Susan Shorter

“Paint what makes you happy, and if it makes you happy, someone else is bound to like it, too.”

Those powerful words helped inspire Susan Shorter to stop struggling to please her professors and follow her passion of creating fantasy art, art that tells a story or makes you wonder about the character/story behind the piece. “Some might find it cliché to want to paint fairies and mermaids, but it makes me happy. I love to create beautiful, colorful things that can take me to another place, and at the end of the day, I’m pleased with that. I love to play with color and lighting, and I just love to work from the human form. Lately, I have been drawn to drawing elderly people; there is so much story etched in the wrinkle patterns on their faces.”


Susan is no stranger to the world of art. Her mom put her in her first gallery show when she was only three years old and she won the children’s competition (and she still has the tiny award). After that, she never stopped drawing. In high school, Susan started driving up to Indianapolis to take Saturday courses at Herron. After high school, she moved on to enroll in Ball State’s art program, but after three semesters, she transferred to The Herron School of Art. She received her BFA from Herron in 2004.

Susan recently wrapped up a show in August at the Harrison Center for the Arts. They had raw paintings and drawings she created for her book “Incredible Pebbles” on display. She also has work for sale at Blue Moon Gifts in Brazil, IN. Coming up in November, Susan will be showing in the Flashlight Gallery at the Waldron Center in Bloomington, IN. Working on her fantasy art and fine art painting that she loves isn’t her full-time job, although she has a small studio at home where she can work on these things. During the day, she is a staff illustrator for Author Solutions in Bloomington, IN, primarily working on children’s book illustrations, of which she’s done over 250 so far. She also creates paintings and custom artwork for the covers of novels the company publishes. As if that isn’t enough, Susan has written and illustrated two children’s books of her own, titled “It’s a Muddy World” and “Incredible Pebbles.”

This isn’t Susan’s first time showing her work at ORANJE, but the last time she was a participant was 2006. “In 2006, I was a recent grad and totally green to the world of showing your art. It was an amazing experience! I was so grateful to be a part of this amazing group of artists and a part of an event that was such a powerful display of creativity, it was an education, a confidence-builder and I still have the friends and fans I made that night in my life.”


At her booth, you can expect to see a wide variety of Susan’s pieces, ranging from large fantasy paintings, figurative drawings and abstract art to signed copies of her children’s books. She’ll have both originals and prints available and will be doing quick, sketchy 10-minute portraits for $10. So what is she excited for about ORANJE 2013? “Variety, creativity, excitement and just a good ole’ time! I know a few of the artists involved and there is so much awesomeness in store for the people that are coming!”

Don’t miss out on seeing Susan Shorter on October 12 at ORANJE 2013!


If you haven’t heard of the band Swig, prepare yourself for a group that has a very dynamic approach to music that just might catch you off guard. Those that have seen their live shows have described Swig as “bluesy boozy beauties” and “the stoner rock band Indianapolis has been missing.”

This indie blues band that writes and performs their own material is influenced by blues artists such as RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Big Mamma Thornton and other Delta Blues icons. On the other side, they are shaped by modern rock artists such as Beware of Darkness, Elbow, Aloe Blacc, the Black Keys and White Stripes. Somewhere in between these two realms lies Swig.


Swig is made up of Brian Petersen (guitar/vocals), Leigh Marino (bass/vocals) and Jamie Jackson (drums). Brian got his start in music in middle and high school concert bands. He started playing the bass in bands around Bloomington as he went through college, eventually switching to guitar in the last few years. Prior to Swig, he played with God Made Robots. He also makes the best crab-stuffed portabella mushrooms.

Leigh taught herself how to play bass and has been playing/writing music for four or five years…and she still plays every day! Having been a “car and shower” singer for years, Leigh taught herself to sing and has become a strong, unique vocalist, comparable to a modern day Janis Joplin. Leigh loves to collect unusual hats (fedoras in particular) and she’s terrible with names, but she rarely forgets a face.

Jamie comes from Nashville, TN and has been playing music since the age of 10. He has played in a variety of instruments in different bands spanning several genres from punk to metal to jazz to rock. Much of his structure comes from school orchestra and marching band. He has worked for Sam Ash Music for almost 11 years now, so to say that music is his life would be an understatement. And don’t worry, Jamie isn’t as scary as he looks…he happens to be an amazing father of three of the coolest kids you’ll ever meet.

Between the three of them, they are all huge vinyl fanatics; their collective record collection would astound you. They’ve all been in bands in the past from Bloomington, Indy or Nashville, some that you might be familiar with such as Treigh, who played BRMF back in 2010. So where is Swig heading in the future? “We want to keep writing music, making records and playing live. We are looking to start on a new full-length album in the fall/winter of 2013.”


This will be the first year the members of Swig have been participants in ORANJE. “We’re looking forward to checking out all the other great performers and artists, as well as having the opportunity to be heard by a wider audience. We have been attendees to the past years’ festivities and have enjoyed and applauded ORANJE’s execution at each turn. It’s big, eclectic and constantly evolving. You don’t usually find that many different artists and musical styles all in one place.”

You can find Swig on October 12 performing on the third floor of Centennial Hall. In the meantime, keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter!

