ART BRIEFS: Local artist finalist for prize; artists featured at local gallery; new shows announced

Local artist finalist for Vance Prize

Local artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels won the Association Spring Show 2022 Vance Prize with her painting “Grandma Had a Garden.” The Vance Prize is offered by the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation to an Association member for outstanding work. Submitted

Local artist Patricia Rhoden Bartel’s painting “Grandma Had a Garden” is the Association Spring Show 2022 Vance Prize finalist.

The Vance Prize is offered by the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation to an Association member for outstanding work. Four finalists are selected from each show and awarded $250. All four are eligible for the $1,000 Vance Prize given at the end of the year.

The prize is named in honor of Frederick Vance, an early artist who was key to founding the Brown County Art Gallery, but passed away before he was able to see it completed. His family established a prize in his memory at the time, but it faded away over the decades.

After the Gallery expansion in 2015, the Foundation Board decided to bring back this prize, with board member Dr. James Leatherman as the sponsor.

Artists featured at gallery

Metal art made by Bruce Adamson and mosaics created by Christina Knipstine will be featured at the Hoosier Artist Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St. during the month of May.

Adamson uses traditional methods with a forge, anvil and sledge to build his metal art. He has hammered out a style all his own over his many years as an artist. Knipstine works intuitively with smalti glass from Mexico and Italy, salvaged stained glass, vintage china, seashells and recycled objects to create her mosaics.

Knipstine will be present to greet visitors at the gallery and Adamson will demonstrate his art outdoors at the rear of the gallery during the Fourth Friday Art Walk Friday, May 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a drawing for an art item for the Art Lovers Giveaway for visitors to the gallery. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Acrylic art class resuming next month

Anabel Hopkins, Brown County artist, is resuming monthly classes in acrylic pour painting at Country Heritage Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St., starting June 4. The class will run from 1 to 3 p.m. upstairs in the downtown Nashville winery.

Suitable for youth and beginners, each participant will create a painting on canvas and one on a ceramic tile. All materials are provided. The cost is $42, payable in advance by contacting Anabel at 812-340-8781.

“Fascination” by Anabel Hopkins. Hopkins shows her work in several galleries in New Buffalo, Michigan featuring her acrylic pour work. One of her pieces was commissioned by the new Indiana University Health Hospital and hangs there now, along with two of her impressionist landscapes. Submitted

Acrylic pouring is a brushless form of painting by creating layers of different colored paint which is poured and manipulated on a surface, making colorful marbled-type designs.

A class will be held monthly on the first Saturday of each month through September.

Concert pianist at Goat Conspiracy

Goat Conspiracy, 6022 E. Kent Road, will host concert pianist James LaVelle on June 11 at 7 p.m.

LaVelle has two chosen pieces for the evening and selected wines for perfect pairing. The pieces are Sonata in D Major, D85 “Gasteiner” by Franz Schubert and “Davidsbündertänze Opus” 6 by Robert Schumann.

The wine list includes Messmer Spätbergunder Pinot Noir, Marc Barthez Bordeaux Blanc and Altos Ibericos Crianza. Charcuterie boards featuring Goat Conspiracy cheeses, local produce and breads will also be served.

Tickets are $60. Registration is required at

More acts announced for music center

The Brown County Music Center, 200 Maple Leaf Blvd., has announced a new performance for 2022.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform on June 22. The pair have released two multi-platinum, five platinum and three gold albums, as well as 19 Top 40 hits.

Ann Wilson of Heart will perform on June 28. Wilson is considered one of the premier rock vocalists of all time. Heart has gone platinum eight times, sold over 35 million albums and are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Gladys Knight will perform on July 30. Knight has won seven Grammys and has No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary. In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Joe Satriani will perform on Oct. 23. The guitarist has released 19 studio albums and is the founder of the all-star “G3” extravaganza. Satriani released his new album, “The Elephants of Mars” on April 8.

Buy tickets to this show and others on the venue’s 2022 schedule at

The music center recently announced it was rolling back its health check policies at the venue. Each artist will now determine if a health check is required or not for entry to their show at the music center.

Fans will continue to be notified of any changes as directed by the artist for each show. This information will also be available under the “Safety” tab on the website.

Applications open for holiday craft show

Applications for the Seasons Holiday Art and Craft Show 2022 are now being accepted.

The show dates are Friday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seasons Lodge Event Center, 560 State Road 46 East. The show has been a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for nearly 40 years.

Artists and crafters are invited to apply to the juried show through the show’s website, Applications are also available in the Seasons Lodge business office.

