals I’ve done for the city. Those are projects that have taken me months and months to do. The first one I did was on Middlebury Street. I worked with the Boys & Girls Club on that. I did a design where they could do a...

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Josh Cooper, Painter

Josh Cooper, Painter

“I use all kinds of mediums. I do everything from wood burning to murals to fabric art to a lot of stuff. I express it with my bright, bold personality and the colors I use. I like to bring happiness and love to the paintings. I’m probably most proud of the two or...

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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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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, Arts Educator

Thomas Zuber, Painter, Arts 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.