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South Central Indiana Cultural Districts Jan.–March 2014

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ocated among the colorful hills of Southern Indiana is a 40-mile stretch of scenic highway that connects three distinctly different communities, each known for its rich arts heritage. As of 2013 all three are recognized by the state as Indiana Cultural Districts. There are only two more districts in the entire state of Indiana. Along Indiana’s twisted trail, State Road 46, traveling from East to West, Columbus, Nashville, and Bloomington offer some of the most inspiring art, architecture, museums, galleries, wineries, small farms, and natural beauty in the Midwest. There is perhaps no other place to experience three cultural destinations that are so completely different along such a short expanse of road.

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his quintessential college town at the foot of the Southern Indiana Uplands has quite a reputation as a destination for artists and art enthusiasts. From museums to galleries, wineries to the largest farmers’ market in the state, Bloomington proudly marches to the beat of its own drum and, in the process, provides residents and visitors alike with an endless list of culturally-enriching activities and events. Bloomington’s thriving arts scene is directly correlated to the presence of the flagship campus of Indiana University and the overwhelming influence and resources afforded by its students, faculty, staff and facilities.

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or more than a century, Brown County has been a haven for artists of every medium from all over the United States. Its natural beauty, seclusion, local charm and hospitality have won the hearts and loyalty of many. In the early 1900s, Theodore Clement “T.C.” Steele, an Indiana artist, “discovered” Brown County. Steele invited his friends and fellow artists to visit and the word of this special place soon spread. Brown County quickly became The Art Colony of the Midwest. Nearly 200 working artists and craftsmen seek inspiration from the tranquil hills of Brown County today. Visitors and locals agree it is the place for arts, nature, and adventure.

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olumbus, Indiana is a small town with a modern twist. Forget everything you think you know about the Midwest. Columbus is home to the largest collection of modern architecture outside of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Columbus has been called “a veritable museum of modern architecture” by Smithsonian magazine. Six postmodern buildings in Columbus have been named National Historic Landmarks. This city is one of Indiana’s treasures. From two Dale Chihuly glass sculptures to a 20-foot tall Henry Moore statue, the public art creates added visual interest throughout the city.


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SHOWS/EVENTS 18 “Big Bright Steel at IUCA+D by Paige Harden 20 “World Travels” Spears/Redman at CLC by Karen E. Farley 28 Faculty Show at IUAM by Tom Rhea ART NEWS 36 Brown County Cultural District 36 Columbus Cultural District 37 Bloomington Cultural District 38 Gallery Expansion Includes Large Studio and Exhibition Hall

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Rachel Berensen Perry The Art in Writing

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~by Tom Rhea

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fter retiring in 2011 as Fine Arts curator for the Indiana State Museum, author Rachel Berensen Perry might have been expected to take it easy. After all, 19 years of the 90 minute (each way) commute to Indy from her Brown County home might be excuse enough to do nothing for a year. Instead, Perry published three books and has one more scheduled for publication in February of 2014. She would never recommend this schedule to anyone, much less herself, but intensive work on her chosen subjects and a healthy dose of serendipity have been constant features of her life. Perry’s three books published in 2013 include Paint and Canvas: A Life of T. C. Steele, a young adult introduction to the Brown County artist’s life and work. Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place is a richly illustrated volume, a joint venture of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and Indiana Landmarks. Contemporary plein air painters were invited to paint sites traditionally associated with the Hoosier Group painters, as well as landmarks nominated by regional offices of Indiana Landmarks. Perry’s most challenging work was a survey of the career of artist and IU emeritus professor of painting, Barry Gealt, Embracing Nature: Landscape Paintings, 1988-2012. While curator at the Indiana State Museum, Perry said, “I identified

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him as someone I wanted to have in the collection.” On a visit to his studio and home in Spencer, she selected a piece that was framed and hanging on his wall. The two became friends, and after she did a blurb for his show in Montreal, Barry asked her to write the main catalogue essay. Perry’s book to be published early next year with the IU Press is William J. Forsyth: the Life and Work of an Indiana Artist. A prominent member of the Hoosier school, Forsyth studied at the Royal Academy of Art in Munich alongside T. C. Steele. He was instrumental in the founding of the Herron School of Art, serving as its principal instructor of painting and drawing for almost 30 years. Perry said, “He’s always fascinated me. He was kind of a renegade in the Hoosier group. He was a loose cannon, always picking fights with others, mostly with T. C. Steele.” While researching her biography, she relied on a nearly complete set of letters from Forsyth to his sponsor and friend, Thomas Hibben, who donated his archive to the Indiana Historical Society.


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RACHEL PERRY continued from 7 beginnings and must impose priorities to shape a rationale for its collections. After two or three years devoting one day a week to research, she brought out a major work, T. C. Steele and the Society of Western Artists in 2009 with the IU Press. Since retiring in 2011, Perry has a few more obligations in the offing, such as an exhibit of Forsyth paintings at the Indiana State Museum in November 2014 as a companion to her upcoming book. She will contribute a new essay on Selma Steele for an anniversary re-issue of The House of the Singing Winds: The Life and Work of T. C. Steele. She continues to write for the “American Art Review” magazine and “Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History,” a journal of the Indiana Historical Society. She has even tried her hand at writing fiction, although she said, “Given my experience writing history, it feels like I am pulling it all out of my hat.” Given her uniquely variegated background, perhaps she should consider autobiography next. 

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Malcolm Dalglish

alcolm Dalglish is known as a hammer dulcimer virtuoso, father-husband-friend-mentor, dulcimer builder, student of world music, and now, principally, a writer of choral music that is “complex musically and deals with complex ideas.” Dalglish is at once as accessible and genuine as Indiana limestone and as fluid as water flowing over and through that rock. He is both the giver of form and the free-form bubbling-up of joy and celebration. His business identity, Ooolitic Music, and his choir, The Ooolites, suggest the personality behind them. As he explained in an interview in Dulcimer Players News: “An oolite with two ‘o’s is a spherical particle with concentric layers found in the famous bedrock limestone of southern Indiana. Add another ‘o’ on the front and you have a singing sound. That would be us.” Dalglish, like his neighbor and friend Scott Saunders, has turned to nature to understand and shape his own nature. And as he has matured, the form of his inborn gift of music has changed as well.

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When he was in the fifth and sixth grades he was a member of the American Boychoir, which performed all over the world. That experience and that music became a part of him. In his college and early post-college years, he was an aspiring actor. In the late 1970s he joined first with musician Grey Larsen and then with Pete Sutherland and Larsen in the group Metamora. By this time, Dalglish was an accomplished builder and player of the hammer dulcimer. While they did some singing, Metamora was known primarily as an instrumental group. About 25 years ago, he began writing choral music, which is now the central element of his working life. “Music and singing have a way of taking words to a celebrational, communal state. You don’t have that experience sitting alone reading. Traditional music is alive only as it addresses the world we live in. The tradition is more in the group singing than in the songs.” At present, he has had about 100 commissions from all over the world.


Each year, he conducts a music camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains near Yosemite National Park. The camp combines his love of choral music, teaching, and being in the wilderness. And it brings his students close to the primal world of voice and the primal world of nature. This year, students worked with a song commissioned by The Indiana Music Educators Association for the statewide choral festival, “Circle the State with Song.” The ballad, “Tramp upon the Land,” lyrically explores the life and values of John Muir, the largely self-educated naturalist and writer who founded the Sierra Club, and who was responsible for preserving large areas of wilderness, including Yosemite Valley. At the camp, Dalglish establishes what he calls, “A house of time.” In that house, people become comfortable and happy progressing through “songs being learned, silence, listening, hiking, eating good food, a progression of activities that are conducive to learning music.” The camps put together an 90-minute concert in 11 days. “When you are singing a lot, your ears get tired and your voice gets tired,” Dalglish notes, adding that the antidote is “a state of freedom” that allows the voice and ears to become more relaxed. He dislikes “packing it in, work work work, talk talk talk. If you are the instrument, it is helpful to lay off for a while.” People often sleep out under the stars. “Once the house of time is established, I find that things happen. I just get out of the way. I don’t need to direct everything. The camp is a way of celebrating, a way of experiencing transcendence and spirituality. “All my music basically has to do with being in nature, and that reality of our world. When we were out there singing, you could describe our singing camp as an 11-day experience of singing newly composed songs, inspired by different forms of village singing from around the world. Rather than singing the old hymns, we wrote a new hymn. “Our human-centric reality is not the real world. We’re only a part of the real world. Sometimes we think that the real world is just what we do, the streets, the economy, whatever notions we have, cynical or otherwise. There’s a reality that was there before us and that will be there after us. In the past 100 years we’ve become so clever that we’ve lost sight of that.” “The agile and open mind is not just a thing of youth,” Dalglish notes. “The questioning mind is something that we all have. Music is a way that you

can go to those feelings that you have. You can express them communally about big things like love, light, trees, rivers, the wind, flight, wanting to fly, just wanting to be in harmony with things.” “I want my music to be functional, to be nourishing, I want it to be serviceable to people, I like to cook, I like to fix things, I want my music to be like that.” Contact Malcolm Dalglish or order his music or CDs at <www.oooliticmusic.com>. 

