STATEHOUSE (July 18, 2018) — The work of Wabash artist Ellen Stouffer was presented to Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
Wolkins said the painting, ‘The Crossroads of America,’ will be displayed either at the governor’s residence located in the historic district of North Meridian Street in Indianapolis or at the Statehouse.
“Ellen’s artistic ability is well-known throughout Wabash County,” Wolkins said. “As a painter for over 30 years, she’s enriched the lives of those fortunate enough to have come in contact with her work.”
The painting, which was commissioned by Indiana and Friends art gallery founder Mark Guenin depicts the outline of the state in Indiana blue, is surrounded on its sides by American flags. Stouffer said the patriotic bunting and gold leaf symbolizes the rich history Indiana holds in the United States. Featured at the painting’s center are the state’s seal, bird (cardinal), flower (peony), and Statehouse dome.
Represented at the bottom of the painting are images reflective of Indiana’s history that include a microphone, literature, cars, agriculture, Abraham Lincoln, a mortar and pestle, a physician’s caduceus and a scale of justice. Stouffer said each object represents a piece of Indiana’s heritage.
“I love that Ellen showed so many of our state’s sectors, or ‘calling cards,’” Gov. Holcomb said as he viewed the print. “This is so meaningful to me and our state, as it originated right here in the heart of the Heartland. I’m moved beyond words that the town went to such measures and by Ellen’s ability to capture Indiana’s spirit and story. I’ll be sharing this treasure with everyone who stops by.”
Stouffer, an internationally recognized painter, said for this project she painted on hard-surfaced or “slick paper” to develop a richer hue throughout the painting. Holcomb’s reaction delighted her.
“I wanted to depict Indiana through the ages and have this painting give the feel that Indiana is the Crossroads of America,” Stouffer said. “From conception to layout and then painting, this project took approximately six weeks.”
Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) represents House District 18,
which includes Wabash and portions of Kosciusko, Miami and Grant counties.
A high-resolution photo of Wolkins can be downloaded by clicking here.
Photo Caption: Gov. Eric Holcomb accepts a painting commissioned by Indiana and Friends art gallery founder Mark Guenin (right) on Monday at the Statehouse. Artist Ellen Stouffer (left), of Wabash discusses the piece with Holcomb and Guenin