Black Cat Rebellion

Black Cat Rebellion is made up of Brad St. Patrick (vocals/guitar), Rob Neutzman (bass), Patrick Meadows (guitar) and Ben Galvin (drums). This Bohemian, primal Rock n Roll band for undesirables started back in 2003 by Brad and Rob, and their sound has been compared to Post Punk and Deathrock.

All of Black Cat Rebellion’s members have grown up in the Indianapolis and Muncie punk scenes, respectively. When they were younger and attending shows, everyone in the crowd had their own band. “Everyone supported each other, and it was a beautiful thing. Very inspirational for you to get out there and do it yourself.”

So they did.


Black Cat Rebellion performs around four to five times each month regionally and then they tour spontaneously. Chicago, Cincinnati and Louisville are some popular cities that they’ve played the most. Aside from their own tours, they have played multiple festivals, including the Heavy Rebel Weekender, Cornerstone, Rockabilly Rebel Weekend and Drop Dead Festival. They’ve also appeared as the soundtrack to an episode of ESPN 2′s “Hot Rod Trucks” show.

“We always give our all and play like we’re playing for our lives. We just came off a long string of shows. Coming up, we’ll be at The Melody Inn on September 5 and Be Here Now in Muncie on October 19. We constantly add last minute/unannounced shows, but mostly we will be concentrating on finishing up our upcoming album in the coming months.” Prior to their album’s release, watch for Black Cat Rebellion’s promo video for the song Blood Donor.


The members of Black Cat Rebellion have been in former bands such as The Cadavers, Gwen Stacy, Dead End Drive-In and more. Rob also currently performs with Ricky Rat of Detroit’s legendary Trash Brats. They have only been to ORANJE in the past as guests, but are ready to show the crowd on October 12 what they’re all about. When asked what’s in store for us at ORANJE, the band simply replied, “sex and death.”

Make sure to catch Black Cat Rebellion on October 12 at ORANJE 2013, playing on the PBR Stage! You can keep up with them on their website or Facebook.

Artist Spotlight: Kristen Neufelder

Artist Kristen Neufelder officially began her life as an artist back in elementary school, perfecting how to draw cats with pupil-less eyes and horses with backs so elongated that 20 people could fit comfortably on their backs. Equipped with her Ranger Rick magazines and How To Draw Horses books, she began to develop her animal drawing skills. Throughout middle and high school, she began to further broaden her skills and grew her subject base to include human figures and landscapes. By the end of high school, she had discovered a love of oil painting, committing herself to pursue that passion in college.

Artist photo

After two years in art school working towards a Bachelors in painting, she began to get burnt out and craved using the non-creative side of her brain. Eventually, Kristen changed her major to psychology and took a break from all artistic pursuits. After a two year “artistic drought,” she began to refocus on painting as a hobby. She experimented with subjects and styles that had real meaning to her, and it was then that her artistic style emerged.

Today, Kristen has expanded her painting business to include design, photography and videography. She owns a business called enCompass Studio doing everything from wedding photography to senior videos to website design along with oil painting. She is also currently in graduate school pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. “I enjoy the balance of pursuing my creative passions along with my passion for helping others,” she said.

Kristen’s oil paintings are comprised of layers and layers of paint that have been splattered and dripped onto canvas utilizing a variety of techniques. The background is then filled with animal images, her favorites being wolves and lions. These more detailed animal images are painted in a transparent manner, allowing the background paint layers to still show through. Some paintings are finished off with a mountainous or forested landscape painted in this same transparent manner.

Painting 1 sample

You can tell from looking at Kristen’s work that she is inspired by western motifs and color schemes, finding inspiration in wild animals and Native American culture. “I’ve grown up fascinated with Native American culture and spirituality, and it’s always guided me along in the creative process. A lot of my symbolism and themes relate back to Native American influence. Along with finding inspiration in wild animals and Native American culture, I love horoscopes, zodiac signs, constellations and star charts. Cave art, in all its simplicity and beauty, has always spoken to me on an artistic level. I love stories, storytelling, symbolism and finding meaning in the mundane, and that’s the direction the inspiration for my paintings have been taking me in lately.”

Painting 2 sample

ORANJE will be a new experience for Kristen, who has been involved in two RAW: Natural Born Artists showcases here in Indianapolis as well as various First Fridays at the Historic Irving Theater on Indy’s eastside. ”This is my first year at ORANJE and I’m honored to have been given this opportunity! I’m most excited to get to show off all my hard work to individuals who haven’t yet had a chance to check out my paintings. ORANJE is such an amazing opportunity to check out what local artists and musicians have been up to, that people should definitely come check it out.”

Make sure to check out Kristen’s booth, where she will have an interactive piece that will allow attendees a hands-on chance to get involved in what she does. “I would love for as many people to get to participate with it as possible!”

You can keep up with Kristen at her website, Facebook page and on Twitter. Stop by and see her on October 12 at ORANJE 2013!

Media Credentials

press-passMedia credentials are issued only to recognized newspapers, news/wire services, publications, television/radio networks as well as some accredited websites covering ORANJE 2013.

Please remember, not all applications will be approved. Press credentials are limited. You must have a confirmed assignment to cover the festival in order to be approved. Pre-event and post-event coverage will be requested from ORANJE if you are applying for a media pass.

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