Painting Peonies for the Indiana First
Lady In 2001 the Indiana World Organization of China
Painters presented a set of hand painted china to the Indiana Governor’s
residence. This set of china was painted with different Indiana wildflowers.
From this gift the 2014 project came to “flower”. Indiana First Lady Karen
Pence so loved this set of china that when she decided to hold a fund raiserfor the newly formed Indiana
First Lady’s Charitable Foundation she enlisted the talents of the
Indiana china painters to help her.
The project of painting 150
bowls with the Indiana state flower of the peony began October of 2013 with a
kick-off paint in held at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville, Indiana. Nearly 40
artists attended the daylong instructional session with special paintings and
inspiration from Indiana artist Douglas David. Indiana WOCP members from throughout the state painted
these presentation bowls of their own composition with a specific
color palette chosen by Mrs. Pence and her committee. Each bowl was finished with a specially
designed decal designating the “Indiana First Lady’s Luncheon 2014” was placed
inside the bowl. Each artist signed
their artwork on the outside of the bowl as well as their name, club
affiliation and their city on the bottom.
The end result was culminated with a public viewing reception at The Art
Sanctuary on April 7, 2014 and the formal acceptance of the project by Mrs.
Pence on April 8. The Indiana First
Lady Karen Pence is herself an artist and she presented each painter with a
signed print of a peony painting that she had done as a thank you. The project
was completed with the talents of 80 of the Indiana WOCP artists. The finale’ came on April 30
when the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation held its inaugural luncheon
at the J. B. Marriott in Indianapolis.
Over 600 people were in attendance to see the bowls displayed as
centerpieces on the tables. These works
of art were then sold to as part of the fund raiser for the Riley Children’s
Hospital Art Therapy Program. The
foundation presented a check to the Riley program for $100,000 .
The Indiana artists were thrilled
to have porcelain chosen to be showcased as the art form for this important
function. This afforded so many people
at the various public receptions and the luncheon to see fine hand painted
porcelain and have the opportunity to talk and meet the artists who created
it. As porcelain artists we need to be
aware of every opportunity to present a program, demonstration or exhibit no
matter how small to expose and educate the public about our art. Through understanding comes appreciation. In addition to the artists
we would like to thank the following for their efforts in making this come to
be. There were many hours of orchestration, final preparations and firing by Barbara
Bougher, Helen Hammond, Gerry Dunkin, Betty Ward, Carolyn Jung, Debbie Queary,
Sherry Hoefling, Ellen Wilson-Pruitt, Regina Vandivier, Leanna Sherman, Phyllis
Gladden, Helene Reyburn, Tammy Anderson, Frank Gladden, Douglas David, CJ
Laster, Maryland China and the Art Sanctuary.
A complete file of all the photos of the project from start to the
finish of the luncheon may be found by going to: