Survive to Thrive Art Workshops starting Feb 23, 2019

Survive to Thrive art events will provide support for local women, men, and transgender of all backgrounds to speak their truths and survivorship about personal experiences with having been sexually assaulted or harassed in their lifetime.  Person’s ages 21 and over are asked to participate in a series of six expressive arts workshops and provide witness to their story of sexual trauma and personal growth. A community-based art exhibit centered on safe space and empowerment will culminate after the workshops and be on display to the public. Goals are to create a collective artistic community engineering a safe haven of support to allow for focus on moving away from survivorship towards thriving after sexual trauma with the removal of the stigma and shame associated with reporting sexual assault and harassment.

Believe and support survivors. It is radical and necessary to believe survivors. As stated by Sarah Ogden Trotta, a licensed psychotherapist, “We have absolutely nothing to lose by believing a survivor’s words, and a survivor has everything to gain through the experience of feeling trusted and validated. Even if the details seem confusing, we must stand firm in knowing that their account of sexual assault is rooted in truth.”


Kortney Malone, MPS, LMHC, Creative Arts Therapist and Visual Artist, will facilitate participants through a gestalt and trauma-informed practice of expressive art making, exhibition, and providing witness to our Michiana region. Emphasis will be on Art Hive theory where creating art collectively in a safe space creates a safe community. (7) Discussions about how participants display their artwork in the public and develop a safe space to speak their truths will also be processed in these workshops and during an opening reception at the Survive to Thrive exhibit.  34158

Congratulations! Winners of our Fall Juried Show November 9, 2018

Best of Show

Donor:  Kathy Grusy,  Edward Jones

Artist:  Daniel J Slattery

“Lunch at the Bison Bar, Dublin”


Award of Excellence 

Donor:  Carl & Emilie Tiedemann

Artist:  Kathy Stiffney

“Florists’ Pick”


1st Place

Donor:  Patti & Paul Crowley

Artist:  Lorraine Whitt


Mixed Media

2nd Place

Donor:  Lori Snyder, Berkshire Hathaway Northern Indiana RE

Artist:  Denise Potter

“Hanging Cherries”


3rd Place

Donor:  Matzke Florist

Artist:  Dave Dufour

“Café in St. Jean-Cap Ferrat”


Peoples Choice Award

Donor:  Elkhart Art League

Artist:  M. Kathy Leib

“Finding Balance”


Purchase Award

Donor:  Wieland Designs, Inc.

Artist:  Marilyn Kruger

“Wrack Line”







A Great Big Thank You to our 2018 Fall Juried Show Donors

Fall 2018 Juried Show Sponsors

Ellen Ridenour Classes Sept – Oct 2018

Shout It Art 2018

Membership News


If you need to renew your membership and haven’t yet, you may want to do now.  There will be a small price increase beginning in January 2019.

Standard Membership:   $40.00  (as of 1/1/2019)

Senior Membership:        $20.00  (as of 1/1/2019)

Student Membership:      $15.00

Membership benefits include reduced pricing on all classes, email updates on activities and programs,  and access to all the learning tools available at the Elkhart Art League.   You are also able to show off your works at our Member Shows.  Additionally,  instructors are always more than willing to help with your creative endeavors.


Are YOU interested in assisting with promotion of the Arts in our Michiana Community?   We are looking for individuals willing to share a bit of their time and energy to help with programs, events, classes and with the general direction of the League.    Please let us know by contacting Karin Frey at 574-350-7970.