My little piece of The Fault in Our Stars

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I enjoy the act of making art so much that sometimes I forget that sharing it is part of the process. I work away in my corner of a studio I share with some amazing women… making, making, making… I do it because I don’t know how not to, but on some level, I do it for other people. I harbor that fantasy of being “discovered”. I don’t care about being famous or anything, but don’t want the work to go unseen either.

So I make and I paint and I post. I update Facebook, Instagram, my website, Etsy and blog as a means of showing the world what I’m up to (and in hopes of making a living). And sometimes it works.

In August 2013, I received an e-mail from a woman who said she was a set buyer and that she had seen my website…

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Tiny Show: Gretchen Fisher


Woobies! We’re celebrating our third Tiny Show tonight at Seed & Star Studio with the lovely Gretchen Fisher.

Gretchen is the maker of quilts and other sewn wonders. The quilts in the picture belong to Emily’s kids – their beloved woobies, each presented at birth. We got a preview of some of Gretchen’s offerings last night and her love for her craft is obvious.

Join us tonight from 5-9pm at the studio to see more, plus peruse the workroom itself and check out what’s happening with Kate, Sofiya, Emily and Grace.

Gretchen Fisher Collage




What’s a Tiny Show?

Tomorrow evening, Seed & Star Studio, the workspace of Kate Oberreich, Emily Schwank, Grace Kite and Sofiya Inger, celebrates its one year anniversary at SoBro Arts (2070 East 54th Street, #3) with some art, some drink, some snacks and the launch of its first ever Tiny Show!

What the heck is a Tiny Show anyway?


Exactly what the name implies, Tiny Shows will take place in Seed & Star’s small front gallery and will feature an array of artist friends of the studio each month on the second Saturday. The gallery itself is small – roughly ten by fifteen feet – and the shows will be up for a limited amount of time.

For our first foray into the land of the Tiny Show, we’re featuring Johnny McKee (formerly, John McKee, we’re taking responsibility for changing his name to Johnny).


Johnny has a BFA in photography from Herron School of Art and Design. In addition to being an amazing artist, he manages Ashland Gallery in Broad Ripple where he offers private lessons and works with people with special needs. Johnny is also an instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center and has shown his work at Editions Limited, Big Hat Books and Fine Arts and, of course, Ashland Gallery.


Join us tomorrow night from 5-9pm and explore our first Tiny Show, celebrate our anniversary and explore the studio.

One Year Anniversary!

Seed & Star is celebrating its one year anniversary at SoBro Arts!

It was one year ago that Emily and Kate moved Seed & Star up to the north side from the Stutz Building downtown and were joined by fellow artists Grace and Sofiya. We celebrated with a grand opening shin-dig on July 13 that drew a couple hundred friends, new and old.


We’re gearing up to celebrate again! This year we’ll have art (of course), nibbles and drinks and a roaring good time on Saturday, July 13 from 5-9pm. We’ll also introduce our first ever Tiny Show featuring friend of the studio, Johnny McKee, in the front gallery.

Won’t you join us?

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As of March 1st Rancliffs Photography will changing it’s prices for family, child, portrait and boudoir sessions. (For the first time in 10 years)….

Heres what you can still expect– the same attention to detail and patience that I have always given each and every client… my goal is create images that are works of art, express the personalities of my subjects and to make sure you ( and you child) have a comfortable and fun experience.

Because I value all my clients and hope you will remain with through these changes…I am offering the opportunity to prepurchase a session at the $150 including the cd pricing… contact before March 1st to take advantage of this.

Please contact me with all and any questions you might have– And I look forward to serving you and your families for many years.

The sessions remain at $150 and include the shoot, editing…

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A New Social Media Workshop at Seed & Star Studio

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Kate Oberreich and Emily Schwank will partner to bring you Social Media for Creatives and Photography for Social Media. This two part workshop will cover a lot of ground, but will be done in a very easy-going, conversational way. The description, costs and how to register are below. We hope you’ll join us! No matter your goal, we’ll have some fun and some laughs, promise.

