Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Monastery,Seminary Event

"Preserving the Past" art exhibit

Wednesday, July 17- Friday, August 30
Location: Archabbey Library Gallery

Wintczak -face -jugs -for -webThe Archabbey Library Gallery, located on the Saint Meinrad Archabbey campus, St. Meinrad, IN, will host an art exhibit titled "Preserving the Past."

This multimedia exhibit will be featured from July 17 through August 30. Tom Wintczak from Posey County, IN, will be exhibiting face jugs and snake jugs. Julie Dant from Washington, IN, will be exhibiting photographs, and Br. Luke Waugh, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad, will be showing quilts from his family collection.

Inspired by potters of the 18th and 19th century, folk artist Tom Wintczak makes a variety of traditional pottery, including face jugs and snake jugs. In the past, these "ugly jugs" were used to warn about the contents of the jug; the more grotesque the figure, the more effective to scare children away from the poison, liquor or medicine within.

During the Temperance Movement, snake jugs became strong symbols of warning that too much liquor can bite. Wintczak keeps this tradition alive. In 2012, his work was juried into the Directory of Early American Crafts by Early American Life magazine. He has been chosen as an Indiana Artisan and exhibits work at craft shows, including the Shaker Village Craft Fair in Kentucky in early August.

Julie Dant finds inspiration for her photographs from abandoned houses, old buildings and nostalgic objects. Items from the past, bathed in light, live again in the context of the photograph and the appreciation of the viewer. In 2012, she received an award of excellence in the Krempp Gallery's 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibit.

Br. Luke's collection of quilts, made by members of his family over several generations, is also a way of preserving the past. One family's tradition of creativity handed down through these quilts is celebrated here.

For library hours, call (812) 357-6401 or (800) 987-7311, or visit the Archabbey Library's website:

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Those wishing to view the exhibit may want to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.