Dan Howell enjoyed teaching art for 40 years. Now retired, he finally has more time for his own artwork.
“Being a father and teacher took most of the time until I retired, and now I get to practice what I preach,” Howell said.
Howell’s work is on display through Dec. 30 on the second-floor lobby of the Meyer Najem building in Fishers. The display, which launched Sept. 30, is coordinated though Nickel Plate Arts. A reception for Howell’s show will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at Meyer Najem.
“The display is all ceramic work, mostly wall plates of fired stoneware, but also some functional bowls and vases,” Howell said. “Other works that I have been doing recently are of carved limestone and alabaster. Others have been of welded rebar, but none of the stone or metal sculptures are a part of the show at Meyer Najem. There are 55 pieces, I think.”
The pieces are available for purchase.
Howell, 72, retired from North Central High School in 2013 after 35 years as an art teacher. He previously taught two years at Huntington North High School and one year at Shelbyville High School. He taught mostly ceramics and sculpture.
Eight years ago, Howell and his wife, Raymonde, moved to Noblesville, where he has an in-home studio.
“We found this place on the river where we had a beautiful place for a studio, so I started making art full time,” said Howell, who has three children and four grandchildren.
Howell’s daughter, Elise Howell, is an artist who works at the Indianapolis Art Center, where has a one-woman painting show.