Register for jazz history class by March 13

On Tuesdays, March 20 through May 1, classes in “Indiana Jazz: History, Scenes, Places and Personas” will be taught by musician, historian and author Monika Herzig, Ph.D., at the Brown County Art Guild.

Guest artists Jamey Abersold, Grammy-nominated Wayne Wallace, violinist Carolyn Dutton and others will participate in class discussion and will perform with Herzig after class at Out of the Ordinary restaurant.

The classes will be taught from 6 to 8 p.m. at the guild on Van Buren Street, followed from 8 to 10 p.m. by the concerts across the street.

No prior music knowledge is needed to sign up for the class, which costs $149. It is offered as an Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning class.

Food and drink will be sold at Out of the Ordinary.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 13.

To sign up, visit and click on “Nashville.” For more information, call 812-330-4400.

Celtic band featured at inn March 17

Celtica will play a St. Patrick’s Day concert Saturday, March 17 at the Brown County Inn. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

The band includes Tammera Lane, guitarist Tim Dooley, guitarist Jeff Foster, fiddler Carolyn Dutton, Tom Lozano on hurdy gurdy and percussion, and Clancy Clements on bagpipe and pennywhistle. Lane uses a mix of instruments including keyboard, hammered dulcimer, field organ, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery and harp, backed by Dooley on guitar, Irish bouzouki, bodhran drum and mandolin.

Dinner before the concert is available at the inn. For more information, stop by the inn at 51 State Road 46 East, visit or call 800-772-5249.

Workshop aims to unlock creativity

Artists of all levels can join Rena Brouwer and artist/composer Cheryl Kaldahl for a workshop designed to explore and unlock creativity Saturday, March 17.

The “realm of expression” workshop take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St. Using three keys — color, music and word — Brouwer and Kaldahl will guide the program including a demonstration in the morning. A light, seasonal lunch will be served at noon, followed by a guided work session from 1 to 3 p.m.

The workshop costs $75. Participants will receive a materials list. Register in person at the guild or online at

Explore sound meditation, acoustics at guild

Reiki master practitioner Janiece Jaffe will lead an exploration of singing bowls and voice for sound healing at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The event will be at the Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St.

Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat, blanket or pillow. A $10 to $15 offering is suggested.

To learn more about Jaffe, visit

Learn more about photography from club members

The Brown County Photography Club is sponsoring a two-hour Introduction to Photography class from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in meeting room B at the Brown County Public Library. This class is free and open to the public.

Topics will include basic camera settings, composition, light metering, post processing, camera care, and keeping digital images safe.

The class is given by Jessica and Sharon Bussert and is appropriate for both digital and film photographers.

For more information, call Shirley Lance at 812-606-1029.

Competition, show to honor artist Will Vawter

GREENFIELD — The Will Vawter Art Competition, a juried art exhibit, is open to Indiana artists who work in oil, acrylic and watercolor.

The show will launch with a reception and awards ceremony Friday, April 13 at Hancock County Arts Twenty North Gallery, 20-A N. State St. The exhibit will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, April 14 through May 5.

Sponsored by The Hancock County Arts Council, the entry fee is $40 per artist for up to three entries. Registrations must be postmarked by Saturday, March 24. Awards range from $100 to $1,000.

The show honors John William Vawter, a self-taught artist who won multiple prizes in the Hoosier Salon and had a studio in Brown County.

For more information and a registration form, visit, select “Will Vawter,” then “Call for Entries.”

Learn tips from seasoned plein air painters

Jeanne McLeish and Jerry Smith will share best practices, tips and advice on painting in plein air from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Brown County Art Guild. The free event at 48 S. Van Buren St. is open to the public. No registration is needed.

Topics will include supplies and equipment, as well as how to use plein air studies to create studio paintings.

Those attending will be requested to make a donation.

Photo exhibit on display through end of March

Chateau Thomas Winery in Nashville is hosting “Brown County and Beyond,” an exhibit by local photographers Jessica and Sharon Bussert, through March 31.

Brown County and Beyond highlights some of the Busserts’ favorite local images as well as wildlife and landscapes from their recent travels. The show is presented in color and black and white.

