Oct.-Dec. 2014 INTO ART magazine

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South Central IN Cultural Districts Oct.–Dec. 2014

Sculptor Bert Gilbert

James Tracy Imagined Realities

Brown CountyDO Playhouse NOT USE Hires Co-Directors


Larry Park’s Industrial Art

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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.



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.



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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FEATURES 6 Sculptor Bert Gilbert by Bill Weaver 10 James Tracy by Tom Rhea 12 Brown County Playhouse by Tom Rhea 14 Sarah Flint by Jeff Tryon 18 Larry Park’s Industrial Art by Paul Minnis 20 Gather, A “Fun Art” Gallery by Julia Pearson 24 Déjà Vu Art & Fine Craft Show by Marilyn Brackney 26 “Brush Ink Paper” at IUAM by Tom Rhea

28 Indiana Artists Club at CLC by Paul Minnis 32 Artisan Guilds Show by Julia Pearson 42 Collectors’ Showcase by Lyn Letsinger-Miller

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Art & Craft Fair.................................... 15

Hoosier Artist...................................... 19

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Bloomington Gallery Walk............. 44

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IU Art Museum................................... 25

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Bert Gilbert next to “Heavyweight” at his workshop in Greene County. photo by Cindy Steele

Sculptor Bert Gilbert

~by Bill Weaver


trong design is important,” says sculptor Bert Gilbert about his art. “But I want something more, something that questions things. It has to express some idea that I want to explore.” Gilbert is preparing for the first showing of his cast iron work, which will be displayed at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center this November. Growing up in Hammond, Indiana, he tinkered in his father’s workshop and worked summers in the steel mills. “We cut giant pieces of scrap metal into smaller pieces and it was fun,” he remembers, never dreaming that he would one day come full circle.

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”Strong design is important. But I want something more, something that questions things. It has to express some idea that I want to explore.”

When he graduated from Indiana University in 1983, with a degree in Sculpture and Painting, he hadn’t settled on a career. He stuck around Bloomington for awhile, waiting tables, before moving to Cincinnati where he found a job remodeling houses. “A lot of my sculpture in college tended towards creating environments for people and interior spaces,” he says. “It was a natural progression to high-end custom remodeling—permanent spaces people live in. I fell in love with it. It’s very satisfying.” He also married while in Cincinnati, and with his new bride Amy Dyken, bought an

wonderful about Sculpture Trails is that the level of the participants is so high that you rise with the water. It’s been such a great experience to be around all these people who are so open and giving. It’s a great way to learn. You can grow as much as you want.” For a month every summer students and teachers from around the globe converge on Greene County to fire up Masse’s iron furnace and cast large, heavy pieces of art. Casting iron is a time intensive process, taking about 40 hours to ready the furnace. Then a group of five to 10 people are needed to pour the iron (approximately 2500 degrees Fahrenheit) while spectators watch in awe. “The energy is tangible,” he says. “It’s really exciting to be around people who are so gung ho.” Continued on 8 “The Belly of Inspiration” “River Rider”

old farmhouse in Greene County. “The floors were collapsing and we had to live upstairs,” he laughs, “but we ended up staying there.” Over time they’ve restored the home, while adding to the property until it’s now 130 acres of rolling woods and farmland. “It’s nice being able to make a big sculpture and put it up in the back yard without having to get rezoned,” Bert says dryly. Five years ago he scaled his business back. “When I turned 50 I decided that I really didn’t like spending all my life in front of a spreadsheet,” he continues. “I used to have eight people, now it’s just myself and one other person. I like doing the work hands-on, that’s what I really love.” Gilbert works four 10- to 12-hour days every week, “Monday through Thursday, hard, physical work, absolutely exhausting. Then I sit down in my shop with a glass of water and start putzing around, and find myself full of energy for another three hours. When that happens, I know I’m in the right place doing the right thing.” Gilbert had set aside making art while building his business and helping Amy raise their son Keilor. “It’s wonderful coming back into it after 30 years because of two things,” Gilbert says. “I have a better skill set now than I ever had when I was a student and I have a lot more to say. I’m never at a loss for what a piece is going to be about.” He credits Gerry Masse’s Sculpture Trails for reviving his interest in cast iron. “The thing that’s

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dualism. It’s this Surrealist suggestion of sleep and dreams: the comfort of a pillow of iron.” Gilbert’s cast iron sculpture and assemblage will be displayed at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center November 7–29. His website is <gilbertarts.com>; The Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center <ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron>; Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum <sculpturetrails.com>. 

photos by Cindy Steele

Sculptures lined up in preparation for the Ivy Tech Show. Tools and art are interspersed throughout Gilbert’s work space. The “Educate Me” series pictured above brings them both together. Gilbert poses with “Twenty Two.”

GILBERT continued from 7 Gilbert takes his inspiration from contemporary artists like Bruce Nauman and from the early20th Century Surrealist movement, where the commonplace was used to illustrate the fantastic. “I think the Surrealists had a good way of addressing subconscious and less tangible subjects by couching them in traditional forms,” he says. “It’s a doorway for people to step into.” Gilbert likes the role uncertainty plays in the casting of his pieces. “There’s a lot of ways to cast iron,” he says. “You can make a mold from a form, use wax—where the wax melts out. You can build something out of polystyrene—form it into the mold, pour iron in and it vaporizes. You can use grasses or cardboard for texture. It’s ironic that you’re taking this chance event and casting it into iron, the most permanent of objects,” he says. Lately, he’s been casting air-filled plastic packing bags. “I like the idea of turning air into iron,” he says. “I like the form and I like the way it reads, the irony of the pillow and the iron, its

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~by Tom Rhea

ainter James Tracy’s roots in Brown County go deep, back to a childhood he described as “idyllic,” growing up in Nashville in the 1950s when it was just a charming small town. “There was a grocery store right in the center of town, a dry goods store, and a bakery and restaurants,” Tracy said. “It was really charming.” Tracy has lived many places in the United States, attended classes at various institutions, and painted in many styles, but he still finds himself bound to a certain type of landscape and a certain light. Tracy recognized early an affinity for art, beginning his art training at age eight, and benefiting from an excellent art program while attending Columbus High School. In his early search for a personal style, Tracy painted abstractly for a while, experimenting with cubism and surrealism. He said, “My first influences were Picasso and Dali and the Europeans. That’s who I really started paying

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attention to first.” As the Sixties progressed, he was drawn to op art and pop art, particularly Andy Warhol. A little later on, photorealists like Richard Estes made a big impression on him with a stunning technical facility for depicting cars, storefronts, complex reflections and the minutia of urban life. In his recent work, occasionally some very detailed depictions of modern life appear, like “Café Sign” showing the neon sign for the Columbus bar. “But that’s not me,” Tracy said. “I’m not an urban dweller. I’m more excited about the natural world.” Tracy admits to a great affinity for the work of Andrew Wyeth. Tracy’s work often conveys a similar kind of muted calm, a somewhat subdued color scheme, and a sense of viewing from a visual and “Café Sign”

linocuts most congenial, a practice he continues to the present. There was a strong connection between University of New Mexico and IU. They frequently traded students and teachers back and forth over the years. In the printmaking world, the presence of the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque has been an unparalleled draw. Founded in LA in 1960, the Tamarind Institute is the premiere print workshop in the country, training master printers for over 50 years. Tracy currently uses a small proofing press in his studio to produce his woodcut and linoleum block prints. Off and on over the years, Tracy has supported himself as a graphic designer. After college in Bloomington, he worked in the broadcast design department that was located in IU’s RadioTV building. When he lived in New Albany, he was Director of Design for Bruce Fox, a huge “Chevies”

James Tracy. photo by Ozma Bond

emotional distance. Describing the influence of Wyeth on his own work, Tracy said, “I’m drawn to that same kind of subject matter: earthy people, old houses, gnarly tree trunks, weird light.” Tracy likes to include an imaginative aspect to his scenes, by adding invented elements to his otherwise local and observed landscapes. For instance, his current commission features a version of an old Federal-style German stone farmhouse he almost purchased years ago near Madison, Indiana. The painting, still in progress, will be called “April Moon,” because, as a twist, he has chosen to paint this as a nocturne lit by this spring’s amazing pink moon. He calls this process his “imagined realities.” Tracy attended Indiana University and IU Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. In the late 1980s he attended the University of New Mexico. There he gained a deep appreciation for the tools and techniques of printmaking, finding the carving techniques of woodcuts and

manufacturer of custom awards in all kinds of formats and materials, including a full-size bronze foundry. Both places provided the kinds of experience and skills that you don’t get in a classroom. James Tracy has won numerous awards in many prominent exhibitions including the Hoosier Salon, Indiana Heritage Arts exhibitions, and the National Juried Exhibition for Painting and Sculpture at the Salmagundi Club in New York City. Tracy was included in the 2002 edition of the Marquis “Who’s Who in America” for his contributions to the arts. The Brown County Art Gallery Association in Nashville currently represents his work. 

