Archabbey library exhibit features works by 3 artists

Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library
Face jugs and snake jugs by Tom Wintczac of Posey County are being featured in the “Preserving the Past” exhibit at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library.

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ST. MEINRAD — “Preserving the Past,” a multimedia exhibit, is on display at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library Gallery, beginning today.

The exhibit, which closes Aug. 30, features face jugs and snake jugs by Tom Wintczac of Posey County, photographs by Julie Dant of Washington and quilts from the family collection of Brother Luke Waugh, OSB, a monk of Saint Meinrad.

Inspired by potters of the 18th and 19th centuries, Wintczac, a folk artist, 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 jugs; 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. Wintczac 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.

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 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Krempp Gallery in Jasper.

Bro. Luke preserves the past through his collection of quilts, made by members of his family over several generations.

For library hours, call 357-6401 or 800-987-7311, or visit the library’s website at www.saint

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is recommended that those wishing to view the exhibit arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time.

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