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Blueline Creative Co-op & Gallery

Chelsea Sanders during the December Gallery Walk. photo by Jeff Danielson

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irst comes the idea, then comes the work to support that idea. This is where Blueline Media Productions excels. “We sit down with every client, challenge them, and make them part of the creative process,” says founder and creative director Chelsea Sanders energetically. “We work with their ideas and what we think compliments those ideas so that they feel a part of our process.” A native of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, near Evansville, Sanders studied at Illinois State University. Following her sister to Bloomington, Chelsea accepted an art director’s position at Indiana University, but her dream was always with the nascent freelance business she’d started right out of college, the one she was now calling blueline. “I loved working at IU,” she says, “but my dream was to run a creative agency and an art gallery.” Finding herself working 80

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”I always wanted some liveliness and energy in a gallery, where you can have coffee and sit down to a conversation with friends.” —Chelsea Sanders hours a week to cover both her job and her career, she left IU. From their offices on College Avenue near the Courthouse Square, Blueline is a full service creative agency that directs deep-branding campaigns using every tool—from graphic design and commercial photography to website development and video production—at their disposal. “Feast was one of the first companies we worked with, developing their logo,” she says. “They were a catering

company working out of their house. Now they’ve grown, and are branding. We’re working with Cook Medical, IU Creative Services, and other departments at Indiana University. We’ve worked with Upland Brewing Company and will be working with Bloomington Brewing Company.” The key to their success is an open work environment where creative energy is shared and ideas tried out. Blueline rents space to a co-op of like-minded entrepreneurs who often work out of their homes, but need a business address and a place to meet clients. Within this comfortable space, Sanders can get input and new perspective on her projects and, when necessary, subcontract work to the copywriters, programmers, and videographers who work there. “It’s a good mix.” Blueline also serves as a gallery for contemporary art. “I started out as a Fine Arts Major,” Sanders says,


noting that most galleries are meant to be sedate places. “I always wanted some liveliness and energy in a gallery, where you can have coffee and sit down to a conversation with friends.” Every month, as part of the city’s First Friday Gallery Walk, Blueline clears out its desks for the opening reception of that month’s featured artist, completely transforming the space. “It’s really exciting,” she says. “I’ve always wanted the place I worked in to be very creative.” Curated by local artist Jim Andrews, The Blueline Gallery is open to the public during business hours. 2014 sees video director Kevin Weaver becoming a full partner at Blueline. “It’s a big step,” she concedes. She hopes to see her company continue to grow, one day placing Blueline hubs in cities like Chicago and Nashville, Tennessee. “It’s all about good relationships and having a constant creative environment,” she says about her business plan, “and collaboration based on creative interrelationships.” When not directing operations at Blueline, Sanders enjoys traveling, often for clients, but she also likes poking around southern Indiana with her camera. “I’m fascinated by little towns and their beautiful boarded-up downtowns.” Chelsea finds an outlet for her competitive side in exercise. “I started doing Triathlons for fun,” she shrugs. “My sister got me into them. I wanted to do an Iron Man before I turned 30 and I’ve done two, so far. It’s crazy because they’re so painful,” she adds, laughing. “Working out has become part of my lifestyle. Sometimes the job can be really stressful, so it’s my outlet, my reset. Go for a run! It helps balance out your lifestyle. I would recommend that to anyone.” In the end, her goal is to help each client succeed, even if it means going outside Blueline. “We don’t look at ourselves as the competition,” she says. “We like to work with people. If there is another graphic designer that’s already working on a project, we would collaborate with them if they need our help. If we need help, we look to team up, not compete. That’s a different mentality than a lot of businesses. This is one thing I think is a little bit unique about us. We’re trying to make good product and good service for everybody. “Our work speaks for itself.” Blueline is located at 224 N. College Avenue in Bloomington, Contact them at (812) 589-7377 or <www.bluelinestyle.com>. Visit the Blueline Gallery, Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

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Jonathan Wilson Imagery and Education

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rt was an avenue for selfexpression for Jonathan Wilson, but also a comforting sanctuary from people. Wilson grew up in Ithica, New York. His mother was a poet and magazine editor. His father was a nuclear physicist with a passion for sculpting. “Art was an escape for me,” Wilson said. “It gave me a way to be alone and away from everybody.” His father, Dr. Robert R. Wilson, was a professor of nuclear physics at Cornell University and has been credited with essentially founding the field of proton therapy for cancer treatment. “I was very lucky. The university was like my backyard,” Jonathan said. “But,

I didn’t fit in to the normal academic world. I was intimidated. I was more comfortable doing something with my hands.” His uncle first introduced him to what would become his lifelong passion. “He was a photographer and when I was 15 he taught me the dark room,” Jonathan said. “I fell in love instantly.” With a new-found passion, Jonathan began absorbing as much as he could about visual imagery. “I loved the early film directors like Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein and Ernst Ingmar Bergman. They used such strong imagery,” he said. “I have always tried to emulate them.” When it came time to choose a college, Jonathan favored art schools, while his parents pushed for a liberal arts school. They came to an agreement on Beloit College, a private liberal arts college north of Chicago. “They had this wonderful work program that provided the opportunity for students to get hands-on experience,” Jonathan said. His request was granted to work abroad in India. “I had been reading a lot of books on Eastern religions and had always wanted to go to India,” he said. “I went for one year and it was the most incredible experience of my life.” In India, Jonathan worked as a photographer for two daily newspapers, The Times of India and the Statesman. He worked closely with world-renowned photographer Raghu Rai. “We covered the Indian film industry. I met virtually every movie star,” Jonathan said. “I couldn’t believe that I was working with these

“Memories Triptic,” computer manipulated illustrations: Father, Born and Raised a Cowboy, Son of Cowboy (me as a kid), Brother Dan Became a Farmer.

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Indian masters. That experience had a lasting impact on my life.” When he returned to the United States, Jonathan enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts. As part of another student work program, Jonathan spent a summer photographing Native Americans. “Those experiences in my early 20s still have a tremendous impact on me,” Jonathan said. “They provided great opportunities for personal growth and really shaped me as a photographer and as an artist. It is so important to get out early and experience things.” Following graduation, Jonathan optimistically set out on his path of becoming an anthropological photographer. “I have always had an interest in people, religions, and cultures, and wanted to continue capturing those on film,” Jonathan said. “But, I ended up basically taking any photo jobs I could to make a living.” He worked as a freelance commercial photographer and as a museum photographer at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. In the early 1970s, Jonathan and his roommate founded a publishing company called Sunrise Publications. They created and sold notecards and posters featuring reprints of American Indian photographers and painters. “We were literally working out of our basement, but we grew very quickly,” Jonathan said. “We sold to big names like Yosemite National Park, the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Art Institute, and Neiman Marcus.” As the business grew, Sunrise Publishing moved to Bloomington, Indiana. Shortly thereafter, in 1976, Ivy Tech Community College contacted Jonathan and offered him the job of program director of the school’s photography department. He was 26. While teaching full time, Jonathan went back to school to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. His focus was on digital photography.

“Cheyenne on Buffalo Run” Taken on Cheyenne Reservation – Lame Deer, Montana.

