Club news for the week of May 3

Rotary club

Brown County Rotary Club will meet Thursday, May 4 at 7:45 a.m. at The Seasons Lodge in the Fireplace Lounge, 560 State Road 46 East.

Local artist and art instructor Patricia Rhoden Bartels will be the guest speaker.

In her presentation titled “The Evolution of Art in a Nutshell,” she will traverse the changes in the art world as technology has changed the way artists express themselves.

Bartels fell in love with “making art” at the age of eight after attending gifted classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and began seriously painting in graduate school while earning her MFA from Bowling Green State University. She taught in the public schools for 40 years and has been a professional artist for more than 50 years.

She has traveled to India, Egypt, Australia, Japan, Russia, Europe and Africa to learn, to paint, and to teach. She painted with Frederick Wrigley for over a decade. One of her insights into painting is that creating rhythms, movements, and most importantly vibrations of light and color makes a painting capable of evoking an emotional expression, unlike the experience of simply looking at recognizable objects. A painting must stand alone, independent of recognizable imagery, not merely as a representation of an object from the real world.

Her works are part of collections of Eli Lilly, Indiana University, IU’s Kelly School of Business, the Indiana State Museum, the Evansville Museum, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham, Ala.

Patty earned a bachelors in art education from the University of Toledo, School of Design Toledo Museum of Art, a master of arts from Bowling Green State University with a major in painting and art history and a minor in sculpture, and also an MFA with a major in painting and a minor in art history and sculpture, also from Bowling Green State University.

She has also studied at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, the University of Hawaii, Kent State University, and Portland State University. She has received awards, endowments, grants, and scholarships from organizations such as Fulbright Hayes, Eli Lilly, National Endowment of the Humanities, Kent State University, and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Members of the community, especially those interested in exploring opportunities to participate in projects and to be of service to our community, are invited to attend. You may also join us via Zoom using a link obtained by visiting and clicking on the “Contact us” URL.

Veterans organizations

Veterans service organizations of Brown County have various meetings throughout the month, all meeting at the Veterans Hall, 902 Deer Run Lane.

The Veterans Hall is a government facility and is alcohol free.

Vietnam Veterans of Brown County meet on first Wednesdays.

Veterans of Foreign Wars meet on second Thursdays.

American Legion meets on third Wednesdays.

American Legion Riders (ALR) Group meets on second Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

For more information on veterans meetings or events, call 812-988-5600.

Woodworkers Club

The Brown County Woodworkers Club will meet Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at the Brown County Library. Finishing expert Tim Puro has the program.

Bridge club

Brown County Parks and Recreation is currently seeking additional players for its Bridge Club. Those interested should contact parks and rec at 812-988-5522.

Bluebird club

The Brown County Bluebird Club is again offering fully assembled cedar bluebird nest boxes for $15 each or two for $25. If interested, call Dan Sparks at 812-200-5700.