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Forever Young: Young Women of Carmel, 1975-2015

Our exhibit, Forever Young: Young Women of Carmel 1975-2015, showcases the art of retired Carmel High School teacher Dan Shoop. His first easel was a card table. He never had any formal artistic training, and he is partially color blind. Yet, Shoop created beautiful renderings of people, places and animals. His single largest body of work is comprised of 57 portraits of Carmel High School students created over the course of his 46-year teaching and coaching career.

Shoop was a World History teacher at CHS and coach of the girls track and cross country teams. As such, he knew his subjects as students and athletes and painted them as such. He portrayed the runners as they competed, reacted after a stunning win, or prepared to sprint a race. The emotions of those moments are palatable in his brush strokes. “Each painting has a story behind it,” and they are all in his head. None of it is written down. He knows where his subjects teach school today, which ones work with Nobel Prize winners, which modeled in Spain. . . .

CCHS members are invited to celebrate the exhibit’s opening during the Gallery Walk on August 12 from 6-8pm at the Monon Depot. Refreshments will be provided.