Revival of art colony weekend planned

The Brown County Art Guild is planning a September Brown County Art Colony Weekend in collaboration with the Brown County History Center, T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Brown County Art Alliance and the Brown County Playhouse.

Events include:

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11 — Opening reception at the Brown County History Center with birthday cake for T.C. Steele and entertainment by the Bloomington Classical Guitar Society Ensemble.
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 — The 27th annual Great Outdoor Art Contest and local tasting at T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Belmont. Judges will be Patricia Bartels, Wyatt LeGrand and Dianne Deckard Davis. The Jefferson Street Parade Band will perform at 2 p.m.
  • 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 — Village Art Walk. The Brown County Art Guild will feature paintings by Larry Rudolech, Bartels, a retrospective show by Fred Rigley, refreshments, entertainment by the Sanderson family, and unframed paintings from the morning contest.
  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 — Breakfast with Nashville Villagescape Plein Air painters at Artist Colony Inn.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 — Nashville Villagescape Plein Air Paint-out, with entry fee of $10 per guild member and $15 per nonmember. Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $125 for an honorable mention.
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 — Panel discussion at the Brown County Playhouse with people who knew early Brown County artists and authors who have written about them.
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 — Closing reception at the art guild with refreshments and unframed paintings from both contests, as well as framed, award-winning paintings from the contest for exhibit and sale.

Artists wishing to participate in either paint-out can register on-site or at the Brown County Art Guild the day of the event, or for the Sunday paint-out, online prior to it, by visiting

High school photographer exhibits work

B3 Gallery, 125 S. Van Buren St. on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops, will present photographs by Micah Schuttler in her first gallery show from Thursday, Sept. 10, through Tuesday, Oct. 6.

An opening reception will take place during the second Saturday Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12.

Focusing on light, ethereal photographs of nature, and strong, structured pictures of architecture, Schuttler, a senior in high school, began shooting pictures about five years ago.

For more information, call 812-988-6675.

Village Art Walk plans made for September

The Village Art Walk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Nine downtown art and fine craft galleries will remain open, some with refreshments and live music. The art colony celebration weekend also will include special art events and exhibits.

Art Walk brochures are available at the Visitors Center. Participating galleries have yard signs signifying their status.

For more information, visit

Create arts activities for Indiana parks, forests

Arts in the Parks, a partnership between the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will enable the creation of arts activities for the public to enjoy at parks and forests across Indiana.

Endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, the program also celebrates the centennial of Indiana state parks and the 50th anniversary of the arts commission.

The deadline to apply for the program is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. Guidelines can be found on the IAC website at

New, regional blues society forming

The new South Central Indiana Blues Society is accepting memberships.

It’s directed by a board of nine musicians and blues enthusiasts and was incorporated as a nonprofit in July. Its mission, according to a news release, is to educate the public on the history and future of blues music, to support and promote local artists, and to preserve blues music as an American art form.

The group will organize musical and educational events in south-central Indiana in partnership with the community and local businesses.

For more information, visit online or the group’s Facebook page at; email; or write South Central Indiana Blues Society Inc., P.O. Box 2059, Nashville, IN 47448.