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First Friday at Indiana Landmarks Center, Apr. 1, 2016

March 20, 2016 Leave a comment
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Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Jen Thomas
On behalf of Indiana Landmarks Center

In its First Friday gallery show on April 1, 2016, Indiana Landmarks features a trio of artists. The opening of The Modern Alchemists: New Visions by artists Emma Overman, Johnny McKee and John Klinkose runs from 6 to 9 p.m. in Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Indianapolis-based artists present ethereally painted worlds, environments and imagery inspired by imaginings, dreams, history and experiences.

Emma Overman’s paintings have been called “innocent yet otherworldly.” She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Hanover College.

Johnny McKee, a photography graduate of IU’s Herron School of Art, works at the Ashland Gallery and teaches drawing in the SMART program at the Indianapolis Art Center.

John Klinkose, a pilot, sailor and swimmer, draws on these experiences as a painter. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has
exhibited throughout the Eastern United States.

WHAT:
The opening of The Modern Alchemists: New Visions by Artists Emma Overman, Johnny McKee and John Klinkose

WHEN:
Friday, April 1, 2016, 6-9 p.m.

WHERE:
Indiana Landmarks’ Rapp Family Gallery, 1201 Central Ave.

COST:
Free; complimentary refreshments

INFO:
http://www.indianalandmarks.org/ or 317-639-4534

IDADA First Friday Events, Feb. 5, 2016

January 23, 2016 Leave a comment
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Art Bank Gallery on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association (IDADA)

First Friday events scheduled for Feb. 5, 2016 include:

GALLERIES

Art Bank    317.624.1010
811 Mass. Ave.    artbankgallery.com
Photographer and illustrator Deane Sagehorn will be the Featured Artist with her show, “Perception Predilection,” 6-9pm. Admission: free. Her work is humorous, calming and meditative, a resting point for the eye, refreshing in its simplicity.

ATHENAEUM ARTSPACE    317.655.2755
401 E. Michigan Street, 2nd floor    athenaeumfoundation.com
The InSight Art Promotions presents: NEO 5. Come & enjoy conversation with five emerging young artists. The challenging and conceptual work of Rebecca Robinson, Rae Parker, Latoya Marlin, Omar Rashan and Sidney Holmes… awaits you!

FINE ESTATE ART AND GALLERY TWO     317.253.5910
1332 North Illinois Street    gallery-two.com
Gallery Two Presents:  “Coastal Rhythms”  recent paintings from Maine by Jerry Smith.  Twenty new oil paintings of the Maine coast from Jerry’s recent travels.  Jerry and other G2 artists on-hand.  Gnosh, cheer and art in abundance!

Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop    317.822.8455
617 Mass. Ave.    franklinbarrygallery.com
The Gallery will  feature paintings by painter, faux artist Bob Bayliss, Ohio. Bob incorporates texture in many of his works to create age or effect on the canvas.   Represented by Franklin Barry ten years, and that’s a reason to celebrate!

Gallery 924    317.631.3301
924 N. Pennsylvania St.    indyarts.org/gallery924
The Young Collectors Show. This exhibition is curated and installed especially for the enjoyment and appreciation of 3-12 year old children. Expect to see beautiful, whimsical, and intriguing artwork by 30 central Indiana contemporary artists. Join us for a Special Event on Saturday, February 6 from 10am–12 noon for the Indy’s Child Pop-Up Play Date. See the Young Collectors Show and enjoy snacks and fun art activities for the whole family.

Raymond James Stutz Art GallerY    317.503.6420
212 W. 10th St., Suite B110 – First Floor     stutzartists.com
“What Makes My Heart Beat?” – In partnership with the  American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, this heart-warming art exhibit will feature people, places and things that the artists find endearing. Their passions will be displayed in the form of sculptures, paintings, photographs, wearable art, and more. In addition, they’ve installed a chalkboard wall for visitors to share what makes their hearts beat and why they want to stay healthy for their families – in support of Go Red’s theme this year..

SATCH LOST & FOUND Art GallerY    317.691.3661
1125 E Brookside Ave Gallery 2L     satch@indy.net
Located in the Circle City Industrial Complex, see recent assemblage art by Artist SATCH using repurposed and recycled materials.

