2016: High Energy Fun!

Coming Events

April 30th  “Door to the Soul”  Show Opening 1-3 pm, by the students of Tracey Jen

May 20th “Door to the Soul”  Artist Reception 6-9 pm

at Frontier Main Street Window Gallery, 661 Main St., Lafayette, IN

 Tracey Door image







May 7th “Make a Memory” for Mother’s Day, by Gail Johnston

at Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts, 654 Main St., Lafayette, IN

Gail necklace






May 20th “About Faces, revisited” by Diane Gee, Artists Reception 6-9 pm

at Frontier Main Strespark of life croppedet Window Gallery, 661 Main St., Lafayette, IN







May 20th “Off the Cuff” by Julie Bunch, Artist’s Reception 6-9 pm

at Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts, 654 Main St., Lafayette, IN

Five cuffs 4-21-16








Things that go “Boom”





2012 Selection

Trains and Locomotives


I first encountered Puffins at Sea World, and was captivated by the antics of these North Pole couriers to Antarctica’s penguins. Sometimes called the “Clowns of the North,” these birds are pure whimsy, from their colorful “sail” eyes, to their richly-colored grooved beaks, to their comical persistent playfulness.

Pollen and Seeds

Double Walled Vase – an experiment


Something in the Air

May 2013

2013 is FLYING by at Grateful Heart

WOW! The first quarter of this year simply disappeared!

We’ve been busy, and with the nicer weather approaching, we have fun things planned!

Watch for updates about …

Grateful Heart will be partnering with Frontier Communications to highlight local area artists at Gallery Walks and through exhibits in the windows at the Frontier building, 661 Main Street (across from Grateful Heart).

Robin Pickett’s new Children’s Decor line, the “Spotty Collection.” (Hand-stitched, hand-painted … Elephants, Owls, Giraffes and more!)

Our new Botanical Spa Products, formulated by Diane Gee, artisan hand-crafted by new SpaMaster Yogi Yergler

CLASSES!  Yes, we are finally giving in to the many requests for classes.  Watch for details, or call  Diane at 765-838-2266.

Third Friday Events … it’s time to get creative, watch for new activities for date nights or family nights!

Moseys will pause at Grateful Heart … see what we come up with!

Our new Guest Artist program, featuring international artists!  First up was Bao Shan, of Xi’an, China.

In MAY … There’s something in the AIR!

Diane will debut her new ‘Wind, Air and Sails’ designs!

circAfrique and Grateful Heart Gallery are proud to present ALMA Dance featuring world renowned West African Djembefola Yaya Kabo. Performance on Friday, May 17, 6-9pm outside stage at Grateful Heart Gallery, 654 Main St., Lafayette, IN. Workshops are Saturday, May 18, 1:30-3:00pm beginner drum workshop, 3:30 – 5:00pm beginner dance workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 Meridian St., West Lafayette, IN. Cost: $15 per workshop, or $25 for both.

Register at circAfrique.com

Yaya Kabo is an internationally acclaimed drummer from the Casamance province of Senegal, an expert of Malinke rhythms, and one of the world’s foremost djembefolas. He has been the lead djembefola for the National Drum and Dance group of Senegal and the lead djembefola for Chicago’s premiere African drum and dance group Muntu. He is currently serving as the Artistic Director of ALMA since 2007.

Allison Kodeih is the Director of ALMA, a Toledo-based group of professional musicians and dancers bonded in the study, performance and sharing of traditional West African Drum & Dance, Modern Dance, and other World Drum & Dance styles.


circAfrique is a Greater Lafayette based percussion ensemble. Its members have been studying and performing West African and Zimbabwean traditional rhythms for over 14 years.


Grateful Heart Gallery is an art gallery and gift store invested in showcasing one-of-a-kind local art and music, located in downtown Lafayette, IN

contact info:    Sundeep Rao of circAfrique, info@circAfrique.comRobin Pickett of Grateful Heart Gallery, robinGHG@spotsdesign.us

JULY will be hot and we’ll be thirsty!

Grateful Heart will welcome  Latino guest artist Elias Garza this summer.

Diane will be ‘mugging it up‘ with the Greater Lafayette Clay Guild show at Tippecanoe Arts Federation in July.

SEPTEMBER brings our Third Anniversary!

Grateful Heart will welcome  Indian guest artist Anindita Dutta this fall.

Next up: Bolokada Conde at Gallery Walk May 11!

We are VERY Excited to be co-sponsoring Master African Drummer Bolokada Conde in May, along with band circAfrique and the Purdue Black Cultural Center.

An internationally acclaimed  master of Malinke rhythms and a master djembefola, Master Conde will play at Grateful Heart (free!) during Gallery Walk on May 11th, and will offer two workshops on Saturday, May 12th before appearing for one hour on the Main Stage at “Mosey Down Main.”

Backup for Master Conde will be provided by our very own Robin Pickett, her husband Sundeep Rao, and the other members of circAfrique!