“I had always been grounded in money and the practical side of photography. It was a struggle to get back into the art side of things. They really had to push me,” Jonathan said. The experience, Jonathan said, changed him as an artist. “As part of my coursework, I was asked to do a series of autobiographical pieces. It allowed me to find my voice. I felt like I could talk about something. You have to be able to

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loomington puzzle-maker Marc Tschida is part entrepreneur, part craftsman, part arts enthusiast, and all energy. By day, he works at the library as coordinator of its nonprofit resource center, is the managing director for the Jewish Theater of Bloomington, and does contract work on the side. “It keeps me busy. I’ve always been someone that tended to work 12 to 14 hours a day,” he said. He also launched his homemade puzzle business, Press Puzzles, in June, based on a gap he saw in Bloomington’s arts market and his longtime love of puzzles. “I grew up doing jigsaw puzzles, I find them really relaxing. It’s brain concentration and it allows me to block out the rest of the world,” Tschida said. His fondness for puzzles deepened during an unusual six months of his life. “I ran nightclubs in Bloomington for eight or nine years, so I was up late every night. When I left the nightclub world, it took six months for my biological clock to reset itself to daytime hours. I was

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used to staying up until five or six in the morning, and there’s not much to do in the middle of the night. So I turned to jigsaw puzzles as a way to fill my time that did not include being out at a bar,” he said. While staffing the Bloomington Area Arts Council’s holiday art sale in the mid-nineties, Tschida noticed that there weren’t many mid-priced items available. “Most of the items were either $10 trinkets or $300 and above fine arts pieces, and very little of it represented Bloomington—it was all made by fabulous Bloomington artists, but it wasn’t Bloomington-themed,” he said. During those late-night puzzling sessions, his old idea of finding a way to fill a niche in the Bloomington arts market, combined with his love of puzzles, began to come together in the form of a business idea. After watching a variety of puzzlemaking videos online, Tschida reached out to a friend, local kaleidoscope artist Jerry Farnsworth, to teach him how to use a scroll saw. That night he made his first puzzle. “It’s horrible, but it’s a puzzle,” Tschida said. While he’s grown in skill and efficiency since then, puzzle-making is still a time-


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Mass-market puzzles rarely depict images with personal meaning like his do, Tschida said. If you go looking for a puzzle at a big-box store, he said, “It’s probably a floral scene, a cityscape, or a castle in Bavaria.” Another element that makes Tschida’s puzzles special are the thematic pieces he includes, like the little dog and bone-shaped pieces he incorporated in a custom puzzle a client ordered for her grandchildren, featuring a photo of their beagle. As for the future, Tschida could see the business going in a variety of ways. “I’m interested in seeing where this goes—does this become a profession or is it always a sideline?” he said. His only regret is not having started sooner. “This is something I thought I would enjoy seven years ago and I thought there would be a need for it. People do seem to enjoy it, I enjoy it, and I could have been doing this for years,” he said. To learn more about Press Puzzles visit <www. presspuzzles.com> or the Facebook page <www. facebook.com/PressPuzzles>. You can e-mail Marc at <presspuzzles@gmail.com>. 

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“Big Bright Steel” at IU Center for Art & Design

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he Indiana University Center for Art and DesignColumbus (IUCA+D) will present an exhibition that combines art, design, and local manufacturing entitled “Big Bright Steel.” The exhibition will open January 17 and will feature the work of Indiana sculptor Emily Kennerk and New York painter Jennifer Riley. The mixed-media exhibit will feature pieces fabricated by Noblitt Fabricating in Columbus. Kelly Wilson, IUCA+D director and associate professor, said the basic theme of the exhibit is to reconnect art and design. “Throughout history, aspects of art grew into their own silos,” Wilson said. “We want to preserve our disciplines but keep them connected. These types of exhibitions let us create a way to educate and exhibit acts of creation that don’t distinguish between art and design. Art should be able to cross pollinate. That is the whole meaning of IUCA+D. “There are a remarkable number of material fabricators in this area,” Wilson said. “These fabricators can persuade metal to do things that go way beyond building parts.” Wilson said artists greatly appreciate working with fabricators. “Artists love learning about the materials they work with. They are able to learn the language of the material,” he said. “Learning from the guys who manipulate the material can completely change the thing you design with and enliven and lead to discovery of new ideas.” Riley and Kennerk began brainstorming in the summer of 2013, but did not start working with the steel until late December. “We were walking through the plant one day and I saw some beautiful sheets of steel and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s that?’” Riley said. “They looked at me and said, ‘Oh, that’s all of our scrap.’ I couldn’t believe how beautiful the shapes and patterns were. I knew we had to do something with it.” Kennerk, who has worked with steel in the past, was thrilled to learn through a new approach to steel. “These were some of the most unusual shapes I had ever seen. I couldn’t have thought of these designs if I had tried,” she said. “This is not at all how I usually approach

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Emily Kennerk and Jennifer Riley. photo by Paige Harden

steel. It’s ready made. It has been so exciting to learn from the fabricators because they have a lifetime of insight.” The two artists, who have never worked together before, said they enjoy the idea of giving the steel a third life. “We want to use the material in its purest form,” Kennerk said. “I usually start with an idea and then decide on a material. I have had to think differently on this project. It’s taken me back to my love of space and architecture. I have loved working with Jennifer. She’s definitely lightening me up.” Jennifer said the two hope to continue the collaboration beyond “Big Bright Steel.” “I’m having such a blast working with Emily,” she said. “She thinks of the problem ahead and I need to know the material first. This has been a true collaboration.”

“Big Bright Steel” opens January 17 at the IU Center for Art+Design, at 310 Jackson Street in downtown Columbus. For more information, call (812) 375-7550 or visit the center’s Facebook page <www.facebook.com/ IndianaUniversityCenterForArtDesign>. 


WILSON continued from 15 do that as an artist,” he said. “When you do a body of work it increases your confidence. And as an artist, you must be confident because the world is just not art friendly. You have to be dedicated to your craft and know that you are doing it because it is the only thing you can do.” Jonathan said the experience also changed him as an instructor. “Now, I’m able to help my students learn about themselves,” he said. Today, Jonathan is the dean of the Schools of Education, Fine Arts & Design, Technology, and Applied Science & Engineering at Ivy Tech. During his 37-year tenure, he has moved from department chair to program chair to division chair to dean. His responsibilities as dean expanded to include four different schools, and he has been

active in the expansion of the visual communications, interior design, agriculture, hospitality, education, and mechanical engineering programs within the college. While most of his time is spent teaching others, Jonathan said he still takes time for his own creative work. His most recent efforts have involved volunteer work for the American Society of Media Photographers and Flashes of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. “It keeps me in touch with my craft and gives me an opportunity to do something for the community,” Jonathan said. “I feel very fortunate. I have done some very cool things in my life.”

Lynne Sullivan, assistant director of marketing and communications at Ivy Tech, describes Jonathan as an impressive photographer and a wonderful, caring person. “It is his caring nature that results in his ability to focus on the ‘soul’ of his photographic subjects,” Sullivan said. “Not only is Jonathan an excellent artist, but he is also a dedicated faculty member at Ivy Tech. Just as he cares about his photographic subjects, he cares about his students and the faculty in his department. He is a hard worker; a strong supporter of the students, faculty, and staff of Ivy Tech; a fine human being, and a good friend.” 

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hen textile artist Daren Redman and her husband Dave, moved to Brown County in 1999, she visited studios in the area to furnish their home with local artwork. One of her stops on a Brown County Studio and Garden Tour was the studio of potter Larry Spears. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that she discovered the photography of his son, Kyle Spears, at his father’s studio. “His work stood out as being different,” she explains. “It was different from Indiana landscapes and when I found out he travelled a lot, I knew we had something in common.” Last year when the Columbus Learning Center (CLC) asked Redman to do a show, she immediately thought of Spears to display his photography side-by-side with her quilt art. Redman is a nationally known quilt artist and was featured on an episode of HGTV’s “That’s Clever.” Her hand-dyed and painted textile wall hangings incorporate the bright colors of chartreuse, yellow, and red found in Brown County throughout the year. She discovered art quilts at a Nancy Crow (award-winning artist and teacher) workshop in Ohio. Since then, Redman’s artwork has won awards and she was recently chosen as artist-in-residence at the Grand Canyon North Rim. Redman works in her studio barn and uses the Japanese arashi shibori technique to tie, clamp, and resist the fabric to create patterns. The use of a PVC pipe creates pleats, or stripes, when the fabric is wrapped on the diagonal around the pipe. Her finished art quilts are machine-pieced and machine quilted. Her inspiration for her art comes from traveling around the world.

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Spears and Redman

“I photograph my travels and use the enlarged photo for my inspiration,” she says. “Then I design, hand dye, paint, and pole wrap my fabric.” For the show at the CLC, Redman will hang 12 art quilts, including a 70 x 90 piece completed at the Mill Race Center last year. Her art quilts are made to hang on the wall and will complement the photography of Kyle Spears. Spears grew up surrounded by creativity. His dad is a well-known potter and his mom is the founder and head instructor at the Nashville Dance Studio. He didn’t discover his passion for


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—A New Mural

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t all began with a woman staring at a blank wall. “I work out at Cardinal Fitness, right across the street, and use the cardio machines, and I would stare out at the blank wall,” said Cassaundra Huskey, a commercial real estate appraiser. Huskey envisioned the wall on the building at 419 N. Walnut Street beautified by a mural. The building, which is connected to the Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP), used to be Jake’s Nightclub, a music venue which closed its doors in April, and is owned by Jordan Vukas, the original “Jake.” Vukas was open to having the wall painted, Huskey said, so long as it didn’t imply anything in particular about the business that inhabited it— he didn’t want to scare off potential tenants with a strong image that ran contrary to their ideas for the building. A decorative or abstract motif would be fine. Next, Huskey approached the city about the project, and came away with the names of several artists who might be up for the job. Miah Michaelsen, assistant economic development director for the arts for the Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District (BEAD), mentioned Laura Brikmanis, the artist who had painted the blue stage light

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mural on the BPP’s building, among the people she thought might be a good fit for the project. Brikmanis came up with a proposed design portraying the silhouettes of Indiana wildflowers that she felt would harmonize with the colors of the BPP’s mural, add beauty to the space, and meet the owner’s criteria for being more decorative than literal. “I tried to pick things that really grow in Indiana, like the milk thistles and dandelions,” for the flowers she painted, Brikmanis said. Huskey was delighted. “That was the first design she sent to me, and I loved it. It blends beautifully with what she did beside it and I think it’s universally appealing,” she said. Fundraising took place on several fronts to raise the $6,000 necessary for materials, paying Brikmanis, and establishing a fund for the mural’s future upkeep. Huskey launched an online fundraising campaign on the crowd-sourcing website IndyGoGo, and raised several hundred dollars that way.