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Brown County Playhouse Hires Co-directors F

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~by Tom Rhea

or decades, the Brown County Playhouse provided a venue for Indiana University’s summer stock. For a brief summer season, IU theater students could work with equity actors and gain valuable acting and production experience. Kevin Kline appeared there in Berthold Brecht’s “Mother Courage” in 1966. A few years ago, after finishing construction on a new venue for summer stock in Bloomington, IU advised the community with little advance notice that they were pulling out of the Playhouse entirely. They took all the curtains and lights and left. They generously deeded the land and building to Brown County in

Nora Leahy

Ian McCabe

County Community Foundation, to fund-raise and to decide on a format for programming. They offered the space to rent for musical events and found several regular clients. The Big Woods Brewing Company sponsored a Homegrown Concert Series in the summer, helping to fill some of the musical vacuum left by the Little Nashville Opry, lost in a fire two years earlier. When the board determined to revive a theater component for the Playhouse, they sent out a general Request for Proposals to the theater community. One of the responses came from Ian McCabe, who had experience as “Heroes” a performer and producer with theater groups in New Mexico July 2011, presenting them with an exciting opportunity and a daunting and South Carolina and was then challenge: to mount a full-scale, self- writing and directing sketch supporting theater season in a place comedy for a regional theater chain with a venue in Chicago. that had never had one. A governing body, Brown County He grew up in Brown County and had worked for a year with the Playhouse Management, was assembled over the course of a year to Bloomington Playwrights Project take over ownership from the Brown while taking classes in Folklore at IU. He was invited down to do a Christmas show in December 12 INto ART • Oct.–Dec. 2014

of 2011. Subsequently, the board asked if he could commit to an entire fall schedule for the following year. McCabe consulted with his writing partner, Nora Leahy, who worked with him at Chicago’s Comedy Sportz Theater. Leahy had done Community Theater since childhood but detoured in college through music programs at the Boston Conservatory and DePaul, and at the time was a writer-director at Sportz. McCabe said, “I literally got off the phone and said, ‘Hey, Nora! Do you want to produce a professional theater season six months from now?’” As was standard with other producers at the venue, McCabe and Leahy paid to rent the Playhouse, in exchange for ticket sales. They wrote up a budget, with a guess for what amount of money they would need to get started. Leahy said, “We both worked three jobs from April to September” in order to save what was needed. In the first season, the Playhouse presented “Last Train to Nibroc,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “Almost Maine,” and “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” Mounting four shows for that Continued on 16

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Sarah Flint

~by Jeff Tryon

ou’ve probably seen her playing in one incarnation or another, scatting along with Sarah’s Swing Set at Bloomington’s Player’s Pub, or blending with singers/musicians Cathi Norton, Suzette Weakley, and Ginger Curry of Hoosier Darling (a.k.a. The Gozpel Gurlz) at the WFHB Firehouse Follies. You may have experienced the calm, friendly enthusiasm of Sarah Flint through music lessons at her downtown Bloomington business or through a music camp for girls. Her kaleidoscopic journey through many different musical genres and eras in this region and beyond has been matched by a private journey of professional adventurism and personal growth. “Life is very precious,” she said. “I’ve found that the way to be most happy is to help others. When you’re doing that, you’re not thinking about yourself—and that’s true happiness.” Flint’s creative journey has been opening many different musical doors throughout her life. Along with Swing Set and Hoosier Darling, Flint can also be seen locally singing back-up vocals for the Pink Floyd tribute band Atom Heart Mother and in a pop duo with her husband, singer/songwriter Tim Tryon.

Hoosier Darling. photo courtesy of Carla Hedges

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Sarah Flint teaching guitar. photo by Jeff Tryon

And that barely scratches the surface of what she has been doing recently. She is a trained meditation instructor and facilitator, the resident caretaker of a rural Sycamore Land Trust forest property, and the mother of a teenage daughter. Sarah’s special relationship with music began in childhood. Her parents operated a restaurant/nightclub near Michigan City, Indiana, where she grew up “in an entertainment universe.” From her bedroom above the bar, she got her first taste of live musical performance. “I would lay my head on the pillow and the bass from the jazz band downstairs would boom through,” she recalls. It was a member of that band who first brought her to Bloomington, where she met David Baker when she was about 16. Later, as a student at Indiana University, she would audit Baker’s jazz improv class three years in a row. Still at IU, Flint had an epic brush with fame while working at a record store in the college mall. One day John Mellencamp came in looking for some obscure records and Flint had the presence of mind to pop in a demo tape she had made with friends at the music school. A few days later, she got a call to come out to the studio at Belmont where Mellencamp was working on what would become “Scarecrow.” She sang 10 minutes worth of stuff on “R-O-C-K in the USA.” The CD went triple-platinum, and, like everyone else on the album, she received a platinum record award, now hanging in her office. She worked in a series of rock bands, in the beer party cult show band Dr. Bop and the Headliners, and was

involved in a multitude of other projects including one with the man she would eventually marry, Tim Tryon. Then Flint auditioned for and won the role of lead singer fronting the 18-piece orchestra called The Stardusters. “I kind of grew up with that band,” she said. “We got better and better. This was the first time I had a book in front of me when performing music. I got my grip on jazz.” The Stardusters took her to some memorable venues, including the vintage Mitchell Opera House and the classic Indiana Roof Ballroom. “It’s an honor to be on that stage,” she said. “They had some big names there.” While working with The Stardusters, Sarah met percussionist and vibraphone player Robert Stright. Along with bassist Ron Kadish, they formed Sarah’s Swing Set. They can often be seen playing around the Bloomington area, with a regular stand every first Thursday at Player’s Pub. They have produced two records, “Sarah’s Swing Set” and “The Perfect Gift,” available on <CDBaby.com>. In Brown County, Flint appeared as June Carter Cash in Robert Shaw’s The Man in Black—The Music of Johnny Cash, singing “Jackson” and “It Ain’t Me Babe”. She was an early, ardent supporter of community radio station WFHB, where she volunteered for several years on an early morning DJ shift and also started the “Youth Radio” program. “Those relationships have been really wonderful, watching the local kids grow up and become adults and seeing, for example, several bands in town with members that were in Youth Radio,” she said. “It’s really sweet to see them doing their thing.” Her latest foray into local youth music culture has been Girls Camp of Rock, an undertaking of the Bloomington Playwrights Project, offering girls the chance to learn how to play instruments, write songs, and perform them in one week. “I wish I had had something like that when I was a kid,” she said. Flint has endured a couple of personal crises, including a successful battle against cancer and some serious self-work. “I took a year off from all music in 2008,” she said. “I didn’t really know who I was if I wasn’t a performer and a musician.” “I made room for other aspects of my life.” She was introduced to Shambhala meditation at the Tibetan Cultural Center, and took special training as a Continued on 16


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PLAYHOUSE continued from 12 first season, economy was always a factor in selecting and designing productions, as well as finding plays that would be accessible for a wide audience. McCabe said that he had performed for two of his chosen plays already, “so I knew they would be pretty easy to produce.” “Since we were paying everything out of our own pocket, all of our shows had less than four people in them. He and I acted in everything since we didn’t have to pay ourselves,” Leahy added. Fate intervened in a most ironic way, as McCabe, toward the end of the season, literally broke a leg (his ankle, actually). When they had to miss a prime weekend of performances, the two ended the season doing slightly better than breaking even. Still with a lease on an apartment in Chicago and commitments to other theater projects across the country, the pair was prepared to turn down an offer to codirect a second season, but the Management board was thrilled with their work. Leahy said that in the board’s view, “Whether or not it was a financial success, it was a success with bringing in patrons and a creative success.” The board offered to contract them for the coming

