ART BRIEFS: Playhouse seeks funds for new projector; Uplands Winter Wine Market

Playhouse seeks funds for new projector

The Brown County Playhouse is seeking donations for a new projector to bring movies and more back to the 425-seat venue.

Several months ago, the Playhouse’s projector stopped working and it could not be fixed. The Playhouse staff and board of directors decided to plan for a new projector and how it could be used to expand the vision for performing arts there.

“Movies open doors and drive connection, especially at the Playhouse. Our unique venue makes any feature a community-building event, and a new projector will help us bring back the movies,” a release from the Playhouse states.

With a new projector the Playhouse plans to have movie-themed costume parties for cult classic and blockbuster movies, sing-alongs for popular movies from both the past and present along with family movies for all ages.

A new projector would also allow the Playhouse to host regional film festivals and screen art films including those by local filmmakers. Pre-show messaging and sponsor highlights could be upgraded with a new projector along with the ability for the Playhouse to be more creative with set design and production, the release states.

The new projector is estimated to cost around $40,000.

A donor will match any donation made towards the new projector, doubling any funds donated.

“The matching gift gets us halfway there, but only if the community steps up to engage the match. We hope that you’ll join us in expanding the theater arts in Brown County,” the release states.

Donations can be made by visiting

Gallery to host Uplands Winter Wine Market

The Indiana Uplands Wine Trail will be gathering at the historic Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, to offer a holiday shopping experience like no other on Dec. 4.

Tickets $15, noon to 5 p.m. Taste wines from across the Indiana Uplands, sample specialty foods from local artisans and shop for the best in Indiana wines, wine accessories and more.

Visitors also can explore the gallery exhibits, both permanent and seasonal, and watch as gallery members demonstrate their skills. For more information:

Shadow box making class happening in town

Healing Hearts and Memory Making, 173 S. Van Buren St., will host a shadow box making class on Dec. 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. A variety of paper, tools adhesives, and other materials will be provided. Participants can bring photos, or they can be printed. There will be a $5 allotment to purchase additional items in the shop.

Tickets are $30 per person. Participants can register by calling 812-988-6923, emailing, or stopping by the shop.

Sleepy Cat Studio presents Holiday Open House

Sleepy Cat Studio, 4687 Yellowwood Road, will host a Holiday Open House on Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featured artists are Monique Cagle, Rosey Bolte, Dixie Ferrer, Amy Greely and Michele Pollock.

The Open house is free and open to the public.

Celebrate the Season returns to music center

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: Celebrate the Season will return once again on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. to the Brown County Music Center, 200 Maple Leaf Blvd.

Themes for the performance will be peace and thanksgiving, with classic and new holiday favorites.

Tickets start at $5 and can be purchased at

Town seeking designs to be used on traffic boxes

The Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission has announced a call for artists’ designs to be reproduced as vinyl wraps for three metal boxes in town owned by the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Request for proposals are due on or before Jan. 31, 2022.

The call is open to all artists, graphic designers, illustrators and photographers who are part of the greater Nashville and Brown County art community. Designs must be original artwork and can be created in any medium. Designs must be able to be reproduced in a high-resolution digital image without loss of integrity or quality.

The link for the RFP can be found at

Questions about the project can be sent by email to:

Work of artist couple at gallery this month

The Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St., is featuring the art of Ann Woods and Bruce Kell this month.

Woods tears, folds, bends and curls colored and water colored painted papers to create images of flowers, birds and woodland scenes in shadowbox frames. She has been an artist and public school art teacher for over 30 years.

Kell paints and draws from life and en plein air. He creates portraits and scenes from nature or on the street, using his own interpretations of his subjects. Kell taught portrait and life drawing at the John Waldron Art Center.

The two artists are married.

The Hoosier Artist Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving Day.

Family of late artist offers work for sale

The family of a Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association member who recently passed away is offering a collection of her work for sale.

Norene Mara passed away earlier this month. A collection of her paintings are on display at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive, where she was an Association member for many years.

Mara was popular with buyers who loved her “lady with a hat” paintings. There are a number of these images in the collection along with a variety of other subjects, sizes and prices. All are oil paintings on canvas and board. The paintings are signed.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the association. Founded in 1926, the Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association continues today as one of the oldest ongoing art associations in the U.S.

Annual Patron and Youth exhibitions returns

The Brown County Art Guild welcomes painters of all ages to enter the annual Patron and Youth Exhibitions.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the adult and youth categories.

Entries will be accepted Jan. 7 to 9 and 14 to 16, 2022. There is a two entry max for the Patron Exhibition. It is $40 for the first entry and $20 for the second. Youth are allowed one free entry.

Download an application at or pick one up at the gallery.

The awards reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Works will be judged by Guild artist member Jeff Hagen.

Local art show to run through November

Ascension Fine Arts, 61 W. Main St., will be hosting “The Sea is Lush,” an art show featuring oil painter Sharon Weis. The show will run through Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An art teacher at Walden School, Weis uses composition, perspective ships, emotive color correlations and natural rhythms set by the sea and sky to create aesthetic divisions of space. She enjoys painting on birch plywood to draw inspiration from the natural world.

Local artist presents exhibition at gallery

Local painter and photographer Bill Bateman is having an exhibition at the gallery space on Old Hickory Lane behind the Hoosier Artist Gallery.

Visitors can view his works on Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. through Dec. 12.

For more information, call Bill at 929-213-6300.