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Bloomington This 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.
Nashville and Brown County For 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.
Columbus Columbus, 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 post-modern 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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he makes wall art. She makes purses. She makes signs. She created the sparkling metal fish that floats above the “Bloomington Banquet” sculpture on the B-Line trail in Bloomington. Lucia Bennett of Moda Industria creates all manner of intricate art objects with a huge, noisy machine called a waterjet. The waterjet is a large machine—6 by 20 feet—that cuts metal, leather, rubber, and wood in precise designs programmed in by its operator. It’s also capable of cutting stone and glass, but Bennett works with those less often. “It’s wet, muddy, and noisy but it does just spectacular things,” Bennett said. Operating the waterjet was a brand-new challenge to Bennett when she first came to work at Titan Waterjet three years ago. “I immediately knew that it could
Art in another hotel room. photo by Kyle Spears
~by Laura Gleason
Large wall art in a Suites at 118 room. photo by Kyle Spears
be pretty cool, I’ve got to learn that,” she remembers thinking. She learned to use the waterjet to make a wide variety of implements, including military supplies for Crane. Artists also came in with jobs; it was during those years she made the Bloomington Banquet fish in collaboration with local limestone sculptor Dale Enochs. “That was the longest single project I’ve done; it was so intricate, it just took many, many hours,” Bennett said. As someone with an art and graphic design background, Bennett was interested in translating some of her own ideas into waterjet designs, and the results she began marketing online under the name Moda Industria. She chose the name, which means “Fashion Industry” in Italian, because her business is industrial at its core, she said. Last September she devoted herself to the new business full-time.
She continues to share space and the waterjet with Titan employees, but she works for herself now. “I am 100% self-employed,” she said. Most of Bennett’s customers find her through her website and her shop on Etsy, an online marketplace for small-scale artisans of all kinds. Another major source of clients is Atomic Ranch magazine, a publication focused on mid-century interiors. “It’s people that have these fifties homes; there is a big market for those people,” Bennett said. They’re drawn to Moda Industria’s retro pieces; Bennett is a longtime fan of the fifties aesthetic. “I’ve been collecting fifties housewares for 25 years now,” she said. In addition to private homeowners, Bennett gets work from hotels, hospitals, offices, and companies that buy art for Continued on 6
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MODA INDUSTRIA continued from 5 businesses. She recently supplied a number of pieces to the Suites at 118, a boutique hotel that opened in May on the courthouse square in Bloomington. “I was trying to find local art, so I put in our zip code on Etsy, and I loved her stuff,” said Abbey Stemler, co-owner of the hotel. Stemler and her partner Mark Need were originally just looking for someone to make distinctive signs for each of their suites, but they were drawn to Bennett’s original art pieces as well and ended up commissioning seven original pieces for her to do in the weeks before they opened their doors. “She had a full hotel’s worth of art ready in two weeks, it was great,” Stemler said. Bennett’s sleek, vivid work fits in well at the Suites, which Stemler describes as ultra modern. “Her pieces just filled the walls, they brought a lot of life and color.
We liked the three-dimensional art that popped out from the walls, it added something different as opposed to just a picture or a painting,” Stemler said. Instead of making a lot of inventory and trying to hawk it, Bennett prefers to have a few examples of her work for display and make more on an as-needed basis. Besides, most clients like to
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Hotel hallway. photo by Kyle Spears
customize what they’re ordering, even if it’s just to pick the color of the glaze. “Almost everything I do is made to order, to some degree or another,” Bennett said. That way, she gets to put a bit of herself in every piece, including painting the pieces by hand in deep, layered colors. “A single color like black is often going to have two or three different blacks and grays on it,” Bennett said. “I don’t want them to look like they came from Crate & Barrel,” massproduced overseas, she added. Business is good, up to the point where Bennett is thinking that she may need backup at some point. “I do this pretty much all day, every day,” she said, adding that she is
not only the designer but the machine operator, marketing department, administrator, and shipping coordinator. Although being responsible for so much can be stressful sometimes, for Bennett it’s a small price to pay to spend her days doing what she loves. “I get to make really cool stuff every day and it’s my stuff. I did other people’s stuff for so many years and it’s nice doing my stuff, finally,” she said. Visit Moda Industria’s website at <www.modaindustria.com> and contact Lucia Bennett at (812) 606-718 or <email@example.com>.
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tanding in Jacksson Contemporary Art, I was drawn to a tall, ephemeral work on paper, suspended between two raw pieces of wood, and contained what appeared to be part of a poem. The tag said, “Horizon Totem #2: Garden Gate,” by David Kadlec, the man I had come to meet. I had communicated with him over email, but he neglected to mention that he was an artist. As he described the work to me—how it had been a process of mistakes to create, and what the poem meant to him—it became obvious that he was an
artist among many other things. I already know he is a partner in a business called CasaVerde which offers sustainability consultation and builds energy efficient residences. He is also the curator and director of the very gallery I was standing in. And he is a newlywed with his wife Susie Sawin, a Columbus native. I was there to see the gallery. The show I attended was the official opening of the gallery, and is a collection of works by artists David has worked with before, or has always wanted to but never had the chance. The gallery is in a complex on Jackson Street built by CasaVerde, with both commercial and residential spaces. The building adds to the liveliness of downtown Columbus. David can’t help but be an advocate in his community for the essential things. He looks ahead, and wants future generations to have a rich and joyful life in touch with things that are, as he puts it, “spiritshifting.” This entails both his vision for eco-friendly and
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sustainable living, and putting people in contact with thoughtful, beautiful, and compelling artwork. To David, both make a community a better place. As an artist, curator, and trained sustainability expert, he is in the crux of his vision when he is in his gallery. It goes without saying that naming a gallery on Jackson Street, “Jacksson Contemporary Art,” with double “s,” is a somewhat quirky thing to do. But the naming is entirely intentional. It reflects his relationship with his late father, whose early training affects him daily. “Jack’s son,” learned the valuable skill of being able to fix or build anything, and learned early how to find satisfaction in a well-constructed, welldesigned object—that goes for both buildings and art. Leaving out the punctuation in the title of his gallery reveals a little of David’s whimsical personality. The gallery itself is not large, and winds around unexpected corners. David said that curating the show was just plain fun. He thoroughly enjoys looking through an artist’s body of work and saying, “I’ll take that one.” Once all the pieces are chosen, David enjoys laying out the work, and arranging them for maximum impact. Some of the pieces in the show reflect one another, like a sculpture and a nearby painting with similarly posed figures. Some grab you from across the room, such as “Beeline Highway Series, Tenderfoot” by Linda Adele Goodine. This enormous photo consumes the wall it hangs on and draws you into its scene of a boy, maybe a scout, holding both a redbird and a boomerang in the middle of a forest. It’s shiny and vast, and David loves it. He intends to present a one-woman show of Linda’s work soon.
David hopes contemporary art will draw people into conversations. He is building on the long-standing legacy Columbus already has for art and design, and wants his gallery to be a space where people can gather for other experiences as well. His vision is for the gallery to be an “enchanting atmosphere” for people to explore. Kadlec has what he calls “a reverence” for artists and their callings. This reverence extends to the planet and its limited resources. He spoke of the importance that the gallery be lit up at night, so passers-by can see it. “But,” he said, “it’s just a couple of lights and they are LED,” as if I was calculating his energy consumption. Artists expected to hang their work at Jacksson Contemporary Art in future shows are Ed Funk (who had a few pieces in this show—including an active, colorful woodblock print), Mark Richardson, Bruce Riley, Linda Adele Goodine, and of course, David Kadlec himself. In every way, Jacksson Contemporary Art is a place you want to visit, and hopefully you’ll be there at the same time as David, and can catch a little of his vision for a more beautiful, sustainable life. David Kadlec can be reached at 812 447.8781 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Barbara McGuire ~by Karen Farley
hen Barbara McGuire starts singing, she bares her soul and country music fans get a glimpse of the woman described as “Tammy Wynette with attitude.” As a child, McGuire was surrounded by music. Her mother, Virginia Laffey, played upright bass in a honky-tonk bar. The band was called Fran and the Traildusters in the 1950s. According to country music website Roughstock, “Perhaps no other style of country music has had a greater influence on today’s artists than the style known as Honky Tonk.” Her dad rode a Harley and walked into a bar one night where her mother’s band was performing. “He walked in, saw her, and it was love at first sight,” McGuire smiles. “He sold his Harley to buy her an engagement ring.” Born into an entrepreneurial family, McGuire attributes her success to her parents.