The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone offers grants for public art, but the requestor has to match it by 50%, so Huskey applied for $3,000 and “and started hitting up the local businesses for money, because they were the ones that would benefit most,” she said. The BPP and the nearby German American bank pitched in money, and other local businesses wrote letters of support that Huskey included in her grant application. Vukas signed a contract saying that regardless of who the building’s next tenants were, the mural would be kept up for five years. Chad Rabinovitz at the BPP was designated as the holder of the extra money set aside for the mural’s future maintenance, which Brikmanis would perform as needed. In October, Brikmanis was ready to begin painting. The BPP stage light mural had been her first large outdoor project, and it had familiarized her with the nuances of painting buildings. Unlike canvases, she said, buildings have rough and sometimes uneven surfaces, and they come with preexisting features like windows and gutters that have to be incorporated somehow. “I didn’t realize how much paint it takes to cover up indentations,” she added. The BPP mural opened a lot of doors for her muralist career in Bloomington, she said. Since then, she has been asked to paint several others in town, including one on the building which was formerly home to Hoosier Crossfit on the B-Line trail and another in Kilroy’s Sports Bar on College Avenue. “I like it when people take pictures in front of them, or sometimes I’ll overhear people talking about them — that’s what’s cool about murals and public art,” she said. Although she and Huskey had concerns about the timing of the start of the project, she was able to get it done before the snowstorms hit. “Laura did a really good job and she did it quickly— we were worried because of the weather that she wouldn’t get it done until April, but she knocked it out,” Huskey said. As for Huskey, she admits she didn’t realize exactly how involved the process of getting a wildflower mural painted on a wall was going to be when she began, but she’s glad she did it. “I learned a lot, and I met a lot of people through this process—artists, people in the city, the business owners around there,” she said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the BPP on January 23 to celebrate the completion of the mural and honor the donors, whose names are included on a plaque to be attached to the mural. 

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Marilyn Brackney

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~by Paige Harden

hile best known for her dinosaur made out of trash, Marilyn Brackney said her most coveted pieces of art are from her childhood. “I always loved to draw,” she said. “I didn’t necessarily have the proper materials, but I always found a way to draw. In the winter, when there was fog on the windows, I would draw in the fog.” One of her most cherished drawings, named “Lady Going out for the Evening,” was drawn in crayon on the inside cover of one of her childhood books. “I noticed early on that the inside covers of books had nice clean pages. I drew on those a lot,” Marilyn said. “I didn’t get caught for a while on that.” Her childhood book, Famous Bible Pictures and Stories They Tell by Elizabeth Bonsall, features her version of the Christmas manger scene. Marilyn believes she drew the crayon scene when she was four. The stable features a window with curtains, a crowd of soldiers surrounds the manger, and Mary is wearing yellow high heels and bright red lipstick. “My parents caught on to my love for drawing and bought me my first drawing paper and pencils when I was ten,” Marilyn said. “They were always very encouraging.” While she loved to draw, she did not see it as a career path. She didn’t even take the

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elective art classes offered at her high school. “I wanted to go into medical technology. But, I wasn’t good at math so I thought, ‘What am I good at?’” said Marilyn, about choosing a college degree. “I knew I loved art and I had had some success with it, so I registered for the arts degree program at Indiana State University. I was going to do commercial art, but my sophomore year my counselor said I could get a scholarship if I switched to art education.” That decision changed Marilyn’s life. She has been teaching art formally and informally ever since. During her fifteen years in Columbus, she taught at Columbus High School, Columbus East High School, Northside Middle School and eight different elementary schools. Most years she taught at three or more schools. “I had to learn to be pretty good at carting around my art supplies,” she said. “I loved teaching kids and bringing out of them what was already there. I believe all kids are creative. I think some of them just need it pulled out sometimes. I taught them what the materials did. I made sure they had materials and encouragement and then I got out of their way and let them create.”


Marilyn said art education is crucial to a child’s development. “It teaches kids to look at problems in many ways and to look for many solutions,” she said. We’re a left-brained society. We don’t value art. But it helps you see the world in a different way. It makes you more perceptive and shows you that there is more than one way to solve a problem. Imagination is one of the most precious gifts in life.” A budget crunch one year, that drastically reduced the money Marilyn received to purchase art supplies for her classes, led to the work that made Marilyn famous across the nation. “I didn’t have enough money to buy conventional materials. I had to be creative to be sure that the kids would have supplies, so I brought in old cardboard, plastics, and newspapers that were trash,” she said. “That was when it occurred to me that we could reuse materials to make beautiful artwork.” Marilyn realized that she could use her teaching methods to increase awareness of the country’s solid waste problem and to encourage recycling. In the fall of 1992, she received a grant to create and produce a television series for children advancing the notion of making art with solid waste materials. The show was called the Imagination Factory. “The United States was quickly running out of landfill space,” Marilyn said. “I wanted to make others aware of the problem.” To that mission, Marilyn created a dinosaur almost entirely out of trash. She named the 11-foot long, 10foot high assemblage Trashasaurus Rex. The dino’s belly was stuffed with more than 300 plastic grocery sacks, 40 dry cleaning bags, and many polystyrene containers. It was covered with thousands of pieces of trash, including broken watches and toys and countless otherwise unwanted items. “There are jokes and visual puns all over Trashasaurus’ body, and there is a lot of symbolism,” Marilyn said. “For example, there are 50 gloves and mittens running down his back, which show that everyone in the United States contributes to the solid waste problem, and each of us has a responsibility to solve it. In addition, we all know dinosaurs are extinct, so I was trying to warn people that we’d better mend our ‘trashy ways’ before it’s too late for us.” Marilyn was invited to display the dinosaur at the first Kids’ World Conference on the Environment held at the Nickelodeon Television Studios in Orlando, Florida, where she taught attendees how to use solid waste to make art and crafts. Continued on 29

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onstruction on the new Brown County History Center began with a ceremonial groundbreaking on December 5, 2013. In spite of a well-publicized forecast for winter storm activity, about 100 people gathered in the meeting room of the current headquarters of the Brown County History Center at 46 East Gould Street in Nashville, immediately next to the site of the new building. The Brown County Historical Society’s board and members have been working since 2007 to make the History Center a reality in downtown Nashville. Previously, a repurposed bowling alley north of town on Route 135 housed the Historical Society. It provided meeting space for monthly dinners and programs, housed the Brown County Archives, and gave a home to the Pioneer Women to work on their quilts, rugs, and other activities. There was urgency to get the new building under way when that building was purchased by Big Woods Brewing Company. Designed by Kirkwood Design Studio of Bloomington, the two-story building of steel and concrete will have a rustic wood and stone exterior. Dunlap Company is general contractor for the project. The groundbreaking ceremony included representatives from the Brown County Historical Society and the civic and business communities. Speakers were introduced by Director

Alice Lorenz explains to the standing room crowd each colored balloon represents $100,000. photo by Cindy Steele

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Julia Pearson. Historical Society member and linguist, Dr. Bruce Pearson, greeted everyone in the languages of three historic Native American tribes that traded with the first settlers—Wyandotte, Delaware, and Shawnee. He gave an invocation in the Shawnee language, concluding: “kishiki ni’kaanima ok nikocha-yeepe wipachi. kishiki tahapi-yachi kipiya nina-tota. amen.” For our friends and our work together we give thanks. We ask that you be with us always. Amen. Historical Society President, Ivan D. Lancaster, recognized and thanked the officers, board, advisory committee, and members of the Historical Society for their steadfast dedication to completing this wish for a History Center for the community. He also thanked the Brown County Democrat, Our Brown County magazine, the school corporation, the Brown County Community Foundation, the Town of Nashville, and Brown County officials, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the donors and supporters, and Big Woods. Bob Kirlin, President of the Nashville Town Council, shared how he wondered what Kin Hubbard would think of the growth of Brown County since the time when he wrote about Abe Martin. Bob also commented that he could imagine Howard Hughes looking down and smiling on the occasion. (The Howard Hughes estate contributed $100,000 to a matching challenge grant a year ago.) David Shaffer, Superintendent of the Brown County School Corporation, said that he sees the History Center will influence the youth of our community as they learn more about their heritage. Mary Krupinski and Barre Klapper, Architects from Kirkwood Design, were


