ARTS BRIEFS: New shows downtown; Hoosier Women Artists Contest open; free photography class

Patron, senior shows hanging downtown

The Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., is hosting its annual patron and senior shows Jan. 9 through Feb. 3.

This exhibit will feature a variety of styles and mediums from non-member artists. Ten awards will be given will be given for both shows: Best of Show, $150; first place, $125; second place, $100; third place, $75; and honorable mention, $50. Visitors are also asked to vote for People’s Choice in both exhibits.

The judge for both shows will be Chris Newlund, an enthusiastic plein air painter who prefers to paint from life. Her works hang in collections throughout the United States. She has been a member artist with the Brown County Art Guild since 2011.

January hours at the guild are Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment on other days.

A reception for the artists will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, with awards presented at 3 p.m.

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

2018 Hoosier Women Artists Contest open

All women artists in Indiana are eligible to enter the 2018 Hoosier Women Artists contest through Friday, Jan. 26.

The contest is organized by Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission. Winners will have their artwork displayed Mitchell’s and Crouch’s offices at the Statehouse for one year, to be viewed by thousands of school groups, visitors and staff who explore the building annually.

Brown County artist Charlene Marsh was one of the artists chosen last year.

Visual art projects, including drawing, painting and photography, can be entered. Artwork is judged by a panel that includes Crouch, Mitchell and peer artists coordinated by the IAC.

Pieces of art also will be selected by First Lady Janet Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor Tera Klutz and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick to display in their offices.

Only one entry is allowed per artist. It must be wall art only, including a frame and hanging wires; it cannot be any bigger than 42 by 60 inches, including frame, and cannot be any heavier than 60 pounds.

Submissions can be made on the IAC application system at Applicants will need to create a username and password and select “Hoosier Women Artists” as the program name.

A reception to honor selected artists will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at the Statehouse.

Free basic photography class downtown

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.

Apply for grants through state commission

Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) Arts Project Support and Arts Operating Support I grant applications for 2018-19 are now available.

Guidelines for these grants and the link to establish an IAC online account can be found at

The deadline for grant applications is March 1.

With questions, contact the Brown County Community Foundation, the Region 8 Arts Partner, at 812-988-4882.

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.

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

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