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The Art Farm
Lisa Vetter & Paul Siefert
17612 N. County Line Rd. E.
Spencerville, IN 46788
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Our work is inspired by the natural world and is in response to our throw away society. Americans dispose of more usable items than some countries produce. The found objects we collect tell the stories of bygone travels, miscalculated gifts, and can be a historical reminder of previous generations. By creatively “upcycling” these objects with other media we not only offer a new story to an old item, we also challenge the viewer to observe these everyday items in a completely different way.
We design and create each piece at “the Art Farm”, our restored 1860 farm studio and home. Our works range in scale from room lighting to wearable pieces and are primarily functional. A wide variety of found objects are assembled with textiles and mixed metals. The metals are hand-formed, cut, cold-connected, textured, forged, engraved, riveted, pierced, soldered, and/or oxidized. Textiles are both hand and machine stitched as well as hand felted. Many pieces are embellished with glass beads or other small found objects.
Our annual pop up gallery!
A virtual tour of the 2012 Holiday Studio Show.....
Bright and happy functional porcelain work from Ft. Wayne, IN artist Kim Rorick. $10 - $235.
Lampwork glass beads on sterling silver from Lavana Shurtliff of Mt. Pleasant, MI. $30 - $120
Detail of Dorothy Schutte's felted boiled wool hats.
Fun scarves! Left: stitched fiber on silk by Dorothy Schutte. Right: recycled t-shirt scarves by Sarah Martin. All $35 ea.
Light up someones life with a found object lamp from The Art Farm or show them a good time with a fun clock. In the window are metal mobiles from Shadow Charms - Cherie Haney of Ann Arbor, MI.
Lisa's line of fun and funky recycled metal jewelry on sterling silver. $25 - $150.
Aine Aromatics organic bath and body goodness from Asheville, NC makes a lovely gift.
Prints and originals from Bekah Ash of Iowa City, IA all at $30 ea.
The originals on the wood blocks can be hung or set on a shelf.
The hearts are metal magnet boards and some of Kim Rorick's functional porcelain can be seen in the image.
Felted boiled wool hats from Dorothy Schutte of Mukwonago, WI, warm and comfy $45 - $65, also wool legwarmers $20, and funky scarves $35.
Handmade lampwork glass jewelry from Lavana Shurtliff of Mt. Pleasant, MI. Beautiful pieces $30 - $120. Also bookmarks with her glass beads for the reader on your list, only $15. More of Dorothy's hats and legwarmers.
Ceramic artist Joe Pelka shows his detailed vessels and mini vases, starting at $30. Warm up the night with some Art Farm candle stands or delight your favorite cook with a vintage spice tin fairy $65 - $75. Pick up one of Kim Roricks olive or cracker trays seen on the bottom shelf $28.
Greetings and welcome to The Art Farm holiday studio show! Found object sculpture, "Shall We Dance?" $350. Two more found object wall pieces are shown here: top - "Home of the Brave" $250, right - "500 Bluebirds" $250 with removable vintage glass container for flowers.
Layered metal wall tiles by Cherie Haney of Ann Arbor, MI. 7"x7" $60, 12"x12" $150. Long skinny magnet board $54. Art Farm globe clock $225 and 3D found object clock $145.
Whimsical 2D stitched art by Andrew Johnson of Kansas City, MO from $24 - $85 as well as mini stitched art cards at $4, these are holiday themed and could be framed. Magnet board $70, large magnet picture frames are $14 ea.
2013 Workshops and Events
Feb. 2/3 Found Object Mosaic
Feb. 9 Talisman Neck Piece
Mar. 9 Talisman Neck Piece
Mar. 23 2D Mixed Media with Randall Scott Harden
April 13/14 Found Object Mosaic
April 27 4th Annual Rural Studio Tour!
Directions - Please note that our studio is only open during special events.
- Via SR 37 travel E toward Harlan, turn left at Cuba Rd. (flashing yellow light), Cuba Rd will become Davis at the turn at the river then angle right again becoming N County Line Rd E, the farm will be on your right.
- Via Hwy 1, travel N through Leo to Spencerville, turn right at CR 68, over the river, take the first right over the bridge on CR 57, through the woods, approx 1 mile turn right at N County Line Rd E, the farm will be on your left.