Board President Ivan Lancaster leads other board members and Director Julia Pearson in the first groundbreaking efforts during the ceremony. photo by Cindy Steele

introduced to the assembly. Mary remarked that rarely is so much attention given to a groundbreaking. She remarked that those guiding the project have done so responsibly and with deep respect. Materials of Brown County are included in the design. Curtis Nolte of Dunlap Company introduced individuals who would be working on site. Alice Lorenz, current treasurer and key in the fundraising efforts, had distributed 40 colored balloons, each representing $100,000. There were 10 white balloons, and she said that it would be everyone’s challenge to change the white balloons to colored balloons. Larry Pejeau of the Brown County Community Foundation presented Alice with a check for $5,000 from the Smithville Charitable Foundation for the building campaign. Over $4.2 million has been raised in donations and pledges toward the construction

and land costs of $5 million. Laura Young also presented Alice with a check. She told of her family’s Brown County heritage: Sarah Emma Carmichael Allen and her husband, William David Allen, had ten grandchildren. They had a land grant farm on what is now Bob Allen Road, in southern Van Buren Township. Those ten grandchildren were born in the 1860’s, were relatively close in age, and were emotionally close as well. As they got older, this collection of siblings and cousins began gathering together annually, as many families do. There are four of them remaining. That fall gathering, called the “cousin party,” is continued today among their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “It is in honor and memory of those ten original grandchildren, that we give our gift.” Laura Weinland Young, is the daughter of Mary Weinland, one of the ten. Diana McDonald Biddle presented a gift to recognize her McDonald family ancestors who came to Brown County in 1853 from Olden County, Kentucky, and also in memory of her parents, Jack and Nina Jo McDonald. The clouds held their freezing rain while the officers and director of the Continued on 29

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s part of an ongoing tradition of periodic exhibits to open the calendar year, the IU Museum of Art presents Faculty Artists from IU’s Hope School of Fine Arts, on view in the Special Exhibitions Gallery and the Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, January 25 through March 9, 2014. Visitors will be surrounded by a rich selection of works from the nine areas of studio art, including ceramics, digital art, graphic design, painting, sculpture, metals, photography, printmaking, and textiles. The exhibit offers the public and fine arts students the opportunity to explore the creative process of its faculty. And for a regular visitor who attends over the years, rewarding insights into the developing arc of an artistic career may be obtained. The task of organizing this year’s faculty exhibit falls to Jenny McComas, the IUAM’s curator of Western Art after 1800. What for many years was a biennial exhibit has not been mounted since 2010, which followed a three-year interval from the previous show in 2007. Although other opportunities to see individual faculty work arise from time to time, she said, “The thing that’s nice about this show is it’s comprehensive: you can see all (or almost all) the faculty’s work in one gallery.” McComas began organizing the exhibit with the first faculty meeting last September where she requested from participants a list of three or four recent pieces for consideration. Those with larger pieces may be limited to one, but it averages out. An unusual feature of this show is the high percentage of visiting associate

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Ed Bernstein “Scorched Earth Policy,” 2014, color inkjet print and ceramic

Malcolm Mobutu Smith “Two True,” 2012, stoneware, slip, and glaze

professors, 13 artists new to campus this year. McComas had the chance to study some of their work at a brief December show at the Grunwald Gallery, Just Visiting: Visiting Faculty Exhibition. Despite a compressed time for organizing, she said, “So many people just started in the department this year that there wouldn’t be a way to contact them [any earlier].” Along with the great variety of styles, the exhibit offers surprises such as Jerry Jacquard, emeritus professor of sculpture, offering late-career paintings. Or a shift in style in the paintings of Betsy Stirratt from summerhued stripe paintings to darktoned cosmic spaces. Or the results of experiments with new technologies of rapid prototyping in the work of ceramicist Malcolm Mobutu Smith and metalsmith Nicole Jacquard. McComas finds the show an exciting challenge to mount because of the wide variety of formats and styles on display. Her proposed floor plan for the gallery took a week of juggling to fit approximately 70 pieces from 38 artists into the Special Exhibitions and the Hexagon galleries. She strives to furnish some sort of stylistic flow for the viewer, saying, “That’s the challenging part! We have such a diversity of media and aesthetics and types of work. I also need to take the works’ dimensions and any technological requirements into consideration when determining placement.” The wall space of the Hexagon Gallery presents additional restrictions. Space for a wall panel that opens onto the switchboard


for the gallery lighting must be left empty. Next to that, an entire wall opens onto a hidden emergency exit that must be kept clear. In addition, the wall enclosing the Hexagon Gallery at the entrance is quite short by museum standards, prohibiting the hanging of large pieces. McComas bypassed the problem by forgoing the wall altogether and instead gathering a group of pedestals for dimensional work. In addition to the opening reception on Friday, January 24 at 6 p.m., six of the artists will give noon talks in the gallery. On February 5, Betsy Stirratt (painting) will speak with Carissa Carman (textiles). On February 19, Laurel Cornell will appear with Danielle Head (photography). On March 5, Keith Allyn Spencer (fundamental studio) will speak with Peter Williams (digital art). The Faculty Exhibition will run for six weeks. The artists will undertake transportation of artworks to and from the galleries. This might be a welcome change from the challenges presented by the 100 pieces of art, some quite fragile, that made up the Art Interrupted show. The 20 stencil prints in Matisse’s Jazz series, returning from loan to the Indianapolis exhibit Matisse, Life in Color: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art, will be joined by 30 additional works from the collections of the Indiana University Art Museum and the Lilly Library for a special exhibition of the artist’s works in Bloomington. Matisse’s Jazz and Other Works from IU Collections will run from April 2 to May 25, 2014, with four additional viewings during the museum’s Jazz in July programs. 

BRACKNEY continued from 25 In April 1993, Marilyn was named the Indiana winner of the Environmental Woman of Action Award in recognition of her creative approach to recycling. In addition, she received national recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for her work on behalf of the environment. Her website, <www.kid-at-art.com>, which is still active today, was named one of the best arts and crafts sites for kids by Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine in 1997. In 2005, her passion for creating art out of trash continued as she founded the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show. The show is held in honor of America Recycles Day, so work must be made, at least in part, using scrap materials or reusing and/or recycling solid waste materials. The first show featured 30 artists. The 2013 show highlighted the work of 68 artists. “Local artist Marilyn Brackney has been a long-time partner of the Columbus Area Visitors Center,” said Lynn Lucas, the center’s executive director. “We continue to benefit from her talent—from her developing one of our area’s best art shows to her creating prints sold in the Visitors Center’s gift shop.” 

HISTORY CENTER continued from 27 Historical Society and the president of the Pioneer Women, Leah Mogle, used old garden tools for their ceremonial groundbreaking. Anne Delano distributed some golden bonnets to the Pioneer Women and they in turn grabbed the golden shovels provided by Dunlap Company to do some digging. To the side, Dunlap used their backhoe to make an even bigger and deeper ground breaking. Then they joined those inside who had already begun eating the hot pulled pork sandwiches and lunch items provided and served by Big Woods. Everyone was smiling, satisfied with warm tasty food, and sitting safely at home by the time the promised freezing rain slickened the roads. 

SPEARS/REDMAN continued from 21 in Ireland capture the beauty and mystery of the treasures in foreign lands. His photos have won several awards and he continues to do about 30 art shows each year. In February, he will be at the Indiana State Museum Art Fair in Indianapolis and the Bloom Art Fair at the Bloomington Convention Center. Visit his website at <www.kylespears.com>. Both Spears and Redman get inspiration through the lens of a camera. They will display their artwork side-by-side at the CLC from Jan 6–May 6, 2014. The learning center is a 130,000 square foot facility shared by IUPUC, Ivy Tech, Purdue College of Technology, and WorkOne. The center is located on Central Avenue between IUPU Columbus and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. The learning center was completed in 2005 and according to their website, “The CLC is viewed by many to be a model of how higher education partners can collaborate to serve the needs of students, businesses, and communities.” The Columbus Learning Center is located at 4555 Central Ave. Hours are 8 a.m.–10 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday. For more information on the CLC, visit their website at <www.educationcoalition.com> or contact Chris Beach, director of operations at (812) 314-8507. Redman can be reached at (812) 320-4104. 