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Social Media for Creatives (session I)
Kate will show you the tips, tricks and techniques for starting up and/or maintaining a social media presence to promote your creative endeavors. The session will cover the use of Facebook, Twitter, blogging and other platforms as time allows, as well as very basic photography and editing.

Photography for Social Media (session II)
Whether you use a top-of-the-line DSLR, your iPhone, or something in between, Emily will cover the best practices for shooting and editing photos for various social media platforms.

Stay for lunch! Brown bag it (or pick up something at one of the many nearby restaurants) and join us for lunch in the studio where you can get additional questions answered! Microwave and limited refrigeration available.

Social Media for Creatives (Session I) – $75
Photography for Social Media (Session II) – $50
Both sessions (must register at the same time) – $100 (save $25!)

What to bring:
Laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone; notebook, lunch and/or a snack. Free wireless access is available.

The workshop will be taught at Seed & Star Studio (Kate and Emily’s studio) at 2070 East 54th Street #3, Indianapolis, 46220.

How to register (and other nitty-gritty details):
Contact Kate at kate [at] kateoberreich [dot] com or Emily at raincliffs [at] gmail [dot] com. Payment due at registration and is accepted by cash, check or charge. Space is limited to 12 per session. Must register by Wednesday, January 16, 2013. No refunds after Friday, January 11.

A Pile of Paper Airplanes

Horray, I made it into the studio yesterday and have plans to be back there again today. I finally have enough of my projects/commissions for others under control that I was able to start on a couple things of my own. Here’s what happened…


I have some new thoughts for how this one will go, but it’s off to a good start. Hope your Sunday is going just as well!


Art Auction to Support a Friend

Kate here… I’ve re-posted this from my own blog because I would love for all our Seed & Star friends to know about it. Sofiya and I have donated work for this art auction because we want to help support another member (and friend) of our arts community who is struggling. We can only hope that our community would help us in our time of need, too.



I don’t usually donate to auctions. In general, they’re unfair to artists. We don’t actually get write off the fair market value of our work.

However, every once in a while a fundraiser comes along that means enough to me to that none of that matters. I’m not in it for the publicity, the hordes of promised new patrons, the insistence that I can knock some money off my taxes. I’m in it because it’s right.

This cause is right. I’ve donated and helped to organize an art auction, going on now on Facebook, in which all the money raised will go to help pay much needed rent for a friend.

About two years ago, Melanie lost her job. She’s a strong and talented person with immeasurable skills, but has been unable to find a job since. Now, she’s looking at the real possibility of losing her apartment.

For over twenty years Melanie has worked tirelessly for the Indiana arts community. It’s time for us to support her and give something back!

- Michelle Merle Pace, artist, friend, Save Melanie’s Apartment organizer.

I met Melanie and the Indianapolis Art Center (then it was the Indianapolis Art League) as a kid as I tagged along with my mom for classes. Later, I got to know her better when I became an intern in the exhibitions department while in high school and she was running the IAC’s shop. I watched and admired her honest interaction with artists who sought representation or just an objective, thoughtful opinion of their work. She helped to start the careers of so many artists in Central Indiana by giving them a venue in either the shop or with hallway exhibits or just by being there for them. Few have worked harder on behalf of artists.

With that, I hope you’ll consider checking out the auction, which runs through 9pm EST on Monday, July 23. It’s a small, but mighty array of fine art and jewelry pieces from a pretty talented bunch, many with a direct connection to Melanie. You can pick up a great piece of art and help out a friend at the same time. All participating organizers and artists are donating their time and art so that all money raised goes directly to help our friend.  If you would rather not bid, you can contribute directly here via Indiegogo.
Thank you in advance. You’re doing real good.
P.S. If you would like more information on HR1190 (the Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2011), visit the Americans for the Arts website or the bill itself can be seen here.

It’s Time for A Party

Planning is underway for the official opening of Seed & Star Studio and we would LOVE to have you join us! Get the word out…we’re celebrating this thing with food, drink, art and conversation.

Join Kate, Emily, Grace and Sofiya on Friday, July 13 from 6-10pm at 2070 E. 54th Street, Indianapolis.

We’re looking forward to showing you our new place and hoping you’ll leave with a warm, fuzzy feeling.