Artists, Authors & Family Project Announced for Fair

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Meet, greet and learn from local artists and authors at the Kendallville Public Library's Art and Author Fair. Featured guests will sell and sign their products, and everyone can participate in a family paint project!

The Art and Author Fair will be held at the Kendallville Public Library on Friday, September 15 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. This event will be held in conjunction with the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce Showcase Kendallville and Job Fair.

Featured artists include Jill Bontrager, Joan Bovee, David Button, Julia Downer, Jerry Easterday, Sandy Flack, Jane Rhea and Donald Weikle, Jr. Authors include Dawn Crandall, Leland P. Gamson, Betty Hartman, Nick Hayden, Steven J. Herendeen, Mark R. and Emily Hunter, Nathan Marchand, Harry J. Truman and Belinda Wilson. More information about these featured artists and authors can be found below. The library has also created a Facebook event, so feel free to interact and share there!

The Kendallville Public Library will also be sponsoring a free family painting project at this event. All ages can come and paint a canvas - we’ll have step-by-step instructions to guide you.

Businesses that would like to participate in Showcase Kendallville are encouraged to contact the Kendallville Chamber of Commerce at 260-347-1554. Both events are free for the public to attend.


Dawn Crandall

Dawn is the author of four inspirational/historical romance novels in the Everstone series. Learn more about her on her profile.

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Leland P. Gamson

He is the author of five children's books. Learn more about him at his website.

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Betty Hartman

Betty is the author of ten period-romance novels, all available on

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Nick Hayden

Nick has published a number of Science Fiction/Fantasy novels. Click over to see his profile.

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Stephen J. Herendeen

As a motivational speaker, Mr. Herendeen has published an inspirational book exploring the principles of Positive Mental Attitude. Find it here.

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Mark R. and Emily Hunter

Mark has written nine books in a variety of categories including Young Adult, History, Humor, Science Fiction, Romance and Non-Fiction. His wife, Emily, has partnered with him to write two books, and has provided graphic designs for many book covers.

Visit the Hunters' website for more information.











Nathan Marchand

Nathan Marchand writes science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and comedy stories, but he's also self-published several other books, including a devotional for geeks and nerds. Learn more about Nathan on his website.

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Belinda Wilson

Belinda is the author of one children's book, The Secret Life of Fireflies. Read more about her in this News Sun article.

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Harry J. Truman

Harry J. Truman contributed to My Grandfather's Grave with Steven Herendeen (also attending this event), and has published two more books. 

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Jill Bontrager

Jill paints realistic, detailed watercolors. Visit her website to see her work.

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Joan Bovee

Joan's glasswork has been shown at the past two Art Expos. She always brings something new to show and sell. Visit the Hickory Island Gallery Facebook page for more.

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David Button

David's realistic pencil drawings depict local landmarks, including areas in downtown Kendallville. See his work in a video created by the Kendallville Public Library prior to a display of his work.


Jerry Easterday

His paintings have been featured in past Art Expos, and he's well known for making his own frames, too.





Sandy Flack

Sandy paints a wide variety of scenes, and even includes her art on greeting cards.



Donald Weikle, Jr.

His photography, coupled with digital manipulation, gives a unique look to his artwork. 

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Julia Downer

Painter and potter Julila Downer will be joining us for the Art and Author Fair. Her work is truly one-of-a-kind, and includes sculpture pottery and stone jewelry wrapped with wire.

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Jane Rhea

Jane is a Certified Zentangle Teacher. Zentangle is a fun, relaxing way to draw easy patterns to create beautiful art.