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“My parents were my inspiration,” McGuire says. “I was 13 when I realized I had a singing voice. I was doing chores and when I opened my mouth something very different came out. I thought, “’What was that?’” McGuire took guitar lessons from her mom and eventually private lessons from an instructor. She plays by ear and admits to not being able to read music and being a strummer, not a picker. While working at a manufacturing company on the west coast, McGuire met someone at a company dance who also performed at a local lounge. His smooth, Charley Pride sound captivated her and she approached him with the line, “There is something missing. You need a girl singer in the band.” This was the start of her music career. She eventually formed her own band and placed an ad for a guitar player in the local paper. McGuire found her guitar player and found a husband. Former Columbus resident, Max McGuire answered the ad. The couple built their band and played all over the country for 13 years (husband Max currently plays in a reunited Columbus band from the 70s called Justin Slager). McGuire likes to think outside of the box when writing and producing her music. The band recorded the song “Hawaiian Hustle” for a cruise ship’s line dance lesson. McGuire wrote the song, which was a hit with the passengers. She also recorded the CD “My Heart’s With You” that includes eight cuts of West Coast Country Swing. “I took line dance classes and applied the dances to our original songs,” she explains. “One night I went wireless and got on the floor and did it with them.”
Singing and performing is McGuire’s passion, but she also has a gift for teaching and inspiring new songwriters and musicians. After a move from the west coast to Nashville, Tennessee in 1995, McGuire continued to perform. She became involved with the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International (NSAI). As a former staff member, she taught songwriters of all genres the craft of writing, and counseled musicians on how to run a successful music business. “I started as a volunteer and was like a sponge and absorbed all aspects of the business,” she says. “I was membership manager and counselor and I really threw myself into it.” The knowledge she gained helped her to share with others the mistakes and successes in the music business. In March of 2012, McGuire and her husband moved to Columbus, Indiana where Max grew up. The first item on
her to-do list was to find a job. Shortly after their move, McGuire accepted a position at Head Over Heels in Nashville on Van Buren Street. “All my life I have loved cowboy boots and hats,” she smiles. “I worked at a hat and boot store in Tennessee and I not ashamed to say I have 13 pairs of boots.” Her job at the Nashville store keeps her busy and connected to the folks in town, but her goal is to help musicians and songwriters to be successful in the music business. “I can teach them what they need to know before they get to Nashville,” McGuire says. “You can read books on the subject, but it’s extremely valuable to talk to someone who has street knowledge of the how and why some make it and some don’t.” McGuire’s counseling sessions are free, but she also offers career
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Ukulele Club ~by Laura Gleason
photo by Cindy Steele
he Bloomington Ukulele Club’s musical lineup was eclectic on a recent Sunday; they played “Cecilia” by Simon and Garfunkel, then the 1920s favorite “Baby Face” followed by “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”, a 2002 hit by the Flaming Lips. Mysteriously, it all worked— both the chestnuts and the recent songs were buoyed by the bouncy chords of the instruments.
Ukers present one spring Sunday afternoon: Standing left to right–Susan Sandberg, Linju Lin, Mark Saunders, Reina Wong, Carol Tai. Sitting–Kevin MacDowell, Sarah Kaiser, Ellen Campbell, Stephanie Hartono, Kate Charles.
“It’s amazing how the uke will work with any song. That’s what makes it fun,” said Ellen Campbell, co-founder of the club. Campbell received her instrument as a gift several years ago, but it wasn’t until the fall of 2010 that she took a class to master it. In class she met Reina Wong, who, like her, had not touched a ukulele in years. “I lived in Hawaii for a while and I went to a Catholic school, and one of the instruments they decided to use was the ukulele. It’s not very expensive, it’s easy to teach and easy for a lot of people to learn at once. In
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fourth grade we were all required to get ukuleles,” she said. The two women and their classmate Linju Lin enjoyed playing together so much that they decided to form a club. Today, the Bloomington Ukulele Club meets twice a month at the library, and anyone with an instrument and knowledge of a few chords is welcome to participate. Fortunately, the basics can be picked up fairly quickly. “Unlike the violin, you don’t need to know a lot to sound decent,” Wong said. Club meetings are essentially sing-and-play-along sessions. Group
members bring in sheet music, or they look up songs online and project them on the wall. Then they try out the chords and sing the song through a few times, tinkering with it when it sounds off. After a halting version of “Mister Sandman,” club member Susan Sandberg laughed and said, “That was rough!” so they moved on to “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams. Sandberg was recruited by Campbell, who knows her through their work on a city committee. “I already played guitar and although
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UKULELES continued from 12 the chords are different and it requires a new learning curve, the techniques are much the same,” Sandberg said. The club members span the age spectrum from a musically-gifted nine-year-old who attends with his parents to a woman in her eighties. Attendees come with a wide range of ukulele experience; once in a while a prospective uker (as they call themselves) will drop in and spend the session just singing along. “We all just play to have fun, we’re not trying to be incredibly awesome,” Campbell said. The club has become a social gathering as well as a musical event. “I think if it were just me playing by myself I wouldn’t play as much, I wouldn’t pick it up as much, and it wouldn’t be as fun. I think
there’s a very strong communal sense about it, it’s just a nice, easygoing group,” Wong said. Occasionally the club ventures beyond its regular meeting time and takes part in events, such as the flash mob they orchestrated for the screening of the original Muppet movie held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in February. They conspired with local childrens’ performer Kid Kazooey, who was performing before the show. “He started playing Rainbow Connection and we started standing up in the audience and playing along,” Campbell said. “The guy behind me said, “I’ve never been to a ukulele flash mob before!” Wong recalled. Now that they’re thoroughly smitten with the ukulele, Campbell and Wong have looked into its history. “A precursor of the ukulele was a guitar
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from Portugal. Portuguese sailors went to Hawaii and started playing their instrument. It became very popular with the monarchy at the time. It became a Hawaiian instrument,” Wong said. The ukulele’s popularity reached its peak in the early 20th century, when Americans grew fascinated by all things Hawaiian. “A lot of sheet music in the teens and twenties had ukulele chords and tunings. Now they have piano and guitar, but then it was piano and ukulele,” Wong said. Popular musicians like Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Mraz, and Eddie Vedder have embraced the ukulele in recent years. “You’ll be hearing a commercial for Walgreens and there’s a ukulele, when they want something to be light and cute, when there’s a family and dogs,” Campbell said. The cheer factor is something ukulele players cite frequently in describing their affection for the instrument. “I can honestly say picking up the uke is a de-stressor! You simply can’t be down in the dumps when you play one,” Sandberg said. “I like the portability, the size, the sound, and the cuteness factor. You just kind of look at it and think, oh, I have to play you,” Campbell said.
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My Grandfather’s ~by Jean Marr Wilkins
y grandfather John Brazelton McCullough didn’t go to college. His mother, Nettie Brazelton McCullough, died in 1911 just after John turned eighteen, and he felt he had to stay home to help his father, Robert McCullough, on their Bartholomew County farm. Nevertheless, my grandfather continued to treasure a love of learning. He graduated from Columbus High School and retained fond memories of the Latin he’d studied and a love of poetry that lasted his entire life. In 1916, he married his high school sweetheart, Stella Barnhill, and they taught their two little girls, whenever they were given even a penny, to put it aside “for my college education.” From his earliest years, John was fascinated by history—a fascination he said began when as a small boy
he would stand outside the polls on election day. “Each party had a band, and the first song the Democrats would play was ‘Dixie.’ And the first song the Republicans would
May 1942 photo at the McCollough farm. Left to right: John and Stella McCollough, Amanda Taylor, Betty McCollough Marr, and Griffith Marr on Betty and Griffith’s wedding day.