ARTIST STUDIOS

Harrison Center for the Arts    317.396.3886
1505 N. Delaware St.    harrisoncenter.org
In the Harrison Gallery – “Follow Your Heart” group show features the work of five artist couples. HCA curator Kyle Ragsdale, who conceived of the show, said, “It’s interesting to see the work of two artists shown together, knowing that they have lived together and been in relationship over time, and to think about the ways they have influenced each other’s work.” Participating artists are Amy Falstrom and Ralph Domanico, Corey and Megan Jefferson, Zack and Gala Bent (Seattle), Andrew Perry Davis and Rachel Bliell, and Quincy and Nikki Owens. Artist reception, 6–9pm. The work hangs through February 26.

In the City Gallery, which features place-based work that celebrates urban Indy, presents Very Truly Yours, new work by Erin Hüber. From high tea at L. S. Ayres & Co. to the parlor room of the 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison, this body of work reflects on Indianapolis at the turn of the century.

In Gallery No. 2 – Kali Yuga: Drawings for an Aging Universe, Hannah Barnes. Barnes, teaches painting at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, creates work that “explores the tensions between structure, fragmentation, pattern and aberration, through the lens of abstraction.”

In Hank & Dolly’s Gallery – “Thirteen Years” – new work by Chad Campbell. In this exhibit, the gallery becomes the art. Campbell’s assemblages are created from poplar lath removed from the Harrison Gallery ceiling during the first phase of its recent renovation and the dozens of layers of paint that, until recently, covered the gallery floor.

In the Gallery Annex – Work by Kristy Hughes and Neil Cain

In the Gym – At 7pm in the gym is the #LOVEat38th 5×5 contest sponsored by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).  For this event, five finalists will be given 5 minutes and 5 slides to present an idea using the arts to benefit the 38th and Illinois Street Great Places neighborhood. One winning project will receive $10,000 to make it happen.

Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC)
1125 E Brookside Ave
The CCIC artists and artisans are located in the 500,000 square-foot, mixed-use industrial space, located just NE of the Mass Ave and 10th Street. Studios are accessed from two well marked entrances at 1125 E. Brookside Avenue. Outside of First Friday and other special openings, most of the artists use their spaces as working studios. Visitors can contact artists directly to arrange visits. Studio maps and information are located inside the entrances to the building. There is free parking across the street from the entrances.  CCICA posts updates at: www.facebook.com/ccicartists

M10 Studio – Studio C7. 317-501-2119. “Back to Cuba!” Warmer US relations with Cuba have inspired photographer Eric Schoch and graphic artist Gary Schmitt to merge retro poster styles with contemporary images of Cuba that will have you ready to pack your bags and go!

Darkroom Revelations – Studio C7A. 317-727-0698. Tom Potter, Gayle Moore, and Nancy Frass work in the historic film processes for their black and white photographic prints. Fine art figurative, recent still life, our “door” project, and scenes from coastal Maine. Enjoy refreshments and demonstrations of the large format camera.

Five Seasons Studio – Studio C6. 317-523-7777. “Secret Garden”. Printmaker James Hubbard shows etchings and linocuts of land, water, and sky.  Made by carving into cork or copper, Hubbard’s prints reveal his connection to the land.

Nancy Lee Designs Studio – Studio C8B. 317-937-1652. New photos by Rad Drew in a show entitled Cuba: Pearl of the Antilles as well as new pearl jewelry and a pair of copper sculptures. Open 6–9PM and by appointment through Feb. 27.

ALTERNATIVE SPACES

Funkyard Coffee Shop & Gallery    317.822.3865
1114 Prospect St.    funkyardblog.com
Meet Nicholai Shaver, a painter & assemblage sculptor. This show combines his hard-line paintings with organic sculpture along with his unique Cabinet Columns & “Plein air” paintings. Live Music 7-10.

Indiana Landmarks Center     317.639.4534
1201 Central Ave.    indianalandmarks.org
Rapp Family Gallery: “WE ARE”– Relevant to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, this show hopes to ignite honest conversations. This first time collaborative exhibit features contemporary artist, Bruce Armstrong, sculptor, Keith Bullock, contemporary assemblage artist, Anthony Radfordand and  abstract, realism and fabric artist, Mijisa Saundrajo Holiday. Keyboardist and bassist Leonard Rodgers, flutist Bruce Armstrong, along with rapper Shami ‘Like the Sun’ and poet Mijisa, will perform on First Friday.

fletcher place art & books    
642 Virginia Ave.    please e-mail fpartsandbooks@gmail.com for information
New work by local artist Karen Mann. Join us for the IDADA First Friday opening from 6–9PM. Karen will be on hand to speak about her artwork and answer questions.

