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MARSHALL -- Gaslight Art Colony is pleased to present John Hemminghouse and granddaughter, Kara Lovell, as the featured artists of their the February exhibit, according to a press release.

The February show will open with a reception from 5-8 p.m. tonight (Saturday). They will be giving away a children’s class at every premiere. An adult may register for a child’s class to be given away in the form of a drawing. A coupon to the Main Street Supper Club is also given to everyone who comes to the opening.

Lovell began making pottery after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in art education. After a crash course in making pottery on the wheel so that she could teach it to students, she would stay after school to perfect it and try new things. Before, she had always been a doodler and it all came together when she decided to apply doodling skills to the pots she was making. The process and style has evolved since those days.

Now, Lovell likes creating traditional pottery forms with high contrast designs that are often inspired by southwestern and art deco patterns. She lives in Terre Haute, Indiana, and teaches art at Clay City High School.

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Hemminghouse’s art career started in Marshall. He was born in Marshall in the fall of 1932. The family moved to Terre Haute when he was 5 years old but he spent a great deal of the summers in Marshall with his grandmother, Mrs. Frank Malloy. His grandmother lived in a second-floor apartment across from the courthouse on the east side of the square above what he remembers as the Nash Photography building, since torn down. He finds it only fitting that he should return to Marshall to display his art on the north side of the square at the Gas Light Art Colony.

In 1962, Hemminghouse started his own sign business and used his artistic talent in that vein for many years. He did all the Coca-Cola pictorial wall signs that were seen in various communities. When he retired he began to do woodcarving that was satisfying both to him on an artistic basis and work that can be handed down to his family and others. He has continued to find the art of woodcarving interesting and challenging and has created many art pieces that he has entered in art shows in Indiana and Illinois receiving several best of show awards.

Gaslight Art Colony is located at 516 Archer Ave., Marshall. For more information, call 217-293-1050.

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