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Former Versailles resident paints for vice-president’s house in Washington

Wanda English Burnett

“Never in a million years would I have imagined this on that first day I picked up a paintbrush,” Joyce Lowe Dwulet told The Versailles Republican concerning a recent event that will see her painting 100 dessert plates (along with other artists) for the Vice President’s residence. Her journey goes back to 2001 when Indiana China Painters painted 150 presentation bowls with the Indiana State flower on them for Mrs. Susan Pence. This was for the First Lady’s Charitable Foundation when Mike Pence was the Governor of Indiana.

Vice President Mike Pence and Susan Pence with Ellen Wilson-Pruitt and Joyce Lowe DwuletSUBMITTED PHOTO
Pictured from left: Vice-President Mike Pence and Second Lady Susan Pence with Ellen Wilson-Pruitt and Joyce Lowe Dwulet at the Vice-President’s home in Washington, DC. Pictured below left is a gift from Mrs. Pence to Dwulet. Mrs. Pence painted the residence in watercolor which was then made into an ornament. Pictured below is an example of a bowl painted in 2001 for Mrs. Pence.

In December of 2017 Dwulet of Greenwood and Ellen Wilson Pruitt of Martinsville attended a holiday reception at the Vice Presidential Mansion in Washington, DC. Both ladies are former presidents of the Indiana World Organization of China Painting and are involved in painting 100 dessert plates, which will remain at the Vice President’s residence. Each plate will have the various state flowers painted on them according to Dwulet. “There are about 40 painters in Indiana who will be painting the plates. This is a great opportunity to share our art on a national level and an immense honor to be painting for the Vice-President of the United States,” stated Dwulet.

“We are proud to be painting again for Second Lady Karen Pence. She is a wonderful artist herself and this is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Dwulet noted. She continued, “I have met Mrs. Pence a few times now and she is a lovely and gracious lady. Both she and the Vice-President hugged us and I think they were pleased to see some Hoosier faces at the reception,” Dwulet said. “It was an evening I will never forget!” Dwulet concluded.

Dwulet has been China painting for about 20 years. She is currently the president of the Board of the Indiana Porcelain Art School and Ms. Wilson-Pruitt is the director.

The former resident of Ripley County and a graduate of South Ripley High School, Dwulet is the daughter of the late Walter and Virginia Lowe. She shared that she worked a summer at the newspaper office - Ripley Publishing Co., publishers of the Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican. Her father was an employee back in the ‘50s and set linotype.

Warm hearts welcome DCH’s New Year’s baby on a cold Jan. 1

It was bitter cold outside, but the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center was filled with warm hearts upon the arrival of its first baby delivered in 2018, Tucker Wayne Rae Smith, on January 1.

Pictured left, delivered at 8:34 p.m. by Amanda Parker, Certified Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner with the Women’s Center/DCH Physician Partners, Tucker weighed 8 pounds and was 20½ inches in length. Tucker is the son of Gabrielle Howard and Ethan Smith of Lawrenceburg. As the first baby born at Dearborn County Hospital in 2018, Tucker was presented a certificate for a $500 savings account at the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union by Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, DCH Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Jacquie Ritzmann, RN, DCH Birthing Center Manager.

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