Your prepayment reserves your seat for a workshop. Seats are limited for our workshops, generally a maximum of 10. Cancellations one week or less prior to the workshop will result in a forfeit of your prepayment. If you need to cancel and your seat can be filled 50% of your payment may be applied to a future workshop. Thank you for your understanding.
"Burning Desire" trio of candelabras
What we do and where we do it........
the Art Farm
beltane celebration maypole
weaving the maypole
maypole weave detail
mosaic backsplash in studio
mosaic backsplash in studio with functional pieces mortared into the wall.
our studio in december 2008 just after an ice storm
the Art Farm
The farmhouse with barn in the distance, covered
with 1/2 inch of ice. December '08
paul & lisa
Self portrait in mirror mosaic.
Installation at St. Louis, MO
botanical gardens, Oct. '08.
our studio in september 2008
studio & barn
tai chi students
participants at tai chi workshop
tai chi workshop
participants at the october tai chi workshop learning "the elements" form. sandy gebhard led the 2 hour class.
Mixed Media and Jewelry
found object earrings
found object earrings $75
"Re-tee", constructed of recycled t-shirts.
Many sizes and words available. Commissions
recycled record wall clocks $45 - $95
found object clock $135 - sold
mixed media wall piece
antique bottle is removeable, just add water and a flower!
key to happiness
mixed media wall piece
antique removeable bottle/vase
$235 - sold
mixed media wall piece
removeable antique bottle/vase
$285 - sold
mixed media wall piece
antique bottle, driftwood, beach glass, recycled tin
divit, the boston terrier rocks his new
recycled bottle cap collar
$24 - $44
recycled bottle cap belts
handcrafted leather belts
studded with recycled bottle caps
found object lamp
shade of recycled t-shirts & hand felted "flowers"
$375 - sold
playing the edge
found object lamp w/ recycled t-shirt shade
$495 - sold
Bowling ball fountain
$125 - sold
found beach glass and handformed, oxidized sterling
$150 - sold
others currently available
handformed copper & sterling, found objects, semi-precious stones, vintage beads
recycled "rebus" bottle caps, found objects, semi-precious stones
the best of times
copper, recycled tin, handmade sterling chain
$175 - sold
copper, recycled tin, handmade sterling earwires
$125 - sold
Found object lamp "Spin"
2012 Holiday Pop Up Gallery
We're starting the process of creating another fantastic holiday show for all you art fans. We've got some favorite returning artists and several new faces. This years opening event will be Nov. 30th so pencil it in now!
Rural Studio Tour - An Art Adventure
Pencil in May 14 for this years annual studio tour. Last year was hoppin' with art lovers and adventurers. Take advantage of this opportunity to see and buy art directly from artists in their studios.
Loved this quote after the Talisman Workshop:
Lisa, just wanted to thank you for the great workshop. It gave me a bit of a buzz for the rest of the day. Even though it was at times frustrating because it required new skills, I really enjoyed focusing on just one thing for that period of time. The rest of my life, as I’m sure is true for you, too, is a huge multi-tasking jumble. After the workshop, I felt relaxed but invigorated and more clear thinking than normal. All that without any wine. You could charge more since it is a therapy session, too.
Talisman neckpiece workshop, Feb. 5, 2011
I've been wanting to do this workshop for some time now and finally the day has arrived. See the flyer posted near the top of the webpage for all the details. I have a feeling this will fill up fast so don't procrastinate, sign up now! We're going to have a great day of creating!
2D Mixed Media Collage Workshop on Feb. 5, 2011
With another successful Holiday Studio Show wrapped up we are psyched about hosting this great workshop! Randall is an amazing artist and we are gonna have some fun making art with him here at the Art Farm. Better get dibs on a spot in the workshop ASAP! See the flyer posted on the webpage.
Holiday Studio Show
The show opened Thanksgiving weekend to a steady stream of art lovers. We are really psyched about this years show, got some great new artists and some regular favorites. We are almost always working on something here at the farm so if weekends are booked please feel free to call and come out during the week, just make sure we're here first!! You've got until the end of the year to feather your nest with some new art or to make someones holiday that much better!
Rural Studio Tour / Nov. 20, 2010 / 10am-6pm
We're looking forward to Saturday's Studio Tour. If you missed the first one in May here's your chance. It's been a long summer of traveling and it's good to be home and have some time to work on our home, a new roof! We welcome all art lovers and look for info coming about our Annual Holiday Studio Show opening the following Friday after Thanksgiving.
