"Preserving the Past" art exhibit
Wednesday, July 17- Friday, August 30
Location: Archabbey Library Gallery
The Archabbey Library Gallery, located on the Saint
Meinrad Archabbey campus, St. Meinrad, IN, will host an art exhibit
titled "Preserving the Past."
This multimedia exhibit will be featured from July 17 through
August 30. Tom Wintczak from Posey County, IN, will be exhibiting
face jugs and snake jugs. Julie Dant from Washington, IN, will be
exhibiting photographs, and Br. Luke Waugh, OSB, a monk of Saint
Meinrad, will be showing quilts from his family collection.
Inspired by potters of the 18th and 19th century, folk artist
Tom Wintczak makes a variety of traditional pottery, including face
jugs and snake jugs. In the past, these "ugly jugs" were used to
warn about the contents of the jug; the more grotesque the figure,
the more effective to scare children away from the poison, liquor
or medicine within.
During the Temperance Movement, snake jugs became strong symbols
of warning that too much liquor can bite. Wintczak keeps this
tradition alive. In 2012, his work was juried into the
Directory of Early American Crafts by Early American
Life magazine. He has been chosen as an Indiana Artisan and
exhibits work at craft shows, including the Shaker Village Craft
Fair in Kentucky in early August.
Julie Dant finds inspiration for her photographs from abandoned
houses, old buildings and nostalgic objects. Items from the past,
bathed in light, live again in the context of the photograph and
the appreciation of the viewer. In 2012, she received an award of
excellence in the Krempp Gallery's 19th Annual Juried Art
Br. Luke's collection of quilts, made by members of his family
over several generations, is also a way of preserving the past. One
family's tradition of creativity handed down through these quilts
is celebrated here.
For library hours, call (812) 357-6401 or (800) 987-7311, or
visit the Archabbey Library's website: www.saintmeinrad.edu/library/hours/
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Those wishing to
view the exhibit may want to arrive at least 30 minutes before