Art Guild raffle tickets on sale

Tickets are currently on sale for the Brown County Art Guild Annual Raffle, which will be held on Nov. 19. The winner of the raffle will receive the oil painting, “On a Clear Day” by Ronald P. Mack.

Tickets are one for $30, two for $50 or five for $100. Tickets can be purchased at the Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., or at

Three new exhibits are now on display at the Guild until July 9.

The Guild member spring exhibition and sale showcases award-winning artists’ work. Many works are available for sale.

“Canvas to Wall” special exhibition and sale explores the history and the story behind each work in the exhibit.

“Bring to Light: Uncovering Guild Classics” historic collection exhibit celebrates the Guild’s historic collection of works and the mastery of former Guild artists.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Indiana Heritage Arts exhibition and sale

The 44th Annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale is scheduled for June 11 through July 19 at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive.

An opening reception will occur on June 10 and the exhibit opens to the public on June 11.

Guests can enjoy wine, soft drinks and appetizers at the reception. Reservations are required and tickets are $20 per person. Artists, sponsors and donors, plus a guest, may attend for free.

As part of the annual exhibition and sale, IHA will host an event in conjunction with the T.C. Steele State Historic Site on June 18. “Painting Selma’s Garden” will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where artists from across the state will be invited to paint Selma Steele’s garden.

Onlookers will also have the opportunity to see the artists at work. The historic site will open at 5:30 p.m. for an open house featuring food, wine and self-guided tours of the gardens and House of the Singing Winds.

An art sale will take place in the Large Studio.

Reservations are required and tickets are $45. Call 812-988-4609 to reserve.

Transportation will be available from the Brown County Art Gallery to T.C. Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

An event package, paired with the annual IHA exhibition and sale, can be purchased for $60. The package also includes one IHA non-artist membership and two free 2022 passes to T.C. Steele State Historic Site.

The art gallery will host several other events and exhibits this year.

A new major exhibit as part of the gallery’s partnership with the family of Nancy Noel is currently on display at the gallery.

The 2022 gallery event calendar is as follows:

June 10-July 9: Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale with a reception on June 10.

June 18: “Painting Selma’s Garden” presented by Indiana Heritage Arts and the T.C. Steele State Historic Site

July 23-Aug. 21: “Printmakers Get Their Due” with a reception on July 23.

Aug. 27-Sept. 25: Nancy Noel exhibition and sale

Oct. 1-Nov. 13: Collector’s Showcase “Snowfall” with a reception on Oct. 1.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

ChamberFest Brown County schedule, tickets

Tickets are now available for the ChamberFest Brown County festival at

Most concerts will be free of charge to ensure there are no financial barriers to access. Seats are available to reserve ahead of time by purchasing a $20 ticket. It is strongly encouraged to purchase tickets to ensure a seat.

Nashville United Methodist Church will host three concerts featuring chamber music with piano while Brown County Presbyterian Fellowship and St. Agnes Catholic Church will host a guitar duo and early music duo, respectively. Country Heritage Winery will welcome all ages to a poetry reading. The Brown County Playhouse will present the final chamber music gala, which will be the capstone concert of the festival.

The week-long festival schedule is:

On Sunday, Aug. 14 John Marcel Williams and Jordan Dodson will perform “From Rameau to the Beatles” on guitars at the Brown County Presbyterian Fellowship, 602 State Road 135 North.

On Monday, Aug. 15 Rachel Wong playing the baroque violin and David Belkovski on the harpsichord will perform “Diverse Bizarrie” at St. Agnes Church, 1008 McLary Road.

On Tuesday, Aug 16 poet Cathy Bowman will perform “The Musics of Poetry” at Country Heritage Winery, 225 S. Van Buren St.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17 clarinetist Andrea Levine, pianist Futaba Niekawa, soprano Catherine Compton, violinist Lei Hou and cellist John Sharp will perform “Clarinet Transformations” at Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St.

On Thursday, Aug. 18 Elizabeth Prindonoff and Andreas Loannides on piano and the Lincoln String Quartet will perform “Passion and Despair” at Nashville United Methodist Church.

On Friday, Aug. 19 pianist Andreas Ioannides, violinist Mark Kaplan and cellist Peter Stumpf will perform “In Memory of a Great Artist: the Tchaikovsky Trio” at Nashville United Methodist Church.

On Saturday, Aug. 20 members of the Lincoln String Quartet and Pacifica Quartet will perform “Chamber Music Gala” at the Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.

For more information visit or follow @chamberfestbrowncounty on Instagram and Facebook.