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............................................................Artists Directory

ROBERT N. ANDERSON Stillframes Photography and Imaging 810 Brown Street Suite A Columbus, IN 47201 (812) 372-0762 / 866-221-2939 www.stillframesoncanvas.com banderson@stillframes.com

ROSEY BOLTE The Uncommon Gourd Gourd Art – Mixed Media Hand painted gourds, Jewelry and other unique folk painting ~An Indiana Artisan~ 4021 Vaught Road Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 322-3398 Studio open most days, best to call ahead Also available: Ferrer Gallery, Nashville, IN roseyzw@gmail.com facebook.com/roseys.uncommon.gourd

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MONIQUE CAGLE Sleepy Cat Studio Grain Bin Studio Project BARB BROOKE DAVIS Vintage Textile Artist Pillows, framed wall art, table runners, personal accessories, scarves, pins, one-of-a-kind/original over-dyed felted wool decorative accessories 61 W. Main St. in Ferrer Gallery (812) 360-0478 www.ferrergallery.com

BUSSERT IMAGES Jessica Bussert Sharon Bussert Fine Art Photography Local and world images. Specializing in landscape, wildlife and florals. Available from B3 Gallery-Nashville, IN By Hand Gallery-Bloomington, IN www.bussert.com

Help Monique convert an old grain bin into an art studio. GoFundMe.com/grainbinstudio www.SleepyCatStudio.com

PATRICIA C. COLEMAN Local Arts and Crafts, International Artist, including Paintings, Prints, Ichiyo Meditation Supplies, Fiber Arts, Botanical Dyes, Art Dolls, Quilts, Green Lifestyle Coaching, Jellies, Herbal, Coffee, Wine, Beer, Wellness; Arts Appointments for Reiki, Hoponopono and Reconnective Healing, Classes, Workshops, Talks, Demonstrations, Tastings at Patricia’s Wellness Arts Café & Quilter’s Comfort Teas 725 West Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN (812-334-8155 www.hartrock.net/cafe.htm


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RUTH CONWAY

Wood Fired pottery Available at By Hand Gallery 101 West Kirkwood # 109 Fountain Square Mall Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 334-3255 www.byhandgallery.com

AMY GREELY Amy Greely Studio Creative Metalwear Fun, lightweight earrings fabricated with a variety of metals, enhanced with gemstones, crystals, pearls, and patinas. Available at New Leaf in Nashville, IN ~ An Indiana Artisan ~ amy@amygreely.com www.amygreely.com (812) 988-1058

CARRIE FOLEY Woman’s Way Gallery Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design

Silver, Gold, Copper, Fine Gemstones, Fossils At the Brown County Craft Gallery in Nashville, IN Visit the studio on the October Back Roads Tour 3276 Valley Branch Rd., Nashville, IN (812) 320-1201

MARILYN GREENWOOD Marilyn Greenwood Designs Jewelry Artist Hand-fabricated pieces from sheet, wire and tubing in gold and silver, designs accent unusual gemstones and fossils. Available at By Hand Gallery in Bloomington Spears Gallery in Nashville. www.marilyngreenwood.com (812) 824-6184

CHRIS GUSTIN Homestead Weaving Studio Handwoven “Recycled Rugs,” clothing, household items. Yarn, looms, spinning wheels, supplies for every fiber fanatic. ~ An Indiana Artisan ~ 6285 Hamilton Creek Rd., Columbus, IN 47201 Southeastern Brown County (812) 988-8622 Studio open 11 - 5 most days. Also available at Spears Gallery, Nashville, IN chris@homesteadweaver.com www.homesteadweaver.com

CATHY HAGGERTY Painting Instruction Painting lessons for individuals or small groups (812) 988-4091 cathyscorner@att.net 39 E. Franklin St. in Nashville, IN (next to train)

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“Energy of the Spirit”

LINDA KNUDSEN Fiber Artist

JOE LEE Illustrator, Painter, Clown

Available at By Hand Gallery 101 West Kirkwood # 109 Fountain Square Mall Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 334-3255 www.byhandgallery.com

Pen and ink, watercolor illustrations Book illustrator “...for Beginners” series Editorial cartoonist for Herald Times Children’s illustration INto Art and Our Brown County Bloomington, IN (812) 323-7427 joelee@bluemarble.net

SHARON JUNGCLAUS GOULD–Trained SoulCollage® Facilitator “ Discover your Wisdom, Change your World with SoulCollage®” SoulCollage® is an intuitive, visual process for the discovery of your creative Inner Self. Join us for a powerful and fascinating learning experience as you create your own personal deck of cards. Delightful and amazing! Workshops, retreats, classes, and individual coaching. www.artandspiritstudio.com slj41@earthlink.net (812) 343-5285 or (812) 988-0597

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CAROL KOETKE Fine Art Photography Art you can live with, Photography you can love— On paper, infused in aluminum, on canvas. See at: Gallery North - Nashville By Hand Gallery - Bloomington and online at www.carolkoetke.com carol@carolkoetke.com (812) 322-5180

CHERI PLATTER ~ Indiana Artisan ~ Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Silver and Bronze Available year round at Spears Gallery in downtown Nashville, IN next to the Nashville House (812) 988-8378 Info: www.cheriplatter.com


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DAREN PITTS REDMAN Textile Artist Brown County Indiana Artisan Abstract landscapes in quilted wall hangings, hand-dyed fabrics, dyeing workshops 4106 Morrison Road Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 320-4104 darenredman@gmail.com www.facebook.com/daren.pittsredman by appointment

WALT SCHMIDT BETTY WESTHUES

Hickory Tree Studio & Country Loom Functional stoneware pottery, blacksmithing, furniture, colorful recycled rag rugs, tapestries, socks and paintings Also: By Hand Gallery-Bloomington, IN and Brown Co. Craft Gallery-Nashville, IN Local Clay Guild Show every November in Bloomington, IN 5745 N. Murat Rd. Bloomington, IN 47408 (812) 332-9004 hickorytreestudio@att.net www.hickorytreestudio.com

LARRY SPEARS Spears Gallery Porcelain and Stoneware Hours: Open daily from 10 to 5 5110 St. Rd. 135 S. Nashville, IN 47448 Located just 10 miles southeast of Nashville, IN, and just beyond the Horseman’s Camp entrance to Brown County State Park, on scenic Indiana State Highway 135 South (812) 988-1287 spearspottery@sprynet.com www.spearsgallery.com

TRICIA HEISER WENTE Fine Artist Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor Studio / Gallery 1000 W. 17th St. Bloomington, IN 47404 By Hand Gallery, Bloomington, IN Hoosier Salon Gallery, Indianapolis, IN The Gallery on Pearl, New Albany, IN www.triciawente.com (812) 333-3907

SUE WESTHUES Mixed Media Gourd Art A wide variety of functional and decorative items created by combining gourds with other media. Available at: Brown Co. Craft Gallery, Nashville, IN Weed Patch Music Co., Nashville, IN Ferrer Gallery, Nashville, IN By Hand Gallery, Bloomington, IN A Fair of the Arts at the Bloomington Farmers Market Sue Westhues P.O. Box 1786 Bloomington, IN 47402 (812) 876-3099

LAURIE WRIGHT Printmaker Laurie Wright Studio 810 Brown Street Suite A Columbus, Indiana 47201 (812) 343-3209 By appointment or by chance www.lauriewright.com

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.......................................................Area Arts Calendar BROWN COUNTY:

Winter Wellness Weekend Jan. 17–19 at the Brown County State Park Winter Hike, the Frosty Trails Five race, and Warm Up From Within. Complete information as well as a link to tickets can be found at riverlightyoga.com and at WUFW.eventbrite.com To reserve a discounted rooms in the block, use the room code: 0120WW when you register at the Abe Martin Lodge. Winter Hike Jan. 18 9:00 a.m. Take a hike on one of the two self-guided trails. Frosty Trails Five Mile Jan. 18 10:30 a.m. 5 mile run on horse trails Sponsored by the Indiana Running Co. Info www.inrunco.com/frostytrails Warm Up from Within Jan. 17 (FREE on FRIDAY): • Qigong and Tai Chi Easy • Your Body, Your Planet, and the Food You Eat • Closed Addiction Recovery (12 Step) • Dance Party with Cari Ray, Chuck Wills, and The Loaners Ticketed Events: Jan. 18: • All-Levels Yoga • Shake Your Soul • “Deepening the Journey: Stepping Through Obstacles and Fears on the Path to Your Dreams” • “The Meanings of Our Life—How Words Shape Beliefs, and Beliefs Shape Us.” • “For Whom and When Is Something Healthy?” Jan. 19 • All Levels Yoga • Healing Sound Meditation • “Attentiveness Through Mystical Poetry” • Mandala Painting

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site Hours: Mon-Sat, 10-5:30 Now-March 2: Historic Artist Home & Studios Photography Exhibit T.C. Steele SHS located in Belmont (812) 988-2785 tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org

