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37th Annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale Headlines Busy Month for the Arts in Brown County

June 4, 2015

As one of America’s original artists’ colonies, Brown County is rich in art history, a heritage that it continues to honor to this day. From art galleries and eclectic boutiques to painting competitions and workshops, the arts are alive and in full swing this June.

Headlining a busy month for the arts in Brown County is the 37th annual Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale. From June 6-20, over 100 works of art by top Hoosier artists will be on display at the Brown County Art Gallery.

Not only is it a showcase for Indiana talent, the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale is also one of the largest art competitions in the Midwest. What started out as a local competition nearly four decades ago has grown into something much larger, extending its reach statewide to include any artist with ties to Indiana.

Handing out $80,000 or more in prize money to winners, the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition and Sale has developed a prestigious reputation among artists and art connoisseurs alike. All paintings entered into the competition will be judged by nationally-known Atlanta painter and teacher, James Richards, this year’s Juror of Selection. Richards not only will select the top paintings to be featured in the exhibition open to the public, but he also will determine award winners.

Competition winners will be announced on June 5 prior to the show’s opening at an invitation only Purchase Preview and Awards Event at the Brown County Art Gallery. All paintings juried into the exhibit will then remain on display from June 6-20 for public viewing and purchase. Paintings can be viewed during regular gallery hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Kathy Anderson, Indiana Heritage Arts President, encourages everyone to visit the exhibition. “It’s a great way to see the best of today’s Indiana artists,” says Anderson. “It’s really an impressive show and we’d like to share these paintings with as many people as possible.”

More information about this year’s competition and show is available online at or by calling 812-988-4609.

Brown County continues to honor its arts heritage with several other events throughout the month. New to Nashville is the inaugural Arts Village Cinefest, June 13-14. Local art groups have come together to produce Brown County's first festival of films featuring art and artists. In addition to five films scheduled over the course of two days, there also will be two art workshops and an after-party gala.

All Arts Village Cinefest films will be shown at the Brown County Playhouse. “Hands of Eros,” “Rivers and Tides,” “Herb and Dorothy,” and “Mr. Turner” are slated for Saturday, while “Between the Folds” will be shown on Sunday. The Cinefest’s after-party gala will take place Saturday evening at the Brown County Art Guild following the 7 p.m. showing of “Mr. Turner.”

After being inspired by the films, guests can put their art skills to the test during hands-on art workshops, which are scheduled for both days of the Cinefest. Saturday’s workshop, “Creating Ephemeral Art That Lasts,” will take place on Brown County’s Salt Creek Trail beginning at 2 p.m. Meanwhile, Sunday’s workshop, “Incredible Origami,” will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at the new Brown County History Center.

Tickets are $45 for a weekend pass, $10 for individual events, and $65 for a VIP pass, which includes admission to all events along with the after-party gala. Activity descriptions, film show times, and tickets are available online at

Also on June 13 is the Second Saturday Village Art Walk. Ten downtown Nashville art and craft galleries will remain open with some offering refreshments, music, demonstrations and other special activities between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 pm. Not only is the Village Art Walk self-guided and free, it also provides a great opportunity to interact with well-known local artists and gallery owners. Village Art Walk events will continue every second Saturday of the month through November; more information available online at

Another fun art event this June is pARTake, an interactive art experience that features instruction from local artists, served up with a side of wine and hors d'oeuvres. Art is no longer just for admiring. Guests can try their hand at creating their own pieces of art the fourth Saturday of the month. Each month focuses on a different art medium and will feature a different art instructor. At June’s pARTake event, guests will learn the fine art of bracelet making from Beth Parrock.

This month’s pARTake event will take place on June 27 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Chateau Thomas tasting room in Nashville. Tickets are $40 and include light refreshments, a glass of wine, and materials for the project. Seating at each event is limited to 10 people. For more information on pARTake and to purchase tickets, please visit

With so many activities and events, art is more than a past time in Brown County, it is a way of life. Immerse yourself in an arts heritage like none other and experience the arts in Brown County this June.

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