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Visual Arts
The arts have always been important at Fernwood. Founder Kay Boydston was a weaver, dyer, silversmith, miniaturist, needle worker, and print maker. That tradition continues in periodic exhibits of work from Fernwood’s early days and in monthly classes offered by the Niles Handweavers Guild. 

The Clark Art Gallery displays art on nature and garden themes in exhibits that change bimonthly. The work of local sculptors is occasionally showcased in the gardens.

Even the landscapes at Fernwood are works of art, being carefully designed to complement the natural areas nearby.

Clark Lecture Hall and Art Gallery
Exhibits at Fernwood's Clark Lecture Hall and Art Gallery change every two months and feature various mediums. The Clark Gallery was generously funded by Clark Equipment Company, and later enhancements were made possible by a gift from Leo J. McKernan.

On occasion, the Gallery is used for private events. Please call ahead to ensure that your next visit includes viewing the beautiful artwork on display.

No admission required to view the exhibits and/or to attend an artist reception/talk.

Clark Art Gallery 
Northern Indiana Pastel Society Member’s Exhibition
Pastel Pathways
Friday, March 30–Sunday, May 27.
Artist Reception, Sunday, April 8, 2–4pm. Awards and artist talk from Susan Henshaw at 3pm.

Members will exhibit their Juried artworks.

Diane Tesler
Back Home Again
Friday, May 31–Sunday, July 29.
Artist Reception, Sunday, June 3, 2–4pm. Artist Talk at 3pm.

National-known artist from Kewana, Indiana exhibits her colorful light filled landscapes and still lifes.

Curator's Gallery

Kathleen Petitjean
Ladies of the Forest
Friday, March 1–Sunday, April 15
Artist Reception, Sunday, March 11, 2–4pm. Artist Talk at 3pm.

Sculpting in clay, Petitjean creates a series of hand-carved vessels for live orchids and organic sculptures.

Steve Skinner
Friday, April 18–Sunday, June 3

Handmade pottery and stoneware ceramics, created as functional, organic modern, works in clay. 

Trillium Hall

 Linda Freel
Flower Creations
Friday, March 1–Sunday, April 15

Freel creates digital photographic composites combining flower and graphic images.

Laurie Rousseau
Friday, April 18–Sunday, June 3

Rousseau uses her drawings, patterns and arrangements of elements in her collages.


Sculpture Fernwood
 Sculpture Fernwood, an outdoor sculpture exhibit placed throughout the grounds at Fernwood, is curated by Father Austin I. Collins, CSC, Professor of Sculpture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame.

Take Five


Artist Patrick Dougherty created Fernwood's new stick sculpture, Take Five, in April 2014. Made from locally harvested willow and dogwood, Take Five is composed of five rooms that lean into each other connected by doorways and alleys. The roof is an oculus, as in an eye, opening at the top of each room, providing views of blue sky and sunshine. People are amazed at the size, sturdiness, and sweeping design of Take Five. Explore the sculpture, located adjacent to the South Vista garden, on the way to Fernwood's Railway Garden. Click here to learn more about Patrick Dougherty and Take Five.

Other Sculptures at Fernwood

Aside from the ten sculptures in Sculpture Fernwood, and Patrick Dougherty's stick sculpture, you will find two other sculptures on Fernwood's grounds, bringing the total to thirteen! 


 by Fritz Olsen

John and Mary Ann Butkovich of South Bend donated Aviary, a kinetic sculpture created by Fritz Olsen, an artist from Sawyer. Aviary is on exhibit in the entry garden outside the Visitors Center. Another Olsen sculpture, Sheltered Heart, is on exhibit as part of Sculpture Fernwood.  

June sculpture

 by David Skora

June is an attractive new sculpture in the Hosta Bowl garden, in memory of June Thomas from South Bend, Indiana. June loved Fernwood. Her son, Roger Thomas, and son-in-law, artist David Skora, originally from New Buffalo and now living in Connecticut, visited Fernwood after June's passing and thought a sculpture in her name on Fernwood's grounds would be a fitting memorial to Mrs. Thomas.