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year, name them as co-artistic directors, and pay them a fee for producing. In return, their company, Two Pigs Productions, would be responsible for the new theater season, as well as booking for all other programming throughout the year. As a happy result, McCabe said, “Between the first and second season, ticket sales increased by 40 percent.” Moving forward, the Playhouse remains committed to adventurous new theater experiences. The Playhouse brought in state of the art movie equipment and is able to present nearly first-run movies. The new theater season begins Wednesday, October 1, with “Heroes,” a French play with translation by Tom Stoppard, about WWI veterans plotting mischief in a retirement home in 1959. It has been described as “Waiting for Godot” meets “Grumpy Old Men.” Next will be a dark Irish play from Martin McDonough of “In Bruges” fame, “Lonesome West.” Besides some adult themes and language, the play will push some boundaries for production skills. They will bring in Jim Stark from Hanover College as a “fight choreographer” and “there will be a shotgun fired on stage and mayhem will ensue,” McCabe promised. For the holidays, “A Tuna Christmas” will wrap up the season. McCabe said that he is quite optimistic about contemporary live theater and its place in the community. He said that more and more, people are gravitating to live storytelling. “Live performance is going through a major renaissance right now,” he said. “People are respecting it more, for so many reasons.” For more info visit <browncountyplayhouse.org>. FLINT continued from 15 meditation guide. Now, she hosts meditation at the Unitarian church at noon on Mondays. She has a teaching studio on the east side of the square in Bloomington above Caveat Emptor, where she and her husband have had several promising and successful students. “It’s always been word of mouth up until now, but now I’m trying to get the word out,” she said. “I’m calling for students!” Her musical journey continues, but now she feels more centered and confident in her choices. Keep an eye out. You’ll see her around. Hoosier Darling will perform at the Pine Room Tavern in Nashville, Indiana on Saturday, November 1. Sarah’s Swing Set performs every first Thursday in 2014 at The Player’s Pub in Bloomington, Indiana. You can contact Sarah at (812) 330-0706 or “Guitar and Voice Lessons with Sarah Flint” on Facebook and at Sarah’s Swing Set’s website <www.sarahsswingset.com>. 

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Larry Park’s Industrial Art courtesy photo

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inda Park’s gloved hands brushed lightly over the surface of the oddity that her late husband dubbed “The Snowball from Hell.” Careful handling was important to Larry Park, who insisted prior to his death a year ago that people cover their hands so not to smudge the 17 sculptures that remain intact inside his Harrison Lake home near Columbus. “When you’re always scrubbing and polishing, it’s hard on the aluminum,” Linda explained. It’s also a little pointless, given that few people get to enjoy the unique creations that Park made predominantly

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of automobile parts. That’s why Linda is trying hard to find someone willing to make the pieces part of an exhibit, so everyone can enjoy the unique ideas, materials and designs that sprang from her husband’s mind. She’s playing catch-up, in a sense. Larry, who grew up in Edinburgh, never considered himself an artist, let alone someone worthy of an exhibit. He and his first wife, Donna, raised a family in Carmel, during which Park worked as a teacher and athletic coach at nearby Hamilton Southeastern High School. He became an entrepreneur and began his own company, Park Parts, as a manufacturing representative for America’s largest forging and automotive companies. By the time he moved to Fort Wayne, remarried and moved to Columbus, he was just beginning to get into art. He was simply a guy having the time of his life during a time when he knew his days were numbered. His failing heart would one day betray him—as it did on August 28, 2013, when the 70-year-old retiree passed away. But his art lives on. One piece that Park called the “Odor Decoder” stands against a wall in the living room. Showing his sense of humor, the self-taught artist decided that the mechanism in an alternate universe could

symbolize the courage that kept his heart beating from one day to the next. “He always just popped names out of his head,” Linda said. Somehow, Park found purpose in his art during his final years. But Linda said it was a private obsession which he never intended anyone to see except him, his family, and his friends. Whenever she suggested the possibility of selling some pieces, Larry would scoff at the idea, because he didn’t consider himself a real artist. Linda said she always thought her husband’s works were much more special than he realized. She said that during a celebration of life service that she hosted at their house shortly after her husband’s death, many visitors who knew Larry, but had no idea about his Continued on 22 courtesy photo

detect what someone ate two weeks ago—by his flatulence. Another sculpture, called “Pipe Dreams,” stands in front of a painting by Larry’s daughter, Daphane, a professional artist who lives in New York. Made of vehicle tail pipes, the Park sculpture is reminiscent of the “Organ Pipes” on the AT&T Switching Center in downtown Columbus. Only instead of being brightly colored and large enough to decorate a building’s exterior, Park’s pipes are chrome and stand about waist high. Every piece is assembled using gravity, adhesives, fittings, and threaded parts. Larry Park never welded his items. Linda said there was no set formula for where her husband got his ideas. As a former car parts salesman, he had enough friends in the industry to tip him off where he could find sport-utility vehicle and truck parts, discarded possibly because of defects. In those instances, his ideas flowed naturally from the items he obtained. Sometimes he would come up with an idea first and go out in search of the items that would bring his vision to reality. For the most part, those visions were an extension of the same fun-loving and adventurous spirit that led him to spend many an evening in his kayak, hiking and fishing on Harrison Lake. But one of his sculptures, a free standing face he created from aluminum, reveals a much deeper side of the ex-parts salesman. He called it “Hope … That’s Why I’m Here,” to


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here is “fine art” and “folk art.” At a new shop called Gather, in the Fountain Square Mall in Bloomington, you can find “fun art.” The handmade objects found there combine “fine art” with “folk art,” and add a wink and a kick. It has sprung up organically from the successes of the pop-up shops under the name of the Gathering, organized by Bloomington indie artist, Talia Halliday. Halliday’s Conduit Press features her work with individually-made leather pieces and old books. She started

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attending trade shows two years ago in Chicago and Atlanta to show and promote her wares. In addition, she participated in art shows and loved the interaction with customers. She also had an immense pride and respect for the community of “makers” that she was meeting in the area. The pop-up shops appeared four times last year, and the name is the best description—pop-ups are temporary shops appearing in opportune locations for both artisans who are selling and the customers. The Gathering popped up for a single day in February around the theme of Valentine’s Day at an open house in a private home and involved seven artists. It also popped up the weekend right before Mother’s Day at The Green Nursery. In August Gather popped up at the Blueline Creative Co-op and Gallery for IU’s move-in weekend where pieces for new apartments and dorm rooms were offered. Food and musicians made it a most enjoyable experience for students and their families. Fountain Square Mall provided the site for a pop-up shop from mid-November through Christmas last year.

a “Fun Art” Gallery Halliday knew it was time for a permanent shop, so Gather was born at the Fountain Square Mall in Suite 112, with the Grand Opening on Saturday, August 30. Its shelves, walls, and display cases of over 3,000 pieces represented the handcrafts and artistic endeavors of over 70 artists from all over the Midwest and as far away as Austin, Texas. New pieces are continually being added. During the Labor Day weekend, Gather was full of shoppers all day and closed an hour and a half past the posted time to accommodate interested and serious buyers. Halliday describes the aesthetic of Gather’s offerings as modern and edgy—“between fine art and your grandmother’s crafts.” The creators of the juried pieces are self-described artists, artisans, crafters, and makers. Pieces include handcrafted toys, clothing, woodworking, photography, unique illustrated cards and wall art, jewelry, and bath and body products. Customers browsing in the shop find themselves smiling and whistling. Surrounded by contemporary and offbeat items for purchase, shoppers also will discover Gather’s “Gallery Wall,” a fine art show of 2-D/3-D objects set-up for two months. There are also monthly trunk shows featuring a single artist lasting one or two days. Patrons will be happy to know that there will be a special event for the holiday season called “The Last Minute Gift Fair.” A traditional craft show and sale, it will be held on Sunday, December 14 in the Fountain Square Ballroom. Live music will enliven the experience and food trucks will be nearby to provide snacks and goodies. Artists interested in placing their creations in Gather can fill out the online form on the website.

The jury process is not done in the store. The address is: <www.gathershoppe.com>. Other events and classes are being scheduled by Halliday and other artists and crafters in the circle of Gather, with an eye for a wide variety of art forms to be enjoyed and shared. A Nia dance class is being taught by Angela Williams. This dance form is described by Halliday as “martial arts meets modern dance meets yoga.” Plans are in the offing to add classes in pottery, bookmaking, and screen printing to the Gather calendar. Hosting children’s parties with art themes is enthusiastically suggested by Halliday, a happy mother herself. Hours for Gather are noon to 5, Monday through Friday; 10 to 5 on Saturday; and noon to 4 on Sunday. This will be a favorite spot for picking up something special for that person “who has everything”— especially yourself! Gather is located at Fountain Square Mall in downtown Bloomington at 101 West Kirkwood Avenue. 

