In a bit of a departure from the usual exhibits that feature paintings from local artists, the Blackford County Arts Place is currently exhibiting “Splinters and Threads.” This exhibit which runs through October 21 features the works of Sherry Studebaker and Mark Twigg.

Twigg is a woodturner from Portland, Indiana. He has been creating his wooden artworks since 1997. He creates one-of-a-kind pieces and gift items. He primarily uses materials such as maple, cherry, walnut, and wood burls. He also uses exotic woods for his one of a kind pieces. He finds great satisfaction in creating elegant objects from material that was destined to be burned or destroyed. The lathe allows him much more freedom when shaping wood than any other hand tools. Manipulating the color and patterns in the wood to complement the form. Much of the wood that he uses is from friends, strangers, construction sites, and other such sources.

Studebaker is a weaver from Geneva, Indiana. Her love of weaving began when her grandfather gifted her his loom. She derives great joy from the slow process of weaving textiles for the home and wearables. “Starting with picking a weft and warp along with combining colors and textures the creative process begins. Seeing all of this come together as I am weaving natural fibers, up-cycled blue jeans and other fibers is an artistic statement I enjoy making,” she said.

In 2016, she juried into the Indiana Artisan group. Currently, her work is available at Indiana Artisan stores in the Carmel, Indiana Art District, and at French Lick Resort Hotel Promenade Shoppes. She is also a member of The Alcove Artist group in Portland Indiana.

The Blackford County Arts center is located at 107 West Washington Street in Hartford City, Indiana. Regular center hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM and on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

The Blackford County Arts Center is also offering a Basket Weaving Class taught by Diana Seelig. The class will meet on three Wednesdays, October 20, 27 and November 3 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Students may choose the basket style they want to make. Learn the basics of basic weaving or even explore more advanced techniques.

Diana Seelig has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in art with weaving as a core area of study. She has 35 years of teaching experience at various grade levels. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and juried shows in the Midwest.

The cost for the class is $65.00 and is limited to 6 students. Registration for this and other classes offered by the center may be done online at

Those who have questions or would rather register at the Art Center, may contact Amy Day by email at or by calling (765) 348-4154.

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