Weaver, portrait artist highlighted downtown

This is a portrait by Jennifer Mujezinovic, who is a featured artist along with Kathy Sparks during December at Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson.
This is a portrait by Jennifer Mujezinovic, who is a featured artist along with Kathy Sparks during December at Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson.

During December, Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson, is featuring works by Kathy Sparks and Jennifer Mujezinovic.

Sparks, a fiber artist, uses natural dye and focuses on spinning, weaving and knitting with a multitude of fibers. She also weaves Shaker traditional-style baskets using wood from the brown ash tree.

Mujezinovic paints portraits, mostly of women. Balance, underlying symmetry and the effect of color and texture are important in her work.

Artists can apply for grants for projects

Artists living and working in Indiana can apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project.

Eligible projects will be considered in only crafts, design, media arts, photography, visual arts and folk arts related to traditional disciplines. Artists with disabilities can apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines, either through the discipline directly or through the access category.

Applicants must be at least 18, Indiana residents for at least one year and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 5. To learn more, visit in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm.

Art Alliance members exhibiting at winery

Through December, Art Alliance Brown County members are exhibiting their artwork at Chateau Thomas Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St. in Coachlight Square.

The winery features a permanent gallery upstairs with works by local artist John Elmore. The alliance curates shows throughout the year for local and area artists at the winery, open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and until 10 p.m. weekends.

For more information on the art alliance, visit artalliancebrowncounty.org or call 812-340-8781.

Apply to be part of guild patron, senior shows

The Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., will host its annual Patron and Senior shows Jan. 4 to 30.

Artists 55 and older can apply for the senior show for a $65 fee.

Artists 18 to 55 can apply in the Patron category for $70. Both entry fees include a patron membership to the guild. Artists older than 55 can submit work to both shows.

Work to be entered must be two-dimensional and can be in any media except photography. It must be professionally framed and not previously shown at the guild.

Ten awards will be given: Best of show, $150; first place, $125; second place, $100, third place, $75; and honorable mention, $50.

Entries can be dropped off Friday through Sunday, Jan. 1-3.

A reception for the artists will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, with awards presented at 3 p.m.

All artwork must be available for sale and remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. A 40 percent contribution to the guild will be made for any work sold during the show.

For more information, call 812-988-6185 or visit browncountyartguild.org/.