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PARK continued from 19 artsy hobby, said the pieces should be in an exhibit. During the next year, the wheels turned in Linda’s head. An exhibit, she reasoned, would allow people to enjoy the metal sculptures. At the same time, the sculptures would be out of the way during her planned move to the opposite side of the city. She wouldn’t have to store them in a dark storage locker while she got settled. Lynn Lucas, executive director of the Columbus Visitors Center, accepted an invitation to the Park house to see the items. She was intrigued and said they were worthy of wider community exposure. That’s where things sat as of mid-September. Today, Linda welcomes the chance to give the items a new life—and bring some attention to her husband who probably earned a lot more recognition than he thought he should receive. “What he could do was special,” Linda said. “I could never think this stuff up.” Daphane said her father’s discovery of art provided them with something new to talk about in Park’s final years. Suddenly, they had something exciting in common that provided hours of creative conversation. “We had lots of fun talking about it, but they were serious conversations,” said Daphane, who, along with Linda, provided feedback and advice. Roger Hasselman, of Ridgeway, Pennsylvania, got to know Park by working together in the automotive industry and forging a friendship that spanned more than 25 years. He said Park, who sold automotive parts that Hasselman’s employees produced, ended up using many of those automotive components over the years in his artwork. Park’s ability to make something artsy out of random car parts was nothing short of amazing, Hasselman said. Then again, creativity and imagination were qualities that Park always had in abundance. “One of his unique abilities was that he could visualize a (car) part that I could make and that the customer could use,” Hasselman said. “I did make parts based on his ideas, and some of those sold in the thousands.” Hasselman considered his friend’s use of the automobile components in artwork to be every bit as special. In the last few months, the retired business owner has been compiling a book of photos of Park’s art. He said he plans to have printed about 30 copies that he intends to distribute to Larry’s friends and family. 

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Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show


~by Marilyn Brackney

n art and fine craft show that began in 2005 as a modest exhibit held in celebration of Earth Day has grown into the premier event of its type in the state. This year will mark the tenth time the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has been presented. Now held in observance of America Recycles Day, this year’s show will feature more than 60 professional artists. Artists from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio will show art and fine crafts such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wearable art, woodworking, glass art, and weaving. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2014 at The Commons in Columbus, Indiana, the event is free and open to the public. Art lovers who attended shows in the past have been amazed to see the quality of art and fine crafts made from materials most people throw away. The event serves to demonstrate that with imagination, much of what we consider useless can be turned into something beautiful, and repurposing materials to create art will help save energy, natural resources, and landfill space. Returning for her third Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show is Indianapolis artist Anita Hopper. A member of the prestigious Indiana Artisan, and the featured artist of this year’s show, Hopper visits thrift shops looking for old

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Blue, Yellow, Red collage by Martha Bladen.

Fabric flower pot by Hope Frasier.

Cashmere headbands by Cathy Wade Ridge.

leather apparel and upholstery. She deconstructs and cleans the material, and then she repurposes it to make beautiful, one of a kind purses and accessories. Hopper will join dozens more amazing artists, with one third of the exhibitors participating in their first Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show. They include Indre Pralataviciute-Mineikiene who makes fantastic dragons and other paper mâché characters, and Kentucky Crafted member Cathy Wade Ridge, a master at creating wearable art entirely from gently used cashmere sweaters. One of the more unusual entries is that of newcomer and Ohio artist Bob Blum who fashions jewelry from antique sequins, which date from 1890 to 1950. About five years ago, Blum came upon the glittery material when he discovered the sequins in a warehouse where they’d been abandoned since World War II. He bought the lot, and now he hand strings the little gems, combining them with beads and other materials, to create stunning necklaces that he calls art jewelry. Martha Bladen of Vevay, Indiana is making her professional debut as an artist. Although she’s been creating her quilt-like collages for years, this will be the first time she’s appeared in a show as large as Déjà Vu. Painter Barry Beeker and metal artist Chuck Baker, both of Hope, Indiana, are participating in their first Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Shows, too. Traveling from Fort Myers, Florida to participate for the first time is Hope Frasier. The Sunshine State artist uses

a special material she invented to turn old fabric into waterproof containers. Ted Lyons and Ron Kerr search the Hoosier countryside looking for old barns to purchase and deconstruct. Back in their Greenfield workshop, they turn the wood into handsome furniture such as bed frames, benches, cabinets, and tables. Children are encouraged to attend this daylong event, as there will be activities for them, as well. In celebration of America Recycles Day, employees from kidscommons Children’s Museum will present art activities with an earth-friendly theme. There’s no charge to participate, and kids of all ages are welcome. In observance of the show’s tenth anniversary, several activities are planned during the week preceding the event. They include a children’s design competition, a free showing of the award-winning documentary Waste Land, and a month long preview exhibit at Phi Gallery in the Hotel Indigo Columbus Architectural Center, with an artists’ reception to be held there on Friday, November 14. The Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District, Columbus Area Arts Council, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Hotel Indigo, Jordy McTaggart’s, Papa’s Deli/Papa’s Grill, Pentzer Printing, Puccini’s, and Yats-Columbus sponsor the annual event. For more information about Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show, call the Columbus Area Arts Council at (812) 376-2539 or see the Déjà Vu Facebook page at <https://www.facebook.com/ DejaVuArtAndFineCraftShow>. 

Oval Art Deco necklace by Bob Blum.

Barn wood table by Ted Lyons and Ron Kern.

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“BRUSH INK PAPER” at IUAM ~by Tom Rhea


ven a viewer with no particular expertise in Chinese and Japanese calligraphy will find many pleasures in the new exhibit opening October 4 at the Indiana University Art Museum, “Brush Ink Paper: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler.” Still, without guidance, the many fine points and subtleties of fine brush painting can be elusive. This makes the accompanying gallery guide on the art of Asian calligraphy and painting so valuable. Prepared by Judy Stubbs, the Pamela Buell Curator of Asian Art, with expert help from many, but especially her graduate assistant, calligrapher and Ph.D. candidate Dongchoel Bin, the guide describes the tools and process of brush painting and a brief history of calligraphy. It then lays out the five styles of calligraphic characters, explaining the unique characteristics and applications of each, along with examples. Additionally, the wall labels have a Chinese symbol for “LOOK,” with an advisory about one special feature to look for, something notable in the brushwork or composition. The first thing one must appreciate as a viewer of calligraphy is the level of difficulty in the undertaking. Judy Stubbs likened it

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to the rigors of martial arts training. “You watch calligraphers at work,” she said, “and they’re sweating, because of the incredible amount of concentration that’s required.” The complexities begin with tools, which require a different master for the making of each component, brushes, ink, and paper. Stubbs said, “There are different layers of various kinds of hair inside the brush, each has a different tensile quality to it. So you can get brushes that are springier and ones that are softer— coarser or finer.” Calligraphy styles in the show range from the oldest, most formal styles, the archaic seal script and the clerical script, used for official pronouncements from the capital where clarity and universal legibility were a top priority, compared to more cursive styles. One of the most beautiful examples of the regular or standard script is owned by the IUAM and was donated from Dr. Kuebler’s collection in 2013. From the late 18th century, the scroll is a version of a eulogy from the 2nd century. The characters display an exquisite uniformity of touch, a consistent density of black to the ink, which contributes to the stately, formal harmony. In later styles, the running script and the cursive script, the characters can be altered and abbreviated in idiosyncratic ways. The emphasis here is on spontaneity and fluidity. The script may flow together as the brush is barely lifted between characters. Indeed, sometimes the license taken with the standard form is so great that the piece can barely be read. Stubbs said, “They’re hard Liu Yong, Chinese, 1720–1804. Calligraphic style: regular script. Ink on paper with gold and silver. Gift of Caroline Kuebler from the collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler

to read because by the time you leave out half the strokes [it’s unrecognizable]. There are rules for how to abbreviate, but sometimes they’ll push it.” An internist at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, the late Dr. Kuebler pursued many areas of collecting, including African textiles and oriental rugs, with a particular interest in 20th century American prints. Stubbs described him as “the kind of man who goes to every auction. He kept meticulous notes [in] big notebooks filled with information about inquiries he made to scholars” about individual pieces. He had an interesting philosophy for his collection: that one need not spend a fortune in order to be surrounded by museum quality artwork. The key to this, what made it work, was that the man had an exceptional eye for quality. Stubbs said about the doctor, “He worked hard. He educated himself. He did the research. He’d sit and read. And then he would sit and stare at [his] things.” With the help of her graduate assistant Dongchoel Bin, Stubbs said, “We translated every inscription, every seal. He authenticated the paintings by checking all known examples against the ones Tom had.” With Dongchoel’s training and experience in calligraphy, his insights and intuitions for individual pieces proved

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invaluable, and sometimes uncanny. About one certain piece, Stubbs said, “When we first unrolled this, you could smell the ink. And it’s over 200 years old and Dongchoel said, ‘Oh, that’s the most expensive ink made in Japan!’ He could tell by the smell.” In a typical Japanese or Chinese home, scrolls could be displayed in rotation to match painted themes with changing seasons, or to show off a particularly fine example of calligraphy to an honored guest. Despite their age or fragility, such scrolls have built in protections. Stubbs said, “When you roll them [for storage], basically they have their own kind of fire repression and insect control because they roll tightly so the humidity doesn’t change much on the inside. It’s tough to burn it. You can burn the edges but generally, the whole thing won’t burn. It’s a great package.” Besides the many examples of pure calligraphy, the collection includes many pictorial paintings, including two rebus paintings, where the text is supplemented by visual puns, and two samples of Zen circle paintings. The making of a brush painting is a meditation, and the viewing of one can be as well. “Brush Ink Paper” will be on exhibit from October 4 until December 21, 2014. 

