Elkhart Art League News & Events

Gloria Smith Carney & Alan Larkin at the Elkhart Art League December 2017

Open Reception December 16, 2017  5 to 8 pm.

Come join us and meet the Artists, Gloria Smith Carney and Alan Larkin!

131 Tyler Street, (West Wing), Elkhart, IN 46516

Gloria Smith Carney received her degrees and education from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass and graduated from Cambridge JR College.  Additionally, she was a Special Student Graduate of the School of Arts and Science at Harvard University.  Education also included the Courauld Institute of Art in London, University of London, and West Dean College in England and printmaking in Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy.
Gloria was a co-founder with Beverly Edwards of Monotype guild of New England and Co-founder with Alan Larkin of the Mid-American printmaking council. Both are nation wide organizations.

Gloria lives on Cape Cod part time and Elkhart with her husband Peter Carney.

Artist Statement

All through my life I have enjoyed learning, creating and traveling. I have stories to tell.

“I never want to stop learning.”

My exhibit will contain monotypes, engravings and silver point. Most of these will be for sale and all monies will be donated to The Elkhart Art League.

I will have some pieces of art that I’ve completed over the years that will not be for sale.  One such piece is a silver point drawing of King Abdullah from when we lived in Saudi Arabia.

Alan Larkin received his BA in art from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota in 1975 and his MFA in printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University in 1977. Though recently retired, he taught drawing and printmaking for almost forty years at Indiana University South Bend. He has won many prizes in regional, national and international competitions for his artwork, including the prestigious Founder’s Award in the 2016 Pastel 100 Competition sponsored by the Pastel Journal and the Best of Show Award at the 75th and 91st Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition in Indianapolis. His works are in numerous private collections including the corporate collections of Pillsbury, NIPSCO, and Lincoln Life Insurance Companies.

Artist Statement

Art should engage people’s interest both immediately and over time. When we stand in front of something it is often because it calls to us from across the room, but when we return to it we should discover something new. Objects that can have this power are not accidents. They are made by thinking people who learn how to connect their intellect with their emotions. While it is not really a science, it’s not a turn-off-the-brain-and-let’s-go type of activity either. It can be discussed and understood in a number of different ways: as a design in terms of its color, balance and movement, as a craft, in terms of its mastery, or even as a story, in terms of its emotional impact or its capacity to give us insight. Though future generations will undoubtedly find our contemporary parlance quaint, it is neither wholly “right-brained” nor “left-brained”. It is, rather, whole-brained, made by complete people for complete people.

The Mid America Print Council is an educational and community-based organization that focuses on all print related arts. Embracing both time-honored and innovative approaches, we promote awareness and appreciation of traditional and contemporary forms of printmaking. We are an inclusive association for individuals and institutions, administering the sharing of technical and critical information regarding print. Honoring our predecessors, we aim to bring new and sustained interest to this unique medium. Active on multiple platforms, MAPC is an organization that provides members with access to a network of printmakers, resources, opportunities, newsletters, and a biennial conference that features speakers, workshops, panels, shows, and exchanges. Through calls for participation, we organize members’ exhibitions and publish The Mid America Print Council Journal. Our goal is to recognize, advocate, and continue research in historical, current, and future print technologies.  Alan Larkin and Gloria Smith Carney were both instrumental in establishing the Mid America Print Council.


New Classes & Workshops Posted! Check them out!







Intro to Water Soluble Oil Painting Starts January 8, 2018

Pottery Classes Start January 10, 2018

Watercolor and Acrylic Classes Start week of January 10, 2018

Comic Zine Drawing Classes Start January 11, 2018

Wednesday night Open Studio

Go to Classes or Workshops in the Menu and click to register.   Do it Today!



BEST OF SHOW – Phil Monteith, “The Old Sentinel” Reductive Woodcut

FIRST PLACE – Kathleen Ward, “A Squirrel Named Whitney”  Watercolor

SECOND PLACE – Kay Londergan, “One Eyed Warrior” Black/White Digital Photograph

THIRD PLACE – Kenton Yoder, “Connectivity” Acrylic

HONORABLE MENTION recognition given by EAL Board of Directors – Jenny Shaw “Verdant” Mixed Media

PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Kathleen Ward, “A Squirrel Named Whitney” Watercolor

Congratulations to all who entered.  Your works are fabulous!

Click on “Gallery” for more pictures.




Thank you for all our purchase awards and sponsors!

Purchase Awards:

Wieland Designs, Jim & Karla Morton, Lori Snyder & Dave Dickman


Yoder, Ainlay, Ulmer & Buckingham

Fidelity National Title.















Thank You to All our Sponsors and Purchase Award Donors, Fall Show 2017

We are so thankful for your support of the Arts in our Community!


Yoder, Ainlay, Ulmer & Buckingham

Fidelity National Title

Purchase Award Donors:

Wieland Design

Jim & Karla Morton

Lori Snyder & Dave Dickman

Kids Art at the Old Bag Factory with the Elkhart Art League

When:  2nd Saturday of Each Month 11 am to 2 pm.

Cost:  Free

It’s great seeing kids and some parents unplug doing art together..



Art In Elkhart since 1925

As of January 2017, we moved to our new location:

“The West Wing”

131 Tyler Street, Elkhart, IN


We are so excited about our “new digs”.   For the first time there are separate areas for painting classes, pottery classes,  workshops, offices and more.   Check out all the classes and workshops coming your way!