Ten Great Indiana Events: Number 3 Might Surprise You

October 3, 2015 Leave a comment

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

Once again this week a reader asked, via email, “What are the best events in Indiana?” Hmmm…talk about a loaded question! That’s kind of like trying to name Indy’s best burger (which is sure to provoke an argument) or trying to answer the eternal question: “What is Hip?” (sometimes hipness is what it ain’t). One person’s pleasure is another’s poison.

Nevertheless, in an attempt to address the question, I’m going to offer ten of my personal favorite events in Indianapolis and Indiana. I’m well aware that others would likely choose an entirely different list, because we all have our own likes and dislikes.

Also, if I lived in South Bend or Fort Wayne or Evansville or elsewhere, I’m certain my list might be different. So please don’t send vehement text messages or emails saying something like, “I can’t believe you left the Three Rivers Festival off your list,” or “Why didn’t you include the West Side Nut Club Fall Festival?” or “Where’s the Covered Bridge Festival on your list?” (But I would like to hear your choices in the comments section below.)

Having made those disclaimers, here goes!

#10. Christmas City Walkway of Lights

Christmas City Walkway of Lights

Christmas City Walkway of Lights in Marion, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

Matter Park in Marion, Indiana, about 90 minutes north of Indianapolis, presents the Christmas City Walkway of Lights every November/December. For $5 you can drive your car load of passengers through the park and see a huge variety of colorful and visually-appealing holiday light displays, with millions of lights, featuring everything from the IU logo to the 12 days of Christmas. Be sure to time your visit so you arrive just after dark. It’s even cooler if you park your car and walk through the park. Your kids will love it. See http://www.walkwayoflights.org/

#9. St. Joan of Arc French Market

St. Joan of Arc French Market

French Market at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church at 46th and Central Avenue in Indianapolis holds its parish festival every summer in August. I finally made it to the French Market in 2015 and was enthralled by the laid-back, easy-going setting, the big crowd, the variety of French cuisine, and the many vendors and activities in a beautiful neighborhood setting. Admission is free, but parking in the neighborhood can be a challenge. See http://www.sjoa.org/frenchmarket/

#8. Mid-Summer Festival

St. Christopher Mid-Summer Festival

Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Speedway, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

St. Christopher Catholic Church conducts an annual parish festival each summer in July. I love this festival for its neighborhood setting in Speedway on Indy’s west side at 16th and Lynhurst, plus its excellent variety of cuisine and carnival rides. Admission is free, but finding parking in the neighborhood can be a challenge. It’s pay-as-you-go at the food booths and rides. See http://indyfestival.com/

#7. Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

The Indians are the AAA minor league baseball team in Indianapolis. They play their home games at Victory Field, 501 West Maryland Street, in downtown Indy. I love to go out to the ball park because the action is up close and personal, tickets are reasonably priced in the $10-15 range, and the skyline of Indianapolis presents a beautiful backdrop for a baseball game. Monday Dollar Nights offer hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn for just $1 each. See http://indyindians.com/

#6. Indy Greek Festival

Middle Eastern dancing at the Greek Festival in Carmel, Indiana

Middle Eastern dancing at the Greek Festival in Carmel, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

This is a colorful event held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel, Indiana each summer in August. The Greek food is plentiful, the Middle Eastern dancing and music is so enjoyable, and the sanctuary inside the church is breathtaking. Be prepared for long lines in the food court, and you may have to park at Marsh Supermarket more than a mile away on Michigan Road and wait for a shuttle bus to transport you to the church. See http://indygreekfest.org/

#5. Italian Street Festival

Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

I love the Italian Street Festival at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street in Indianapolis, across the street from the Eli Lilly Company. The food is terrific (the four-layer carrot cake is unforgettable), the neighborhood atmosphere is enjoyable, admission is free, and I can usually find free parking across the street from the church. By now you are probably thinking that I’m a devout Catholic based on my selections thus far, but I’m not. I just love a good festival. See http://www.indyitalianfest.org/

