Story courtesy of Kathy Steele
Ready to stroll through historic downtown Crawfordsville and find magnificent works of art by artists from far and near? Mark your calendars for Saturday October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. media, photography and even murals. There will also be demonstrations of pop-up art, chalk art and peace poles designed by the students of Rainbows and Rhymes Preschool. Each site will be identified by a bright red balloon. Cards with artist names, art types and locations can be purchased from the following sites: Crawfordsville Public Library, Montgomery County Carnegie Museum, Vanity Theater, Farmers Market, Joshua Cup , the local Four Seasons Market, Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, Crossroads Furniture and Athens Arts Gallery.
The Art Walk takes place during the day on a Saturday so community members can participate in multiple art activities including: the mural unveiling at 11 a.m. in the alley between the Montgomery County Community Foundation and Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts, the exciting Annual Art League Exhibition at the Crawfordsville District Public Library, an incredible jury show at Athens Arts and works of art that can be seen in the windows of many businesses along Washington, Main and Green and Wabash Avenue.
Our downtown stores and restaurants will be open to business, including the Farmer’s Market. Later in the day, Octoberfest will liven up guests with games, music and spirits at Pike Place. October 2 will be a fantastic celebration of the arts!
The Crawfordsville District Library is a wonderful place to start your art adventure. On display at the Mary Bishop Art Gallery, you’ll find 69 works of art by local members of the Art League, including unique and original pieces by Carol Baird, Linda Brady, Eleanor Brewer, Mary Lou Dawald, Ellie Dieckmeyer, Alice Harpel, Kathy Houghton, Lu Johnson, Maria Julio, Rick and Brianne Pack, Karen Patton, Pat Reimondo, Betty Sheets, Kathy Steele and Linda Weaver. Several of these coins can be purchased and a percentage of each sale will be donated to the library. The Montgomery County Carnegie Museum will have maps available, as well as exhibits of historical artifacts, books by local authors, and puzzles of historic sites in Montgomery County. Dennis Furr will exhibit 2 custom tables and Toni Ridgway-Woodall will exhibit Book Arts (handmade paper (leaves and sculptures) and original hand-bound books).
There will be a table at the Farmers’ Market with maps and membership forms for the Art League of Montgomery County. Kenya Ferrand-Ott, an artist from Athens Arts, will present one of her unique art forms. The Farmers Market is also a great place to find arts and crafts from other local artists, flower arrangements, jams, jellies, pumpkins, and seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The CHS dance team will have chalk drawings on the sidewalk outside JM Thompson Insurance at 121 S. Washington Street. You will be inspired by what these talented young people can do. John Strain will present fluid artwork at the Vanity Theater.
Take a break at the corner of Washington and Main to have John Oiler draw a realistic portrait in ink for a small fee. At PRKD Properties, Bethany Habegger will have oil and watercolor paintings of abandoned places and images of decaying infrastructure. Rick and Brianne Pack, winners of the 2020 Spooky Street Decorating Contest, will have 3D multimedia projects in Abby Elaine Photography’s storefronts. Dana Ellis will share three oil paintings of women and nature at the office of Joseph Marion Capital Management. Kathy Steele has a photograph of the courthouse with its majestic clock tower in the window of Sugar Creek Eyecare at 109 E. Main. For fun, stop at The Joshua Cup to see how local artists view coffee cups. The display will show all types and models of mugs. It’s a great place to take a break and enjoy a cup of java. There are more photographs of Kathy Steele on view at Milligan’s Flowers and Gifts.
The dedication of the mural in the driveway of the Montgomery County Community Foundation will begin at 11 a.m. paint the mural on the side of the MCCF building. His breathtaking works of art will light up our downtown area.
Angelita Hampton will be exhibiting vibrant photographs, jewelry and prints of women and nature in Nogginz at 125 E. Main. Turn the corner and enjoy the 3D acrylic on wood and canvas by Brianne Pack in Judith Kleine Architect’s window at 114 S. Green St. Continue down Green Street and to the First United Methodist Church at 212 E. Wabash to view a collection of Peace Poles created by the students of Rainbows & Rhymes preschool.
Returning to Main Street, enter the US Post Office to see the mural, Indiana Agriculture, painted by Fred W. Long in 1942. Kenn Clark will have a photo at the door of the Tri-County Bank at 224 E. Main . During normal office hours, there is a small gallery of works by local artists in the center of the bank. Amy Westphal continues to beautify our homes and tables with beautifully designed ceramic serving platters, platters and mugs. Her practical and decorative artwork can be found at the Four Seasons Local Market at 216 E. Main. At Marie Canine Plaza, you can see pole art wraps created by ASI consumers. These festive pole and tree envelopes add color and joy to our community. Visit 205 E. Main to enjoy Julie Wilson-Wood’s creative jewelry and t-shirt designs at JW Designs. Each original piece of jewelry is handcrafted with care and will make wonderful holiday gifts for friends and family.
The art tour continues on Washington Street where you will experience a wonderful adventure. Kenn Clark will have an exhibition of reflective photographs in the windows of Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider and Clutter, PC Sue Brassel will delight you with her masterful abstract works at CK & Company at 107 N. Washington. Don Gould will be exhibiting his pinstripes, panels, vases and various items on Phantom Point Technology Devices. Dave Demoret’s works will adorn the windows of the HIVE Realty Group. You might want to hop down the street to 115, 121, and 123 N. Washington to see more paintings and prints by Greg Hagan at Crossroads Furniture before you see the grand finale. Greg will have a table set up inside where he will sell some of his paintings and prints.
The Athens Art Gallery is a must see! The [untitled]The Jury Art Show 2.0 at 113 N. Washington St. will feature 90 works of art from 20 states. This unique exhibition will feature 2D and 3D art, oil, water, pencil, acrylic, mixed media, metal and textiles. The opening hours are Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Private tours can be scheduled by appointment. This show will end on November 1st.
Take the time to make one more stop to view the mural at the back of the Journal Review building. Take a close look at our current mural created by Ann Stanley and students from Hoover Elementary School. You’ve probably seen this mural while traveling through town, but never took the time to really study and appreciate the variety of local treasures featured on this mural. Each segment describes wonderful events in our community.
Montgomery County is fortunate to have so many talented artists and to have local patrons who support the arts. Art is an essential part of any thriving community. Take the time to enjoy, celebrate and appreciate the talents of others. Art, music and literature, past and present, make Crawfordsville the Athens of Indiana.