Artist Justin Vining (R) talks about his work Saturday during Art Fair 2014 at The Village at Winona. Vining, originally from the Bourbon area, now has a studio in Indianapolis. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Artist Justin Vining (R) talks about his work Saturday during Art Fair 2014 at The Village at Winona. Vining, originally from the Bourbon area, now has a studio in Indianapolis. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
WINONA LAKE – More than 70 art booths featuring everything from photography and paintings to jewelry and pottery lined the streets of The Village at Winona 2014 Art Fair Saturday and Sunday.
While some of the artists were exhibiting for the first time, others had returned after several years’ absence. Many were local, but there also were artists from other states as far away as Wisconsin.
Winona Lake interior designer Susan Grill was selling pillows she made out of remnant fabrics, all different sizes and made from a variety of materials. One hundred percent of her proceeds go to the Winona Lake Limitless Park.
“We’ve done really well with them,” she said. “I’ve got a pillow ministry. I’ve been donating to different organizations. I wanted to do something for the Limitless Park. I also was a sponsor for the Limitless Race for the splash pad. I always have leftover fabric from projects with my clients so I make the pillows.”
Originally from the Bourbon area, Justin Vining has been making his art in Indianapolis for the last three years. His paintings are watercolor and india ink on handmade paper. He has a studio at the Harrison Center for Arts, just outside  downtown Indianapolis, at 1505 N. Delaware St.
“It’s been since 2009 since I’ve (exhibited here) so I felt it was time to come back,” Vining said.
On average, he produces three original pieces a week. “My process is slow so it takes a while to do the work,” he said.
Dave Reckhouse, from Boscobul, Wis., was selling his bird baths. This was his second year participating in the Village’s art fair.
He said his concrete pieces are one of a kind. He couldn’t estimate how long it took him to make each one because he handles each piece 12 times from start to finish.
Fort Wayne’s Joe Pelka also was exhibiting for his second time at the art fair.
“It is low-fire earthenware clay pottery. It’s all wheel thrown. My studio is in Huntertown so I’m local. I work alone, I don’t have any assistants. I do it all by myself from start to finish,” Pelka said.
He’s been making the pottery for about 30 years. Many of his pieces feature fish.
“I just like fish. I think they make good subject matters. There are different kinds of fish and they are very colorful and people are interested in them.”
He also does some bamboo, some lines with no fish and geometric shapes. He received two purchase awards at the show so far, he said.
Many people may know Joy Lohse from her job at Kosciusko Community Hospital. What they may not know is that for the last five years she’s also been an oil painter. Her subjects are mainly lakes, water scenes, fruits and cows.
“I am an understudy of impressionistic painter Sara Creason. I met her five years  ago and she has mentored me. She’s passing down a trade to me, and I’m really honored by that,” Lohse said. “I want to be more than a Sunday painter because she has put so much time into me. And I totally love it.”
Karen J. Rowland is an assemblage artist, taking old pieces and giving them new life. She received two purchase sponsor awards at this year’s art fair.
She started making art three or four years ago, she said. Her first show was at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, where she won first and second place in her division. Her exhibit at The Village in Winona over the weekend was her first really big show.
“I’m very excited about it. I thought I would be very nervous, but I’m not. I enjoy talking to people. They seem to get (my work),” Rowland said.
She doesn’t feel any pressure to create her art. She tinkers with pieces about an hour or two at a time, and it can take her up to a month to assemble a piece. She is constantly working on pieces, but the Village Art Fair is the only one she’s scheduled to do this year.
She did sell six pieces Saturday, including the first piece she ever made.
“It was a happy thing, it was a sad thing. It was one of my favorites,” she said.