One of America’s original artists’ colonies honors its past, keeps the tradition alive
September 7-9, 2018
NASHVILLE, Indiana– Dubbed the “Art Colony of the Midwest,” Brown County has deep artistic roots, stretching all the way back to the late 1800s! A long-standing haven for the arts, it’s still living up to the title today.
This September, Brown County will pay special tribute to its historic past during its 4th annual Art Colony Weekend, September 7-9. Brought to you by the Brown County Art Guild, Art Colony Weekend will be a fun-filled weekend celebrating the rich artistic history and exciting future of Brown County.
During Brown County Art Colony Weekend, art will come to life through several unique events that are sure to delight the inner artist in everyone.
To kick off the weekend festivities, a Prelude pARTy will be held at the Brown County Library on Friday, September 7. Tours of the library’s permanent art collection will be given, along with live music, a silent auction, wine, and refreshments. There will even be local artisans at work for all to enjoy. The party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Brown County Library or the Brown County Visitors Center. Proceeds from the event will benefit library programming and the purchase of a historical painting.
If you’re looking for a jam-packed day of art, then Saturday’s the day for you. A highlight of the weekend will be the 30th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site on Saturday, September 8 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. Experience the tradition of plein air painting as registered artists paint on the T.C. Steele Site grounds during a live painting contest!
Aside from plenty of painting at the contest, there also will be an outdoor afternoon concert by Stephen and Nancy Dickey and Friends, a beer garden provided by Salt Creek Brewery, and food by Brozinni Pizzeria. There will be a $3 parking fee charged upon arrival, with all other festivities at the event free of charge excluding food and drink purchase.
A new addition to this year’s weekend is AGAIN – A Festival of New Art Made with Old Stuff. Head to the Emerald Pencil in the downtown Village on Saturday to see works by artists using found, scrounged, rescued, reimagined, and reinvented objects. Stop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also, on Saturday will be the Community Paint Together. After being inspired by the artistic buzz around town, try your own hand at some art during this free, interactive event. Large panels will be available, along with all materials from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Village Green. Feel free to paint a section with your very own design!
The fun continues into the evening with a dazzling art exhibit and entertaining live show. Head to the historic Brown County Art Gallery to admire the entire permanent Indiana Heritage Arts (IHA) collection. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., join the Art Gallery as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Meet the masterful artists behind the IHA paintings while you’re at it!
After checking out the exhibit, pop on over to the Brown County Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. for Mellencougar. A tribute to America, rock n’ roll, and John Cougar Mellencamp, this show will be a great way to wrap up the day. The performance also will feature special guest Toby Myers, a celebrated bass guitarist who played with the Mellencamp band. Tickets are $24.50 and are available online (www.browncountyplayhouse.org/
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Come back Sunday, September 9 for the Villagescape Paint Out from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Painters will be out and about in the downtown Village showing their true talent as they create masterpieces before your very eyes! Paintings will be judged with awards. The Villagescape Paint Out is free for on-lookers.
Round out the weekend with Jackson’s Auction at 2:30 p.m. at the Brown County History Center.
Experience art firsthand during this one-of-a-kind Brown County weekend. Make plans to attend Art Colony Weekend, September 7-9, and get lost in the wonderful world of art!
For more information on Brown County Art Colony Weekend, please visit www.browncounty.com or call 812-988-6185.