Arts briefs

Alliance members discuss art marketing, careers

Rosemary Bolte and Michele Pollock will present a program on selling art at the Art Alliance Brown County meeting Thursday, Jan. 7. Refreshments will be served at 5:15 p.m. and the meeting will follow at 5:30 p.m in Room B at the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane. All are welcome to the free event.

The artists will discuss their careers, marketing techniques and venues that work best for them. They will accept audience input and questions.

Bolte and Pollock create crafts that are marketed largely through art shows, fairs and studio tours as well as in galleries.

Bolte creates folk-painted gourds which she grows, and she is known for her whimsical chicken figures, ornaments, pins and sculptures. The Uncommon Gourd, her home studio, is on the seasonal studio tour.

Pollock works with mixed-media quilted paper for wall-hung pieces, and she produces art print note cards, pins and paper sculpture. She works out of her Lost Lake Studio. Both are juried members of the Indiana Artisan Project.

For more information, call or text 812-340-8781.

Art guild patron, senior shows slated

The Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., will host its annual Patron and Senior shows weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 to Saturday, Jan. 30.

The senior art show includes artists 55 and older. Artists 18 and older are included in the patron show. Both shows include two-dimensional works in all media but photography, all professionally framed and not previously shown at the guild. All works are for sale.

A reception for the artists will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, with awards presented at 3 p.m. Ten awards will be given: Best of show, $150; first place, $125; second place, $100; third place, $75; and honorable mention, $50.

For more information, call 812-988-6185 or visit

Local photographers’ work on display in town

Members of the Brown County Photography Club will be featured artists at Chateau Thomas Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville, from Tuesday, Jan. 5 through Monday, Feb. 29.

A reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 where visitors and locals can meet the artists, discuss their work and enjoy refreshments.

The show will feature a variety of photographic styles from established and emerging artists, including Sharon Bussert, Jessica Bussert, Shirley Lance, Max Lance, John Drebus, Pamela Drebus, Walt Sterneman, Gail Hyde, Tyria McKain, Dan Troglin, Dick Haggard and Tony Cecere.

The club is open to photographers of all skill levels. It meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Brown County Public Library, Room C. Drop-in visitors are welcome. The club also hosts monthly field trips to nearby venues for photo shoots. To learn more, visit

Gallery presents ‘Thirteen Weeks’ photos

B3 Gallery, 125 S. Van Buren St. on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops, is showing “Thirteen Weeks,” a sampling of work from the places local photographers Jessica and Sharon Bussert have been.

For the past three years, the Busserts have been moving every 13 weeks to a new location. The free exhibit lasts through January.

For more information, call the gallery at 812-988-6675.

New book features local quilt artist’s work

Local artist Peggy Brown is one of 20 artists featured in a new book, “Art Quilts of the Midwest” by Linzee Kull McCray.

The book defines how deeply fiber artists are influenced by surroundings and how they embrace the Midwest’s climate, land, people and culture.

Brown is known for her watercolor paintings on paper and fabric. She is represented in the book with “Winter Water,” an art quilt painted with transparent watercolor on cotton fabric and archival paper, and by “When Autumn,” a tribute to fall colors of Brown County.

Selected works featured in the book, including Brown’s “Winter Water,” will be exhibited at The International Quilt Study Center & Museum at University of Nebraska in Lincoln and at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.

Artists can apply for grants for projects

Until Feb. 5, artists living and working in Indiana can apply for up to $2,000 from the Individual Artist Program 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.

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.

To learn more, visit