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Exhibition at Clabber Girl to launch Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail

June 25, 2013

Works by Wabash Valley artisans will be on display at The Gallery at the Clabber Girl Museum to promote the launch of the Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail.

Rivers and Roads was created to promote the region's exceptional hand-crafted art and food and to boost the economy in the six-county region centered around the crossroads of U.S. highways 40 and 41. It is a collaboration between Indiana Artisan and Indiana State University's Rural-Urban Entrepreneurship Development Institute (RUEDI).

Creations by 10 artisans will be featured during the exhibition, scheduled to run July 1-30.

"This exhibit offers an excellent opportunity to see and appreciate the work of artisans who are Wabash Valley treasurers. Their skills are truly amazing," said Steven Pontius, RUEDI director and professor of geography at Indiana State.


"It is our pleasure to participate in this collaboration to bring artisans throughout the Wabash Valley together and promote their hard work," said Megan Marvin, public relations specialist at Clabber Girl. "We are excited to welcome the Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail members into The Gallery at the Museum throughout the month of July."

A Rivers and Roads advisory board created by RUEDI, Clabber Girl, Arts Illiana and Wabash Valley Art Spaces and representatives from Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties, has approved these artisans for inclusion in the trail, certifying that their venues provide the public with a meaningful experience:


• Edith Acton, glass and jewelry design, Terre Haute

* Brooke's Candy Co., Dana

• Arie Fraza, painter, Clinton

• David Gahimer, turning and woodworking, Rockville

• Gretchen Kraut, fiber and polymer clay jewelry, Terre Haute

• Marilyn Oehler, hand-dyed wool, Terre Haute

• Sister Jodi O'Neill, painter, St. Mary-of-the-Woods

• Stephanie Standish, prints, Terre Haute

• Susan Tingley, ceramics, Terre Haute

• Rebecca Wallace, miniatures and replications, Terre Haute

The Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail exhibition will be open during Clabber Girl Museum hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

More information about the artisans and their works is available at

Photo: - An exhibition of work by 10 Wabash Valley artisans, including Terre Haute resident Marilyn Oehler's hand-dyed wool, will be on display during July at the Clabber Girl Museum Gallery to promote the launch of the Rivers and Rails Artisan Trail.

Photo: - Woodworker David Gahimer of Rockville is among Wabash Valley artisans included in the Rivers and Roads Artisan Trail. Products created by Gahimer and nine other artisans will be on display during July at the Clabber Girl Museum Gallery in Terre Haute.

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or