Snail’s Pace® artist Ashley M. Verkamp recognized as Indiana Artisan
June 21, 2012
St. Meinrad, IN--Abbey Press and Saint Meinrad Archabbey are
proud to announce that staff artist Ashley M. Verkamp and her
artwork for the company's Snail's Pace® line have been
admitted to the Indiana Artisan organization. Verkamp, a Ferdinand,
IN, native, was among 76 artisans reviewed during the May jury
session; only 18 were accepted.
Indiana Artisan is an economic development program launched in
2008 to help Hoosier artisans expand and promote their works and
businesses. In 2010, the Indiana General Assembly passed a
resolution naming the non-profit corporation the official
organization for reviewing, recognizing and promoting Indiana's
highest quality art and food artisans. The group currently includes
223 artisans from 57 counties.
With this approval from Indiana Artisan, Verkamp's original
graphite, pen and ink, and India ink wash work from the Snail's
Pace line may now carry the Indiana Artisan logo.
Verkamp views this designation as an honor and recognizes the
influence being a native Hoosier has on her art. She says, "Here in
Southern Indiana, I'm surrounded by so much rural beauty, and I
spend a great deal of my time outdoors. This time spent in nature
is reflected in my art and enriches a reserve of experience I draw
from constantly in my creative work."
The Snail's Pace line is comprised of Verkamp's nature-themed
artwork and celebrates the artistry of God's creation. The majority
of the line's paper products are printed at Abbey Press, the
145-year-old printing facility owned and operated by Saint Meinrad
Abbey Press General Manager and creator of the Snail's Pace
line, John Wilson, offers congratulations to Verkamp for her
selection as an Indiana Artisan. "We are extremely proud of Ashley
and pleased to see this recognition bestowed upon her," says
Wilson. "Not only does Ashley bring a set of breathtaking skills to
the artistic table, she also brings a matching passion for the
beauty of all God's creation that has been valued for over 150
years by the monks of Saint Meinrad."
With Verkamp's acceptance to Indiana Artisan, she and Snail's
Pace will have the opportunity to exhibit during the Indiana
Artisan Marketplace, the organization's annual trade show. The
event will be held April 5-7, 2013, at the Indiana State
Fairgrounds Exposition Hall.
Snail's Pace is owned and operated by the monks of Saint Meinrad
Archabbey. Drawing on the monks' 145 years of printing expertise
and a long history of stewardship over the land, Snail's Pace has
created a collection of socially and environmentally responsible
paper goods featuring designs that celebrate the artistry of
creation. The line of products includes greeting cards, gift wraps,
gift bags, journals and more, all available for purchase at www.snailspacepaper.com (for wholesale buyers: