Blues competition taking place at dance barn

The South Central Indiana Blues Society’s second annual Blues Challenge will start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at Mike’s Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West.

At stake are cash prizes and the opportunity to represent the SCI Blues Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, in January 2018. The society also will appoint representatives to compete in the youth musical group and best self-produced CD categories.

The event is free for SCIBS members; a $7 cover charge is charged for nonmembers. Memberships are available at the door.

The challenge is part of an August celebration of Indiana Blues Month.

For more information, visit sciblues.org.

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Local photographers exhibit at gallery

B3 Gallery will feature works by several local photographers, members of the Brown County Photography Club.

The show will run Aug. 8 through Sept. 5, with an artists’ reception from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 during the monthly Art Walk.

Local and worldwide images by club members are included, and information about the photography club will be available.

B3 Gallery, on the second floor of the Village Green Building at 61 W. Main St., represents more than 30 local artists. For more information, call the gallery at 812-988-6675.

Art Walk, featured artists at art guild

During the Second Saturday Village Art Walk on Aug. 12, the Brown County Art Guild will present an evening with Curtis Cantwell Jackson and Janiece Jaffe from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Lynn Dunbar of Louisville, Kentucky, and Joel Knapp of Gallatin, Tennessee, are August’s featured artists at the guild, 48 S. Van Buren St.

The guild is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit browncountyartguild.org.

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, Aug. 19.

Weaving and spinning experts and beginners are welcome to ask questions and to share projects and ideas at the free event for teens and adults. No registration is needed.

With questions, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Photography, mosaics featured at gallery in August

In August, Hoosier Artist Gallery is featuring work by photographer Kendall Reeves and mosaics by Sally Kinsey.

Reeves focuses on Americana and things that have seen better days. He visits ghost towns and ventures through abandoned buildings to find his subjects.

Kinsey produces both fine and functional mosaic art.

For more information, visit the gallery at 45 S. Jefferson St. or call 812-988-6888.

Blues fest returns to music park in August

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Bean Blossom Blues Fest, otherwise known as the BEAN, will start Thursday, Aug. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m. and continue Aug. 25 and 26.

At the festival at Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, fans can meet and talk to artists and performers, sit in on jam sessions, learn how to play the harmonica and sit around campfires with new and old friends.

A free shuttle is offered to host hotels so those not camping can enjoy music and beer without driving.

Music continues Friday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For information or tickets, visit beanblossomblues.com or call 812-325-8836.

Create a collage with mixed media

Dixie Ferrer will lead a mixed media collage workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 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, or $35 for Art Alliance members.

To learn more, visit artalliancebrowncounty.org/events/partake/33-mixed-media-collage or call 812-703-0039.

Nominations sought for state poet laureate

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Arts Commission is accepting nominations for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The poet laureate’s purpose is advance the knowledge, appreciation and art of poetry throughout Indiana. Nominees must be current residents of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service. They should be published poets and have experience in educational program development.

Nominations should be limited to a single-page letter and a resume. No additional materials should be included. They will be reviewed by a committee of representatives from state major institutions of higher education this fall.

Nominations must be submitted by email only to Stephanie Haines with the IAC at shaines@iac.in.gov before 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1.

Brown County Baskets on display at gallery

A collection about Brown County’s artistic history features baskets, early photographs and artifacts at the Brown County Art Gallery.

The exhibit, “Art With a Purpose: Brown County Baskets” is open daily through Sept. 4. There is no charge to visit the gallery at 1 Artist Drive.

For more information, visit browncountyartgallery.org or call 812-988-4609.

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 through October. Bring a lawn chair.

Aug. 19 — Kade Puckett, fingerstyle guitarist, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 — Hamilton Creek bluegrass quartet (after the outhouse races), 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Oct. 14 — Celtica Irish quartet, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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.

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 b3gallery@yahoo.com.

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.

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 browncountystudiotour.com. Some studio hours vary and are listed on the map. For more information, visit the website.