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“How People Make Things” Opens Jan. 22 @indianamuseum

December 22, 2021 Leave a comment

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things, a new exhibit opening at the Indiana State Museum on Jan. 22, 2022, tells that story by linking familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology.

The traveling exhibit from Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is included with museum admission – $17 for adults, $16 for seniors 60 and older, $15 for college students and $12 for youth ages 3-17. For more information, visit indianamuseum.org or call (317) 232-1637. The exhibit closes on May 15, 2022.

How People Make Things, inspired by the factory tour segments from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series, offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects with four manufacturing processes – molding, cutting, deforming and assembly. Many common manufactured products help tell the story of how people, ideas and technology transform raw materials into finished products.  

How People Make Things offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects using four manufacturing processes – molding, cutting, deforming, and assembly. Visitors can use a die cutter to make a box and a horse, cut wax using different sculpting tools, deform a wire by taking a straight wire into a spring shape by winding it around the metal shaft, mold spoons using real melted wax, assemble a trolley and test your skills on the testing track.

“This exhibit brings children close to the real stuff, the nuts and bolts of how products are manufactured, which is very easy to feel removed from these days,” says Jane Werner, executive director of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. “Through his factory tours, Fred Rogers took complex issues and made them simple and direct so children could understand them and relate them to their own lives.  He made manufacturing fascinating and inspirational, and we continue that tradition with How People Make Things.”

The factory tour videos from the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood television series featured in the exhibit depict the making of crayons, carousel horses, balls, stop lights, quarters, shoes, toy cars and toy wagons. 

“We’re excited to bring ‘How People Make Things’ to the Indiana State Museum,” said Bethany Thomas, vice president of programs and education engagement. “This exhibit celebrates the people, the manufacturing processes and the technology used to make objects we use every day.”

How People Make Things was created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with Family Communications, Inc. (FCI), the producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).  The exhibit was made possible with support from the National Science Foundation and The Grable Foundation.  

Five Fort Wayne Tips for January 2022 @visitfortwayne

December 1, 2021 Leave a comment

By Emily Hill
Visit Fort Wayne

Five tips for things to do in Fort Wayne in January 2022

  1. All American Outdoor Expo at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
    January 7-9, 2022
  2. “Under The Big Top” Circus Garden at the Botanical Conservatory
    January 8 to April 17, 2022
  3. Savor Fort Wayne Dinner Specials at Participating Restaurants
    January 12-23, 2022
  4. Broadway at the Embassy Theatre: Cats
    January 24-25, 2022
  5. Winterval winterfest in downtown Fort Wayne
    January 29, 2022

For more information about lots more upcoming events and things to do in Fort Wayne and Allen County, visit https://www.visitfortwayne.com or stop by the Visitor Center at 927 South Harrison Street in downtown Fort Wayne.

Allen County Event Listings on AroundIndy.com: https://aroundindy.com/Allenco.php

97th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibit @indianamuseum

July 31, 2021 Leave a comment

97th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition Opens Aug. 21 at the Indiana State Museum

By Marc Allan
Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 100 artists from across Indiana will have their work displayed in the Indiana State Museum Aug. 21 through Oct. 24, 2021, as part of the 97th annual Hoosier Art Salon exhibition.

This year’s exhibit will feature 145 artworks in seven categories: figure; still life; abstract work; three-dimensional work; watercolor; portrait; and landscape. 

Seven artists are being featured for the first time: Teresa Altemeyer, Ann Bastianelli, Kalleen Chilcote and Lawrence Hunter, all from Indianapolis; Kevin O’Brien of Lafayette; Carrie Wright of Muncie; and  Willis “Bing” Davis of Dayton, Ohio. Davis was the juror for the 2020 Hoosier Salon.

The full list of artists is below.

All the work in the show is available for sale beginning August 20 through October 24 online at http://www.hoosiersalon.org.

“This is an exhibition that is rich in tradition and showcases the very best from across the state in a wide variety of media, technique and subject matter,” said Mark Ruschman, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ senior curator of art and culture. “This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the talent associated with Indiana. It provides the artists with exposure to an audience they may not reach otherwise. And there’s a level of prestige that comes along with exhibiting at a museum – and particularly their home state museum.”   

