New gallery, studio opening downtown

On Saturday, April 1, Nashville artist Anabel Hopkins will open a new gallery and studio at the intersection of Honeysuckle Lane and Old Hickory Lane, in the Tuckaway Building north of Antique Alley.

Anabel Hopkins Fine Art includes a gallery of her work in contemporary abstract, traditional landscapes and a new series of southwest art from northern New Mexico.

The building also houses a working studio to be shared with oil painters Ellen Cramer and Rose Bremer. Their work and that of local art quilter Daren Redman will be displayed.

A grand opening will be celebrated the weekend of May 12 to 14, from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Regular hours likely will be noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and other days to be determined, increasing as the season progresses.

To learn more, call 812-340-8781.

Local concert to benefit wildfire victims

Bluegrass artists in several states have banded together to create the Bluegrass Hope concert series to benefit the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless and Gatlinburg wildfire victims.

Mike’s Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West, will host a Bluegrass Hope concert from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

The event will have raffles, food and live music, including Blue Mafia, Kim Robins & 40 Years Late, Branded Bluegrass, The New Balance, Jim & Lynna Woolsey, Brooke Steele, and The Hammer and the Hatchet.

For more information, visit or call the dance barn at 812-988-8636.

Decorative artists welcome all to painting retreat

Indy Decorative Artists, a chapter of national organization the Society of Decorative Painters, will meet at the Seasons Lodge in Nashville for its 32nd annual painting retreat April 3 to 5.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the retreat.

Non-member registration is $25 for all three days. Projects are for beginner level through intermediate artists.

Contemporary decorative painting encompasses not only the folk art styles of Sweden, Norway, Germany, Russia, England and Mexico, but also many facets of Early American decorative painting such as stenciling, faux finishing, bronzing, gold leafing, country painting, theorem and graining, the society’s website says.

Annual membership in the society, $50, is open to anyone who enjoys painting.

A schedule of events is available on the chapter’s Facebook page, Indy Decorative Artists, or by email at

For more information, visit

Plein air exhibit includes local artists

BLOOMINGTON — The Upland Plein Air Painters will display works from more than 30 artists at the Farmer House Museum, 529 N. College Ave., from Thursday, April 6 through May 2. It will include works of Brown County artists Donna Whitsitt and Eric Brock.

An opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, will coincide with a series of First Friday events downtown area. Artwork in oil, watercolor, pastel and various drawing media will be for sale. The exhibit will be open open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Founded in 2015 under the auspices of the Bloomington Watercolor Society, the Upland Painters group has weekly opportunities for painters in all media. To learn more, email Kristen Stamper at, visit or Facebook.

Wood-turning demonstration planned at gallery

From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 8, Max Monts will demonstrate how a wood lathe works at Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson. All are welcome. For more information, visit or call 812-988-6888.

Weave-in, Spin-in planned monthly at library

Weavers and spinners of all skill levels can bring looms, spindles and wheels to the Brown County Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, April 15 and May 20.

Weaving and spinning experts and beginners are welcome to ask questions and to share projects and ideas at the free event.

For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Outdoor painting demonstrations planned in spring

Patricia Rhoden Bartels will provide painting demonstrations as follows:

  • Friday, April 21 — 9 a.m. to noon at Hesitation Point on west gate road in Brown County State Park, to catch the fog from the morning vista.
  • Saturday, April 22 — 1 to 4 p.m. at T.C. Steele State Historic Site.
  • Saturday, April 29 (during Wildflower Foray) — 5 to 8 p.m. at the west-facing vista, auto tour station No. 3 in Brown County State Park, to paint the sunset.
  • Saturday, April 30 (during Wildflower Foray) — 1 to 4 p.m. in the wildflower garden at T.C. Steele State Historic Site.
  • Sunday, May 7 — 1 to 4 p.m. at Kelp playground, Brown County State Park, to paint the creek.
  • Sunday, May 14 — 1 to 4 p.m. at Hohen Point vista in Brown County State Park, to paint the panorama.