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play was ‘Marching Through Georgia.’” Eventually John became a real Civil War buff, so knowledgeable it was next to impossible to find a book on the subject he hadn’t read. He wasn’t one to dwell in the past, but had a reverence for things that had gone before. John had a real appreciation for automobiles and tractors. He said, “The happiest day of my life was when the last horse went out the gate.” Somewhat surprisingly, it was his farming that gave him the opportunity to bring to light evidence of a way of life that had passed away entirely. Over a span of decades, his farm equipment turned up hundreds of artifacts—actually Continued on 18
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The Indiana University Art Museum celebrates the artistry of nationally recognized wildlife artist and Brown County, Indiana, resident William Zimmerman, who passed away in 2011. Zimmerman’s passion for ornithology is captured in a small selection of paintings for his book Life Histories of North American Woodpeckers. William Zimmerman (American, 1937–2011). Hairy “Harris’s” Woodpecker, Picoides villous, Study for Plate 17 in Arthur Cleveland Bent’s Life Histories of North American Woodpeckers, 1991. Acrylic on grey paper. Gift of Elaine Ewing Fess and Stephen W. Fess, IU Art Museum, 93.22.17
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ARTIFACTS continued from 16 more than seven hundred—left behind by the Native Americans who had walked the land before it was his. The items he found—among them ax heads, arrowheads, grinding tools, and ornamental stones—he carefully collected, stopping to get down from his tractor to scoop up the relics and carry them safe back to the farmhouse. When my grandfather died in 1981 after a long, peaceful, and happy life, his collection came to my aunt and my mother. They did a very unusual and appropriate thing. They decided not to divide the items between themselves but to donate the entirety to Indiana University, where every item would be protected and catalogued. Recently I had the joy of viewing the John McCullough collection at Indiana University’s Mathers Museum and heard the various objects’ probable dates and uses explicated by scholars: Nathan Johnson, a recent IU graduate; Katie Rudolf, a graduate student in anthropology; and Ed Herrmann, a graduate student of archaeology who has an extensive knowledge of stone tools. Every object was notably well cared for. My grandfather would be so pleased. Katie, Nathan, and Ed showed me among the collection several pre-forms of Folsom points, chiseled out pieces of chert (this particular chert from near Wyandotte Cave) that a Native American would have carried with him with the intention of making it into a finished point later. This blew my mind—these preforms were between 10,000 and 12,000 years old! Once completed, a Folsom point was attached to the end of a throwing stick, which was several feet long with feathers on either side of the far end, rather like a very long arrow. Ed showed me a reproduction throwing stick and also an atlatl, a wooden launching mechanism which could
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One of many, many bins of McCollough artifacts at the Mather’s Museum.
be attached to the stick to increase its velocity and distance covered. Indians did not have bows and arrows until around the time of Christ. Little is known about the Paleo-Indians who created these ancient objects. It is not even certain if they were of the same ethnic group as the Indians who centuries later came in contact with Europeans. We do know something about the animals they would have encountered: mammoths, mastodons, giant ground sloths, and saber-toothed tigers prowled the land my grandfather would later plow. My grandfather always said: “I was born here, just let me die here,” and so he did, peacefully and in his sleep having lived 87 productive years, a brief span compared to the thousands of years of humanity who had made their way over his corner of Bartholomew County. Yet in those few decades my grandfather succeeded in preserving what could have been lost: precious links to our remote and immense past. The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus at 416 North Indiana Avenue and is open on Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. Many thanks to Dr. Tim Baumann, who made my viewing of the John McCullough collection possible. The collection is not on display to the public, but the museum is definitely worth a trip! Thanks, too, to Indiana State Archaeologist Dr. Richard Jones for his advice and enthusiasm.
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Giant Fruit Project
~by Bill Weaver
At right, Andrew Huddleston posing with fruit. In photo above he is painting a translucent tomato created from a mold. Each fruit will have light shining through it.
hen the call went out for the last of the City of Bloomington’s Garage Culture projects, artists Amy Brier and Andrew Huddleston thought about what they’d tried in past competitions, then came up with a winning design. “We batted around ideas, having fun with it in our proposal,” says Brier, “and we got the commission.” “We brainstormed for weeks,” Huddleston adds. “We did a wind powered design that didn’t quite make it for Garage Art. Then we did ‘Fruit Profiles,’ two dimensional profiles in a
Amy Brier waxing the pear shape to prepare for the molds.
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sequence that would change as you’re walking by. Then we decided we’d just make giant fruit.” Sponsored by BEAD (Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District) the purpose of Garage Culture is to use three downtown city parking garages as platforms for art that expresses the flavor of the neighborhood that each garage serves. In 2009 two garages were designated as “Garage Band” (near several music venues) and “Garage Art” (across from Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center), while this summer witnesses the final installation with “Garage Market” at 7th and Morton streets near the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Their proposal calls for large fruit (tomato, apple, eggplant, pear, and acorn squash—fruit that you actually see at the market) about 30 inches by 24 inches, cast in translucent handdyed urethane, to hang from the garage walls.
“The stems and brackets holding them will be stainless steel,” Amy says. “Andrew will hand forge all of that and it will be a beautiful hand made object.” “It’s the only thing that claims UV resistance,” Andrew adds. “Epoxy turns white after ten years.” Plastic is a bit of a change for Brier who is known for her work with limestone, including founding the Indiana Limestone Symposium with Frank Young, held every summer at Bybee Stone Company in Ellettsville. “When I tell people about this project they look at me like, ‘This is limestone?’ she laughs. “I guess I’ve got more going on than limestone. “I can’t really separate when we decided to do big fruit, and when we decided to work in polyurethane,” she continues. “I haven’t worked with plastic but I’ve done a lot of casting in my career. We started with big blocks of foam and an electric chain saw. It took a minute to do what takes an hour in stone. Andrew roughed them out and I did more work on them and he worked on them some more. At the end we were working together on the finishing process.” “We carved it and put a hard skin on it—a kind of a plaster-glue,” Huddleston adds. “Then we made plaster molds followed by a thin skin of urethane. We added fiber with chopped fiberglass, laying individual strands in like the tissue of the fruit itself. “We had to use recognizable fruit that’s from around here,” he continues, noting that any part of a plant that contains seeds is a fruit. “We looked at a lot of fruit—a lot of acorn squash,” he laughs. “When you think a fruit you’re thinking of a shape but if you go buy a bag of apples, none of them are exactly the same. Hopefully we can represent that, like when an apple is ripening—the bottom and top are still green but the sides are red.” Huddleston has been worked in pottery and blacksmithing for many years, finally moving to Brown County in 1994 from Cambridge City, Indiana. “I came to make pots in Nashville and fell in love with the place. Around here there is a lot of support for the arts. That’s another reason this is like home.” While Andrew is finishing the casting and forging the final parts, Amy is in Cortona, Italy, teaching for the University of Georgia’s “Study Abroad” program. She hopes to be back in time for fruits’ hanging. “We get along aesthetically and we get along as friends,” Andrew says of working with Brier. “Being able to collaborate on a project has been great. Public art is doing its work when it starts a conversation,” he adds. “It can be a lot of fun.”
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New David Hockney artwork at IUAM ~by Tom Rhea
avid Hockney, described by some as the greatest living British artist, always delighted in creating layers of complexities in his image making, often by confusing or combining categories. The current holdings of his work in the Indiana University Art Museum’s collection offer perfect examples of this. One is an etching and a lithograph titled “An Etching and a Lithograph.” Another called “Picture of a Portrait in a Silver Frame,” a lithograph from 1965, comes from an early series that was a sort of do-it-yourself kit for would-be art collectors. The third, “Henry Seated with Tulips,” appears to be a conventional portrait, but the levels of reality get blurry in certain areas of pictorial detail, particularly in the depiction of the titular tulips. The “real” tulips are shown in flat black, simple silhouettes, while the tulips embroidered on Henry’s coat are lavished with intricate detail. And like Hamlet’s playwithin-a-play, Hockney cannot resist inserting his own selfportrait into a frame on the wall.