The Hoosier Salon legacy began in 1925 when the Daughters of Indiana opened the doors to the first exhibition of Indiana contemporary artists at Marshall Field and Company Galleries in Chicago. In 1942, the exhibit moved to downtown Indianapolis – first at the William H. Block (until 1977), then at L.S. Ayres and Company (1978-89). In 1990, the Hoosier Salon exhibit came to the Indiana State Museum, where it has been ever since except for a stint at the Indiana Historical Society from 2005-2010. 

“We feel like we’re the perfect venue for this exhibit, given what our mission is and our outreach across the state,” Ruschman said.

To be eligible for the competition, an artist must be a Hoosier Salon member and must have lived in Indiana for a minimum of one year at any point during his or her life.

On the Hoosier Salon’s website, www.hoosiersalon.org, the organization notes that 2021 is the Hoosier Salon’s 97th year “of serving Indiana’s artists and developing the creative community they need to thrive. We are and will always be the organization that truly represents Art by Indiana Artists. We are one of Indiana’s oldest and most respected visual arts groups, yet we are as current as our newest member and we intend to be around and healthy to turn 100 in 2025.”

The artists who will be featured in this year’s exhibit are:

Anna Afshar (Fishers), “What’s for Dinner”

Teresa Altemeyer (Indianapolis), “Blue”

Dan Annarino (West Lafayette), “Symbiotic History” and “Symbiotic Suburb”

Mason Archie (Indianapolis), “Serenity Number 5” and “Quilt Codes Series, Guide Me Home”

Donna Arnold (Carmel), “Lizzie in Florida” and “Alma Juliana”

Ann Bastianelli (Indianapolis), “Masked Man”

Jo Belmont (Indianapolis), “Veranda at El Lencero”

Robert Bratton (Carmel), “Farmed Out”

Peggy Breidenbach (Indianapolis), “Reaching” and “Joined”

Diane Breman (Spring, Texas), “A Horse of Course” 

Susan Brewer (Indianapolis), “Intervals In Time III” 

Jo Burkhard (Indianapolis), “Birds of an Unusual Feather” and “American Family”

William Carpenter (Marion), “Self-Inquiry”

John Michael Carter (Louisville, Kentucky), “February Evening”

Kalleen Chilcote (Indianapolis), “Beach Bums”

Judy Crawford (Demotte), “The Skylight”

Steven Creighton (Warsaw), “Still Life with Eggs”

Cindy Crofoot (Greendale), “Lost in the Melody”

Deborah Davis (Bloomington), “Evening Retreat – Covid Fantasy” and “Flying on the Brink”

Willis Davis (Dayton, Ohio), “Anti-Police Brutality Dance Mask #23”

Steve Dodge (Martinsville), “Trouble Ahead”

Fred Doloresco (Fremont), “Winter Shadow and Light”

Daniel Driggs (Frankfort), “Thanksgiving Dinner”

Stephen Edwards (Sheridan), “Slow Summer Stream” and “After a Spring Rain”

Forrest Formsma (Indianapolis), “Fall Glow”

Beth Forst (Noblesville), “Wild Thang”

Joel Fremion (Ossian), “The Artist’s Studio” and “The Patty Porch”

Karen Graeser (Indianapolis), “Harvest Moon”

Sylvia Gray (Westfield), “Carnival”

Linda Gredy (Xenia, Ohio), “Favor for a Thousand Generations”

Randal Gunyon (Fairmount), “Beneath the Surface,” “Beneath the Surface-Second View” and “Beneath the Surface-Third View”

Samuel Hoffman (Fort Wayne), “Art for Sale” and “Creek into River”

Clare Peggy Hollett (Indianapolis), “Spirit’s Cradle,” “Spirit’s Cradle detail 1” and “Spirit’s Cradle detail 2”

Lawrence Hunter (Indianapolis), “Urban Colors”

Matt Hurdle (Fishers), “My Reoccurring Dream”

Debra Huse (Costa Mesa, California), “Timeless Beauty”

John Kelty (Fort Wayne), “Back Way”

Patrick Kluesner (Anderson), “Prussian Blue Heron” and “Great Blue Heron”

Alan Larkin (South Bend), “The Magician”

Wyatt LeGrand (Bloomfield), “George and Avenelle Heaton”

Diane Lehman (Peru), “Looking Through the Lens”

Ronald Leonhardt (Evansville), “Floaters”