#4. Indiana Flower and Patio Show

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds

Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

This show is held each spring at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 East 38th Street, in Indianapolis. It’s a great event with colorful displays, lots of good ideas for decorating and home improvement projects, and a photographer’s delight. See http://hsishows.com/wp/indianaflowerandpatioshow/

#3. Feast of Lanterns

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana

Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

This one-day festival doesn’t always get a lot of media coverage, but when they turn on the lanterns after dark, this is one of the most beautiful and colorful events in the city, in my opinion, held at Spades Park on Indy’s near east side in August. Food trucks, lots of vendors, a beer garden, and a neighborhood setting combine to make this event so enjoyable. Admission is free, but parking in the neighborhood can be a real challenge. Take your own chair and enjoy a lovely evening (opting for acoustic music would further improve this event, IMO). See https://www.facebook.com/IndyFeast

#2. Circle of Lights Celebration

Circle of Lights as viewed from the Skyline Club.

Circle of Lights on Monument Circle as viewed from the Skyline Club. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis transforms into a holiday showplace with the lighting of “the world’s tallest Christmas tree,” free live entertainment, and a festive atmosphere. Admission is free, so join me and 100,000 of my closest friends for this annual holiday tradition. See http://www.downtownindy.org/happening-downtown/hot/circle-of-lights/

#1. Indiana State Fair

Indiana State Fair midway.

Indiana State Fair midway in Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

I’ve been going to the Indiana State Fair since 1953 when I was still in diapers. It’s unquestionably my number one favorite event of the year. There is so much to see and do. You can’t really see it all in one day, but it’s fun to try! I like to ride the shuttle train all the way around the fairgrounds at least once just to see what’s new, then jump off the shuttle and work my way around the fairgrounds on foot.

My mom’s favorite was the quilt display in the Family Arts Building, so I always stop by and view the quilts to honor her memory. My brother played trombone in the Anderson High School marching band that won three consecutive state championships in the late 1950’s. So our family has a long and enjoyable history at the fair. The food is unbeatable, the midway is lively and colorful, the concerts feature national recording artists, the hot air balloon launch is inspirational, and a stop at the Dairy Bar for an official State Fair milk shake is a must. There’s something for everyone. See http://www.in.gov/statefair/

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Dig IN: A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park in Indianapolis
  2. Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival on Massachusetts Avenue in Indianapolis
  3. Indy Irish Fest at Military Park in Indianapolis
  4. Freedom Blast Fireworks Show on July 4 in downtown Indianapolis
  5. St. George Festival at St. George Orthodox Christian Church in Fishers, Indiana

How did I do? What are YOUR favorite Indianapolis and Indiana events of the year? Let me know in the comments because I try to cover as many Indianapolis and Indiana events as possible each year, and I’ll try to get to as many of them as I can.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: AroundIndy.com, LLC received a Media Pass to the 2011 Indiana State Fair, complimentary tickets to the 2012 Indiana State Fair, a 2015 Media Pass, and a media pass to the 2015 Indiana State Fair. You may think I’m biased as a result, but I was going to the fair decades before these complimentary passes were offered.

Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 24-25, 2015

April 19, 2015 Leave a comment
Stutz Business Center

Stutz Business Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

The Stutz Artists Association has added artist demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and an entertainment line-up that features jazz, blues and more to its Open House.

The 22nd Annual Raymond James Open House takes place Friday, April 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tickets are $12 in advance at select Old National Bank locations and the Stutz Business Office or $15 online and at the gate. Tickets are valid both days. Children 12 and under are free. For information call 317.503.6420 or visit http://www.stutzartists.com/.

Proceeds from the event support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists for one year. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House is the largest indoor art event, downtown Indy. More than 70 artists will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the 2015 two-day event.

The Stutz Open House, which began in 1993, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 70+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how the work is created.

Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. In addition to being a great place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices from $12 to $10,000- the event offers a rare chance to see vintage cars in the historic Stutz car factory.

Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, demonstrations, acoustic music and food vendors.

ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS

2:30 pm Artist Rachel Steely James, Studio B350

How does an oil painter bring forth depth and glow by altering the colors in a painting? Rachel Steely will demonstrate the layering of translucent paint that helps bring to life her abstract butterfly paintings.

3 pm Artist Kerry Jackson, Studio A210

Kerry Jackson, fine arts and performance artist, will be creating a live painting to music in under 15 minutes. Come witness the creative process in a fast-paced and unique way!

