A Special Message During the Pandemic
As we practice social solidarity by sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic, and storefronts are temporarily closed, we hope you and your loved ones are staying well and healthy.
Sheltering at home surrounded by beautiful artwork, we are reminded of how essential art is for our well-being. Art inspires and uplifts, especially in times of darkness and uncertainty. We ask that you consider supporting the arts and Juniper Art Gallery to help see us through these trying times.
Bill and Glenda Breeden have stepped up in support of the arts in Owen County and began "Friends of Juniper." They suggest a $100 donation as a way to ensure that Juniper Art Gallery can continue to support the 100+ regional artists and artisans that we represent through our brick & mortar gallery and on-line.
Please consider participating at any level. Donations may be sent to Juniper Art Gallery, P.O. Box 381, Spencer, IN 47460. Please note that financial donations are not tax-deductible.
You can also purchase a gift certificate or buy a work of art through this website, or become a volunteer once we reopen and are back in business on Market Street! Any support is sincerely appreciated!
Statement from Juniper Art Gallery Owner, Jaime Sweany:
The ARTS are not a luxury
During this global pandemic, we hear a lot about “essential” and “non-essential” business. In the context of physical health and safety, I absolutely get it! I am sheltering at home, as I’m sure you are too if your livelihood falls into that latter category. But words matter and there are distinctions to be made. For example, instead of “social distancing,” I prefer, “physical distancing and social solidarity.” Feels more like we are taking care of, rather than avoiding, one another. And for those of us in the arts (and patrons too), we cannot envision our lives or a world devoid of art.
Artists, musicians, small businesses, service workers (and others) have suddenly found themselves out of work, without income and away from familiar social support systems. Isolation and uncertainty can feel scary, but we are not alone. Each and every one of us is essential. We are essential to the network of activity that makes our nation thrive.
ART matters. It can shed light on the world, expose truth, poke fun at irony, amplify feelings, ease pain, or simply provide much needed respite from the weariness of the world. Art is as essential as the air we breathe because it lends meaning to life. As we move through these unprecedented times (for modern life), I hope you will take this time to explore your own perspective. Paint, draw, write, read, sew, cook, walk, reflect on what it all means.
What you discover/create matters.
My artist parents, Paul and Margaret Sweany, left behind a better, more beautiful world through their artistic legacy. My commitment is to support others in their artistic journey, and that is the foundation on which Juniper Art Gallery stands. By supporting Juniper, you are supporting a family of over 100 fine artists and artisans, living and working in Indiana and the Midwest region.
Please continue to value the arts as essential, and show your support as you are able. Take good care, be well, and I hope to see you soon!
~ Jaime Sweany
What Makes Juniper Art Gallery Special?
Juniper Art Gallery combines the best of regional fine arts and handmade wares with a love and appreciation for nature. The paintings, sculpture and merchandise that owner, Jaime Sweany, has made available through Juniper Art Gallery reflect the sense of wonder that nature inspires.The main exhibition space is the Paul J and Margaret L. Sweany Legacy Room and is dedicated to the memory of two outstanding Indiana artists.
And Juniper Art Gallery has more to offer! With an eclectic taste in art, and a commitment to broadening global perspectives, Jaime has chosen to include fair trade handicrafts by international artisans in the Artisan Shop. Included are the playful traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), plus a mix of Central American, African, and Asian artistic expressions.
Juniper Art Gallery offers creative classes, special musical events, "Self-Care Sundays," a monthly book club and opportunities for community gatherings. Sign up for our newsletter to keep abreast of happenings, new art and merchandise as it arrives!
Juniper Art Gallery is located on the south side of the historic courthouse square at 46 E. Market St, Spencer IN 47460. You can find a map and current (seasonal) hours on our Contact page.
Friends of Juniper Art Gallery Include:
Curtis Cantwell JacksonTravis Puntarelli
- Owen County/Spencer
- Connect with Nature