Kathy Los-Rathburn (Griffith), “Amoco” and “Refinery”

Peter Lupkin (Fort Wayne), “Portrait of Jeorgia” and “Madame Gautreau”

William Lupkin (Yoder), “Intersections” and “Cut Vessel in Fire Red”

Therese Lynch (West Lafayette), “Lilies in Light” and “Anemones”

Ellen Lyon (Bloomington), “Metallica Tie Dye” and “Pandemic Self-Portrait 1”

A. Cassia Margolis (Indianapolis), “Portrait” and “Reclining Nude”

Jeanne McLeish (Mooresville), “Contemplation” and “The Painter”

Katherine Meade (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida), “Regatta at Sunrise”

Bob Meyers (Indianapolis), “Chicago Rain”

Charles Mundy (Indianapolis), “Raku & Copper with Onions”

Lylanne Musselman (Eaton), “Staring Dementia in the Face”

Pamela Newell (Fishers), “Bouquet in Blue”

Chris Newlund (Columbus), “Sonata”

Kevin O’Brien (Lafayette), “Steverino Fan” and “Hand on Coffee”

Kate Orr (Indianapolis), “Viridian Artemis” and “Champion/When the Storm Passes”

James Patterson (Greenwood), “Forgotten”

Vandra Pentecost (Indianapolis), “Hide & Squeak”

Dianna Porter (Greenwood), “Light Fandango,” “Savannah” and “Skylar in Character”

Robert Pote (Mount Vernon), “Illinois Rural Scene”

Kyle Ragsdale (Indianapolis), “Roco Loco” and “A Grief Observed”

Atossa Rahmanifar (West Lafayette), “Silence is Broken”

Mark Ratzlaff (Bloomington), “Lexington, September Building” and “Anna #5”

Russell Recchion (Tuscon, Arizona), “Harlequin Sage”

Matt Rees (Greencastle), “Orchard Jays”

Patricia Rhoden (Nashville), “Reaching”

Michael Rippey (Douglas, Michigan), “Fresh Snow Indiana Dunes”

Carleen Rivera (Munster), “Paradise Today”

Joe Rohrman (Noblesville), “Le Bateau” and “Stuff”

Brian Russelburg (Plainfield), “Main Street”

Martha Sando (Indianapolis), “Not So Silent Spring” and “Island Power”

Betty Scarpino (Indianapolis), “Finding Center,” “Entwined Energy” and “Entwined Energy 01”

Terri Schultz (Nashville), “Under the Apple Tree,” “Sunshine” and “Kitchen Counter Floral”

Constance Edwards Scopelitis (Indianapolis), “Love Letters to Self #2” and “Love Letters to Self #3”

David Seward (Zionsville), “The Docks at Annecy”

Kerry Shaw (Muncie), “1812 Brave” and “Tombstone Cowboy”

Joshua Shepherd (Union City), “Wouldn’t Call Him Woolly Britches If I Was You”

Donna Shortt (Indianapolis), “Fearless Solitude” and “Moonriser”

Jerry Smith (Crawfordsville), “Heartworn Highway” and “Winter Harmony”

William Smock (Idaville), “Veteran with Dog” and “Turkey Run”

Karen Sonner (Marion), “Puget Sound”

Rita Spalding (Indianapolis), “Yellow Roses” and “Magenta Roses”

Stephanie Spay (Noblesville), “Grasp” and “The Guidance of Zoe”

Arlyne Springer (Noblesville), “Ladies of the Bee”

Curt Stanfield (Rosedale), “Shadow Dance”

Carol StrockWasson (Union City), “Serenade to Simplicity” 

Ginny Takacs (Gary), “Long Lake” and “Birch Grove”

Brian Talbert (Spencer), “Across County Line Road, Late Afternoon”

Stephanie Thomson (Brownsburg), “Sepulchral” 

James Tracy (Deputy), “Stone Head”

Gerald Traicoff (Carmel), “My Morning Song” and “Electric Blues”

Mark Vander Vinne (Porter), “They Paved Paradise” and “Soul Slow Down”

Mary Sue Veerkamp-Schwab (Bloomington), “The Display Case” and “The Light from Behind”

Justin Vining (Indianapolis), “Winter in Irvington”

Mark Waninger (Jamestown), “Royal,” “Rose” and “Raucous”