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Indiana Artists Club at CLC ~by Paul Minnis


olumbus’s first hosting of the Indiana Artists Club Membership Exhibit features pieces that can be classified loosely as either two- or threedimensional. But make no mistake about it. Every artist participating in the prestigious, annual event, described as a showcase of Indiana’s brightest artistic talents, is a three-dimensional thinker. Patricia Rhoden (Bartels), of Nashville, describes painting nature in much the way that late science fiction television genius Rod Serling described the suspended reality people experience when they enter the “Twilight Zone.” If you remember Serling, you remember him as that smooth talker who, at the beginning of every episode, described “a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind,” and “as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.” Rhoden, 64, has been entering her works into exhibits for about 30 years. Her oil and acrylic paintings, generally of Brown County, celebrate the exceptional beauty of nature through the use of vibrant, broken color. “When I paint, I’m not with people of this earth,” she said. “I’m in my own zone.” Dick Ferrer, a Brown County painter who uses acrylics, said his works tend to be more deliberate and less “in the zone” than others, because he’s always trying to align the image on the canvas with the

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Attendance during any day of the exhibit and the awards ceremony is free to the public. Columbus is hosting the traveling event this year, thanks to the recommendation of one of its members, local resident Laurie Wright. The exhibit was held at Lafayette two years ago and at Fishers last year, always attracting the cream of the crop because of an IAC requirement that member artists have prior exhibit experience. A total of about 10 artists who Painting by Penny French. are participating this year are one in his head. But he draws from Columbus, Nashville, and on the same natural inspirations Bloomington. The rest are from that have attracted generations central and northern Indiana cities of artisans to Brown County’s like Fort Wayne, Muncie, Kokomo, and rolling hills. Indianapolis. “You have to believe in “The scope and technical ability of yourself to be a good artist,” he the art is really top notch,” Wiley said.  said. “You have to believe that it’s good enough for people to come and see.” The 126 pieces on display through December 31, 2014 at the Columbus Learning Center, 4601 Central Ave., feature oil, pastel, and water color paintings, charcoal drawings and glass and ceramic sculptures, show organizer April Wiley said. Most of the works Painting by Patricia Rhoden Bartels. are for sale and all are eligible to win a share of $5,000 in prize money. What: 2014 Indiana Artists Club A two-hour award ceremony Membership Exhibition on October 11 will include When: Through Dec. 31 refreshments and feature Where: Columbus Learning Center, speaker Shawn Dingwerth, 4601 Central Ave. executive director of the Awards: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Richmond Museum of Art, who Cost: All events and parking free will talk about his book, “The Richmond Group of Artists.”

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Arts Village Brown County V

isitors, as well as residents, looking for unique, handmade art or regular entertainment in Brown County will soon have a colorful collection of road maps to guide them around. As a project of the Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission, colorful, one-foot-square fall leaves will be up on Nashville storefronts before the end of the year to alert walkers to special art, entertainment, and public art venues. “This has been part of our marketing plan for Arts Village Brown County, Brown County’s arts and entertainment district, for over a year,” said Tom Tuley, president of the Arts and Entertainment Commission. “And it looks like we are finally getting close to making it happen.” The commission has identified nearly 40 venues in the village that would qualify for special designation. In order to qualify, a venue must have a majority of merchandise that is original and handmade in Brown County or Indiana, offer scheduled live entertainment, or be a facility that contains public art, such as the County Office Building, the County Courthouse, the Brown County Public Library, and the Artists Colony Inn. The metal leaves will be placed on the front of those facilities, proclaiming them an “Arts Venue,” “Entertainment Venue,” or “Public Art”. Each leaf will also contain a small QR code which will take smart phone users to the Arts Village Brown County website where there is additional information on where other such facilities can be found. “We are still working on the actual design of the leaves,” said Tuley, “and hope to have that finished soon. Then, we can put them into production and hope to have them before the end of the year to actually distribute to the shops.” The leaves will be made by Elder Heart, the Brown County veteran’s organization that built the new downtown sculpture, “Soaring,” a collection of soaring leaves which serve as the symbolic gateway to the arts district. The storefront leaves will be similar to the leaves on the sculpture in order to carry a uniformed theme throughout the district. The special venues will have different colors on the leaves—orange for art, yellow for entertainment, and green for public art.

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There is also a QR code on the “Soaring” sculpture which directs the user to the Arts Village Brown County site, where information on all the activity in the village is available and the special arts, entertainment, and public art facilities are designated. That information is also currently available on brochures which can be obtained at the offices of the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at the corner of Van Buren and Main streets. A special walking tour brochure to be used as a guide to public art in the village is also being contemplated. By the end of the year, there will be at least 11 public art sites in the village. —Submitted by Tom Tuley


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 Bloomington. With more than 100 restaurants, 90 retail shops, galleries, live theatre and music, public art, trails, and places to stay, there’s never a shortage of things to do and see—for a day, a week, or longer. The fall arts and entertainment season is in full swing in BEAD and below are just a few of the downtown happenings of the “don’t miss list” for this season: The Great Glass Pumpkin Patch features dozens of glittering, hand-blown glass pumpkins and other unique fall veggies for sale on the Monroe County Courthouse Lawn for one day only, Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lines start forming early for the best “picks,” so grab a cup of coffee and join the crowd of shoppers. A range of sizes, colors, and styles are available, all hand-blown by members of the Bloomington Glass Guild. Every month features First Friday in BEAD, and 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 (i.e. The Science of Fire) with demonstrations while visitors have the opportunity to participate in hands-on opportunities related to the theme. A small plate meal, freshly prepared by Bloomingfoods Deli, is also available to purchase on-site in the WonderLab Cafe.

..................................District News................................. Bring the whole family and make an evening of it, 5:30–8 p.m. Special half-price admission and members free. <www.wonderlab.org> The Downtown GalleryWalk anchors First Fridays on both October 3 and December 5. This every-other-month visual arts event features all the downtown galleries (conveniently located within walking distance) each of which offers a new exhibit, an opening reception, an opportunity to meet the artist, live music, and more. 5–8 p.m. Free. <www.gallerywalkbloomington.com> November’s chill brings to mind holiday gift-giving, and BEAD offers up great holiday shopping events downtown throughout November. The Handmade Market kicks off holiday craft month at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center (302 S. College Ave.) on Saturday, November 8. The Holiday Market brings together more than 50 craft artists from all over the Midwest, many of which making their only appearance in the area. You can find wearables, jewelry, bath and body products, children’s apparel and toys, and home décor, all with a fresh, urban attitude. If you’ve got college students and young professionals on your holiday shopping list, this is the perfect stop. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. <www.bloomingtonhandmademarket.com> November 14 and15 brings a new show and sale to downtown, the Artisan Guilds of Bloomington. Bloomington’s three holiday guild shows: Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners & Weavers Guild, and Bloomington Glass Guild all have moved their respective holiday sales from the east side of Bloomington to the Convention Center and are now together under one roof. Find functional pottery made from stoneware and porcelain clays, as well as free standing and wall mounted sculptural pieces; quality handcrafted wearable art such as scarves, shawls, and jackets; items for the home such as rugs, blankets, tea towels, and baskets; vintage inspired beaded purses, handmade paper items, felted works of art; and blown, fused and slumped glass vases, ornaments, mosaic decoratives and jewelry. Hours for the show are November 14, Opening Reception 4–9 p.m. and November 15, 2014, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. <www.facebook.com/artisanguilds> The final downtown holiday shopping event is the Holiday Market on Saturday, November 29 at City Hall in the Showers Building, 401 N. Morton Street. This finale to the annual Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market ends the season in style, filled with unique holiday gift ideas, locally grown farm products, delicious holiday treats, and plenty of live entertainment including the beloved Tuba Santas. <http://bloomington.in.gov/parks> 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. There are a lot of great events on downtown stages this fall as well, including Cardinal Stage Company’s <www.cardinalstage.org> A Streetcar Named Desire and Shrek, The Musical, Bloomington Playwrights Project’s <www.newplays.org> Kalamazoo and She Kills Monsters; and

Ivy Tech Student Productions’ King Oedipus, <www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron> No Exit. BuskirkChumley Theater <www.buskirkchumley.org> has a full schedule of performances on tap as well. 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 you’ll want to check out while you’re here. —Submitted by Miah Michaelsen, Director of BEAD, City of Bloomington 