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“My Mother Sleeping, Los Angeles”
Given the chance recently to add two new Hockney works to their collection, IUAM Director Heidi Gealt chose two works that will complement these current holdings by showing his use of different technologies. “My Mother Sleeping, Los Angeles” is an example of photo-collage, a compositional technique that Hockney explored in the 1970’s and 80’s. Examples are widely anthologized in books on the history of photography. The work consists of about a dozen separate photographs of a single scene, mounted in a ragged set of overlaps to create a mosaic composite of a seemly-casual view of his mother asleep on a chair, blanket thrown across her lap. The complexities of the image begin to unfold when we notice the weird similarities this depiction of Hockney’s mother has to the famous painting of “Whistler’s Mother.” The highlight colors of white head and light hands against the black blouse, the framing effect of lines created by background doorframes, and even the pointed wings of lacey collars all show the kinship. The reference Continued on 24
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HOCKNEY continued from 22 to Whistler is amusing because of his oh-so-modern insistence on disowning the literal details depicted in his paintings. After all, he insisted on the title “Arrangement in Gray and Black,” even though he lived with his mother and, upon her death, took her maiden name as his middle name. Whistler said, “What ought the public to care about the identity of the portrait? The imitator is a poor kind of creature. If a man who paints only the surface he sees before him were an artist, the king of artists would be the photographer.” One suspects that Hockney accepts the compliment and the implied challenge. In the use of the photomosaic, we see how Hockney approaches a new technology and bends it to his vision. He has fought against the confines of the medium on many levels. Instead of a single moment captured instantaneously, he has staggered out a series of moments: many views along many lines of sight. He prioritizes these views through the expedient of overlaps. Rather than accepting the standard rectangular format of the photo print that a viewer absorbs in a glance, he coerces a viewer’s wandering eye by building a pathway of selected views, up along the figure, out the frame of a sliding glass door to a glimpse of patio and landscape beyond, like a winding garden walkway guides an unfolding view of the garden. In a painterly way, Hockney distinguishes
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the panel containing his mother’s head by making it central, making it the closest object to the viewer, making it the top print in his overlap scheme, and by overexposing the background, thus whiting out the painted slats of the patio (and forming a makeshift halo) in contrast to the darker tones in other continuing views. The second new Hockney piece is a portrait of his sister and brother-in-law done on an iPhone app called Brushes. The piece has some similarities to “Henry Seated with Tulips,” such as the large surrounding white space, with an increasing level of detail toward the image center. Amusingly, each of his sitters is utterly engaged with his and her own smart phone. Hockney’s experience with computer graphics programs dates back to 1985, when he was commissioned to create works using Quantel Paintbox. When Hockney began using Brushes on his phone, he did daily floral doodles to send to his friends. Eventually, though, as he got more skilled with the program, he discovered some
depth to it, and he began making works with the intention of printing them. Recent cover art he made for The New Yorker was created with Brushes on his iPad. Hockney’s searching engagement with new technology in the making of images mirrors another passionate pursuit in his career as an art critic. In Secret Knowledge, an extended essay from 2001, he proposed the Hockney-Falco theory, which states that beginning in the early Renaissance, artists began relying on state-of-the-art optical aids (such as the camera obscura, camera lucida and convex mirrors) to enhance a new level of realism that appears abruptly in oil painting at about this time. From his own experience, he considers it a given that artists would avail themselves of the most advanced technology of their era. With the publication of a new biography, A Rake’s Progress, and a show titled “A Bigger Picture” that just closed at the Royal Academy, Hockney has enjoyed a great deal of press attention. A documentary of the same name will screen at the IU Cinema on August 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. The film by Bruno Wollheim covers the artist’s recent years of landscape painting in his native Yorkshire. Nan Brewer, Lucienne Glaubinger Curator of Works on Paper, will introduce the film with comments on the IUAM’s recent Hockney acquisitions. Both works went on display at the Museum in June.
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A Steele Concealed
~by Tom Rhea
“An Old Garden” by T.C. Steele.
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“Untitled”by T.C. Steele.
n a 40-year career as a fine art conservator, Barry Bauman has done routine conservation tasks for the Indiana State Museum collection dozens of times. As paintings from their collection were rotated in his care, he would usually pull the painting off its stretcher in order to remount and stabilize the canvas, remove old, yellowed varnish where needed and consolidate and repair any cracked or flaking paint. In April of this year, Bauman had a conservation experience that was anything but routine, one that he called “the highlight of my career.” As he untacked the T. C. Steele painting “An Old Garden” from 1887 and began to pull the canvas away from its stretcher, he made what was, for him, a once-in-alifetime discovery. “The discovery was a personal reward for me and an even greater reward for the museum,” Bauman remarked
later. “Discoveries of this nature ‘don’t happen,’ but when they do, they carry an everlasting satisfaction that a little piece of the history of art is forever realized.” Museum Arts and Culture Collection Manager Meredith McGovern received the call from Bauman that she thought would request her return to Chicago to pick up the Steele painting. Instead, Bauman said, “Have I got a story for you….” Upon peeling back the “Garden” canvas, he discovered an entirely unknown, complete and intact, signed and dated T. C. Steele painting that had remained hidden for 80-some years. This unknown work, dated 1890, depicts a sunny clearing near the edge of a wood, with city buildings visible in the distance. McGovern speculates that since “An Old Garden” had been
painted three years previously while on a sojourn to Vermont, perhaps it had been removed from its original stretcher to facilitate transport upon Steele’s return to Indiana. “Whether he then tacked the loose painting over the newer one to show a customer, we may never know.” Hung side by side with “An Old Garden,” the new painting was revealed at a press conference on May 24, 2012 at the T. C. Steele State Historic Site by McGovern and by site manager Andrea deTarnowsky. Though both paintings fall within a few years of Steele’s return from his art training in Munich, the hidden painting makes a startling impression next to the earlier painting in its contrasts of light against shadow, foreground with distance.
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Given how recent this discovery was, McGovern has yet to identify the buildings featured in the painting. She hopes that they represent town architecture from the area that someone in state historical circles will eventually recognize. Experts in the career of T.C. Steele may be consulted, such as the art sellers at Eckert & Ross Fine Art Gallery in Indianapolis who possess original inventory records that cover Steele’s commercial transactions from very early in his career. They may provide clues for subject matter or a title for the new work. McGovern said that the two paintings will remain on display at the T. C. Steele Historical Site until sometime in November, when they will return to storage at the Indiana State Museum for further research and study.
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Ronni Lynn Hayes ~by Lee Edgren
s a child, Ronni Lynn Hayes knew she wanted to paint. She feared her talent was not comparable to that of her “fairly talented family members,” her ironic way of referring to her great uncle Dale Bessire and her cousin James Tracy, two of the county’s illustrious artists. So she turned away from art, eventually becoming a successful Indianapolis real estate agent. “I had a child at 17 and after that everything was about getting food on the table. When I was 37, my child was raised, I had a grandchild, and I began to open to my own life.” That opening was into an inner and outer quest that has linked the spiritual and the artistic. “I’m very interested in the place where creativity and spirituality intersect,” she notes. And it led her out of the northern Indianapolis suburbs back to her native land of Brown County, where at least seven generations of her family have lived. Now she is a member of the Brown County Craft Gallery at 58 East Main Street in Nashville, a cooperative gallery featuring the work of approximately 30 area artists. Her works on display include oil paintings, prints, and painted and dyed silk scarves.
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At that age of 37, she visited the desert near Tucson with a friend. “I wanted to take the desert home, but the photographs I took just didn’t capture either the colors or the feeling,” she recalls. Her desire to faithfully recreate what she had encountered led her to take a class in oil painting. She learned a lot about technique in her first class at IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design. Then she discovered painting instructor Farideh Peacock at the Indianapolis Art Center, with whom she studied for several years. Now, Ronni has been painting on canvas for about 15 years. So far, everything she has painted has been from the natural world—from voluptuous flowers to the celestial galaxies, nebulae, and planets photographed by the Hubble telescope. The first Hubble image she painted was of the Helix Nebula. Ronni titled her painting “The Eye of God.” That painting has led to a commitment to paint ten images for an Indianapolis show next spring. Three are now completed. Ronni’s “Eye of God” can now be seen in the Brown County Craft Gallery.
“Eye of God” painting.
