Foreman to exhibit art,
thimble dolls at Madison Art Gallery
(February 2005) The Madison Art Club Gallerys
featured exhibit for February will honor Black History Month with works
by New Albany, Ind., artist Andre Foreman and Hanover, Ind., artist
by Debra Maylum
Watson of Hanover began
making thimble dolls a decade ago.
Each month, the Madison Art Club chooses a different exhibit
to feature in the main gallery room, according to Hal Davis, a member
of the art club who works on the project. The gallery is located at
301 E. Main St., Madison.
We want to be able to show works by people other than just our
members, he said.
Foreman is a mixed media artist who is originally from Louisville. He
plans to bring about 20 pieces to the Madison Art Club Gallery for the
February exhibit. Among his unique paintings, gallery goers will see
a mix of other materials used in Foremans artwork. From carving
to sculpting to paper machete, Foreman works with whatever material
he can find.
Foreman received two art scholarship offers after graduating from Thomas
Jefferson High School in Louisville in 1979 but chose instead to join
the U.S. Marine Corps. He has taken some art classes, but for the most
part, he taught himself.
As far back as I can remember, I have known how to draw,
Foreman said. Its always been a love in my life.
He finds time for his art in between his two jobs at Heartland Payment
Systems in Jeffersonville and at the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition
to displaying his artwork at the Madison Art Club Gallery, his art can
be seen on display at The Common Grounds coffee shop in Jeffersonville,
Ind. He is also working on pieces to display at Mona and Lisa, an art
gallery in Louisville, part of the First Friday Gallery Hop.
Watson, meanwhile, became well known regionally about a decade ago for
her tiny thimble dolls made of polymer clay. She spent about
a year selling the dolls through Gimble and Sons, a mail order company
in Maine. Watson sells most of her dolls now through word of mouth and
repeat customers. She not only specializes in miniatures but also makes
dolls of varying sizes.
by Debra Maylum
Watson's dolls are
made of polymer clay.
Most of them, she says, are about 31/2 to four inches
tall, but some of her larger dolls range up to seven inches. One such
doll will be on display at the February exhibit. An Ethnic Angel, is
dressed in white and very simple, she said.
Watson began sculpting in clay almost by accident one day while helping
her three nephews make clay figures from kits they had received as Christmas
gifts. She became interested in the process and with some practice and
help along the way from other artists, she taught herself the craft.
That was about 12 years ago.
Watsons art is supplementary to her day job at DSI,
a division of Sandstone Developmental Services. There, she works with
disabled and handicap children and adults throughout the community.
She has kept busy recently completing orders for nativity scenes and
other holiday dolls.
Many of Watsons dolls can be seen around the community. One of
her sculptures, that of a small boy reading library books, is on display
at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library. Watson donated the figure
to the library with a note that read, I made this little boy and
hope it will encourage others to read and learn from all the books at
the library, just like I learned how to sculpt clay from books I got
Other locations where Watsons sculptures are on display include
Centra Credit Union and the Kings Daughters Hospital & Health
Services gift shop.
The opening reception for Februarys exhibit
will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Feb. 6. For more information, call
(812) 265-3135, Ext. 251.
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