Fine Art Photography & Designer Jewelry
Susan Whitcomb Showalter, a native of Columbus, IN, began writing and taking photographs while attending the High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University in 1964. Passionate about the natural environment, Showalter presently focuses on fine art photography with an emphasis on Landscape Photography. She is also a jewelry designer and a writer.
Ms. Showalter graduated with Honors, receiving a degree in Apparel Design, from The Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York in 1968. She was co-owner and designer of Bickel Originals in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the late 60s. Susan worked for G. W. Photography of Toronto in 1969 as a Photographer's Assistant on location in England, Scotland, Italy and Switzerland traveling and working in London, Glasgow, Naples, Venice and St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Reviving her writing and photography career in 2000, Susan established WriterFreelance. Her writing and photography have been published in local newspapers including The Brown County Democrat and The Republic, a Columbus, IN newspaper. Ms. Showalter's feature stories and photos have appeared in Discover Columbus, The Zone, She, Our Brown County and Into Art magazines. Her political stance regarding environmental and peace and justice issues are reflected in much of her writing and photography.
Joining other Brown County writers in 2010, Susan helped produce a new radio show about Brown County, Brown County Hour, which premiered in July 2010 and is broadcast bi-monthly on WFHB radio in Bloomington. (To listen to the show, visit the show's website: www.BrownCountyHour.com)
Susan’s photography has been exhibited in the nationally known artists' colony of Nashville, IN where she has received numerous awards at The Brown County Art Gallery, The Brown County Library, Fall for Art (2004 & 2005), Spring for Art (2004 & 2005), Spring Blossom Arts Festival (2009 & 2010), Indiana Etsy Show (2012), Foxfire Fine Arts Festival (2012) and she served as a juror for Foxfire Arts Festival (2012). Other exhibitions include Art Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College and Deja Vu (2005) in Columbus, and in Bloomington, IN at Borders Bookstore and The Luna Festival (2005 & 2011).
Ms. Showalter photography took her to locations in California, Mexico and Egypt during 2005 then also to China in 2007. Selected as solo featured artist, she produced a large exhibition of her work for the 2006 annual Art and the Garden Exhibition, sponsored by Bloomington Hospital. Her photograph, August Sunset on the Nile River, was purchased for their corporate art collection.
Showalter received a grant from The Indiana Arts Commission (1980) for a documentary of Brown County Fine Craft Artists and from The National Endowment for the Arts (through the Indiana Arts Commission in 2010) for a documentation project and exhibition, Artists Interrupted: Brown County Artists Challenged by Illness or Injury. (For more information, visit the website: Artists Interrupted.com)
Susan has been a member of Writers, Readers and Poets Society of Brown County, Brown County Poets Against War, Brown County's Mother Earth Day Committee, Winding Waters Sierra Club and Art Alliance of Brown County. She edited and contributed photography, poems and stories to a book, Hillsounds Three, published in 2013 by WRAPS. (Visit WRAPS on Facebook.)
Besides enjoying photography and writing, Susan designs jewelry and recycles trash into art. She began making handmade paper in 2002 and established her business Peace Dove Art Papers and Greetings from Brown County Cards in 2004. She established Peace Dove Designer Jewelry in 2008. Locally her work has been at Gallery by the Green in Nashville, IN and at gift shops in Brown County State Park‘s Abe Martin Lodge and the T. C. Steele State Memorial.
Susan established her Brown County studio, Goat Hill Studio & Gallery: Where Arts and Nature Meet, in 1972, and opened an art gallery, Handmade in Brown County, in August 2008 where she exhibits and sells her Designer Jewelry, Handmade Art Papers, Fine Art Photography and her published works which are also available online at the website www.HandmadeinBrownCounty.com. Handmade in Brown County will re-open in Spring 2013 in expanded facilities near Nashville.
Ms. Showalter has lived on her 109 acre Goat Hill Forest Preserve, in the awe inspiring Brown County, Indiana forest, for 42 years. Susan has a daughter, artist Laura Mary Showalter Brubaker George, who is pursuing careers in Metal smithing, Jewelry Design and Egyptology.
For more information please call 812 988-7830 or email Susan at GoatHillStudio@aol.com.
"I feel very emotional about the environment…I am in love with it! I am deeply moved by its beauty…how perfect it is. I become delightfully distracted by it and inspired by it. I am passionate about protecting it. I feel very fortunate to live in the Brown County, Indiana forest where I experience the gifts of seeing beautiful miracles everyday. Unable to express my feelings about it in words, I have turned to the camera for help. I want to share this deep love I have for the natural world with others. In my work I hope they can see what I see and feel what I feel."