“I love to see that higher intelligence in nature. There are so many beautiful things that seem impossible, but there they are! It is in nature that I see the things that inspire awe in me.” Ronni spends at least two days a week on her oil painting. Much of the rest of her time is spent on creating her silk scarves. “There’s definitely a tension there,” she says. She began painting on silk about two years ago, and utilizes a variety of techniques, including shibori, serti, monoprinting, and freehand painting. Her desire to work with silk arose out of her curiosity about how dye would react with fabric. “I worked for the Village Candlemaker for three years, from age 17 to 20, and I learned about wax. Then I learned how to paint. Then I learned to paint on fabric with wax.” She took a class at the Brown County Historical Society’s Traditional Arts Building with artist Mary Pendergrass and followed that with a textile class at Indiana University to learn some of the Japanese techniques. “I was really interested in Japanese binding and resisting with cords.” She saw a kumo shibori scarf that had been created by tying five hundred soybeans into each end of the scarf. She made her own version. “It took me six hours to tie in 400 marbles—200 at each end.” She has also developed an original process using plant materials, like fern leaves, as stencils. “It’s painterly. I paint with a brush around the stencils.” “I didn’t take myself seriously enough until I started opening spiritually,” says the woman who became an interfaith minister, completed about half the course work for a Masters of Divinity degree at Earlham College, and who has also developed her intuitive and psychic skills. A constant reader, she has moved from philosophy and religion to science. “Consciousness is so big, science and religion may not be so far apart,” she concludes. And now she is writing a book, tentatively titled I Am That, “a culmination of all the ideas of how to be in community with people who believe different things.” Curiosity drives her desire for the next artistic adventure. “A lot of the theologies agree that men and women are made in the image of their creator. And what does that creator do? Create, create, create. If I’m going to live in that image, it’s either create or have 13 kids, and I’m not doing that….”
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~by Geri Handley
he aspirations embodied in the Columbus Learning Center (CLC) present a unique challenge for an architect. How do you design a building that symbolizes the community’s commitment to education—open and accessible to all—bridges between two existing institutions, provides a place for life-long learning, supports the secondary school system, helps teachers teach, aids those seeking to improve their labor, provides state-of-theart technology, and shapes a new campus for generations to come?” These were the words spoken by Kevin Kennon at the dedication of the Columbus Learning Center in September 2005. Kennon, design architect of the CLC, surmounted all of these obstacles and more. The facility houses classrooms, laboratories, and support services for the more than 7,000 students of Indiana University Purdue University Columbus, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus,
and Purdue University College of Technology Columbus. The Center for Teaching and Learning and its library serve the three post-secondary institutions, as well as Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation and regional school corporations. In addition, Columbus offices of WorkOne, including the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, River Valley Resources, and Vocational Rehabilitation are located in the building. While the award-winning Columbus Learning Center is a work of art in its own right, Christine Beach, Director of Operations, explained the focus of the building’s design was to maximize educational space. Following completion of the facility, Beach felt there was a missing element—artwork. Beach recognized the myriad of opportunities within the building’s spaces. Early in 2006, Richard Johnson and his family commissioned renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly to create a signature piece for the Johnson Family Atrium located in the CLC. The result was a 2,500-pound, 19-foot-diameter composition of 32 painted panels. Titled Chihuly Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle, each of the 32 panels were created, painted and boldly signed by Dale Chihuly in his studio in Seattle, Washington. They represent “Faces on Our Street” by Laurie Wright.
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several of the shapes developed by Chihuly in his blown-glass forms and installations throughout the world—baskets, reeds, ikebana, and floats. The circle and grid frame is 4x2 tubular steel. Chihuly’s bright colors and dramatic hard lines and circles in Sun Garden change hues throughout the day as the sun moves across the sky. In the evening, lighting designed by the Chihuly Studio illuminate the artwork. Even while the Chihuly commission process was taking place, a committee was being formed to discuss and procure art for the facility. Randy Tucker, Laurie Wright, Jonathan Wilson, and Mike Dickbernd joined Beach in those efforts. They determined their focus to be: highlighting local talent, finding color for all those white walls, and presenting motivating art for students and visitors. A museum hanging system was installed in appropriate locations throughout the building to facilitate the changing exhibitions. The addition of the Chihuly ceiling secured the Learning Center as a stop on the architectural tour conducted by the Columbus Visitors Center. Hundreds of individuals visit the Center each year. Randy Tucker commissioned Laurie Wright, a Columbus artist, to create a piece of art for the conference room. Faces on our Street was inspired by Wright’s vision of the number and diversity of students who would utilize the Center. Gradually, other permanent installations were added: a 25-foot American flag flown by Columbusarea members of the Indiana National Guard 113th Support Battalion during their service in Afghanistan; Self-Made Man, a bronze sculpture by Colorado artist Bobbie Carlyle, donated by CID
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he Columbus Downtown Association presents ArtFest on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Taking place downtown on Washington Street, between 4th and 7th streets, there will be over 75 artists displaying their work. Art forms include painting, sculpture, wood work, ceramics, photography, printmaking, fiber art, metal art, and jewelry. This is the third year for the fair, which is free to the public. Organizer Bob Anderson said, “This year we have a great selection of local, regional, and national artists. The quality of art created by this group is amazing.” Head downtown for some artful shopping, and stick around for lunch or dinner, as there are more than ten different restaurants within two blocks of the fair.
Equity Partners honoring John T. Hackett, founding partner of the firm and former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cummins Inc; Indianapolis artist Quincy Owens’ three mixed-media paintings celebrating the colors and symbols of IU, Purdue, and Ivy Tech, also commissioned by the Richard Johnson Family; quilts by Brown County artist Daren Redman; and sculpture by Robert Pulley. Even though the selection process sometimes proves to be tedious, Beach says she enjoys working with the Art Committee and the artists. She maintains watching a student pause to reflect on an individual piece of art makes the effort worthwhile. The exhibitions usually rotate every semester so numerous artists have been highlighted to date. Currently, members of View Finders, a local photography club, are featured. Some of Beach’s favorite shows include works by
Chihuly’s “Sun Garden”.
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation educators; the Berlin Airlift traveling exhibit which brought visitors from across the country and abroad relating personal stories of being saved during that infamous operation; and Flashes of Hope—a photography exhibit of Riley Hospital for Children patients (Flashes of Hope is a national nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research). Beach is currently working to secure the next several shows.
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of the Arts & Crafts ~by Lynn Schwartzberg
or art lovers in the Midwest, Labor Day weekend means the 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts in downtown Bloomington. For the uninitiated, the festival takes up over three city blocks and showcases local and regional artists. This year, the 4th Street Festival will feature 120 juried artists, more than in any previous year, with half of them coming to Bloomington from out of state to show their wares to the eager Bloomington festival goers. The really big number is 425. That is the number of artists who applied to participate. Four jurors toiled for days evaluating the artist’s bodies of work as well as their booth images before selecting one fourth of them for participation. As far as the art goes, there are painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, glass workers, furniture makers, fiber artists, and jewelry makers, as well as those working in multi media. Several participants will be familiar faces for sure, known year after year for their fine wares. Many new faces are what make the event so fun though. As familiar as the festival is, each year brings new energy from innovative artists sharing their work with Bloomington for the first time. The 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts is surely an event worth attending for booth after booth of finely crafted work. What makes it truly special is all of the “extras” that happen during the event.
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During the festival, dozens of local arts organizations set up booths with information about their upcoming events or other activities. Several offer activities as well as fun give-away items. Wandering through the booths, visitors can collect information about upcoming performing arts seasons both in town and on the Indiana University campus. The Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, known as BEAD, will be there with maps of public art installations as well as information about the district. Local museums, radio stations, and anyone else that touches the local arts scene will be on hand to get the word out about their respective organizations. If that’s not enough, there is a full schedule of entertainment to take in. From live readings to dance to lively bands, the festival touches on almost every genre. The performances add another layer to the already jam packed arts environment. If you are traveling to the 4th Street Festival with kids, there are always innovative activities for children. One year, a tree was
created by hundreds of individually decorated leaves. This tree can still be seen inside of City Hall where it continues to charm all who see it. If all goes as planned, an amazing new facet will be added to this fabulous explosion of artistic expression. The brainstorm of 4th Street Festival board vice president Dawn Adams, Art Cars will hopefully be on exhibit on Dunn Street from Kirkwood Avenue to Third Street. The street will be closed to traffic so that the cars can be displayed for festival attendees to enjoy. So, you have been wandering the festival for a few hours, enjoying
the music, people watching and the great art. You must have worked up an appetite by now. What you may not know is that 4th Street, when not packed with artist’s booths, is a street lined with restaurants from around the world. Take a look around, behind the artist’s stalls, and you will find cuisines from Tibet, Thailand, India, Turkey, Italy, Burma, and other Asian locales. Most of these businesses offer outside seating where you can relax and enjoy the goings on while recharging yourself with some great food. The local firehouse at the corner of 4th and Lincoln hosts a massive BBQ during the festival as well. This cook-out has become a tradition for festival goers, where they can enjoy savory food for breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by dedicated firefighters. A feast for the senses, the 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts offers up a smorgasbord of delights. For the art lover, this is the buffet of your dreams. For those who just love to attend community events, the breadth of the art will thrill you and the activities and ambience will fill you with delight.
