Arts briefs for week of Jan. 3

Free basic photography class downtown

Local photographers Jessica and Sharon Bussert will offer a free introductory photography class from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at B3 Gallery. The class will be taught on the second floor of the Village Green Building, 61 W. Main St.

The Busserts, who own the gallery, work with digital and film cameras. Their work is represented around the United States and abroad.

The free class is geared to beginning photographers. Students are encouraged to bring cameras and user manuals, but the class will focus on general information rather than on a specific camera.

Advance registration is recommended by calling the gallery at 812-988-6675.

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.

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.

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.

Arts in the Parks grant winner sets calendar

Patricia Rhoden Bartels, an impressionistic painter from Brown County, will be painting at the following events:

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 — For Earth Day weekend, children can paint with the artist at a Brown County State Park vista. Park sites will be announced in greater detail in March.

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22 — For Earth Day, children can paint with Bartels in the T.C. Steele State Historic Site gardens in Belmont.

8 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 27 — During the Wildflower Foray at the state park, the artist will paint at an early morning atmospheric vista.

5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29 — During the Wildflower Foray at the state park, Bartels will demonstrate painting an evening sunset vista.

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6 — The T.C. Steele site will have a grand opening of its painting wagon with the artist providing demonstrations.