Patricia Weiss (Huntertown), “Lavatory” and “Late Afternoon Light”

Elizabeth Whipple (Avon), “February Rain”

Cindy Wingo (Carmel), “Aerial Landscape and Color Study” and “Aerial Perspective of SFA”

Carrie Wright (Muncie), “Specimen #19”

Gabriel Yaden (Franklin), “Berries and Cream Ballet”

The judge for this year’s Hoosier Salon was Paula Swaydan Grebel. The California native received her BFA in Figure Drawing and a Minor in Textiles from the California State University of Long Beach. After moving to Wisconsin in the 1990s she has continued studying here and abroad with key perceptual painters. Paula teaches painting and drawing workshops throughout the states, and her work can be found in public and private collections worldwide.

95th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition opens August 2, 2019 @hoosiersalon @indianamuseum

July 19, 2019 Leave a comment

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Indiana State Museum in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Renee Bruck
Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2019) – Artwork created by 140 Hoosier artists will be featured during the 95th annual Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Fine Art Galleries exhibition when it returns to the Indiana State Museum beginning Aug. 2, 2019.

The annual competition is Indiana’s longest-running art exhibition and is considered to be the preeminent juried exhibition of Indiana art by Indiana artists. This year, 225 artists applied to the show and entered more than 570 pieces of artwork. Jurors accepted only 161 pieces from 140 artists – including 23 new artists to the exhibition this year.

“The jurors for the Hoosier Art Salon’s 95th Annual Exhibition, Derek Penix and Stephen Hicks, have done a great job identifying work by Indiana artists that is beautiful, compelling and in some instances, satirical and funny,” said Bob Burnett, executive director of the Hoosier Art Salon. “We are very excited to see the show come together.”

While the 161 pieces of art will be on display to the public from Aug. 2 through Oct. 13, many of the pieces will be for sale too. Sales of the artwork begin during an awards and special preview event that begins at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1. Tickets for the preview event can be purchased online prior to the preview event at hoosiersalon.org.

“We are excited to partner once again with the Hoosier Salon to bring this exhibition to the Indiana State Museum,” said Cathy Ferree, president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. “This show allows us to provide visitors access to an amazing array of the best art from Indiana artists.”

In addition to the Hoosier Salon exhibition, a show featuring student artwork will be on display at the museum. The Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ Calendar of Student Art Contest features artwork from K-12 students with the first-place winner from each grade featured in the cooperative’s annual wall calendar. The winners of the kids’ show will be announced during an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The cost of both shows is included with the purchase of general museum admission, which is free for Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites members.

For more information, visit https://indianamuseum.org, or call 317-232-1637.

“Glitz and Glamour” Exhibit at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site @PresBenHarrison

February 18, 2019 Leave a comment

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The stately Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2019, all rights reserved.

By Angela Tuell
On behalf of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

INDIANAPOLIS (February 11, 2019)– The newest exhibit at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site [1230 North Delaware St., Indianapolis], Glitz & Glamour in the White House, will feature two centuries of fashion, glitz and glam from the Executive Office. The exhibit, opening March 7, 2019, showcases over-the-top gifts, accessories, heartfelt folk art, ostentatious furniture and one-of-a-kind keepsakes surrounding the presidency of the United States.

The gifts received from foreign heads of state are part of the record of American diplomacy. Gifts from American and foreign citizens often expressed either personal warmth or their feelings for the president. Many of these gifts are examples of the finest decorative arts and craftsmanship available around the world. Come explore these artifacts for yourself, from gimmicky apparel to stately pearl-adorned evening gowns, heartfelt folk-art to ostentatious furniture, solid gold commemorative coins to questionable keepsakes.

The Glitz & Glamour exhibit will hold its grand opening on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided at this open house-style event, which will take place in the Welcome Center of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. The event is open to the public. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/GlitzGrandOpening.

Come see for yourself, from gimmicky apparel to heartfelt folk art and ostentatious furniture to one-of-a-kind keepsakes, You won’t be able to unsee some of these over-the-top accoutrements.

Glitz & Glamour will run through December 31, 2019.

The Presidential Site offers daily guided tours. Tours are on the hour and half-hour, and last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Members may attend for free, and the general public may purchase tickets for $6 per person. Tickets may be reserved at www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org.

For additional details visit http://www.presidentbenjaminharrison.org/visit.