Arts briefs for week of May 17

Featured May artists use mixed media

Work by Ruth Wert and Sharon Jungclaus-Gould is featured at Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St., during May.

Wert’s “R KELLY” jewelry includes necklaces and earrings designed from antique pins, pendants and other collectibles with gemstone beads. Wert also creates hand-painted silks, stained glass and Nantucket baskets.

A graduate of the Herron School of Art, Jungclaus-Gould uses mixed media for paintings, collage, jewelry and gourd art. Her art is inspired by the Southwest and local interests in spiritual and native cultures.

Spring art activities set at park, historic site

Brown County State Park and T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Belmont have several spring programs planned with art and music. The last program will be Saturday, May 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at T.C. Steele site. The final Festival of Flowers Paint-out will include a dedication ceremony in the formal garden for a historic marker at 2 p.m.

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.

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

Regular registration rates apply in May; day-of registration is available on site. Registration materials can be downloaded from beginning in April.

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 Saturday, 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.

Indiana Heritage Arts exhibit seeks works

Indiana Heritage Arts of Nashville is seeking Hoosier artists to enter its 39th annual exhibition and sale, which begins Saturday, June 10.

Artists may submit up to three works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, chalk and a variety of techniques. All works must be two-dimensional.

The entry deadline is Saturday, May 20. Take-in day for artwork is Sunday, June 4 at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive.

Artists will compete for some $20,000 in prize money plus the opportunity to sell their work during the monthlong show. Admission to see the show is free. Hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite painting. The People’s Choice winner receives $500.

Information about submissions are detailed on the IHA website,

In 2016, 76 artists were juried into the show. More than 130 works will be hung in this year’s show. Lori Putnam of Nashville, Tennessee, will be the show’s judge.

IHA promotes the tradition of plein air painting begun in the 1890s by the group called the Brown County School.

Paint a wine glass at Brown County winery

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, Brown County Winery, 4520 State Road 46 East will join Poka Dotz glass company to offer Paint by the Glass classes.

For $25 per person, each class includes paint, a glass of wine and instructions. For more information or reservations, visit or call 812-988-6144.

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

Annual art gallery meeting planned

At 10 a.m. Thursday, May 25, the Brown County Art Gallery on Artist Drive will conduct its annual meeting. The agenda includes nominations and election of board members, report on 2016 events, review of the board’s actions last year and other business. All are welcome.

Village Pavilion Music Series returns

The Town of Nashville will again host a free public concert series at the Village Pavilion at Main and Jefferson streets. The series will consist of six concerts from May through October. Bring a lawn chair.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27 (rain date Sunday, May 28), hear The McGuires, an acoustic pop duo from Columbus.

Other dates include:

June 17 — The Amanda Webb Trio

Aug. 19 — Kade Puckett, fingerstyle guitarist

Sept. 16 — Hamilton Creek bluegrass quartet (after the outhouse races)

Oct.14 — Celtica Irish quartet

Oct. 21— Brown County High School Ensemble

The Pavilion Music Series is sponsored by the Johnson Family Fund through the Brown County Community Foundation.

With questions, call Tim Meyer at 317-442-3047.

Bluegrass festival in June to last a week

BEAN BLOSSOM — From Saturday to Saturday, June 10 to 17, Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground, 5163 State Road 135 North, will host the 51st annual bluegrass festival with more than 70 bands.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-6422 or 1-800-414-4677.

Make jewelry at state park Nature Center

From April to July, artist-in-residence Amy Greely will lead jewelry-making workshops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. one Saturday per month at Brown County State Park’s Nature Center. Workshop dates are June 24 and July 15.

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.

Paint flowers at pARTake workshop

M.K. Watkins will teach a Fun With Florals pARTake workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Brown County Community Foundation, 209 S. Van Buren St.

Presented by Art Alliance Brown County, it costs $40 per person or $35 per alliance member.

To learn more, visit or call 812-703-0039.

Artists sought to display work in local gallery

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

On the corner of Jefferson and Franklin, the gallery displays a variety of artwork.

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

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

Wonders of Watercolor workshop planned

Cathy Haggerty will lead a watercolor workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Brown County Community Foundation, 209 S. Van Buren St.

Presented by Art Alliance Brown County, the workshop costs $40 per person or $35 per alliance member.

To learn more, visit or call 812-703-0039.

Create a collage with mixed media

Dixie Ferrer will lead a mixed media collage workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Brown County Community Foundation, 209 S. Van Buren St.

Presented by Art Alliance Brown County, the pARTake workshop will use a mix of materials, textures and surfaces. It costs $40, $35 for Art Alliance members.

To learn more, visit or call 812-703-0039.

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.