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Pencil pusher

Artist Geurkink to open exhibit
at North Vernon’s Perfect Day Cafe

He draws antique cars,
other subjects with colored pencils

Staff Report

NORTH VERNON, Ind. (May 2009) – An opening reception for colored pencil artist Wendell Geurkink is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at A Perfect Day Café, 221 E. Walnut St. in North Vernon, Ind. The event will feature wine tasting for $5 and his exhibit will be on display through the month of May.

Wendell Geurkink

Wendell Geurkink

Geurkink’s life career was dominated by furniture design and woodworking. He’s a graduate of Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he received training in furniture design and drawing. His design career began at RCA in Indianapolis designing cabinetry for television and stereos. He also worked as a design coordinator with Mersman Tables in Celina, Ohio, designing and creating living room furniture.
Drafting and design included materials of wood, metals, plastic and glass, and carving wood designs for prototypes. While working in engineering at Dunbar Furniture in Berne, Ind., he sketched presentations of custom high-quality office furniture for major financial institutions and high-end companies. Geurkink also owned and operated Designs by Wendell Inc. in Celina, manufacturing custom designs of quality wood gift items and custom furniture for 16 years.

Cadillac LaSalle

Photo provided

This Cadillac LaSalle is
among Geurkink’s artwork.

A resident of North Vernon and now retired, in 2006 he began drawing landmarks, wildlife, antique cars and other subjects using colored pencils. A sketch of the local North Vernon caboose was donated and hangs in the mayor’s office.
As a member of the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, Geurkink was given the opportunity to design and paint the art center’s sign at the entrance to the SICA property. Another privilege was given in 2008 to design and create the Christmas tree ornament representing Jennings County for the Indiana State Museum’s 92-county tree holiday exhibit in Indianapolis. The ornament has a steam engine on the front side and the Muscatatuck Vinegar Mill on the reverse. Duplicates of the ornament will be available for sale. Also, a card will be for sale showing both drawings on the ornament with a verse designating its purpose.

• For more information, call Wendell Geurkink at (812) 346-2827.

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