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thnic Expo is a free two day international festival held downtown Columbus each fall. Two blocks behind and around city hall are turned into a global village with a taste of food, culture, entertainment, and shopping. The dates are October 10 and 11. Each day starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. 30,000 people visit this popular event that features food, clothing, jewelry, art, and musical performances. This year’s featured country is Mexico. The headlining performing group, El Tule, is from Austin, Texas. El Tule’s music is about history, art, and culture often focusing on legends and tales of the mystical. Other culturally diverse performances include a Chinese dragon dance, Irish dancers, African drummers, and a parade on Saturday morning. Join the Columbus Area Arts Council on Saturday, October 25, for the 39th annual unCommon Cause. This year’s theme is Embellishment, chosen by event chairs John Pickett and Jeff Baker to showcase how the arts embellish and add to our lives. The party will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the former Sear’s location. This year’s theme is a celebration of the arts, so dress in embellished party wear and prepare yourself to dine on a meal created by chef Gethin Thomas, dance to the music of the Steve Allee Orchestra, and bid on unique items that will embellish your life. The event is the main fundraising event for the arts council. For more information visit <www.artsincolumbus.org> or call (812) 376-2539. Old National Bank sponsors the long running First Fridays for Families performance series. This free program for children and families is held on the first Friday of each

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Artisan Guilds Show Three Shows Under One Roof November 14 and 15, 2014


~by Julia Pearson

hree Artisan Guilds with popular November events will move their annual holiday shows from churches on the Eastside to a shared location at the Convention Center at 302 South College Avenue in Bloomington. The Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild, and Bloomington Glass Guild shows will share the same dates and times—Friday, November 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Local Clay Potters’ Guild will host an opening reception on the second floor on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Live music and tasty samplings will get things off to a festive start. There will be an Artisan Café with tables for eating, visiting with friends, and providing a comfortable place for family and friends to wait as others in their party spend time Marla Dawson

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Abby Gitlitz at work. courtesy photo

shopping, watching demonstrations, and talking with the guilds’ members. The Big Cheese Truck will be in the parking lot. The Bloomington/ Monroe County Convention Center will provide expanded space for the three independent shows, with plenty of parking for vehicles. Being close to the B-line Trail will also bring in foot and bicycle traffic for the event. A grant from the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association has provided support for advertising to inform the public of the new location, dates, and times, as well as for educational resources about the arts and guilds themselves for all interested attenders. Meeting since 1979, the Spinners and Weavers Guild is the oldest guild in Bloomington. This will be their 29th holiday show and will be housed on the main floor of the Convention Center. There will be 25 booths for fiber artists, including several vendors, plus educational displays of how fibers from plants and animals are processed to actual yarns. There will be demonstrations of the spinning and weaving arts as well

as a hands-on table. Free weaving kits will be given to those who wish to try out the craft, especially children. The Dorothy Hanvey Memorial Mitten Tree will be up and on display—ready for contributions of mittens, hats, and scarves from everyone. Dorothy Hanvey was a charter member of the guild and was instrumental in starting the Mitten Tree. All donations that are hung on the tree will be distributed through Monroe County United Ministries. The Spinners and Weavers Guild boasts over 50 members. It is an educational guild, providing workshops for its members and bringing nationally known experts and speakers on the fiber arts throughout the year. Upstairs in the Great Hall, the Local Clay Potters’ Guild will have an additional 2,000 square foot display Larry Spears

area compared to previous years. Local Clay is a group of professional studio potters who live within 50 miles of Bloomington. The 22 members of this cooperative organization will be exhibiting functional and sculptural work at the show and former member and guest artist, Amelia Stamps, from Lexington, Kentucky, will be featured. There will be an educational exhibit of minerals and materials used by potters. On Saturday, there will be wheel-throwing demonstrations throughout the day. Guild members will be available to explain the specialized results when using the same materials, but varying the processes when firing with gas, wood, or electricity. The Bloomington Glass Guild will be downstairs on the main floor, and this will be their fourth annual show. There will be individual booths for 13 different glass artists. The show offers a wide variety of styles

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of this art form, including fused glass jewelry, stained glass, blown glass, mosaic, and glass beadwork. There will be a free drawing for a gift basket of four or five pieces of glass work on both days of the show. Educational exhibits will include a display of the tools and materials used in working with glass and, a video of glassblowing will be shown throughout the day. The Bloomington Art Guild meets four times a year for meetings and provides four educational workshops a year for members. The Artisan Guilds are excited by the support given to the new location for their collective holiday show. Courtesy of the Convention Center, there will be a daily drawing for a $25 certificate for Downtown Bloomington Dollars on October 25, November 1, and November 8 at a table at the Bloomington Farmers Market promoting the November 14 and 15th Guild Shows. It’ll be wonderful to sit back and see how this annual Bloomington tradition grows with the Guilds sharing advertising opportunities as they show their creative arts to the community. Smiles are circulating among all the guilds’ members because this year they can attend each other’s shows.  Amelia Stamps

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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: Spears Gallery, Nashville, IN roseyzw@gmail.com facebook.com/roseys.uncommon.gourd

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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

MONIQUE CAGLE Sleepy Cat Studio Grain Bin Studio Project Help Monique convert an old grain bin into an art studio. GoFundMe.com/grainbinstudio www.SleepyCatStudio.com

NANCY CROCKER 4th Sister Vintage Store in Olde Magnolia House Inn Located in an historic home, the front porch and shop are filled with vintage collectables, funky upcycled items, usable home decor, and gifts. Owner does the restoration of each project herself and will also do custom orders just for you. Look for us on Facebook 213 S. Jefferson St., Nashville, IN (614) 638-8849 4thsistervintage.com


CHERYL GREGG DUCKWORTH Whimsical Realism Paintings in watercolor, acrylic, and pencil. Prints and greeting cards available Represented by Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville, IN www.cherylgreggduckworth.com (812) 361-1071

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

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

“I bring you gifts to explore”

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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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)

AMANDA W. MATHIS Primitive Painter Grove Studio Gallery & Gifts 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

Featuring the art of Nashville’s resident primitive painter A.W. Mathis ~Indiana Artisan~ Open daily 11-5 220 Kelp Grove Rd. Nashville, IN 47448 (812) 320-0747 awmathisart@gmail.com amandamathisart.com

TROY KILGORE Bloomington Painter Fine art oil paintings. Landscapes, city scapes, still life, plein air. Gallery Two Fine Estate Art and Rugs College and Kessler Indianapolis, IN (317) 253-5910 studio@troykilgore.com www.troykilgore.com www.gallery-two.com

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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

NORTHWOOD (pseudonym) Carol Clendening Original oil and watercolor paintings Represented by: Hoosier Artist Gallery, Nashville IN Gallery 406, Bloomington, IN www.carolclendening.com (812) 340-5179


LARRY SPEARS Spears Gallery Porcelain and Stoneware Hours: Open daily from 10 to 5 5110 St. Rd. 135 S. Nashville, IN 47448 CHERI PLATTER WALT SCHMIDT/BETTY WESTHUES Located just 10 miles southeast of ~ Indiana Artisan ~ Nashville, IN, and just beyond the Hickory Tree Studio & Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Country Loom Horseman’s Camp entrance to Brown Silver and Bronze Functional stoneware pottery, blacksmithing, County State Park, on scenic Indiana State Available year round at Spears Gallery furniture, colorful recycled rag rugs, tapestries, Highway 135 South in downtown Nashville, IN (812) 988-1287 socks and paintings next to the Nashville House spearspottery@sprynet.com Also: By Hand Gallery-Bloomington, IN (812) 988-8378 www.spearsgallery.com and Brown Co. Craft Gallery-Nashville, IN www.cheriplatter.com Bloomington Open Studios Tour in June 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

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

“After The Competition,” Acrylics 36” x 28”


MARTHA SECHLER Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Watercolor Lightspinner Studio & Gallery Watercolor, Mixed Media, Gourds Studio / Gallery 4460 Helmsburg Rd. Nashville IN 47448 Back Roads of Brown County Tours Ferrer Gallery of Nashville Facebook: Lightspinner Studio Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour Open most weekends and weekdays by chance. Call first 1- 812-988-7379 Lightspinner13@gmail.com

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Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour Month of October, 2014

Brown County artists and craftsmen open their studios for a glimpse of what inspires them to produce beautiful things. The Fall Back Roads Tour lasts the entire month of October and guides you through the scenic ways from studio to studio. Tour headquarters is the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, studio, home, and gardens of Brown County’s first resident artist, Theodore Clement Steele. Thirteen additional studios are on the tour with seven of the featured artists/craftsmen recognized as Indiana Artisans, the state’s official organization to review and promote the work of highest-quality artisans. Visit <www.BrownCountyStudioTour.com> for more info.