101 W. Kirkwood Ave. (812) 334-3255 www.byhandgallery.com gallery406 Now-Jan. 31: The Bloomington Photography Club Largest club of its kind in the state The Wicks Building 116 W. 6th St. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-6 First Fri. 9-8, Sat. 11-6 (812) 333-0536 GALLERY WALK Downtown www.spectrumstudioinc.com Feb. 7, April 4, June 6, Aug. 1, Oct. 3, Dec. 5 Ivy Tech John Waldron www.visitbloomington.com or Arts Center Galleries www.gallerywalkbloomington.com Now-Feb 1: Stroll any time of the year! Opening Reception Jan. 3, 5-8 pm Special receptions [First Fridays] • 2014 Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition from 5-8 pm at the following galleries: of Emerging Artists Blueline Creative Co-op • Janelle Beasley: Printmaking and Gallery • Lucas Adams and Bailey Tichenor: January: Photography and Painting Interior Views by Megan Lagodzki and Ellen Feb. 7-March 1: Starr Lyon Opening Reception Feb. 7, 5-8 pm Thesis Show: “I Thought I’d Remember” • Martin Beach: Granite and Limestone by IU graduate student Chris McFarland Sculpture Altered photographs in way that mirrors • James Hubbard: Printmaking the distortion of memories over time. • Leah Miller-Freeman: Painting February and March: • Anthony Meyer: Watercolor “Love and War in Sarajevo” March 7-29: Photography from Alen Simic Opening Reception March 7, 5-8 pm Opening Reception February 7 Monroe County Community School 224 N. College Ave. (812) 589-7377 Corporation www.bluelinestyle.com • Youth Art Month: Middle School By Hand Gallery and High School Exhibit Now-Jan. 21: • Moda Industria: Metal Sculpture Soft things, Sparkly things, Silly things, Open M-F, 9-7, Sat, 9-5 Sensational things all made by hand at By 122 S. Walnut St. Hand. A show of hand made work by more Corner of 4th and Walnut than fifty local artists. (812) 330-4400 Feb. 2-March1: www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron “Remembering Jim Kemp” pictura gallery The work of potter and friend Jim Kemp Now-Feb. 1: who died November 30 Photojournalist, Antonio Bolfo “Haiti: Mass Opening reception Feb. 7, 5-8 pm Garbage Dumps of Cite Sliel” March 7-March 27: Opening Reception: Friday Jan. 3, 5-8 pm Celebrating Youth Art Month with a show Artist Talk Jan. 30, 7 pm of work by Monroe County school students Brick Gallery: “Iceland” Opening reception March 7, 5-8 pm Photographs by David Moore #109 Fountain Square Mall 122 W. 6th St. (812) 336-0000 Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7 www.picturagallery.com

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...................................................................................... The Venue, Fine Arts & Gifts 114 S. Grant. St. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-5 (812) 339-4200 www.TheVenueBloomington.com Auxiliary Galleries: Bloomington/Monroe Co. Convention Center Feb. 7-March 3: Opening Reception Feb. 7, 5-8 pm Dawn Adams: Oil Painting: Water Meditations 302 S. College Ave 812-336-3681 Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8-6 www.Bloomingtonconvention.com Royale Hair Parlor Gallery Now-Feb. 1: Lauren Stern ”Trying Not to Do Portraits” Portraits and landscapes in mixed media Inside the Wicks Building 116 W. 6th St. Ste. 101 (812) 360-1860 www.royalehairparlor.com Gallery Group Now-Jan. 31: “Five Bloomington Printmakers” A print exhibition of original works by Elizabeth Busey, Neil Taylor, Jim Sampson, Danielle Urschel, and John Wilson. 109 E 6th St, 47408 (812) 334-9700

3rd Annual Local Artists Showcase Feb. 22, Bloomington Convention Center 11-5, 65 artists under one roof. Presented by Bloom magazine and Ivy Tech Contact Lynae Sowinski for info at lynae@magbloom.com

Indiana Heritage Quilt Show March 6-8 Bloomington Convention Center with more than 200 examples of traditional and contemporary quilted works. Also workshops for all skill levels. www.ihqs.org

The Stone Belt Gallery

Showcasing the artistry of individuals with developmental disabilities 107 West 9th Street Hours: Mon-Fri. 10-4, 5-7:30 First Fridays or by appointment www.stonebelt.org/artgallery

IU Art Museum Jan. 25-March 9: “Faculty Artists from IU’s Hope School of Fine Arts” 1133 E. 7th Street on the campus of IU (812) 855-5445 iuam@indiana.edu www.artmuseum.iu.edu

COLUMBUS:

First Fridays for Families Now-May 2 at The Commons Children are entertained by theater troupes, magicians, and musicians Sponsored by Old National Bank

The Right to Dream Jan. 20, 2:00 at The Commons Free program tells the struggle and

sacrifice for civil rights in America mixing live theater with photographs and video from the 1950s and 1960s.

Columbus Learning Center

Jan.6 -May 6: “World Travels” Photography and Fiber City Hall Atrium Kyle Spears and Daren Pitts Redman Feb. 7-28: 4555 Central Avenue, Columbus “Lotus at 20” Chronicles the process and partnerships (812) 314-8507 www.educationcoalition.com at work in producing the festival March: Indiana University Center Martina Celerin “Portraits of Trees” 401 N. Morton St. for Art and Design www.bloomington.in.gov/arts Starting Jan. 17: “Big Bright Steel” Emily Kennerk and Jennifer Riley email lwestmar@indiana.edu for info Cardinal Stage Feb 7-22: The Whipping Man Jacksson Contemporary Art March 1-16: Pippi Longstocking Jan. 31-March 1:Catherine Burris retrospective 114 E Kirkwood Ave March 7-April 4: Jan Martin, Paintings Oct. & Nov. shows at Ivy Tech Waldron 1030 Jackson St. 122 S Walnut St 812-447-8781 (812) 336-9300 Box Office www.Facebook.com/ www.cardinalstage.org JackssonContemporaryArt/info

Wonderlab Museum

“The Science of Art” series Jan. 3 Make your Puzzle-Marc Tschida Feb. 7 Fiery February-Carolyn Springer paints with a blowtorch. You paint using crayons and an iron. March 7 “Miss Nelson is Missing” theatre performance and workshops on technical aspects of production. 308 W. 4th St. www.wonderlab.org

HOPE:

Art Guild of Hope Art Guild of Hope Creations art sessions: Jan. 18 Oil Painting on Canvas Feb. 1 Acrylic Painting on 6”x6” Tile Feb. 15 Acrylic Painting on Canvas March 1 Acrylic Painting on 8”x8” Tile 645 Harrison St. on the square in Hope, IN www.hopeartguild.com www.Facebook.com/ArtGuildOfHope (812) 764-6417

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ashville’s arts and entertainment district—“Arts Village Brown County”—is scheduled for major upgrades in 2014 as implementation of planning that began in 2013 gets underway.

The Town Council-appointed Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission, a nine-member body which is charged with enhancing and promoting the district, spent much of 2013 developing a comprehensive marketing plan. In 2014, that plan will be rolled out. It has several elements: A 15 to 18-foot piece of public art built around an iconic Brown County symbol—fall leaves—will be constructed by a local veterans group, Elder Heart, supervised by Brown County sculptor Jim Connor. The soaring leaf sculpture will be placed in the middle of the village as the symbolic “gateway” to the arts district. It will have a QR code on its base which takes users to a web site showing locations of all the arts, entertainment and historic venues in the district, as well as all locations of public art. Each of the venues will have smaller leaves—about one-foot squares—on storefronts designating that facility as an arts, entertainment, or historic venue. Those leaves will also contain the QR code which directs users to the district’s website. Permanent signage will be placed on the streets locating “Arts Village Brown County.” A Facebook page, which has already been developed, will be expanded. Brochures, advertising, and other marketing tools will promote the district. Implementation of the marketing plan was one of the eight priorities for 2014 the Arts and Entertainment Commission established at its December meeting. The other priorities were: • Explore funding issues, particularly as they involve hiring a part-time employee • Better integrate entertainment venues and entertainers into the commission’s processes • Work on collaborations with other local on-going arts and entertainment efforts • Create a better identify for the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission in the community • Work together with Bloomington and Columbus cultural districts on possible collaborations in the

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I-46 corridor • Educate the community about its cultural assets • Celebrate the district “We felt like we got a lot done in 2013, our first year as a commission,” said Tom Tuley, president of the commission, “but, obviously, we are just getting started and there is a lot on our plate for 2014. “When we met as a commission in December, our discussion led to the obvious conclusion that our top priority for 2014 was to implement the marketing plan.” Tuley noted, however, that the catalyst for the marketing plan is the large downtown leaf sculpture, and money is still needed to fund it. Donations can be made to the Arts and Entertainment Commission passthrough fund in the Brown County Community Foundation, or directly to Elder Heart. All donations are tax-deductible. The commission is also planning to place four new public art pieces on the streets of Nashville before spring. Three of the pieces were selected after a request for proposals sent out in the fall, and the fourth—a limestone sculpture by William Galloway of Bedford—is being donated to the community as a way to mark its location as one of five Indiana Arts Commission-designated cultural arts centers in the state of Indiana. Additional public arts pieces are being considered for 2014. The Arts and Entertainment Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Nashville Town Hall. Meetings are open to the public. 