On April 30, May 7 and 14, up to 12 youth ages 5 to 15 can paint along with Bartels, who is a former junior high art teacher. Basic materials will be provided.

Student art competition begins at gallery April 22

The Mabel B. Annis Student Art Competition will hang Saturday, April 22 through Sunday, May 7 at the Brown County Art Galley, 1 Artist Drive.

All students in the seventh through 12th grades from Bartholomew, Brown, Greene, Jackson, Johnson, Morgan and Monroe county schools are eligible to participate. Home-schooled students can enter if under the guidance of a licensed art teacher.

The competition includes six categories: painting, drawing, 3-D, print, photography and video.

More than $1,500 in prize money will be awarded. Indiana Heritage Arts will present a $150 IHA Teacher of the Year award in the junior high and senior high divisions.

For more information, visit or call the gallery at 812-988-4609.

Artists can apply to be on studio tours

Applications are being accepted for the 19th annual Back Roads of Brown County studio tour. A juried event, the October tour is founded and produced by local artists.

For more information, email Jonathan Bolte at or call 812-325-5925. Download applications at

Next pARTake workshop focuses on abstract

PARTake art workshops will return starting Saturday, April 22.

Using palette knives, acrylics, modeling paste, sponges and dripping techniques, participants can create a unique landscape or abstract painting under the guidance of Anabel Hopkins. From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, the workshop will take place in the Howard Hughes Room of the Brown County Community Foundation, 209 N. Van Buren St.

The workshop costs $40, or or $35 for Art Alliance members.

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

Make jewelry at park Nature Center

From April to July, artist in residence Amy Greely will provide jewelry-making workshops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. one Saturday per month at Brown County State Park’s Nature Center.

Part of an Arts in the Parks grant, the workshops include a 10 a.m. hike to explore the understory of the forest floor to provide inspiration. Workshop dates are April 29, May 6, June 24 and July 15.

Weaving workshop offered at Artists Colony

The Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St., will offer a weaving workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

The workshop includes a tapestry weaving loom and tools, a variety of yarn textures and colors, a printed weaving guide and a meal voucher for lunch or dinner the day of the workshop.

For fee information and registration, call 812-988-0600 or visit

Dance workshop planned in state park

Windfall Dancers will host a multi-generational dance workshop at Brown County State Park’s Nature Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

Part of an Arts in the Parks grant, the workshop will explore the natural beauty and individuality of the state park and incorporate those qualities into creative movement.

Festival of Flowers Paint-out planned in May

BELMONT — The 18th annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut, a plein air art competition for established and beginning adult and child artists, will take place Saturday, May 20, at T.C. Steele State Historic Site.

Artists can work from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic site or anywhere in Brown County. Three judges will choose winners in six categories: oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, mixed media/other and teen/child. First place and People’s Choice winners will display their work in a downtown Nashville gallery.

A historic marker ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. beside the formal garden.

Brozinni’s Pizzeria will have lunches for sale. Parking is $3 for non-artists.

Registration is required and discounts are available to those who register during April. Regular registration rates apply in May; day-of registration is available on site. Registration materials can be downloaded from beginning in April.

Back Roads of Brown County tours scheduled

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during October, 24 artists will open their studios to the public in 15 locations around Brown County.

Visitors can meet artists, watch them work, explore their studios and buy a variety of handmade work directly from artists.

A free map is available at the Visitors Center downtown or at Some studio hours vary and are listed on the map. For more information, visit the website.

Studio, display space available in gallery

B3 Gallery, in a new location at 61 W. Main St., is seeking additional Hoosier artwork to display.

All varieties of 3-D work are sought, as well as 2-D space for artists not currently affiliated with a local gallery.

Studio space also is available for artists who need a dedicated space to work, to give demonstrations or classes and to display their work.

For more information, stop by the gallery, call 812-988-6675 or visit