Amber is currently a student at Purdue Polytechnic Institute of New Albany and graduated valedictorian from Lanesville Jr/Sr High School in 2018. Though she has only been working with Julie Schweitzer for less than a year as a media specialist, she has been avidly making changes to her digital platform by assisting with updates to the ArtSeed website, redesigning the Bourne-Schweitzer Gallery site upon her joining with Jim Bourne, and creating the newly-rebranded site for ArtEcoTech. Amber has experience with digital media, as well as a love and passion for traditional arts such as drawing, painting, and sculpting. You can see more of her work at her portfolio site, ambersimlergalleries.com.
From the Artist:
I am 28 years old. I live in Charlestown, Indiana with my mother, my stepfather and my cats, Cleo and Sheba. I volunteer at JB Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville, Indiana. I visit ArtSeed in New Albany, Indiana once a week to work on my artwork.
In my free time, I enjoy helping and spending time with my grandmother and my Uncle Raymond, and I also work at Rauch Industries in New Albany, Indiana.
I adore all things to do with and about cats. I plan on donating the proceeds of this book to the animal shelters.
Thank you to everyone that helped me get my book published, especially Julie Schweitzer, ArtSeed, The Indiana Arts Commission and Terri Branham from Rauch Industries for guiding and teaching me throughout the process.
I would also like to thank my mother and my sister Bree for always supporting me with my life.
Gracie is currently a student at Presentation Academy and graduated from Saint Anthony of Padua School in 2017. She has been interning with Julie Schweitzer for over four years. Throughout her time as an intern, Gracie has participated as an exhibiting artist, curated and installed exhibits, written press releases, assisted with grant writing, managed social media and website content, created, planned and facilitated events. Her educational background includes painting, sculpting, printmaking, drawing, wood arts, and playing guitar. Her community activities include STEAM Club, Book Club, and Presentation Theater scenic designer. Her aspirations are to become a working artist in our community.
Phoebe is a sophomore at Male High School. She recently began her internship at Bourne-Schweitzer Gallery with a focus on exhibit and curatorial studies. Phoebe is also a talented artist with a passion for oil painting. Upon graduating school she plans to pursue a career as a museum curator.
Tristan is a 15 yr old self taught artist that specializes in traditional cartoon and graffiti artworks. Tristan also does photography with a digital camera and is always learning new ways to improve in his artwork and photography.