Arts briefs for May 25, 2016

Art gallery annual meeting date announced

The annual meeting of the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26 at the gallery, 1 Artist Drive. All members are invited.

Artists sought to display work in local gallery

The Paint Box art gallery, 92 West Franklin in Antique Alley, is seeking artists to display their work as panels become available.

Open since 1973, the gallery displays a variety of artwork.

For more information or to request an interview, call Sherry Barnett at 812-597-0039.

Free music series planned at Village Green

Free outdoor concerts will be given at the Village Green Pavilion this summer and early fall.

The Pavilion Summer Music Series will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday per month, May 28 to Oct. 8. It is sponsored by the Johnson Family, Brown County Community Foundation and Arts Village Brown County.

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

Featured musicians are:

May 28: The Roger Bannister Trio, bluegrass

June 18: Silver Sparrow, guitar and mandolin harmony

Aug. 20: The Kenan Rainwater Band, country doo-wop

Sept. 17: Cari Ray & The Loners, Americana

Oct. 8: Jeff Foster, fingerstyle guitar

Gallery to host photography exhibition

B3 Gallery, 61 W. Main St. in the Village Green building, will present photography by Max and Shirley Lance through June 7.

Brown County residents, the Lances share a love of photography and spend much of their free time driving the back roads in search of subject matter. Max is drawn to street photography and old buildings, while Shirley loves photographing wildlife and flowers.

Their current exhibit will focus on Yellowwood State Forest.

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

Blues society accepting entries for challenge

BLOOMINGTON — The South Central Indiana Blues Society is accepting entries for its inaugural blues challenge Sunday, Aug. 21. It’s a judged musical competition for band and solo/duo acts and will be at The Players Pub, 424 S. Walnut St.

Visit for rules and entry forms. The entry deadline is Sunday, Aug. 7.

At stake are cash prizes and the opportunity to represent the SCI Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, in January 2017.

The society also will be appointing representatives in “Youth Group” and “Best Self-produced CD” categories.

Artists sought for art commission projects

The Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission is looking for artists of all ages for upcoming projects. Email Nancy Crocker at for more information.

Art Alliance monthly PARTake classes set

Art Alliance Brown County’s workshops, PARTake Brown County, allow locals and visitors to learn art techniques.

Classes, taught at Chateau Thomas Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St., are informal and designed for beginners.

The class size is limited to 10; registration is recommended. The cost is $35 for Art Alliance members and $40 for nonmembers and includes a glass of wine, all materials, light refreshments and individual instruction.

Classes include:

May 28 — Jewelry Wrap-Up with Elizabeth Parrock

June 25 — Stretching the Envelope with Michele Pollack

July 23 — Watercolor Impressions with Martha Sechler

Aug. 27 — Sunset Landscape with Cheryl Duckworth

Sept. 10 — Fun with Abstract led by Anabel Hopkins

Sept. 24 — Fun with Florals led by M.K. Watkins

Oct. 22 — Autumn Landscapes with Hopkins

Nov. 12 — Branching Out in Acrylics with Watkins

A knitting class is also available, limited to four participants. Larger group classes are available upon request.

Sign up online at More information is available at or by calling 812-340-8781 or 812-837-9607.

Painting events planned for Arts in the Park

Anabel Hopkins, a public art grant recipient through the Arts in the Park program, will conduct painting demonstrations in Brown County State Park on select dates through Nov. 5.

During most events, Hopkins will paint en plein air. All are welcome to observe.

She may paint on other occasions, including ventures into the woods away from parking areas.

Events, weather permitting, will last two to three hours. Signs at park entrances will include directions to the day’s event.

  • 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, Abe Martin Lodge back porch, with lunch in the lodge before. A senior citizens group from Meadowood Retirement Center in Bloomington will have a painting workshop.
  • Saturday, June 11, Lake Monroe from boat or kayak, middle fork
  • 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 27, Strahl Lake shelter area. This will be a painting workshop and naturalist hike for the BETA youth program.
  • Dawn Saturday, July 16, Hesitation Point
  • 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, Strahl Lake shelter
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Horseman’s Camp area
  • 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Hoosier’s Nest
  • All day Saturday, Nov. 5, Abe Martin Lodge back porch, exhibit of paintings

Arts in the Park artist to paint rare flora

As part of the Indiana Arts in the Park grant, Patricia Rhoden Bartels will host public painting demonstrations at Brown County State Park. Her painting will focus on rare, threatened and endangered flora.

Signs will be posted to direct viewers to the locations.

Projected dates may vary two weeks earlier or later, depending on the weather.

  • Saturday, June 25, painting milkweed at vista.
  • Sunday, July 3, painting wild bean vine at the Nature Center interpretive garden.
  • Sunday, Sept. 4, painting Lady’s Tresses orchids at the Nature Center parking lot.
  • Sunday, Sept 25, painting Northern Blazing Star in the southern end of the park off of horseman’s trails.

Working with Jen Day, art teacher for the gifted/talented program, Rhoden-Bartels also will sponsor a youth poster contest for endangered/ threatened species at Brown County Junior High School.

An Arts in the Park art show will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, on the back porch of Abe Martin Lodge.

Photograph entries sought for Cinefest show

In conjunction with the Arts Village Cinefest, a juried show of black-and-white photography will hang during June at the Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren Street.

A maximum of three entries per person, with no restriction on subject matter, are allowed with no entry fee. A People’s Choice award will be given.

The weekend of June 17 and 18, Cinefest will include historical films on early Brown County artists, a film about Frank Hohenberger and a video presentation of black-and-white photographs by Indiana University graduate Jerry Ueslmann.

To enter the show, photographers can contact Anabel Hopkins at

Musician to perform for Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park grant recipient Craig Brenner will perform on keyboard at Brown County State Park and four other parks and natural areas this summer and fall. Some will include guitarist Gordon Bonham or a full band.

Percussion instruments will be provided for young folks to play along. Each performance will include information about the history of the park and about Hoosier composers and musicians.

The local performance will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at the Brown County State Park Nature Center Amphitheater.

In cases of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors or rescheduled.

Two-day plein air painting workshops planned

Bloomington artist Troy Kilgore will conduct plein air painting workshops at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, in July and August.

Classes are for artists of all skill levels who want to improve their outdoor painting skills. They will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10, and Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27.

Kilgore has been painting “en plein air” for 12 years. Each day will begin with a talk and demo, then class will move into the field to paint. Kilgore will focus on values, editing, how to “see” and strategies for better starts, simplification, atmospheric perspective, color, design and composition.

Each two-day workshop costs $180. To register, visit or call 812-876-5976.