Don Kegarise, artist, has a goal – “to see beauty in everything” and to make others aware of this beauty through his art.
Mesmerized by the vast expanse of flat land and large sky, Kegarise decided Indiana was a perfect place for an artist to live. He moved from western Pennsylvania in 1972 and soon he and his family settled in Kewanna, Fulton County, IN.
As a self-taught artist, Kegarise began drawing as a young child. He was given his first oil paints at the age of 14 beginning his career in oils but has since worked with pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolors and now mainly acrylics. His works feature landscapes, old barns, farms, vehicles, wildflowers, wetlands and buildings. His art is scattered throughout the US, Europe and South Asia. His work has been in shows throughout northern Indiana, including Honeywell Center’s Clark Gallery, Wabash, IN, Diane Tesler’s Annual Art Show “Works in Progress,” Kewanna, IN, Moontree Gallery, The Center at Donaldson, IN, The Village Pines, Valparaiso, IN and his awards are varied, including several Best of Show and first place awards.
Kegarise has always had a studio in house and at times has located in local store fronts, allowing other artists from the community to display their works, and he continually promotes art and artists in Kewanna. He also offers drawing and painting classes.
Kegarise has been involved in:
Pulaski County Art Association,
Rochester Art Association
Indiana Arts Commission
Logansport Art Association
Akron Area Arts League
Heartland Artists, Plymouth, IN
The Heartery, Kewanna, IN
Tippecanoe Valley Woodworkers
Beside his many paintings, Kegarise has created: Promotional art for special occasions individualized Christmas and specialty cards calendars and coloring books: for the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, featuring pen and ink drawings of the state park inns, the Logansport Ironhorse Festival, with pen and ink drawings of Cass County scenes, for Kewanna, featuring local scenes all done in pen and ink and individual calendars for various local businesses featuring their facilities. Woodcarving, and furniture making are hobbies.
In 2005 he created a 1/12 scale model of the Cass County Dentzel Carousel, Riverside Park, Logansport IN, carving and painting each of the 43 animals in the originals’ likeness. The animals are carved from basswood, and feature giraffes, deer, horses, rams, a lion and tiger plus two sleds. With its native cherry case made by Kegarise, it is 46” in diameter and 24” tall. The carousel has been featured at Door County Festival, La Porte, IN, Northern Indiana Power of the Past and Northern Indiana Farm Toy Show, Winamac, IN and IVY Tech, Logansport, IN., among numerous locations throughout northern Indiana to promoting the original carousel. It can be seen online here.
He also has two books, compilations of true short stories, in over 40 libraries in north central Indiana and available through the author.
Kegarises’ personal philosophy is “to give back to the world more than I take”.
His favorite phrase, taken from Dr. Wayne Dyer is, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Kegarise would challenge the visitors to look at the world just a bit differently, see the beauty in all things.
The art featured in this show reveals the many wildflowers and wetlands during his travels in northern Indiana.