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Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival

Amish Acres


Judges Announced for Amish Acres
51st Anniversary Arts & Crafts Festival


NAPPANEE, Indiana, - July 18, 2013 – Norma Meehan and Bill Sandusky, both of South Bend, Indiana have been selected to judge The Competition in Amish Acres 51st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

They will select the two Best of Show $1,000 purchase prize winners plus the first three place winners in six categories, totaling $5,000 in cash awards. Winners are selected from the three pieces entered in the competition by each artist and craftsman selected into the festival’s 300 participant marketplace. The tent will include the festival’s 51 year timeline, posters of the early festival and many milestones along the way. A commemorative video complete with period music will play in the middle of the tent.

The winners will be announced at a press conference following the judging Thursday morning.
The Blue Ribbon Art Museum is now open in Amish Acres Barn Loft Grill featuring the work of all 50 best of show winners.

Norma Lu MeehanFrom the time she was cutting out paper dolls as a kid, Norma Lu Meehan knew her life was to be connected in some way to the drawing of pretty clothes. After taking two years of costume design and fashion illustration from Lois Marshall in South Bend, Indiana, it was off to New York to the Parsons School of Design. Taking anatomy and life classes, and painting the historic gowns in the Brooklyn Museum laid the foundation for what Norma Lu would be doing the rest of her life.

After working for decades as a fashion illustrator and art director, Norma Lu turned her creative efforts to paper dolls. Her specialty is antique clothing and it shows in her paper doll art. Her Wardrobe series, published by Hobby House Press, includes paper doll sets from the Edwardian, Victorian and Art Deco periods.

In more recent years, she illustrated several historic costume paper doll books for Texas Tech University Press. Two books, Collection by Design I and II, represent dozens of exquisitely rendered costumes from the Kent State Museum collection. Other titles include The Fowler Family Gets Dressed, The Fowler Family Celebrates Statehood and a Wedding, and Heroine of the Limberlost about naturalist and author, Gene Stratton-Porter.

She lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she currently is on the Board of Trustees at Northern Indiana Center for History and volunteers as their Costume Curator. Today Norma Lu enjoys transforming favorite movie stars into paper dolls including Greta Garbo, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl and Margaret O’Brien paper doll book. Other fashionable titles include A Palette of Paper Dolls and The Little Ladies of Fashion.

Bill SanduskyProfessor of Art Bill Sandusky has been teaching at Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame, Indiana, since 1981. His areas of concentration include painting, printmaking, book arts, drawing.

He received a BFA degree from the John Herron Art School of Indiana University in 1968 and an MFA from Tulane University in painting in 1970. Before coming to Saint Mary's College, Professor Sandusky lived and worked in Italy for seven years. At the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre in Florence (1973-1980), Professor Sandusky taught etching, lithography and drawing, and was a principle printer of etchings and lithographs for professionals working at the Centre.

In addition, he taught painting for the Saint Mary's Rome Program from 1977-1980, and printmaking for the Graduate Program of Loyola University in Florence 1976/1977. Professor Sandusky's expertise runs across a wide breadth of disciplines.
He has taught classes in several areas, such as painting, drawing, books arts/artist's books, etching, lithography, 2D Design, and served as the Gallery Director in a joint position with his wife, Giovanna Lenzi, from 1981-1987. Professor Sandusky was the recipient of a prestigious $40,000 Lilly Open Fellowship (Ely Lilly Foundation) for work in Italy on his own research and production of Artist's Books.

New festival hours are Thursday-Saturday (August 1-3) 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday (August 4) from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission price is $7.00 for adults; $6.00 for seniors, active military personnel, and youth ages 12-17; and free for children under age 12.  Parking is also free. Pre-event tickets and four-day passes can be purchased online at No pets are allowed.  Amish Acres is located on U.S. 6, one mile west of downtown Nappanee.  For more information, call 800-800-4942 or visit online at

NOTE TO EDITORS: Richard Pletcher, founder and CEO, is available for interview. Coverage invited.  CONTACT: Janis Logsdon of Amish Acres, (574) 773-4188 ext. 240, or