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

Bloomington Handmade Market November 8, 2014

The Handmade Market at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center (302 S. College Ave.) on Sat., Nov. 8 brings together 55 craft artists from all over the Midwest, many of which making their only appearance in the area. You can find wearables, jewelry, bath & body products, children’s apparel and toys, and home décor, all with a fresh, urban attitude. If you’ve got college students and young professionals on your holiday shopping list, this is the perfect stop. 10 to 5. Free. <www.bloomingtonhandmademarket.com>.

Artisan Guilds Show

November 14 and 15, 2014

Three Artisan Guilds will move their annual holiday shows from churches on the Eastside to a shared location at the Convention Center at 302 South College Avenue in Bloomington. The Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild, and Bloomington Glass Guild shows will share the same dates and times— Friday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brown County Winter Art and Craft Fair November28 and 29, 2014

The Winter Art and Craft Fair in Nashville has been the laid-back one-stop shopping experience for three decades. More than 40 artists will display their work. The show runs 10 to 6, Fri., Nov. 28, and 10 to 5, Sat., Nov. 29 at the Season’s Conference Center in Nashville, IN. There is ample free parking and admission is $1. The show is sponsored by the Brown County Craft Guild.

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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Bloomington Holiday Market November 29, 2014

Holiday Market is Sat., Nov. 29 from 10 to 3 at Showers Common, located at 8th and Morton Streets in Bloomington. Free. Farm vendors come with a variety of products: prepared food and baked goods, Christmas trees, dried flower bouquets, ornamental wreaths, bread, goat cheese, honey and maple syrup; and more than 40 local and regional artists and craft vendorsl. Saint Nick will be on hand to greet visitors. A holiday tradition, the TubaSantas performance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Check <www.bloomington.in.gov/farmersmarket> nearer the date.


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month, November through April, in The Commons Nugent Custer Performance Hall at 6 p.m. On November 7, the talented ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger will take the stage with a trunk load of characters. Lynn got her start on “Star Search” and has been a premier entertainer for Disney Cruise Lines. The Night Before Christmas will be presented on December 5, by ArtReach Theatre. This Cincinnati-based troupe will bring a lyrical adaptation that celebrates the joy of family and the magic of holiday stories. The Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show is the premier event of its type in the state. This year will mark the tenth time the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show has been presented. Now held in observance of America Recycles Day, this year’s show will feature more than 60 professional artists from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The show includes art and fine crafts such as painting, sculpture, jewelry, wearable art, woodworking, glass art, and weaving. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at The Commons in Columbus, and is free of charge. The 2nd annual Festival of Lights Christmas Village will take place on Saturday, December 6, at The Commons Custer Nugent Performance Hall from 1 to 5 p.m. This event is free to the public and will include an interactive gingerbread village, live entertainment, and a holiday market. The Festival of Lights parade will be held on Washington St. right after the festival ends. Many activities take place within the Columbus Arts District, regardless of the time of year or day of the week. Many of these arts related activities can be found at the Columbus Area Arts Council’s website. Visit <www.artsincolumbus. org> to read more and to sign up for the weekly electronic newsletter. —Submitted by Jeff Kuehl, Regional Services Director, Columbus Area Arts Council 

CHRISTINE MAXWELL Rugs by Christine Studio at Art Sanctuary Martinsville, IN Hand woven rugs Hours: Wed. 10:00-2:00 Other times by appointment ccmwell@prodigy.net (765) 318-1668 www.visitmorgancountyin.com

JANE SCHOON, ARTIST Fine art oil and acrylic landscape paintings, calligraphy, older women’s legacy workshops (memoir writing for women over 60). Classes being formed for fall workshop 2014 Art Sanctuary Suite 001-B Martinsville, IN (317) 831-2097 (317) 755-7598 Studio open most weekday afternoons. Jane.schoon@yahoo.com www.visitmorgancountyin.com

NANCY MAXWELL FINE ART Studio at Art Sanctuary Martinsville, IN Original oils, limited edition prints and cards. Open painting studio for adults students of all levels. Hours: Tues. 1:00-6:00, Wed. 9:00-2:00 and by appointment (765) 318-0972 pleinart@prodigy.net www.visitmorgancountyin.com

ELLEN WILSON-PRUITT Singing Finch Studio Fine hand-painted porcelain Studio 002 Art Sanctuary Martinsville, IN (317) 341-4667 www.ellenwilson-pruitt.com Hours: open studio nights second Fri. 6:00-9:00, and second Sat. of evey month for the Rural Routes Main Street Cultural Trail 12:00-4:00. Some evenings by chance or appointment. www.visitmorgancountyin.com

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Village Art Walk

Second Saturdays May–November 5-8 pm Downtown Nashville Many restaurant discounts and add-ons www.villageartwalk.com (812) 340-8781

Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour

Nov.: Martha Sechler’s whimsical gourds Reception Nov. 8 Art Walk, 5-8 61 W. Main St., Village Green Bldg. 2nd level in Nashville, IN Represents local and regional artists (812) 988-1994 ddferrer@att.net www.ferrergallery.com

Brown County Art Guild

Oct.: Printmakers Mark Burkett, Carol Fisher & Arlyne Springer Oct. 11 Printmaking demonstrations Entire month of October Headquartered at T.C. Steele State Historic Carol Fisher, 12-3 Mark Burkett, 3-9 Site. Thirteen additional studios on the Reception Oct. 11 Art Walk 5-8 tour with seven of the featured artists/ craftsmen recognized as Indiana Artisans. Oct. 14, 4-5 Special Musical Event: Cellist John Winninger pianist Diane Rivera www.BrownCountyStudioTour.com Nov.-Dec. Member Artists Winter Show Reception Nov. 8 Art Walk 5-8 Brown County Holiday Art Walk Dec. 13, 5-8 Winter Art and Craft Fair 48 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville, IN Nov. 28 & 29, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5 (812) 988-6185 Seasons Conference Center www.browncountyartguild.org Nashville, IN

Bloomington Handmade Market

Nov. 8, 10-5, Free Monroe County Convention Center www.bloomingtonhandmademarket.com

Artisan Guilds Show Nov. 14, 4-9; Nov. 15, 9-5 The Local Clay Potters’ Guild, Bloomington Spinners and Weavers Guild, and Bloomington Glass Guild moved their shows to the Monroe County Convention Center.

Holiday Market Nov. 29, 10-3, Free City Hall 401 N. Morton St.


Feb. 7, April 4, June 6, Aug. 1, Oct. 3, Dec. 5 www.visitbloomington.com or www.gallerywalkbloomington.com Stroll any time of the year! Special receptions [First Fridays] Brown County Art Gallery T.C. Steele State Historic Site from 5-8 pm at the following galleries: Collectors’ Showcase “Paint Faces & Places” Blueline Creative Co-op/Gallery Back Roads of Brown County Fall Tour: Oct. 11 & 12 Indiana Plein Air Painters Assoc. (IPAPA) Now-Nov. 29: Bob Rugh Photographs Demos Sat. in Oct. 1-3; (No demo Oct. 18.) Oct. 11, 6-9 Showcase Reception $55 & Mark Ratzlaff Paintings Oct. 12, noon-5 Open to Public $10 Free; tour not included. Reception Oct. 3, 5-8 Students with id $5 Children under 12 free Dec.-Jan.: Jim Sampson Prints Oct. 4: Ron Mack and Corrine Hull Thru Oct. 6 Artists Assoc. Summer Show Oct. 11: Donna Shortt and Pam Newell Reception Dec. 5, 5-8 Oct.-Feb. Artists Assoc. Fall/Winter Show Oct. 25: Bill Borden and Larry Rudolech 212 West 4th street (new address) Oct. 25-Nov. 2 Fall Patron Show Celtica in Concert (812) 589-6286 Nov. 3-Dec. 31 Artists Assoc. Christmas Oct. 12, 4-6 A progressive celtic band www.bluelinestyle.com Show The Medium’s Misfortune Murder Mystery By Hand Gallery (812) 988-4609 Oct. 17 & 24, 7:30; The year is 1959 and Oct. 1-Nov. 23: “Hidden Forest: A Tale of www.browncountyartgallery.org Brown County’s eccentric party hostess, Two Trees” woodturnings by Lon Haywood Onya laTour is having a Halloween and naturally dyed textiles by Tova Lesko. costume party! Call to select an easy to Reception Oct. 3, 5-8 read, scripted role. Reservations only. $30 Nov. 28-Jan. 1: “From Bloomington with Bloomington Farmers’ Market for the live music, Halloween desserts/ Love” Handmade crafts and original prints, Saturdays 8 am-1 pm drinks, plus wine. Costumes encouraged. photographs and paintings by more than Second Saturdays A Fair of the Arts, T.C. Steele SHS located in Belmont forty artists from the Bloomington area. fine art and craft market (812) 988-2785 Reception Dec. 5, 5-8 tcsteeleshs@indianamuseum.org #109 Fountain Square Mall Great Glass Pumpkin Patch Hours: Mon-Sat, 10-5:30 Oct. 11, 10-3 Ferrer Gallery 101 W. Kirkwood Ave. (812) 334-3255 Oct.: Dick Ferrer’s “Trucks, Tractors, & Boats” Monroe County Courthouse lawn www.byhandgallery.com Choose from 250 handmade blown glass Reception Oct. 11 Art Wakj, 5-8 pumpkins. (cash, check, and credit cards)


