Culver legacy of famous Ball family celebrated through art exhibit, home tour

On Wednesday, July 11, the Center for Culver History will host an art opening for a collection of mixed-media work created by summer resident Sammie Starkey,of the Ball family. The work is a collection of 12 collages composed of familymemorabilia (such as letters and journal entries), layered under the artist's ink drawings based upon family photographs.

The works tell the story of five generations of Ball family history, beginning withthe original five brothers who first started the Ball Corporation in Muncie (makers of the iconic Ball jars and namesake of Ball State University). The narrative continues with artworks chronicling the life of Starkey's Great-grandmother, Emma Woods. Starkey's discovery of her great-grandmother's poetry and sketch-filled journal inspired her to create the collection.

The later pieces illustrate the family's history in Culver, which began with Starkey's grandfather, William Ball, who graduated winter school in 1945. At that time, William’s parents bought the family cottage, and several generations of cousins have spent since summers there together. The family will provide refreshments at the opening, which will take place from 4 to 6pm.

Afterward, at 8 pm, the family will open up their historic home, located at 1746 East Shore Drive, for a post-show sunset toast and tour. All are welcome to celebrate the 70 years of precious memories with the family in what could be their last summer on the lake, since their cottage is on the market. The exhibit will be on display at the
Center for Culver History through the end of the summer, from 4-6 Monday, 2-6 Tuesday-Friday, and 10-4 Saturday.