3:30 pm Artist Wendy Franklin, Studio A330

Wendy Franklin will focus on showing the audience the basics of wet felting, a process that involves layering of wool and silk, wetting it down, and applying pressure until the fibers mesh together and form a whole.

4 pm Artist Myra Perrin, Studio A315

Making metal move: Myra Perrin will demonstrate how to turn flat pieces of copper sheet and wire into 3 dimensional forms, as well as demonstrate texture and color on metal.

4:30 pm Artist Cheryl Lorance, Studio B255a

Visit Cheryl Anne Lorance in Studio B255a to see an egg tempera painting demo. Egg tempera painting was the primary painting medium in the European Medieval and Early Renaissance period up to 1500. It was replaced by oil painting and lost for centuries until five British artists founded the Society of Tempera Painters in 1901, launching the tempera revivalist movement.

5 pm Artist Ritch Hanna, Studio C380

Ritch Hanna will demonstrate his tools and techniques while working with hot and cold wax, adding color, scraping, scribing, and using a heat gun and butane torch to get the effects he wants.

5:30 pm Artist “Quilting by the Stitch”, Studio D365

Several members of the Clayton family make up “Quilting by the Stitch.” Come and watch as they show how they take fabric and turn a simple, traditional quilt block into a beautiful, modern piece of artwork.

6 pm Artist Kerry Jackson, Studio A210

Kerry Jackson, fine arts and performance artist, will be creating a live painting to music in under 15 minutes. Come witness the creative process in a fast-paced and unique way!

ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, 5:30-10 pm

Andra Faye and the Rays
Celtica
Finest Grain
Cara Jean Marcy and Grover Parido
The Dapper Music
Midwest Contraband
Dave Petty
Marvelous Marvin, Chicago George, with special guest Jay Thompson

Saturday, 2:30-6 pm

Andra Faye and the Rays
il Troubadore
DNA and Delta Duo
Heart 2 Heart
Davis Harlow Project
Bill Price
Salvador Dalai Llama Farm
Gordon Bonham

Call for “Goats Gone Wild” Entries in Vevay

April 4, 2015 Leave a comment
Fred the Goat in Vevay, Indiana.

Fred the Goat Statue in Vevay, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Kendal Miller
Switzerland County Tourism

The Switzerland County Visitors Center announces a call for entries for their second “Goats Gone Wild” exhibition. Open to youths and adults, the event will open from 6-9 p.m. on July 3, 2015, during Vevay’s First Friday.

The art show is just one of the activities that will kick-off the inaugural “Fred the Goat Festival” to be held on Saturday, July 11 on Liberty Street in Vevay.

“Fred” was a white goat that once roamed Vevay Hill in Switzerland County, Indiana, for many years. Residents were often seen searching the hillside for Fred in hopes of taking photographs to upload to his Facebook page.

After his death in late 2013, Fred is now immortalized by a white concrete statue placed in his honor (see photo above). “Fred the Vevay Hill Goat Festival” is a tribute to his memory.

“Goats Gone Wild” participants are invited to get creative by entering art work, a craft, or anything of the written word such as a story or poem about “Fred, the Vevay Hill Goat” or goats in general.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Arts & Crafts and Literary, with a youth and adult winner in both. Guidelines are available at the Visitors Center located at 128 West Main Street in Vevay.

Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to a local business of the winners’ choosing in the adult category and a $25 gift certificate in the youth category. The youth category is for ages 14 and under. Original entries that best incorporate the “Goats Gone Wild” theme will be selected the winners. Entries that were submitted in last year’s contest will not be accepted.

Entries will be accepted at the Visitors Center, 128 West Main Streeet, from June 29 to July 1, 10 am-5 pm. Winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. on July 3. Voting for a People’s Choice award will take place on July 3 from 6-8 p.m. with one winner being announced around 8:30 p.m.

All work must remain on display at the Center through Monday, July 27. Work can be for sale but will not be available until after the close of the exhibit.

Vevay’s First Friday is presented by Vevay Main Street with funding from Switzerland County Tourism. The event features year-around late night shopping, dining, art openings, store specials, live entertainment and free carriage rides around downtown Vevay.

Information on Switzerland County businesses, lodging and tourist activities can be found at http://www.switzcotourism.com or by calling (812) 427-3237. Switzerland County Tourism-Vevay, IN, is on Facebook and Twitter.