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gallery406 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 Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center Galleries Oct: Dorothy Graden: Archaic Magic Aric Verrastro & Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro: newNormal Kelly Jordan: Even Returns / Minimum Distance Mark L. Kidd: Recent Works Marla Roddy: Internal Manifestations Nov.: Bert Gilbert: Cast Iron Sculptures Ivy Tech Students Fall Show Thomas Norpell: Architectural Miniatures Open M-F, 9-7, Sat, 9-5 122 S. Walnut St. Corner of 4th and Walnut (812) 330-4400 www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/waldron pictura gallery Oct. 3-Nov. 1 Benjamin Rasmussen “Home” Jon Tonks “Empire” Reception Oct. 3, 5-8 Now representing David Magnusson 122 W. 6th St. (812) 336-0000 Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7 www.picturagallery.com The Venue, Fine Arts & Gifts “Human Touch” oil paintings by Paul Kane Kane explores the importance of touching and not touching to forms like shapes and lines. 114 S. Grant. St. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-5 (812) 339-4200 www.TheVenueBloomington.com Bloomington/Monroe Co. Convention Center Now-Nov. 15 “Looking at Water”, Dimensional Weaving by Martina Celerin. Reception Oct. 3, 5-8 Live music by harpist Peggy Houng 302 S. College Ave (812) 336-3681 Hours: Mon.-Sun. 8-6 www.Bloomingtonconvention.com

IU Art Museum

Oct. 4-Dec. 21: Pierre Daura: Picturing Attachments Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor Catalan American painter Pierre Daura (1896-1976) translated personal experiences into deeply felt paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures. Brush Ink Paper: Selections from the Collection of Dr. Thomas Kuebler Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor The Colors of Classical Art Judi and Milt Stewart Hexagon Gallery, first floor, and the second floor Gallery of the Arts of Asia and the Ancient Western World 1133 E. 7th Street on the campus of IU (812) 855-5445 iuam@indiana.edu www.artmuseum.iu.edu


Columbus Learning Center

Now-Dec. 30: Indiana Artists Club Show 4555 Central Avenue, Columbus (812) 314-8507 www.educationcoalition.com


Sunday Afternoon Paint In Oct. 26, 1-4. $10 per person admission fee Bring your own painting supplies 1406 Meridian Street, Shelbyville, IN Cabinet Barn Building All proceeds benefit the Art Guild of Hope Hosted by Wayne and Pam Campbell Reservations call: (317) 512-3948 www.hopeartguild.com Facebook: Art Guild Of Hope


Art Sanctuary

2nd Friday Open Studio Nights 6-9 pm 3rd Monday Writers Group 6:30 Nov.-April at The Commons 3rd Tuesday of the month (HAG) Area Artists Children are entertained by theater Exchange, Social, and Critique 6:30 troupes, magicians, and musicians Oct. 10 Fall Foliage Festival Art Show (sponsored by Old National Bank) Nov.-Dec. Members Show Open Thurs. Fril Sat. 11-3 unCommon Cause Nov. 8 Douglas David Workshop Oct. 25, 39th year CAAC fundraiser Dec. 12-13 Holiday Cookie Stroll, Gingerbread Theme is “Embellishment” to showcase Contest, and Member Show how the arts embellish and add to our —indoor farmers’ market and dance troupe lives. Party begins 6:30 at the former 190 N. Sycamore St. Martinsville, IN Sear’s location. Dress in embellished www.artsanctuaryindiana.com party wear, dine on a meal created by chef Gethin Thomas, dance to the music of the Steve Allee Orchestra, and bid on unique items. Southern Indiana www.artsincolumbus.org Center for the Arts (SICA) (812) 376-2539 Oct. : Tom Hadley–mixed metal sculptures Autumn Sampler Series Every Tuesday in Deja vu Art and October and the first Tuesday in November Fine Craft Show from 6-8:30 Felting, pottery and mini hand Nov. 15, the Commons, 10-4 bound journals. Book arts, fiber arts, jewelry, mosaic, Oct. 11, 9-1 Basket weaving by Peggy Boyd weaving, sculpture, leatherwork, SICA Open Tues.-Fri. noon to 5; Sat. 11-3 woodworking, glass, mixed media 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour, IN www.soinart.com (812) 522-2278

First Fridays for Families


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Brown County Art Gallery’s

Collectors’ Showcase October 11 and 12, 2014


Photo from the collection of Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

~by Lyn Letsinger-Miller

hen folks think about the early art colony and the strange invasion of trained artists into a backwoods area they wonder, “What was Brown County like back then?” There was one person that could answer that question, Frank Hohenberger. When the book, The Artists of Brown County, was published some twenty years ago, we included Hohenberger, the photographer, on his artistic merits. But it became obvious that he was also a photojournalist straddling both worlds. It is that side of the early photographer that is the theme of a new video, “Frank Hohenberger and the Brown County Artists.” This video will premiere at the 2014 Collectors’ Showcase at the Brown County Art Gallery on Saturday, October 11, 2014. The video was produced by the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation and partially funded by the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. I wrote the script and the video production was done by my husband Leo Miller, of Vision Ventures Video Productions in Indianapolis. Hohenberger tells the story himself, portrayed by actor Jeff Kuehl. Music was provided by local musician Jon Kay, and the Brown County Historical Society provided Hohenberger’s actual cameras for props. The video was

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shot on location at the Brown County State Park, and “Frank” arrives in a vintage auto loaned by Webb and Sons. Lilly Library at Indiana University Bloomington provided the Hohenberger photos. Readers of my book are familiar with some of Hohenberger’s photos. Since the book was published the Library has digitized thousands of his images. The newly revealed works provide a view of Brown County most people have not seen. The artists’ renditions of the natives were soft and attractive. His pictures were not. Hohenberger realized that with the arrival of the artists a major change would follow. He set out to capture the landscape and the people before their way of life was lost. Hohenberger also realized that he was part of the change, by publicizing the area in his column in the Indianapolis Star. That column, like the artists, tended to romanticize the county. His photographs show the difficult conditions that existed— poor roads, few sources for water, no electricity, and no real way to

earn a living. Housing was often barely adequate. The bleakness in their faces illustrates their struggle. They did not understand how people had the luxury to spend time painting pictures. Hohenberger captured the social life of the artists. The town of Nashville accommodated the artists with places to stay. The merchants were eager to sell goods to the artists and the patrons they attracted. The artists, in turn, contributed to the community. Ada Shulz helped establish the library and was active in the schools. Others formed philanthropic organizations and joined local churches. Some artists recognized the difficulties suffered by many of the residents. Adolph Shulz hiked the hills and the hollows with Hohenberger and once commented, “There is beauty in the hills, but tragedies in the valleys.” To attend Collectors’ Showcase and see this new video, call the Brown County Art Gallery for reservations at (812) 988-4609. The event will feature the video and an exhibit of paintings by the early artists. The paintings are on loan from private collections and are rarely seen by the public. In homage to Hohenberger, the theme this year is “Indiana Artists Paint Faces and Places.” Admission to the Saturday event which includes wine, food, music, and surprises is $55 per person. Showcase is the Gallery Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. The exhibit will then open to the public for one day only, on Sunday, October 12 from noon to 5 p.m. The admission is ten dollars with discounts for students. Children 12 and under are free. 


Art and Fine Craft Show

featuring artists who creatively reuse and recycle materials


DO NOT USE Glass Art INSIDE COVER Jewelry Fiber Arts

Sculpture Wearable Art Weaving Woodworking And Much More!

Saturday, November 15 10am – 4pm • The Commons

3rd & Washington Streets • Columbus, IN FOR MORE INFORMATION: 812.376.2539

Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District 2014McTaggart’s • INto ART Columbus Area Arts Council • Columbus Area Visitors Center • HotelOct.–Dec. Indigo • Jordy Papa’s Deli/Papa’s Grill • Pentzer Printing, Inc. • Puccini’s • Yats-Columbus


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