Brown County Art Guild gets state grant

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 330 community-based arts providers and individual artists throughout Indiana received grants for fiscal year 2017 through the Indiana Arts Commission.

One of them is the Brown County Art Guild, which received $7,480.

Traditional Arts Indiana — led by Brown Countian Jon Kay — received a grant of $55,000 for its continued work cataloging and documenting traditional arts and artisans in Indiana.

Grants totaled more than $3.02 million in state and federal funds.

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:

  • July 30: 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.

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Art guild features Burkett and McLeish during July

Jeanne McLeish and Mark Burkett are the featured artists through July at the Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St.

The guild is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 812-988-6185 or visit

Demonstrations planned for Arts in the Park

Public art grant recipients through the Arts in the Park program will conduct demonstrations and performances in Brown County State Park on select dates. Signs at park entrances will include directions to the day’s event.

  • 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, Anabel Hopkins painting at Strahl Lake shelter
  • 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Hopkins painting at Horseman’s Camp area
  • Sunday, Sept. 4, Patricia Rhoden Bartels painting Lady’s Tresses orchids at the Nature Center parking lot.
  • Sunday, Sept 25, Bartels painting Northern Blazing Star in the southern end of the park off of horseman’s trails.
  • 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, Hopkins painting at Hoosier’s Nest
  • All day Saturday, Nov. 5, Abe Martin Lodge back porch, exhibit of paintings

Gallery to celebrate opening of printmaker exhibit

Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, will open and dedicate “Gustave Baumann: The Indiana Collection” in the Robert Sexton Gallery at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

The event celebrating Indiana’s early printmakers includes food, wine and acoustic guitar music by Jeff Foster for $25 per person.

Robert Sexton and Jill Sexton Norman will dedicate the collection, opened in October, by premiering new additions including a major gift from the Baumann Estate: a full progression of “The Road of a Morning” including seven hand-carved woodblocks.

Indianapolis Museum of Art curator and Baumann expert Martin Krause will talk about Baumann’s formative years in Brown County and sign copies of his new book on the famous Hoosier printmaker.

Mark Burkett will demonstrate woodblock printmaking in the Art Education Studio.

Baumann started a trend in Brown County, and guest curator Doug Runyan has an exhibit of etchings by Baumann’s colleagues, including L.O. Griffith and Will Vawter.

Proceeds from the event go to keep the exhibit free to the public.

For reservations and tickets, visit or call the gallery at 812-988-4609.

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.

Second Saturday Art Walk scheduled in August

From 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13, the Village Art Walk will take place in downtown Nashville. The tour features nine galleries that will stay open until 8 p.m., offering refreshments, music and a program. Each gallery features original, handmade local and regional art and fine crafts.

The free event is hosted by Art Alliance Brown County.

For more information, visit or call the alliance at 812-837-9607.

Arts commission to teach about Arts in the Park

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, in Brown County State Park, the Indiana Arts Commission will host a summer workshop designed to help artists create successful site-specific, community-based arts projects.

The Art of Community Engagement workshop will feature information from a professional peer artist, a naturalist and IAC staff.

While the workshop is free, attendance is limited to 30, so registration is required. To register, visit

To learn more about the Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites program, visit

Free music series continues at Village Green

Free outdoor concerts will be performed 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. one Saturday per month 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:

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

Sept. 17: Cari Ray & The Loners, Americana

Oct. 8: Jeff Foster, fingerstyle guitar

Two-day plein air painting workshop planned

Bloomington artist Troy Kilgore will conduct a plein air painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27, at Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive.

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.

Seasons holiday art and craft show planned

The Seasons Conference Center will host a holiday art and craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

Free to the public, the event is a juried fine art and craft show that includes about 40 booths. Prizes will be awarded to artists for best 2D work, 3D work and a vote for a People’s Choice Award. A light breakfast or lunch can be purchased during the event.

For more information, call 812-342-9238.

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.

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.