Happenings at the
Brown County Art Guild
fter a successful run of The Breeze Bends the Grass, Jaime Sweany, the executive director of the Brown County Art Guild, is ready for an exciting summer. “The musical was about three early 20th century Indiana women artists Marie Goth, Janet Payne Bowles and Selma Steele,” she explains. “It was an awareness-building event about the Guild and Marie Goth.” Sweany and her staff of four are busy planning events to attract visitors and community members to the downtown Nashville gallery on Van Buren Street. “We have an exciting new board of directors and a great staff,” she adds. In July, the guild will feature the works of member artists Gerrie Govert and Hattie Stanton. A reception is planned for July 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A raffle of an authenticated Carl Graf painting from the guild’s permanent collection will be conducted July through November, 2012. “This is a rare opportunity to win an original historic painting, framed in a handmade period reproduction frame,” Sweany says. “The guild has not sold paintings from our museum collection for several years.” The winner will be announced during the Nov.10 Village Walk reception. The guild will also celebrate Marie Goth’s 125th birthday on Aug. 15. “We don’t have any definite plans yet, but it will be a big celebration,” Sweany says. The weekend of Sept. 7–9 is Arts Renaissance Weekend. Artist demonstrations and special events are planned with feature artists Lawrence Rudolech and Charlene Marsh.
On September 29, the guild will host their annual fundraiser, “Guild 12.” The event will take place at the log cabin home of Jay and Ellen Carter on SR 135 North. Their guest cabin is a memorial to Ellen’s late father, well-known Brown County artist, Fred Rigley. There will be music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer ,and a silent auction of artwork. “People love to go into homes and see other people’s collection of art,” Sweany says. “It is a great opportunity to see some of the early artist’s work in a home setting and not in a gallery.” For more information about the guild and upcoming events, visit their website at <www. browncountyartguild.org>, or contact Jaime Sweany at <director@ browncountyartguild.com>.
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.......................................................Area Arts Calendar Sept. 7-9 Arts Renaissance Weekend Artist demos and special events. Village Art Walk Sept. featured artists Lawrence Rudolech Second Saturdays April–December and Charlene Marsh 5 to 8 pm. 11 participating galleries. Reception 2nd Sat. Sept. 8 (5-8) Many restaurant discounts and add-ons to Sept. 29 “Guild 12” Annual major fundraiser Art Walk patrons at log cabin home of Jay & Ellen Carter on www.villageartwalk.com SR 135 N. Music hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, (812) 340-8781 a silent auction of Guild member’s work 48 S. Van Buren Street Nashville, IN Clay Day (812) 988-6185 Aug. 4, Spears Gallery 9:00-5:00 www.browncountyartguild.org 5110 State Road 135 South Experience glazing raku pottery Brown County Art Gallery July 1-Oct. 8 Summer Exhibit T.C. Steele State Historic Site: July featured artist Pat Bardes “Sunday At Home” July 7 Summer Exhibit Reception (7-9) July 15, (1-4) Aug. 1-26 Small Treasures Exhibit Musical program at 3:00–Early Music in Aug. featured artist Larry Rudolech Motion The Dialogue Ensemble, vocal and Sept. featured artist Doug Runyan harpsichord music. Sept. 8-9 “Puppies and Pumpkins” Adults: $5 ; Children 5-12: $3 ; Children pet adoption and art sale under 5: Free Admission includes activities, fundraiser for Humane Society musical program, special guided building Artist Dr. and Main St. in Nashville, IN tours, old-fashioned activities, and games. Info (812) 988-4609 www.browncountyartgallery.org “Great Outdoor PaintOut” Sept. 8 Artists compete in various categories. Steele studio tours available. Ferrer Gallery T.C. Steele SHS located in Belmont Village Art Walks Second Saturdays Info (812) 988-2785 July: gourd and watercolor artist Martha www.tcsteele.org Sechler. Martha is aslo a storyteller. firstname.lastname@example.org Meet Martha as she demos artwork July 14, (5-8) 61 W. Main St., Village Green Building Art Renaissance Weekend 2nd level. Ferrer Gallery represents local, Sept. 7-9 in Brown County regional and national artists. Art events including sales, paintout, (812) 988-1994 email@example.com demonstratons at various venues www.ferrergallery.com
Brown County Art Guild
July featured artists Gerrie Govert and Hattie Stanton Guild Fundraiser raffle of Carl Graf painting from permanent collection conducted July-Nov. Aug. featured artists Zhen-Zhong Duan and Larry Spears Aug. 15 Marie Goth’s 125th Birthday
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BLOOMINGTON: Fourth Street Festival
Sept. 1-2, Sat. 10:00-6:00, Sun. 10:00-5:00 4th Street—Grant Street to Indiana— downtown Bloomington Regional, national artists, craftspeople Info www.4thstreet.org
Lotus World Music and Arts Festival
September 20-23, Downtown Bloomington—performing artists: Canteca de Macao (Spain) / Deolinda (Portugal) / Fatoumata Diawara (Mali) / Fishtank Ensemble (US, France, Serbia) / Galant, Tu Perds Ton Temps (Quebec) / Global Rhythms (India, US) / JPP (Finland) / Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (Germany) / Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three (US) / MC Rai (US, Tunisia) / Movits! (Sweden) / Panorama Jazz Band (US) / Keith Terry & Evie Ladin Duo (US) / Trio Brasileiro (Brazil) / Vida Reunion (US) / Taj Weekes & Adowa (St. Lucia, US) And more artists on the way! www.lotusfest.org
Farmers’ Market Sat. 8 am-1 pm April-November 8th and Morton Streets in Showers Common next to City Hall
Gallery Walk Downtown www.visitbloomington.com or www.gallerywalkbloomington.com Stroll any time of the year! Special receptions [First Fridays] from 5-8 pm at the following:
By Hand Gallery
July 6-30: “Nature Play” Sara Steffey McQueen with some leaf stamps in her compositions and abstract explorations with hand made and international papers. Aug. 2-Sept. 2: Framed Paper Quilts by Mary Hambly Sept. 6-30: “New Ideas with Fibers” knitting by Carolynne Gieryn, Chenille weaving by Suzanne Halvorson, silk art by Linda Knudsen and weaving by Betty Westhues.#109 Fountain Square Mall Hours: Mon-Sat, 10-5:30 101 W. Kirkwood Ave. (812) 334-3255 www.byhandgallery.com
July: Paul Lightfoot Photography… Visual Lingua Franca Aug.-Sept.: Kendall Reeves and James Haverstock “Images from a Ghost Town Bodie California” The Wicks Building 116 W. 6th St. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-6 First Fri. 9-8, Sat. 11-6 (812) 333-0536 www.spectrumstudioinc.com
Gallery Group 109 E 6th St, 47408 (812) 334-9700
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Galleries July 6-28: Memoir, Claire Swallow, painter Time Machine, Dale Gardner, photography That Takes the Cake, Sarah Wain, painter Life Under the Lens—The Art of Microscopy, Alex Straiker & Jessica Lucas, color-enhanced research images Aug. 3- Sept. 2: Brittany Eaton, painter Pygmalion’s Art Store Alumni: 40th Anniversary Invitational Show Sept. 7-30: WOVEN and CONSTRUCTED: Traditional African Textiles and Baskets, Selections from the William Itter Collection in honor of the Lotus World Music Festival Michelle Heather Pollock, fiber arts Ruth Kelly, landscape photography 122 S. Walnut St. Corner of 4th and Walnut Open Mon-Sat, 9-7 in summer Open 7 days a week, starting Aug 20. (812) 330-4400 www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron
Now-July 28: Work by photographer Ayumi Tanaka. 122 W. 6th St. (812) 336-0000 Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7 www.picturagallery.com
Sublime Design Gallery & Gifts
Biggest Block Party Ever
