Arts briefs for week of Oct. 11

Artwork by featured artist Paula Bates will be on display at Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St. during October. Mark Thompson | Submitted

Gallery features two artists in October

During the Second Saturday Art Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14, Hoosier Artist Gallery will feature artists Paula Bates and Carolyn Rodgers Richard.

The event is free and open to the public.

Bates uses water-based media and mixed media on canvas and paper. She also paints with alcohol inks on ceramic tiles.

Richard uses watercolor, acrylics and mixed media, painting current favorites Bohemian-style flowers with acrylics and watercolor flowers or fish.

The gallery is at 45 S. Jefferson St.

Local groups receive state art grants

BLOOMINGTON — The Brown County Art Guild, the Brown County Playhouse and Friends of T.C. Steele have all received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission through its regional partner, the Brown County Community Foundation.

Arts organizations from all eight counties in the region received grants, totaling $146,278.

Other organizations receiving grants were the Area 10 Council on Aging, BCT Management, Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington Creative Glass Center, Bloomington Playwrights Project Inc., Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Early Music Associates, Forgotten Clefs Inc. and Hoosier Upland Economic Development Corporation, Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, Morgan County Concerts, Orange County Rehabilitative & Development Services, Quarryland Men’s Chorus, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Shawnee Theater of Greene County, Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living, Southern Indiana LIVE on Stage and Windfall Dancers.

More art dollars coming to Nashville

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Arts Commission approved Nashville and 12 other Hoosier communities for creative consultancies as part of the agency’s Open Scene Creative Placemaking program.

Each community will be matched with a consultant experienced in that community’s specific cultural goals and/or needs outlined in a project proposal.

The local group involved in Nashville’s grant implementation will be the Nashville Arts & Entertainment Commission.

“Quality of life and place are critical to any thriving, growing community,” said IAC Executive Director Lewis C. Ricci. “People want to live and work in vibrant, creative places, and the arts are a key component in creative placemaking development strategies. The leaders in these cities and towns recognize the opportunities for growth through the arts.”

Consultancies are expected to begin immediately and be completed by June.

Watercolor artist featured at art guild for October

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, watercolor artist Rena Brouwer will collaborate with pianist Cheryl Kaldahl for a music and painting exhibition.

A reception for Brouwer, the featured artist for October, will follow, from 5 to 8 p.m. Both events, at the Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Brouwer, of Delphi, has taught watercolor at state and national venues, painting for more than 40 years. In 2014, she collaborated with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Palmer, painting onstage to the music of Debussy.

The art guild is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays during October.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-6185.

Village Pavilion Music Series continues

The town of Nashville is hosting free public concerts at the Village Pavilion at Main and Jefferson streets in October. Bring a lawn chair.

Performers are Oct. 14, Celtica Irish quartet, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; and Oct. 21, the Brown County High School Ensemble.

The series is sponsored by the Johnson Family Fund through the Brown County Community Foundation.

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

Village Cinefest features ‘outrageous’ women

Cinefest 2017 will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Seasons Conference Center in Nashville.

This year’s program includes two films and a slide presentation.

The ticket price of $25 includes lunch, films, program and snacks. A cash bar will be available.

The program covers the lives of three women important to the arts in the early 20th century. Onya La Tour of Brown County will be discussed by Anastasia Karpova Tinari, who researched her and curated an exhibit of her modern art collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

“Art Addict” is a film biography of Peggy Guggenheim and the 20th century world of modern art in New York and Europe.

“Awakening in Taos” is a recent film made in New Mexico about Mable Dodge Luhan. She was present at the beginnings of the Taos art colony. She was a lifelong supporter of arts, literature, human rights and progressive ideas. She and her fourth husband, a Taos Pueblo Indian, were national leaders in the Native American rights cause.

The entire program is a survey of modern art and artists from 1913 through the 1970s.

Cinefest is sponsored by Art Alliance Brown County and supported by local contributions. To register, go to or call 812-340-8781. Registration by Friday, Oct. 13 is encouraged because of the luncheon, but limited admissions may be available at the door.

Family Treasures exhibition, sale starts this month

More than 30 paintings will be included in an exhibition and sale of early Indiana art from a Chicago collection. The Brown County Art Gallery will host a preview Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 18 to 20, with the sale opening at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Featured paintings in a range of prices will remain on sale through the end of the year.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sundays.

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

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 Saturdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16.

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.

Local artists included in guilds art show, sale

BLOOMINGTON — Brown County artists will be at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center for the Artisan Guilds of Bloomington Art Show and Sale in November.

The event at 302 S. College Ave. will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

Local artists participating are Anne Brahaum and Anne Ryan Miller, both of the Indiana Glass Guild; Susy O’Donnell, Adam Egenolf, Jim Halverson, Ed McEndarfer and Pryde Bayliss, all with the Local Clay Potters Guild; and Anna Brown, Luella Brunnemer, Monique Cagle, Chris Gustin, Ulla Linenthal, Ann McCann, Yvonne Oliger, Rose Poe, Michele Pollack and Linda Sage, all with the Spinners & Weavers Guild.

With over 75 artists from glass, clay potters and textile guilds, the show combines functional, decorative and sculptural works of art. Demonstrations and exhibits for adults and children will be included, such as potters throwing clay on the wheel Saturday and a mineral exhibit of raw materials used by potters. Find locally made works of art, meet the artists, explore exhibits and watch demonstrations during the combined artisan guilds’ two-day show and sale.

Annual art show celebrates America Recycles Day

COLUMBUS — Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show, featuring professional artists who repurpose materials to create their work, returns to The Commons in downtown Columbus on Saturday, Nov. 11. Hours for the show are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Held in celebration of America Recycles Day, some of the art and fine crafts featured include jewelry, sculpture, weaving, wearable art, woodworking, leatherwork and mosaics, all created from scrap materials or items that have been repurposed.

Seventy artists from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio are participating, including seven who live in Brown County: Lu Brunnemer, Monique Cagle, Brad Cox, Barb Davis, Bob and Chris Gustin and Rose Poe.

To see examples of work in the show, visit the Déjà Vu Facebook page at

Shared art studio space launching in town

B3 Gallery is creating a space for artists and the community to come together.

S3, the Nashville “shared studio and maker space,” will be be on the second floor of the gallery at 61 W. Main St. It is envisioned as a meeting area for artists, craftspeople, inventors, clubs, seminars, classes or individuals.

S3 will provide painting and drawing easels, an alternative process darkroom, macro photography equipment, a digital projector, a glass annealing kiln and burnout kiln, PCB etching equipment and tanks, leaded glass tools, metal forming and casting tools, electronics and robotics fabrication tools, various computer numerical control tools, a scroll saw, band saw, drill press, centrifuge, bench grinder/polisher, laser cutter/engraver, air compressor, vacuum pumps and chemistry vent hood.

The organizers are seeking “fun, energetic, enthusiastic and creative people to bring life to the space,” which is “in its infancy.”

Donations of under-utilized equipment or specialty tools also are being accepted.

For more information, call S3 at 812-369-6969, email, or visit

Studio, display space available in gallery

B3 Gallery, 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

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.

Winter ukulele festival set at local inn

Grand Ole Opry star Emi Sunshine and the Rain will perform during the Brown County Ukulele Festival at the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, in January.

Hosted by Mainland Ukes, the three-day, family-friendly festival will run from 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

Events include ukulele workshops for beginners to advanced-level players, evening concerts, open mics, “strum-alongs” and jamming.

Tickets for the festival are $50 (hotel stay not included); tickets include access to all concerts, open mics and workshops.

For more festival information, visit, email or call 812-988-6760.