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Art Colony Weekend

2018 September 7-9

The Brown County Art Guild is hosting the 4th Annual Brown County Art Colony Weekend. This event is a celebration of the rich artistic history and exciting future of Brown County! The 30th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest, a Villagescape Paint Out, a Community Paint-Along, music, auctions, and more!

Weekend Schedule:

Prelude pARTy
Friday, September 7 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm
Brown County Public Library (205 Locust Lane)

Prelude Party Poster

The Friends of the Brown County Public Library and the Library’s Art Advisory committee are hosting the opening reception “Prelude pARTy!” Admission includes tours of the Brown County Pottery and Permanent Collection highlights, live music, and a silent auction. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Library front desk and at the Brown County Visitors Center, or also by mailing a check to Friends of Brown County Library, P.O. Box 1184, Nashville, IN 47448. Proceeds will support library programs and to help with the purchase of historical Brown County artwork for the collection.



AGAIN - A Festival of New Art Made with Old Stuff
Saturday, September 8 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Emerald Pencil Backyard (23 North Jefferson Street)

AGAIN is a festival of works by artists, artisans, and designers who are working with found, scrounged, rescued, re-imagined, and reinvented objects. Register for the AGAIN show at the Brown County Art Guild or online at

30th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest
Saturday, September 8 - 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site (4220 T.C. Steele Road)

The oldest plein air painting competition in Indiana celebrates its 30th year in 2018! Gates open at 7 a.m. for artists to bring their blank pages and canvases to be stamped in the site classroom, then it’s off to work. Artwork is judged at 2 p.m. beside the Formal Garden, and awards for child and adult categories are announced starting at 3:15 p.m. First Place and People’s Choice winners will be displayed at the Brown County Art Guild following the Paint Out. Registration available at Day of registration allowed as well!

Community Paint Together
Saturday, September 8 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Tilton Corner of the Village Green

All people, locals and visitors, are encouraged to contribute to the 4' x 8' mural representing what Brown County means to you. The mural will be exhibited in various venues during the fall. All paints, brushes, and cleanup are provided by Art Alliance Brown County, a volunteer organization that works to organize, staff and supply all the materials for this popular event. 

Indiana Art Auction Preview
Saturday, September 8 - 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Brown County History Center (90 Gould Street)

Stop by the Brown County History Center to preview the art work that will be auctioned the following day at the Indiana Art Auction to benefit the Brown County Art Guild, hosted by Jackson’s Auction.

IHA Celebrates Today’s Masters
Saturday, September 8 - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Brown County Art Gallery Studio (1 Artists Drive)

This event celebrates the first showing of Indiana Heritage Arts’ (IHA) entire permanent collection, its 40th anniversary, and also enables visitors to meet the masterful artists of those paintings.

Mellencougar Featuring Toby Myers & Silent Auction benefiting Brown County Weekend Backpacks

Saturday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Brown County Playhouse (70 South Van Buren Street)

A tribute to America, Rock n’ Roll, and John Cougar Mellencamp. Mellencougar is made up of a group of musicians from the Illinois/Wisconsin scene. Their appreciation of the music of the Heartland and specifically John Cougar Mellencamp helped to create the band and gain the respect of many fans and musicians. This performance will feature special guest Toby Myers, a celebrated bass player for years with the Mellencamp band. Tickets available online at or at the Playhouse box office. The silent auction will have a nice selection of interesting art, making it a perfect fit for Art Colony Weekend.

Villagescape Plein Air Paint Out
Sunday, September 9 - Paint Out from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; awards at 2 p.m.
Brown County Art Guild (48 South Van Buren Street) & around the Village

See artists paint live throughout the Village! Registration for the Villagescape Paint Out will open July 1. Artists can register in person at the Brown County Art Guild or online at

Indiana Art Auction, hosted by Jackson’s Auction

Sunday, September 9 - Seating starts at 1 p.m.; auction begins at 2:30 p.m.
Brown County History Center (90 Gould Street)

Make your bid at the Indiana Art Auction! Proceeds benefit the Brown County Art Guild.



TIME: Friday - Sunday (time varies, see schedule of events)
ADMISSION: Varies (see schedule of events)
WHERE: Various locations (see schedule of events)
PHONE: 812.988.6185

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