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The Arts and Crafts Festival Hall of Fame

Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival Hall of Fame Inductees


Since 1996 the Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival has honored its most talented and loyal partners by inducting them into the festival's Hall of Fame. The honorees include artists, pioneers, staff, organizations and those instrumental in placing the festival at the top of events of its kind in the country.


Coy Jankowski – Watercolorist, Best of Show winner
Robert Smogor – Jeweler, Best of Show winner


Roger Haas – Watercolorist, Best of Show winner
Frank Greco - Painter
Henry Niles – Silhouette Cutter


Jo Fields - Painter
Steve Johnson – Watercolorist, Best of Show winner


Roger Haas – Watercolorist, Best of Show winner
Frank Greco - Painter
Henry Niles – Silhouette Cutter
Jo Fields - Painter
Steve Johnson – Watercolorist, Best of Show winner
Coy Jankowski – Watercolorist, Best of Show winner
Dick Lehman – Potter
Steve Larson – Oil Painter, Best of Show winner
Robert Smoger – Jeweler, Best of Show winner


Charles Sizemore – four time Best of Show winner, acrylic painter


Robert (Benny) Lutes, knife maker – Inducted posthumously and booth G77 retired
Ike Phillips who manned the entrance gate for twenty years


Stephen Gubi – Magician – Children’s Entertainment Tent stage named for him


Jane and Elton Hummel – Puppeteers - Children’s Entertainment Tent named for them


Jean Darland-Joldersma – Retiring artist
Geoffery and Linda Gavere – 34 year veteran artist
Lynn and Beth Frederick - Knock, Knock Hoosier String Band
LaMonte Heflick - LaMonte’s Gray Horse Band
Dan Barth - Americana on Tour, a historical recreation of 19th century medicine shows


Delores Quint – 30 year veteran, Pennsylvania Dutch Hex Sign artist
Jimmie Floyd – 28 year veteran, Ceramic Potter


Linda Bennett – 25 year veteran, Painter
Vincent Fleming – 25 year veteran, Painter
Fred Simic – Amish Acres First Employee, 1969


Bruce Odell - Raku potter, who held court with his kiln and flamboyant technique of creating pottery that literally changed its strips before your eyes
Jim Kaylor - Sound designer and engineer who managed the Entertainment Tent Stage for twenty five years. Kaylor also starred in and sang with a variety of bands over the years featuring his low bass voice.


The Golden Anniversary Class

Dori Crane - When the idea for the first clothes line art show in front of Pletcher Furniture in downtown Nappanee was born, Dori Crane was the first person recruited. She was a Nappanee artist and in charge of the summer art class held at the west side park pavilion for young students. She introduced art to the young students with the help of well know South Bend artist Joseph Wroble. With her encouragement and guidance the event happened on time and well organized. All of the original art entered in the show came from her students.

Theodore Good - was a near legend in northern Indiana as a renaissance man. He lived with his wife Gladys in tiny Etna Green, Indiana. Their yellow house, the first house past the town’s square, was an ever changing museum of antiques and paintings. A studio was located across the alley that was a treasure trove of visually exciting artistic finds and Theodore’s own work. He painted ceiling frescos in two of the churches located with several blocks of his home. He was well known in the area’s art circles and leagues and was recruited to broaden the base of the evolving art show and add credibility to its growing reputation thus drawing quality artists to join into the event.

Ollie Stutzman - worked at Pletcher Furniture for two decades. He was a jack of all trades with a specialist’s degree in electricity. He designed and wired the new Pletcher Furniture Store, installed draperies, laid carpet, and became Lenore Pletcher’s right hand man. Ollie was a sport about the art show, providing the first string of lights and outlet for the popcorn wagon on the streets and down the alleys as the show grew. He followed the festival to Amish Acres and installed much of the underground wiring and circuitry that is still in use over forty years later.

Dale Paul Culp - As a high school student, Deke Culp caught the vision of the festival and was instrumental in the first set up of the art show. He became a prodigy of Ollie Stutzman and soon was assisting with the ever more complex electrical needs of the show. Like Ollie he followed the festival to Amish Acres and became its first full time head of buildings and grounds. He was responsible for the building boom that added many of the relocated buildings to the growing historic farmstead. He played ma major role in integrating the festival and Amish Acres into the nationally recognized event it has become.

Linda Olsen - has been an exhibitor in the festival for twenty six years with her doll clothing. She is the perfect example of how her creations have evolved into Wee Line Doll Clothing for American Girl Dolls.

Jacqueline Gnott – Five time Best of Show Winner. The Jacqueline Gnott rule was imposed for two years that prevent an artist from winning more than four Best of Show Awards, but her Contemporary Realism in Watercolor couldn’t be denied.


Max Gwin - A Nappanee native, his is one of six nationally syndicated artist-cartoonists who hailed from Nappanee, giving it the claim to more nationally known 20th century cartoonists per capita (population about 7,500) than any other city. He drew the "Slim and Spud" cartoon strip  for the Prairie Farmer from 1955 to 1991.


Joy Johnson - Joy Johnson, master quilter at Amish Acres for four decades. Joy is an expert in historical Amish quilt patterns, colors and combinations. She has quilted in the Gross Daadi House in Amish Acres Historic Farm. She has made 591 quilts. Joy poured 758 hours into her final quilt, the Round Barn, using 800 yards of thread which would go around the 400 seat Round Barn Theatre nearly 20 times.


Kathy Miller - Director of historic intrepretation of Amish Acres for 18 years. She oversees the Stahly-Nissly-Kuhns farmstead, made up of 18 original and relocated historical buildings, to maintain its authenticity. She trains all tour guides to accurately portray the historic farm to curious visitors. Kathy personally greets nearly every motor coach to Amish Acres. Kathy is a winner of the Indiana Hospitality Award.


Ruth Miller - For over 20 years Ruth oversaw Amish Acres' Restaurants' kitchen as its head cook. She is responsible for serving nearly a million family style Threshers Dinners over her career. She also was the chef for the Friday evening Theme Dinners in the Barn Loft Grill that celebrated each of The Round Barn Theatre's shows.


Mary Stipanovich - Mary exhibited in the first Pletcher Village Art Festival in downtown Nappanee in 1965 and followed the show to where it has become Amish Acres Arts & Crafts Festival. She became a patron to Emma Schrock whose folk art paintings have endured in popularity and gained her the title of "Elkhart County's Grandma Moses." Mary remained one of the festival's biggest boosters until her passing in 2017.