We have a slight change in our July show schedule. We will be in Traverse City instead of Marquette on July 31st. We are also happy to add the River Arts Fest in Memphis, TN in late October. Yee-haw! Memphis here we come!! See us at one of our many shows this summer for all your farm fresh art!
Here we are at the solstice! Wow, the spring season sure does fly by. The Rural Studio Tour in May was a great success and we look forward to next year. If you missed out on it you can see us this weekend at the Covington Art Fair! Enjoy this day of light as we begin our return to shorter days. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy summer. Hope to see you at one of our many shows this season! If you haven't already, join us on facebook at the link above.
Rural Studio Tour - May 1, 2010 10 am to 6 pm
We will be part of this tour of working artists in northern Allen County. Stay tuned for upcoming details.
SWAN Day March 27, 2010
Swan Day is an international holiday which takes place on the last Saturday of March (Women's History Month). The goal is to inspire communities around the world to find new ways to recognize and support women artists. This event will take place from 3:00 to 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House on Old Mill Rd. Their will be 12 visual artists and 6 performing artists. Donation is $12 at the door. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org
First workshop in the studio!
Progress continues in the house and we are psyched about having our first workshop in the now open studio space. We are just beginning to realize our vision for these buildings and land.
Our 2010 art fair season is just beginning to take shape and we'll be posting our schedule as soon as we know where we're going and when.
Thanks to everyone who made it out for the opening weekend of our Annual Holiday Studio Show!
This is our first year utilizing the studio space in it's intended manner and it was an amazingly successful weekend. We are truly giving thanks out here on the Art Farm. If you missed last weekend you've still got plenty of time thru December. Make drive to the country, you'll be glad you did.
The house becomes home...
The traveling season is over and home finishing and moving season is here. We are finally transitioning from the studio "apartment" into our 1860 farmhouse. After 5 1/2 years of restoration (not to mention the transformation of the studio building) the house is becoming home. This means more space in the studio and more open hours for you, our wonderful patrons! Without you we wouldn't be here!
Lake Eden Arts Festival
We are thrilled to be a featured artist this year at L.E.A.F.! This is an amazing event, we try to encourage all music and art lovers to attend this festival. It is held twice a year, in May and again in October. Please visit the website (check link below) to find out more including the wonderful work this organization does in their community as well as globally. We have participated in this festival for many years and have watched it grow and mature into the amazing event it is today. Come one come all to the mountains for a get down good time!!
Artlink Studio Tour
We are proud to be the first in a series of studio tours with Artlink on Sunday, Sept, 27th. Please click on the file in "upcoming events" above for all the details!
Summer flies by...
Our summer schedule has been perfect for balancing travel and creative work with finishing the farmhouse and putting in the biggest garden yet! The harvest is on now and the house will begin to receive insulation next week. We are looking forward to finally moving into the house this fall.
Our plan is to be in by early November so that the studio is fully available for our annual Holiday
Studio Show! This means that if you can't make the Thanksgiving opening weekend you'll have plenty of opportunity up through the December holidays. As always we are grateful for all the wonderful people who continue to support the arts through this difficult economic time. We are having a fine summer albeit a little lighter on the bank account than past years but that is not such a bad thing, people are made to step back and look at what is really important in their lives.
Spending your money in ways that you would like to see the world, through art, farmers markets and other local or grassroots organizations helps to create the kind of world you hope to live in.
As always, we are honored to have our work enjoyed by so many enthusiastic people! We give eternal thanks to all of you.
Fun with Found Objects
The week spent as a visiting artist in N.W. Indiana was a delight. I was honored to have
the privilege of working with so many wonderful teachers and such bright students. FAME
is a treasured organization that we are so lucky to have here in Indiana where funding for
the arts is regarded as non-essential.
On Sunday April 5th Lisa will be doing recycled cardboard, collage picture frames at the
Ft. Wayne Museum of Arts first Sunday program. The Museum is open free to the public
and children are invited to participate in creating their own found object functional art
to take home with them!
March 2nd thru the 9th Lisa will be doing an artist in residency with FAME (Foundation for Arts and Music Education) in Merrillville, IN. The FAME theme for the 08/09 school year is "Art is in the Heart of the eARTh". She will be working with elementary school children creating individual tile mosaics using recycled plastic lids. The children will display their finished tiles together in an installation that will result in a large wall quilt.
