The Logansport Art Association is hosting their 3rd Annual Legacy Show which will run through Aug. 22.
This year’s show features artwork from four local families, with artists yielding back as far as four generations.
Local families displaying their works are the Siena Family (Beth Ronk), the Zywar family (Sandy Gaier), the Neudorff family (Ann Miller) and the Gibson family (Beth Myers). Artwork includes needlepoint, cross stitch, knitting, acrylics, colored pencil, crewel embroidery, jewelry, painting, ceramics and photography.
“We want to show that [artistic ability] is passed down generation to generation. That’s what the purpose of this show is — to show the generational transfer of talent,” said volunteer coordinator and former LAA board member Diane Welsh.
“We want people in the community that are out there to let us know that you’re out there,” Welsh continued. “And you have a family legacy of artist that we can maybe pull and get some information for next year. People love to see legacy art. They just like to see the way it works.”
The Zywar family comes from Massachusetts originally. But those who take art classes at Logansport High School may know Zywar family connection Sandy Gaier. Sandy’s mother is Mary Zywar, who is now retired, was a watercolorist and taught art classes out of their home in Holden, Massachusetts. She also taught high school art classes. Later, Mary opened a gallery and studio where she taught art and displayed her paintings.
When Sandy was in college, she was originally going to major in music and minor in art but ended up swapping it, majoring in art and minoring in music.
“I knew I wanted to teach,” she said.
Sandy studied art at Marietta College in Ohio and her emphasis was in painting. She spent her summers learning metalwork with master silversmith Alden Wood. Her featured artwork is mostly metalwork and ceramic. Sandy earned her teaching certificate from Indiana University and lives in Logansport with her husband, son and daughter. She chose to take an art teaching position at Logansport High School because one of the art classes they offer is jewelry — her favorite.
Sandy’s sister, Brookye, is also an art teacher and currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Sandy’s father, John Zywar, enjoys traveling and photographing scenery. His artwork is also displayed.
The Neudorff family has four generations of artists — Ann Miller; her mother, Gerry Neudorff; Ann's daughter, Shelby Graham; and Ann's granddaughter, Isabelle Kraud. The works on display by the Neudorff family are all cross-stitch pieces, except for a painting done Gerry.
“I could have brought so much more,” said Ann.
Ann says that her mother did mostly watercolors, but was influenced by her daughter and did do one cross-stitch pattern. Ann’s influence travelled both ways generationally speaking.
“You taught me a lot of art things, but this is really the only one that stuck. Because you tried to teach me knitting and latch hook …” said granddaughter Isabelle.
“I still have that scarf you knit me. It’s really, really long … You’d have to see it. It is very precious to me,” she said to her granddaughter.
The Siena family hails from Italy with four generations of artists. Beth Anne Robinson Ronk is the granddaughter of Josephine Ginseppina Parisi Rodriguez Siena.
Josephine was born in Italy in 1881 and later immigrated to the United States, settling in Cleveland, Ohio (Beth is unsure of the exact year). An embroidered tablecloth, two napkins and three pillowcases of Josephine’s are on display.
Beth’s mother is Concetta “Connie” Ann Siena Robinson. Connie moved to Indiana in 1950. She and her husband, Jim, had four children — two older children and twin daughters. Connie sewed the twins’ clothes until they were in junior high school and made most of their formal dance dresses. She also knitted, did needle point, cross stitched and created many other forms of needlework.
Beth enjoys needlepoint and cross-stich. She did do some sewing while in 4-H and under the direction of her mother, but found needlework to be more to her liking. Knitting baby blankets has become her go-to hobby.
Beth’s daughter, Abigail Siena Ronk Culbert, was born in 1985 and her Grand Champion 4-H cross stitch is featured in the show. Abigail’s aunt, Pat, taught her how to sew for 4-H projects and her mother, Beth, helped her with cross-stitching. Abigail’s husband is a JAG officer in the Navy and they have moved fairly often, living in Naples, Italy; Hagatna, Guam and now Newport, Rhode Island.
The Gibson family features artwork from Chod and Jim Gibson, Ann Gibson Gundrum and Beth Gibson Myers. Beth has been an English teacher at Logansport High School for the past 24 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in wood science and technology from University of Massachusetts. Beth is passionate about CrossFit and photography. Her family includes her husband, Jon, and dog, Hank.
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