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August 14, 2020

7/8/2020 12:45:00 PM
Local teacher debuts art depicting JC life

Starting July 1 through July 31, Perceptions Yoga, Mind-fulness and Art gallery space will be filled with work from local artist, Marilyn Wathen. Wathen has been a teacher at Jennings County High School for 22 years. Her art show, which she calls "River Life," is a reflection of life in Jennings County and more specifically, the Muscatatuck River.

"My art is about nature and appreciating the beauty of God's creations," stated Wathen.

One concentration depicts paintings of threatened and endangered birds. This series offers the viewer a chance to pause and reflect on the importance of bird habitat in our area.

In addition to paintings, Wathen creates art from driftwood. One of her favorite activities is making driftwood sailboats. All of these pieces are made from driftwood found in the Muscatatuck River. Each sailboat is unique and reflects the beauty of the river.

Another focus in this show is paintings depicting Indiana barns. "I enjoy painting barns scenes because each barn is a valuable part of someone's farm and history," said Wathen,

All of Wathen's art will be on sale at the Closing Reception to take place Friday, July 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Perceptions Center for Mindful Practices in Vernon. Prior to the closing, a few pieces will be for sale via Ebay Charity auctions and posted on the Perceptions Facebook page. Following the closing, any remaining pieces will also be available via Ebay.

To coincide with the River Life Show throughout the month of July, Perceptions is hosting many fun activities. On July 10 from 5:30-7 p.m., there will be a "Create a Driftwood Sailboat" workshop. Seating is limited, so sign up early to get a seat at this event. You can register online via Perceptions web site: www.perceptionsyoga.org . The cost is $40 per participant, which includes all supplies and instruction.

On Friday, July 24 the Perceptions gallery will be open to the public for viewing of the River Life from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. local bird expert Joe Robb will give a talk about endangered and threatened birds in Indiana. Robb, a resident of Vernon, is currently director of Big Oaks and Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.

Perceptions, which had to delay opening its Center for Mindful Practices in Vernon due to the COVID distancing measures, is a nonprofit devoted to providing affordable access to the healing practices of yoga, mindfulness, and art.

For more information, visit www.perceptionsyoga.org or email charlindaevans @perceptionsyoga.org or karenchilman@perceptionsyoga.org directly.

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