April 2nd Lisa will be working with children at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art for their first sunday program. The first sunday of the month the museum is open free to the public and they offer hands on projects for children to learn how to create.
a new year, a new webpage
well, you've been asking for it so here it is, our first webpage! we are looking forward to a brave new year of
hope, prosperity, creativity and finishing the farmhouse! it is with great joy we embark upon the adventure
of new work and new shows in 2009. we will be starting our season in atlanta, ga this year at the dogwood
arts festival april 17, 18, &19. as we know more about our schedule we'll keep you all posted on our travels.
thanks so much for all your support over so many years of creative growth. our wish for all is a happy, healthy,
hopeful new year.
namaste, lisa & paul
"Time Flies" found object clock
Whitney Young School sculpture
About the Whitney Young sculpture
This 8' sculpture was built for Whitney Young School. It was created after working with the kindergarten class, demonstrating to them how we build our work then asking them to bring in items to donate for their sculpture. 75% of the pieces used were from them, including both bowling balls.
"The Time Traveler"
Fun with friends at L.E.A.F.
Dorothy P C
recycled metals neckpiece
"BLINGO" found object pendant
2011 Talisman neckpiece workshops
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Mosaic Workshop March 13/14, 2010
assemblage in progress
beach memories in progress......
fun with found objects
2/17/2012 5:54:29 PM - 004083375901
I finally got to the art farm and all I can say is I wanna go back ASAP! lisa and paul have created a complete life of art, living/breathing/dreaming art. I'm spreading the word!
12/31/2009 2:19:30 PM - 003011988835
I love the website. It is a real compliment to the Art Farm in person. Congratulations on your grand opening and good luck in 2010! Robin (and Tom)
9/25/2009 5:06:46 PM - 002089376843
Things are are smokin' at the Art Farm. I wish i would be able to see you this weekend at the Leo Artists showcase. But I have to work.
Holly Heath Perfect
7/21/2009 11:03:46 PM - 002079960666
VERY NICE. LET ME KNOW IF YOU EVER HAVE A SHOW HERE IN COLORADO.
6/20/2009 11:56:17 PM - 002074491892
Lisa!!! Love the website..heck, you done GOOD!! i LOVE my redstriped shirt!! I get TONS of compliments!! Have a great show year!! Susan Kline
5/20/2009 2:47:33 AM - 002070712311
Lisa and Paul, The kids at Weisser Park always ask me if I made my bottle cap belt. I tell them that my friend made it and we go around looking at the different caps. They all love that belt. I am just about ready for another one. I am wearing this one out!! Can you believe how long ago you married in my living room. Happy Spring!!
5/3/2009 11:48:33 PM - 000072511829
I love the credit card earings I purchased at Merlefest. They really do pop. I get tons of compliments on them. Thanks!
3/3/2009 12:42:07 AM - 002059340047
Hi Lisa and Paul,
The pendant, It Was the Best of Times, reminds me of Mary's work. I guess J and I will be coming out to see the Art Farm sometime soon. Who knows, maybe it'll be on my bad motor scooter!!
2/18/2009 8:45:27 PM - 002038945856
Lisa and Paul, your work is unbelievable! Have never known two people that are so creative and hard working. Your enthusiam for art shines through and I'm happy to be a part of it! Keep the spirit of creativity alive, you've got it going on!!
1/21/2009 8:14:52 AM - 002054335382
Chicago is awash with your genius!!
Will you let me cavort amidst your decrepitizing timbers and spatter shellac from my dancing pails??
1/19/2009 1:35:31 PM - 002054904910
Lisa and Paul,
Congrats on the new technology! I am happy to have contact with you.
Sorry, I missed the inaugural celebration. I only check this email during the work week, haven't transitioned yet into wanting anything to do with work on the weekends :-)
I share your happiness and hope for a better future.
Please keep me posted on your comings and goings. I love your work and hope to get there soon to see it all for myself.
Lisa, you have inspired me always. You are an artist!
"Equality" found objects, copper & sterling pendant
farmhouse shower details
"Love Takes Time"
found object pendant
recycled tin, copper, & sterling earrings
art tiles by laurie pollpeter eskanazi
shower niche mosaic
mosaic shower by lisa vetter
mosaic planter from 2007 workshop
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