ANCORA IMPARO is a Latin phrase meaning "I am still learning." This phrase is highly reflective of the life of Dana Warner Fisher to date. As a library media specialist at Tuttle Middle School, Dana strives to inspire children to become lifelong readers and learners, by modeling her own love of books and scholarship. Since 2004, she has been a graduate student at IUPUI working toward her master's degree in Library Science. As a quilt artist, she constantly collects images and inspirations as raw material for her art quilt work. As a person, she is continually trying to grow and improve. In Dana's past, there has always been a distinction between her art quilts and her utility sewing. With these new quilts, in the ANCORA IMPARA Art Quilt Exhibit, Dana has challenged herself to interlace these diverse aspects of creative work. She also hopes that this new work will be more reflective of her own personal process. Dana has been making quilts since 1975, when she worked as a professional actress. During this time she met Jim Fisher when they were cast in a production of Annie Get Your Gun. They married in 1977 and have two grown children, Dan and Anna. They have made their home in Crawfordsville since 1978. Dana's work has been exhibited at the Old Jail Museum, Wabash College, Skidmore College, Denison University, Quilt America, the American Quilters' Society (Paducah, Kentucky), the International Quilt Festival (Houston, Texas), Quilt/Surface Design Symposium Invitational "99 (Columbus, Ohio), the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Crawfordsville District Public Library. The Indiana Arts Commission owns two of her quilts and another quilt is part of the permanent collection of the Theatre Museum of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. Dana's exhibit will be featured in the Library's Mary Bishop Memorial Art Gallery from Wednesday, August 30 until Friday, September 28, 2006. You will delight in this "learning librarian's" reflection on her life until now! Dana wishes to invite the community to join her at a reception, from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2006, in the Donnelley Room on the Library's Lower Level. All are welcome!
Sharing the September Gallery with Dana Warner Fisher is Fused Glass Artist Nancy Joalta Yeiter, whose work will occupy the new display cases in the gallery. GlassDancing is the business name Nancy has chosen for her adventures in the eclectic art of fused glass making. Coming from a family of artists, Nancy has explored many artistic mediums in her life. For the past several years, however, her artistic explorations have led her on a journey of discovery in the medium of glass making. Working with elements of light, color and dimension, Nancy has created framed wall enhancements, three dimensional glass art, functional glass work and unique and unusual jewelry. She has studied artistic glass creation at the Indianapolis Art Center, read many books on the subject and taken a variety of workshops from experts in the field. Nancy has entered her work in the Crawfordsville Art League's Downtown Art Exhibit for the past several years. Her work was well received and juried into the exhibit each time. Her jewelry may be seen and purchased at Heathcliff's Women's Clothing Store on Washington Street in Crawfordsville. Nancy's work may also be viewed her home gallery any day by appointment. She enjoys the challenge of customer based ideas and would be happy to help you explore the possibilities of a new idea with her in a private consultation leading to custom work. Call 362-6097 for an appointment.