July 28, (5:30-midnight) downtown Columbus-$8 adults (12 and under FREE) Aug. 3 Gallery Walk (5-8) Johnson-Witkemper Insurance Closing Party/Sale A combination of all artists in the gallery Fundraiser for Columbus Area Arts Council 3 stages, 12 bands new and old works. Big sales in the Vintage Room and sales all throughout the Gallery. The following day (August Rock The Park featuring FOREIGNER 4th, 9am-6pm) Huge Art Yard Sale and store inventory sales. Come support your Aug. 18, gates open at 6.30, Mill Race Park, local artists and say farewell to a lovely Downtown Columbus, $13 advance ($15 at the gate) www.artsincolumbus.org for little gallery. ticketing outlets 514 W. Kirkwood Ave. Hours: Tues.-Sat.11-7, Sun. 12-5 (812) 335-3524 ArtFest www.mysublimedesign.com Fine Art Festival The Venue, Fine Arts & Gifts Aug. 25, (10-5) Washington St., July 6-12:“The Art of Crystalline Glazing” Downtown Columbus by Adam Egenolf, new collection of More than 75 local, regional, and national the unique crystalline glazed ceramic artists. creations. Reception July 6, at 6 www.columbusartfest.com July 10: at 6:00: “The Art of Shana Ritter” —educator, author, and poet. Her writing Jacksson Contemporary Art and readings are engaging, entertaining, June 29-July 28: ED FUNK and profound. prints & paintings 114 S. Grant. St. Aug. 3-31: MARK RICHARDSON Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-5 ceramics (812) 339-4200 Sept. 7-28: DAVID KADLEC www.TheVenueBloomington.com horizon totem 1030 Jackson St. IU Art Museum Columbus, IN 47201 Now–Sept. 9: Gallery hours: A Tribute to William Zimmerman Wed.-Fri. 12-6, Sat. 10-1 Gallery of the Art of the Western World and by appointment 1133 E. 7th Street on the campus of IU (812) 447-8781 (812) 855-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.artmuseum.iu.edu
COLUMBUS: Farmers Market
Columbus Learning Center
Now-Aug. 30: Columbus Viewfinders Photography Club
June-Sept., 9 to Noon
JCB NeighborFEST! every 1st Thursday night of the month, July-Sept., Downtown Columbus, FREE July 5, (5.30-7.30) Gordon Bonham Blues Aug. 1, (5.30-7.30) Parrots of the Caribbean (Jimmy Buffet tribute) Sept. 6, (5.30-7.30) Naptown BOOGIE
Heritage Days Sept. 28-30, Town Square Hope, IN Ham and bean dinner, plein air painting demonstrations www.hopeartguild.com
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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
ROBERT N. ANDERSON Stillframes Photography and Imaging 810 Brown Street Suite A Columbus, IN 47201 (812) 372-0762 / 866-221-2939 www.stillframesoncanvas.com firstname.lastname@example.org
PATRICIA C. COLEMAN
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
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Paintings, Botanical Dye, UpCycle, Resist Painted Fabric Arts, Mixed Media, Pillows, Dolls, Poetry, Reconnective Healing, Reiki, Quilter’s Comfort Teas, Tea Jelly and Tea Syrup. Private or Small Group Classes. Work inVenue, By Hand Gallery and Patricia’s Wellness Arts Café 725 West Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN (812) 334-8155 http://www.hartrock.net/cafe
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 ~ email@example.com www.amygreely.com (812) 988-1058
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 Brown County Craft Gallery, Nashville, IN firstname.lastname@example.org www.homesteadweaver.com
DIXIE FERRER Mixed Media Collage Classes Available Artist exploring the combination of painting, mixed media and collage. Classes available by appointment Works represented by Ferrer Gallery, Nashville, Indiana, 61 W. Main St. 2nd level and Hoosier Salon, Indianapolis, Indiana www.ferrergallery.com email@example.com (812) 988-1994
CATHY HAGGERTY Painting Instruction Painting lessons for individuals or small groups (812) 988-4091 firstname.lastname@example.org 39 E. Franklin St. in Nashville, IN (next to train)
PAUL HAYES Pottery JOAN HAAB DICK FERRER Country Mouse Paintings on Canvas Landscapes of Southern Indiana, wildlife, Weaving Studio coastal, and plein aire paintings in his unique style. Works represented by Ferrer Gallery in Nashville, Indiana. 61 W. Main St. and Hoosier Salon Gallery, Indianapolis, IN. www.ferrergallery.com email@example.com (812) 988-1994
Hand woven chenille designer garments 7965 Rinnie Seitz Road Nashville, IN 47448 Also available at Brown County Craft Gallery and Spears Gallery in Nashville, IN (812) 988-7920
Original, functional pottery in stoneware and porcelain. Hand crafted in Nashville, Indiana. Available at The Clay Purl (claypurl.com) 90 West Franklin St. Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 988-0336 firstname.lastname@example.org Continued on next page
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ANABEL HOPKINS Landscapes in pastel and oil Also Abstract Expressionism Lessons at Les Nympheas Studio in rural Brown County (812) 340-8781 Art available at: Hoosier Artist Gallery, Nashville, IN Hoosier Salon Gallery, Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, IN (812) 988-6888 www.anabelhopkins.com email@example.com
LINDA KNUDSEN Fiber Artist Available at By Hand Gallery 101 West Kirkwood # 109 Fountain Square Mall Bloomington, IN 47404 (812) 334-3255 www.byhandgallery.com “Blessed is the Balance of my precious Self”
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 ANN LANKFORD Gourd Artist fascinating learning experience as Homestead Primitives you create your own personal deck of co-owner Debbie Myers cards. Delightful and amazing! Antiques and Rug Hooking Workshops, retreats, classes, and Gourd painting workshops individual coaching. Rug hooking supplies and Classes www.artandspiritstudio.com Hooking group meets 10 to 12 Saturday firstname.lastname@example.org —All levels welcome (812) 343-5285 or (812) 988-0597 28 N Main St inside Berries and Ivy Country Store On the Westside Courthouse Square Open 6 days a week Martinsville, IN 46151 (765) 342-8097 www.homesteaddesigngourds.com
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ANNE RYAN MILLER Glass & Metal Overlay Open Daily. Call for Hours P.O. Box 566 Nashville, IN 47448 Member of Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville, IN (812) 988-9766 (812) 325-7485 (cell) www.AnneRyanMillerGlassStudio.com
ELIZABETH O’REAR Fine Artist Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor— Animals, Still life, Landscapes Visit Elizabeth O’Rear Studio/Gallery 8850 SR 135 S in Southern Brown County (812) 988-1090 (812) 390-7216 on line at www.elizabeth-orear.com and Brown County Art Gallery, Nashville, IN
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 email@example.com www.spearsgallery.com
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 Sue Westhues P.O. Box 1786 Bloomington, IN 47402 (812) 876-3099
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 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hickorytreestudio.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
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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Treasure Hunt ~by Tom Rhea
hile attending the press conference for the newly-discovered T.C. Steele painting, I joked to a representative from the Indiana State Museum that soon we would hear, from all over the state, the sound of ripping canvas, as collectors tore into their own paintings in search of hidden treasures. While not calling for behavior quite so drastic, the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation has chosen “Treasure Hunt” as the theme for this year’s fundraiser. The Collector’s Showcase has been an annual fundraising event for the Foundation since 2005. A network of regional art collectors of traditional styles of Brown County painting are invited to share with the public and with each other, often for the first time, newly-acquired or seldom-seen paintings in their collections. For the past few years, these exhibits have concentrated on important individual painters. For instance, in 2007, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of T. C. Steele’s arrival in Brown County, collectors managed to amass the largest exhibit of Steele paintings in one gallery since the artist’s death. For the Gallery’s 85th anniversary in 2011, the exhibit was centered on the work of Adolph and Ada Shulz, Brown County’s original power couple. The “Treasure Hunt” theme for 2012 throws the exhibit wide open to any early Indiana artists and will invite collectors to bring forward works to surprise and delight: works newly acquired, newly discovered, newly identified or yet to be shared. Lyn LetsingerMiller, board member for the Foundation, said, “We are emphasizing unknown and unseen work, bought privately.” Letsinger-Miller said that in the early days of the Showcase, many observers doubted that so many important works could be assembled. “We had to prove that we could do it,” she said. “We call ourselves ‘the little gallery that could.’” Now that success has built upon success, she thinks that exclusivity is a major attraction for the event. “There is a core group of collectors in the Midwest that we can call upon, and most of them are still collecting. We’ll probably judge a little stricter on quality this year. They’ve had five years to make discoveries,” she said.
