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INDIANA’S CONTEMPORARY MASTERS AT SOUTH SHORE ARTS

Curated by two Indiana Artisans, Lynn Retson and Rena Brouwer, the exhibit features nearly 40 paintings and drawings in virtually every medium – watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, and more.

(Jan. 19, 2015) Combining the strength of their individual artwork into exhibitions of exceptional depth, 30 Indiana Artisans who draw and paint have partnered on a statewide series.  Nine will feature recent work in South Shore Arts’ Crown Point Gallery for an exhibit opening Jan. 24 entitled, “Indiana Artisan:  Farms, Factories, Tourism and Culture.”  This is the seventh exhibition in the series, and it is the first to focus on a theme.  It will continue through April 4.

Curated by two Indiana Artisans, Lynn Retson and Rena Brouwer (whose watercolor, “Making Hay,” is pictured above), the exhibit features nearly 40 paintings and drawings in virtually every medium – watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, graphite, and more – and will include work by Indiana Artisans Laurie Balla (Mishawaka), Patricia Rhoden Bartels (Nashville), Rena Brouwer (Delphi), Charlene George (Brookville), Michael Janosky (Noblesville), Joyce K. Jensen (Zionsville), Lynn Retson (Porter), Sara Vanderkleed (Lafayette), and Carrie Wild (Indianapolis).

South Shore Arts will host an opening reception Sat., Jan. 24, from noon to 3 p.m. (Central).  The Gallery is at 123 N. Main St., Crown Point, Ind., 46307.  Gallery hours are Tue. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.

Indiana Artisan identifies, recognizes and promotes exceptional works of art and food created by Hoosier artists.  It is an official, state-sanctioned designation for work of the highest caliber, with applications reviewed annually.  Different panelists are engaged in each of the two annual reviews.  Art panelists include artists, collectors, gallery owners and managers, folklorists, museum curators and directors, art educators, retailers, and others with an appreciation of art and fine craft.

One criterion of particular importance is the work’s relationship to the Hoosier State.  The work of successful applicants is “juried in” to Indiana Artisan, meaning it becomes part of the Indiana Artisan brand and the artist may take advantage of the organization’s business development opportunities.  Currently the work of 296 Artisans in 63 Indiana counties is part of the brand.  Since the organization’s launch in 2008, more than 1,400 applications have been reviewed, with fewer than 20 percent successfully “jurying in.”

The work of the Indiana Artisans comes together annually at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, a tradeshow at the Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  In 2015, the Marketplace will be March 28-29.