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Columbus Arts District

he Columbus Arts District, located in Downtown Columbus, encompasses more than 360 arts programs and cultural assets that help to attract, grow, shape, and engage the public.

The Columbus Area Arts Council’s signature winter program, Old National Bank’s First Fridays for Families, began in November. This free program, geared toward children in elementary school, continues on the first Friday of each month through April. Each month’s program offers a unique live performance that introduces the arts to a young audience in a fun way. All shows begin at 6 p.m. in The Commons in downtown Columbus. Due to the cancellation of the December show an extra May show was added to the season. On May 2, the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings Charles Perrault’s classic, Sleeping Beauty, to life.


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In January 2013, the Columbus Area Arts Council presented it’s first annual program in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month. This free program includes theatrical and live music performances to honor the legacy of Dr. King. At 2:00 p.m. on January 20, 2014, the Arts Council brings Living Voices’ production of The Right to Dream to The Commons. This free program tells the struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America mixing live theater with photographs and video from the 1950s and 1960s. This one-man play recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi, illuminating the issues of civil rights. In October 2013, the Columbus Area Arts Council and Columbus Museum of Art and Design (CMAD) announced the commission of a sculpture by local artist Martin Beach. Carved from granite and limestone, Modern Totem will become part of Columbus’ permanent collection of public art and be installed in spring 2014. The piece, an obelisk form consisting of two stacked, black granite stones, will create a modern and minimal interpretation of a totem, an ancient symbol of community, gathering, and family. Standing at 9’2” tall and weighing nearly 8,000 pounds, the piece will sit in an allée of trees in an outdoor courtyard being constructed as a connector between the Columbus Area Visitors Center and the newly renovated Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza. In spring 2014, look for new sculptures in downtown Columbus as part of the 2014 Columbus Indiana Sculpture Biennial. The Biennial is an inaugural project of the Columbus Arts District and is funded by an Efroymson Award for Excellence in Cultural Tourism that was awarded to the Columbus Area Arts Council in April 2013. Applications being accepted from professional artists through January 24, 2014. Complete details can be found online <www.artsincolumbus. org/callforartists/>. YES Cinema, a local cinema that supports independent films, continues the Gathr Preview Series in 2014. This film series gives audiences in 16 communities around the country the chance to see the best new independent cinema in their hometowns before anyone else—even before NYC and LA. The Gathr Preview Series began in October 2013 and continues to show a new film every Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. at YES Cinema. Memberships to this series are limited and can be purchased online at <gathr.us/series/columbuspreviews>. A limited number of individual tickets can be purchased the night of the showing. There are many activities that take place in the Columbus Arts District, regardless of the time of year or day of the week. Many of these activities can be found on our website’s arts calendar at <www.artsincolumbus.org.> Sign up for a weekly e-newsletter detailing the arts-related events happening over the weekend. —Arthur Smith, Marketing & Media Director of Columbus Area Arts Council <asmith@artsincolumbus.org> 

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he Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) is an officially designated Cultural District by the State of Indiana and offers 60 blocks of attractions to explore and enjoy all in the heart of downtown Bloominton.

Every month features First Friday, and at every First Friday you can find “The Science of Art” at WonderLab Museum (308 W. 4th Street). Art meets science as visiting artists interpret a monthly theme with demonstrations while visitors have the opportunity to participate in handson opportunities related to the theme. On January 3 the theme is puzzles as you watch Marc Tschida of Press Puzzles use a scroll saw to create an original jigsaw puzzle showcasing a Bloomington landmark; make your own WonderLab photo puzzle to take home and use old puzzle pieces in a variety of craft projects. February 7 brings “Fiery February” as you discover the scientific process by which heat and fire change the structure of materials used to create art. Encaustics artist Carolyn Springer will demonstrate how she paints using a blowtorch to melt beeswax and add color to a canvas. Create your own hot wax painting using a mini-quilting iron and crayons. Also watch local fire performers light up the night with performances outside WonderLab! On March 7 it’s the art of theater as University Players, a student-run theatre organization at Indiana University, will present the family musical “Miss Nelson is Missing,” based on the beloved classic children’s book by Harry Allard and James Marshall. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Members of the cast and board will lead short workshops on technical aspects of theater production and performance before the musical begins. Bring the whole family and make an evening of it! 5:30–8:00 p.m. Special half-price admission and members free. <www.wonderlab.org> The Downtown Gallery Walk opens its First Friday schedule of exhibits and special events on February 7. This every-other-month visual arts event features all the downtown galleries, conveniently located within walking distance of each other, with new exhibits, opening receptions, an opportunities to meet the artists, live music and more. 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Free. <www.gallerywalkbloomington.com>

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Brown County Art Gallery Expansion Plans include Large Art Center Studio and Exhibition Hall

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he capital fund drive to expand the historic Brown County Art Gallery has made considerable progress since it was launched last July. Donors have pledged funds and paintings in an effort to make the gallery a destination for art lovers. Now the fund drive is working to raise an additional $1 million for a 1,600 square-foot art education studio. This working studio will provide appropriate space for art workshops, lessons, lectures and other community cultural events. Adjoining the studio will be a large exhibition hall to show the work of the current Art Gallery Artists Association as well as new space for Indiana Heritage Arts which stages the Midwest’s largest heritage style art competition each year. IHA has pledged $25,000 toward the project. An art center for Nashville and Brown County has been discussed for many years and suggested by various groups that have conducted studies on what might enhance tourism. Representatives of the gallery’s “Expanding the Legend” fund drive say including a large studio and exhibition hall to serve as a community art education center is a logical step. Nashville and Brown County are currently undergoing a cultural renaissance with the planned construction of a new history center, the revival of the Brown County Playhouse, and the new Salt Creek Trail. The historic gallery’s fund drive will strengthen the link to Indiana’s art history and add the art education center which fits in well with the overall effort underway in the county. To date, pledges have secured the link to the past. When completed, the Gallery will be home to the new Baumann

BEAD NEWS continued from 37 The Atrium of City Hall hosts a free exhibit of local and regional work each month, and two upcoming shows of note include “Lotus at 20,” an exhibit chronicling the process and partnerships at work in producing the annual festival. “Lotus at 20” opens February 7 and runs through the month. In March, textile artist Martina Celerin exhibits her dimensional mixedmedia weavings in “Portraits of Trees” City Hall is located at 401 N. Morton. <www.bloomington.in.gov/arts>

Gallery sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sexton of Brownsburg, which will exhibit the Indiana work of internationally known woodblock artist Gustave Baumann who began his career in Nashville in the early 1900s. He later moved to New Mexico where he applied all that he learned in Brown County. The Baumann Estate and the New Mexico History Museum are assisting with exchange exhibits and donation of art work. The Gallery will also be home to the William Zimmerman Gallery, sponsored by the Johnson Family of Columbus as a tribute to Nashville’s nationally famous bird artist. Bill’s work is best known in major publications such as The Birds of Indiana and will be a major draw for birders and naturalists who come to Brown County to enjoy the beauty of the area. Other major donors include the Rapp Family of Indianapolis, Bob and Barbara Stevens of Columbus, and Cheryl and Abe Eyed of Nashville. The additional space will be used to exhibit both early Indiana art and the work of current Indiana artists. Donors from Columbus and Indianapolis have added to the capital drive which also includes an endowment fund to cover the future expenses of the new space. Patrons who wish to help with this effort can contact the Gallery at (812) 988-4609 or visit the website at <www.browncountyartgallery.org>. All donations are tax deductible. 

March 6, 7, and 8 the Indiana Heritage Quilt show comes once again to the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center. More than 200 dazzling examples of traditional and modern quilting techniques are on exhibit, competing for cash and prizes. Casual visitors will be amazed and experienced quilters will love the Merchants’ Mall and workshops. Quilt exhibits are also hosted at nearby museums such as the WonderLab Museum, the Monroe County History Center and the Farmer House Museum. <www.ihqs.org>

Check out Bloomington’s newest arts destination, the I Fell Building, 415 W. 4th Street. Visit and shop artist studies and galleries, and take a break at the Rainbow Bakery. <www.ifellbloomington.com> There’s much, much more to see in do in BEAD every day of the week. You’ll find it on our website at <www.visitbead.com> along with featured blogs on dining, shopping and other arts events. —Miah Michaelsen, Director of BEAD, City of Bloomington, <michaelm@bloomington.in.gov> 


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