Arts Village

Arts Village

For more than a century, artists have been drawn to the eclectic charm of Brown County. But history doesn’t just survive in Brown County, it thrives. Today’s artists use the energy of yesteryear to inspire their creations of today.

Studios filled with pottery, glass, wood and fiber dot the Arts Village. Fine art galleries provide the opportunity to indulge in the works of artists past and present.

The tradition of campfire jams takes center stage. You will find musicians gathering at coffee shops, breweries, restaurants and wineries.

Looking to hone your own skills? Demonstrations, classes and workshops are offered year round; from banjo to broom making; gourds to glass; canvas to clay; weaving to water color.

But don’t stop where the sidewalk ends. T.C. Steele State Historic Site gives a glimpse into the past while the various studio and garden tours let you get up close and personal with the artists themselves. Bill Monroe’s Music Park keeps the hills filled with music from Bluegrass to Blues and everything in between. 

Village Art Walk
Second Saturday Village Art Walk

On the second Saturday of every month from May to November, ten downtown Nashville galleries will remain open from 5 - 8pm. Some will offer refreshments, music, demonstrations and other free activities.

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"Soaring" by Elder Heart

The "Soaring" leaves represent fall leaves, driven skyward by a sudden wind. These leaves are not only an iconic symbol of Brown County, but also represent Arts Village Brown County and Elder Heart rising together, bonded by community to reach their dreams.

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History of the Art Colony

Ever wonder how the Art Colony of the Midwest was formed? Learn about how T.C. Steele, Ada and Adolph Shulz and other artists laid down their roots in Brown County.

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Discover the perfectly crisp air, gorgeous colors, art shows and special deals.

Brown County, Indiana

For more than 100 years, artists and adventurers alike have been drawn to the rustic beauty and quiet charm of Brown County, one of America’s original artists’ colonies. Everyone will find something to love – whether it’s eclectic boutiques and galleries, mountain biking and zip line adventures, outstanding scenery, welcoming accommodations, or simply the opportunity to reconnect with one another. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway or an exhilarating adventure, your perfect escape awaits you here.

Brown County Indiana: Escape Comes Naturally