The Busserts are co-owners of B3 Gallery in Nashville. Their work also is represented in several Midwestern and West Coast locations and has been included in European exhibits.

Chateau Thomas Winery is at 225 S. Van Buren St.

For more information, call the Busserts at B3 Gallery at 812-988-6675 or visit

Area students, paint a plow for INDOT

The Indiana Department of Transportation’s Southeast District is accepting applications from area schools wishing to participate in Paint the Plow for 2018.

High school, junior high and middle school art students can develop designs that promote school spirit, community pride, INDOT snow operations or highway safety. The students then paint the plow that has been delivered pre-primed by a nearby INDOT unit.

The INDOT Southeast District includes schools in Brown County. Only students currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate.

For more information, email Harry Maginity at or, or call INDOT Southeast customer service at 812-524-3766.

Dinner theater performances slated at inn

Beginning Saturday, March 24, performances of “Tumbleweed: A Town of the Old West” will be presented as dinner theater at Artists Colony Inn.

Shows start at 6 p.m. at the inn, 105 S. Van Buren St. Tickets, $50 per person, include dinner.

Performance dates are Saturdays, March 24, April 14 and 21, May 12 and 19, June 16 and 30, July 28, Aug. 11 and 18, Sept. 1 and 8, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, and Nov. 17.

For required reservations, call 812-988-0600.

Local artists to show at Indiana Artisan Marketplace

Seven Brown County artists and craftsmen will show and sell their wares at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Expo Hall April 7 to 8. More than 100 artisans have been juried in from across Indiana and Kentucky to showcase their art and food.

Local participants include Rosie Bolte of The Uncommon Gourd, Nashville, gourd painting; Adam Egenolf of Egenolf Ceramics, Nineveh, high fire English porcelain; Amy Greely of Amy Greely Studio, Nashville, metal jewelry; Gabriel Lehman of, Nineveh, handweaving on floor looms; Susan Spagnuolo of Bear Wallow Distillery, Nashville, handcrafted distilled spirits; and Larry Spears of Spears Pottery, Nashville, clay pottery.

An exhibit, All IN, featuring the finest work by Indiana Artisans over the past 10 years of the program, will be included in event admission. It costs $10 for adults and is free for children 15 and younger; parking costs $5.

Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8. For more information, visit

Reserve spot for annual Victorian tea at gallery

Stephanie Homan, a professional storyteller, will present, “The Search for a Place and Time to Paint” during the 24th annual Victorian tea, Sunday, April 8 at the Brown County Art Gallery. The piece focuses on artists Ada Shulz, Alberta Shulz and Marie Goth.

Doors open at 12:30 for shopping with vendors, and tea is served at 2 p.m., followed by the program.

For advance reservations (required), email or call 812-988-4609.

Register to create batik art on paper

A workshop which combines drawing, painting, wax, embellishing and dyeing with inks and watercolors is planned from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

The batik on paper class will be taught at B3 Gallery, upstairs at 61 W. Main St. Pre-registration is required for the workshop, which costs $65 per person.

Participants can create two or three small pieces. The class is not recommended for children under 12.

With questions, call the gallery at 812-988-6675. To register, visit

Expanding gallery seeks artwork to display

B3 Gallery, in downtown Nashville at 61 W. Main St., is expanding. The owners are seeking artists to display 2-D and 3-D work.

Artists would have a co-op type arrangement, but with no work requirements.

For more information, email or call 812-988-6675.

Drum, guitar lessons for teens offered Tuesdays

Free music lessons are available for area youths ages 12 to 18 at the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association Inc. (BETA) Center, upstairs at 45 S. Jefferson St.

Free drum lessons by Guy Knaus are offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Free guitar lessons by Nathan Dillon continue from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The BETA Center is open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays when school is in session.

With questions, call Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617 or Knaus at 812-671-5233.

Shared art studio space available in town

B3 Gallery has created a space for artists and the community to come together.

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

S3 can 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 seek “fun, energetic, enthusiastic and creative people to bring life to the space.”

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

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