For those of you interested in the Workshops …

The workshops will be held:
 Saturday, May 12th
at the Purdue Black Cultural Center
1100 Third St.  West Lafayette, IN
The Intermediate Class from 10am-2pm
Cost is $15
Enrollees need to know several West African rhythms on djembe and dunun
and be able to play tones and slaps.
The Beginners Class from 2pm-4pm
Cost is $15
No Experience required.
Interested parties may enroll:
in person at Grateful Heart Gallery, 654 Main St. Lafayette,
or by phone at 765-838-2266,
or by email to studio@gratefulheartgallery.com.
Please include:
Preferred Contact (email and/or phone #):
Drum access:  either you have djembe, or you will need one for this class.
We also want to thank our co-sponsors, The Purdue Black Cultural Center, and circAfrique.  Please join us for what we are sure will be an exciting and entertaining evening!

Hot from the Kiln

In the midst of making 60+ bowls for the YWCA Bowl Giving project, a few new pieces have emerged from the kiln, and are available in the gallery.

Thanks to our new Purdue intern, Jiangdong Zhao for the photography!

Check out a sampling of these below!  (Click on any picture for a full view.)


“Fired Light” opens Friday, April 20, 6-9 pm

Join us for an Artist’s reception for the adult students of Grateful Heart master potter Gail Johnston.  We’ll have refreshments, and you’ll be able to talk directly with our guest artists.

Gail has challenged her Morton Center students to explore clay and light, and the result is delightful!

Gail, Diane Gee and Robin Pickett will also be contributing complementary pieces of work, on the same theme.

“March’ing” forward to support MS Research

We are looking forward to hosting demonstrations by artist Pam Grimes (sister of our very own Robin Pickett) on March 16th at the gallery, from 4-7 pm.

Pam has lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 20+ years, but has never let it slow her down.  In her own words, ” I am not going to just sit here and roll over to it.  I’ve got things to do!”

Those things include making dry-embossed cards, to raise money and awareness for MS Research.  We hope you can join us on March 16th to meet Pam and join us for some fun and refreshments.


Also, Robin will be debuting her new MS – inspired Art Exhibit.  Highlighting the underlying cause of MS, the deterioration of the lining (the Myelin Sheath) surrounding nerves,  Robin new series is executed in stretched fabric in hoops, with 3-D patterns and images.  Come see how Robin’s unique perspective deals with a very serious subject.

A field of Hearts, Valentines that give TWICE!

We will kick-off our 2nd Annual “Super make-and-take Heart Days this Saturday, February 4 (yes, at the gallery at 654 Main Street), from 11 am – 6 pm.
Half of all Valentine proceeds, plus 10% of all store sales on Saturdays (Feb 4 & 11) will go to support the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy.  Prices range from $2 – $20, and you can ‘make and take’ your own, or buy an already finished item.

LARA serves Tippecanoe County and the surrounding area to support Adult Literacy (including GED prep), Job Skills development, and more!

LARA Heart Valentines – ready to make-and-take!

Robin will be helping folks who prefer ‘warm & fuzzy’ to make lovely felted hearts, as pins, barettes, or just ‘warm lovelies!’

Stitching Valentines!

The porcelain hearts above can be dishes, key chains, magnets or pendant, and most can be personalized with a message from YOU!  Prices start at $2, and go up to $20 … you can paint and make one of your own, or select a finished one (adding just a personalized message.)

Painting Hearts!

Come in and check out our other LARA Heart Day Valentines, and have some fun with us while helping others!




Mosaic Perspectives

Whether she is using shards of pots from her work or her mother’s (Diane Gee), broken or stained glass, metal, stone, buttons — or other reclaimed items — or her custom hand-made unique tiles, she offers a unique perspective on her selected topics.



Walden Pond Box

This box was sculpted to show the pond surface on the lid — which was started out as a single block of wood 2 inches thick — and the life below the pond’s surface on the side panels of the box itself.  Delightful!

Fine Marquetry (Inlaid wood) work by Peter Falk

Marquetry is a complex art-form, in which the artist must break the design down into separate pieces;  once the design is drawn on the wood veneers, it is pain-stakingly cut and inset into the veneer which is the background of the piece.

In this Lidded “Wren” box, note the fine detail in the eye of the Wren, and the immaculate alternating strips in the leaf detail — each strip is a separate piece of wood!

This takes years to master, and Peter has done it!

Congratulations to our Prize Winners at the Bridal Show

Congratulations to brides-to-be Deanna Morelock, and Kayla Shoaf, both of Lafayette.

They entered and WON our Prize Drawing at the Family Services 2012 Bridal Elegance show.

Deanna will receive a hand-crafted, solid Cherry bread board, by artist Peter Falk.

Kayla will receive a genuine hand-made Pearl necklace and braclet, compliments of ‘pearl-girl’ and artist Diane Gee.

Join us Sunday, Jan. 22nd, at the Family Services Bridal show

Family Services is sponsoring ‘The 2102 Classic Elegance Bridal Show” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Sunday, January 22, from Noon – 4 pm.

This event is a fundraiser for Family Services, and we are delighted to be able to participate and support them.

Please stop by and register for free prizes, including a Pearl necklace & bracelet set, and one of Peter’s classic bread boards.


Eggshell (thin) Porcelain Series

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In 2011, Diane’s technical challenge was to master the creation of eggshell-thin porcelain. By definition, this means a target thickness of ~1-2mm. Although this art form of porcelain was mastered –literally — a couple of thousand years ago by the … Continue reading


Gail is “in the building!”

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We are excited that our Master Potter,  Gail Johnston is now going to be in the Gallery regularly! Gail will be available in the store on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 11 am until 2:30 pm. … Continue reading