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The expertise of Jim Ross, an art dealer with Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, and curator for the Showcase, is crucial for maintaining contact with collectors of traditional Indiana artists and for keeping up to date on new works coming on the market. Every week the gallery gets a call from someone saying, “I inherited this painting…” and requesting help with identification. A lot of work doesn’t even make it on the wall before it finds a new owner. As the noted author of The Artists of Brown County and associate of Brown County Fine Art, Inc., Letsinger-Miller has her own years of experience and expertise to rely upon, as well as a lifelong habit of collecting art going back to college days. “It’s like a disease,” she admits. Nowadays, any art transactions she conducts are for the benefit of the Foundation, through the consignment room at the Gallery. “Treasure Hunt: a Collector’s Showcase” will have its opening night party for reserved guests on Saturday, October 13. For a donation of $50, they will enjoy food, drink and music, and each will receive a full-color souvenir catalog of the exhibit. The show opens to the public at noon on Sunday, October 14, and may be attended for a fee of $5. Catalogs will be available for $15 apiece. The Brown County Art Gallery will also sponsor a two-day paintout at the West Baden Springs Hotel, scheduled for August 25–26. And in association with the Brown County Humane Society, on September 8 and 9, the Gallery will present a pet adoption and art sale called “Puppies and Pumpkins.” Fall-themed paintings will be auctioned for the benefit of the Humane Society. For more information, please call (812) 988-4609.
Art at Columbus Ivy Tech Community College W
ant to put your creativity to work? Consider Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus for your short list of education options. The Fine Arts & Design program at Ivy Tech consists of the Environmental (Interior) Design program that provides career education in the creation of safe, functional, productive and aesthetically pleasing interior and exterior environments for work, home, health, and recreation. The Fine Arts program cultivates artistic skills such as painting, sculpting, printmaking, or general fine arts. Visual Communications students learn the skills necessary to work in the design industry. Through a choice of electives, students can also study film and video, graphic design, and web design/development. A gallery space, in operation since 1990, features an average of five exhibitions a year, emphasizing
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both commercial as well as fine art. The Visual Communications program had always used the gallery to interact with the community and create a student learning environment. As the Visual Technologies Division became the School of Fine Art & Design in 2004 (adding the Environmental Design program as well) the gallery expanded its number of exhibits. This year exhibits will change every month or two with opening receptions featuring appetizers from the college’s Culinary Arts program. William Rasdell’s photography project, “Looking for the Rainbow: A cultural Collage of the Western Cape Province in Post-apartheid South Africa,” will be on exhibit now through September 7. He examines the many ways ethnic convergence can greatly enrich cultures with foods, religions, languages, and the arts just as it can erode the foundation of a society through over-population, unemployment, homelessness, xenophobia, and war. The “Women’s Invitational Restart” will begin September 14 and continue through November 2. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will be presented November 16 through January 4, 2013 and Dennis Ichiyama Wood Type Prints begins January 11 and continues through March 8. Plans are being made for a major exhibit for the summer of 2013. Ivy Tech, Columbus, is fortunate to have a host of professional instructors. Darryl Jones, a 20-year instuctor and experienced photographer; Jim Barnett, owner of a photo business in Indianapolis since the 1980s; Kevin Mooney, who ran a studio in Chicago and is head of the Japan studies at IU; and Lloyd Brooks, program chair and partner and owner of ad agencies and design firms for 30 years, head the Visual Communications program. Mark Searles is a prolific designer and teachs many of the Photoshop and design courses. He designed posters and developed videos for famous rock stars and musicians for many years. Jonathan Wilson has been with the college for over 30 years. Janice S. Banister, ASID, is an assistant professor and Program Chair Environmental Design.
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October 27, 2012
: The Yankee Peddler; 1984: Puttin’ on the Ritz; 1990: A Magic Moment; 2012: Chaos Reigns, Steampunk Rules: Tomorrow as it Used to Be. What do these seemingly unrelated titles have in common? They have all been themes for unCommon Cause—the long running fundraising event for the Columbus Area Arts Council. UnCommon Cause takes its name from the location in which it has been held for 33 of its 36 years—The Commons in downtown Columbus, Indiana. Throughout reconstruction of The Commons during 2009–2011, the event was held in alternate locations. The 37th annual event is being planned for this October. The steampunk idea came from a brainstorming session among Arts Council staff and this year’s committee chairpersons. By definition, steampunk is a genre which originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. The historical period might be something like Victorian era Britain, “Wild West” in the United States, or a postapocalyptic time. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology,
restaurants vying for the opportunity have been informed of the theme. The food committee is anxiously awaiting the proposed menus. The table decorations are another element of the event or futuristic that will be sure to elicit a variety of innovations as reactions. The Decorating Committee they might have is keeping quiet about their creations, been envisioned but has the advantage of being able to at that time, incorporate an existing centerpiece in based on a The Commons—weighing almost seven perspective of tons and standing 30 feet high—Chaos fashion, culture, I, a sculpture created by Swiss sculptor architectural Jean Tinguely, lends its name to this style, and art. year’s theme and fits marvelously with This technology includes such fictional the steampunk idea. machines as those found in the works Each year, a large volunteer of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the committee spends months shaping every contemporary authors Philip Pullman, detail of the event, including the dinner, Scott Westerfeld, China Mieville, William entertainment, graphics, and advertising, Gibson, and Bruce Sterling. and securing the perfect items for As in past years, all aspects of the the auctions. Over the past 36 years, gala evening will emulate the theme. hundreds of volunteers and thousands Keeping with this year’s theme, one of guests have raised hundreds of of the two musical performers at the thousands of dollars to benefit the work October event is known as a steampunk of the Arts Council including its programs band. The Lexington Herald-Leader and services, funding for other arts reported about Ford Theatre Reunion organizations through the United Arts “Visually resplendent, full of performance Fund, and civic engagement regarding daring and stylistically indefinable, the advocacy for the arts. Lexington collective is a dark musical Check for event details as they carnival that loves to dash the senses.” develop the Columbus Area Arts Council They are sure to be a hit with the guests. in The Commons and at Even though a caterer has yet to <www.artsincolumbus.org> or call be chosen for the gala dinner, local (812) 376-2539.
August 4, 2012
otter Larry Spears is once again initiating his annual miniworkshop; Clay Day, slated for Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Spears Gallery near Story. Clay Day offers the public an opportunity to participate in the glazing of raku bisque ware, and a chance to observe the firing process of this ancient method of creating pottery. The raku glazes and firing process can create an exciting range of color, a variety of surface interest, and many one-of-a-kind pieces. Larry, along with some other fellow potters, will offer several sizes and shapes of thrown and bisque-fired raku ware, to be glazed and decorated by anyone with an artistic desire to do so. Following glazing each piece, the potters place the glazed pieces in raku kilns, with a firing time ranging
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from 20 to 30 minutes. The pottery is then removed from the kiln, while still glowing red, and placed in a container filled with various combustible materials. The material instantly ignites and the potters proceed with the “reduction” aspect of the firing process, by covering the containers and cutting off the oxygen supply to the piece. The piece is then submersed in a water bath to cool, and lastly cleaned. Reservations are not necessary and all the glazing supplies will be furnished. Clay Day is hosted by Spears Gallery, located in southern Brown County 5110 St. Rd. 135 South, Nashville, Indiana, just seven miles off of Indiana State Road 46 on Indiana State Road 135 South just beyond the Horseman’s Camp entrance to Brown County State Park and on your way to Story. For additional information call (812) 988-1287, or e-mail <email@example.com> or visit <www.spearspottery.com>.
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