Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Art, Architecture, History Are All on the Program ; ARTS BEAT

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Art, Architecture, History Are All on the Program ; ARTS BEAT

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Art, architecture and history weave through a series of guided strolls and easel invitations launched Saturday as part the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library's Centennial and Historic Preservation Month activities. A Brush with Art History invites sketchers, painters, photographers and others to bring their tripods, easels, canvasses and drawing pads along for weekly walks through Evansville neighborhoods. The free, public tours are open to everyone.

Each 9 a.m. session begins with a guided, hourlong walk, led by a representative from the Historic Preservation Services Office. Guides point out notable architectural features of the residential and commercial structures in the districts.

After the tour, artists may set up their easels and tripods to capture their impressions of the area. With enough participation, the library will showcase some of the work in an exhibition later in the month.

The program opened May 4 with a tour of the Bayard Park Historic District.

On Saturday, the Franklin Street District tour will depart from the West Branch Library. The schedule will conclude May 18 in the Riverside Historic District with a tour leaving from the Reitz Home Carriage House, behind the museum at 224 SE First St.

For more information, contact Teresa Schneider at teresas@evpl.org, or call 812-428-8231, ext. 2404.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

It's not technically a Mother's Day display, but "Our Interpretation," the new exhibition in the Women's Institute and Gallery in New Harmony, Ind., could be.

The show, which opened Friday, features paintings by Nikki Pritchett and her mother, Connie Rae Bell. Both women are Memorial High School and University of Evansville graduates who work with acrylics, said Lena Feiner, the gallery's owner.

Bell, whose work has appeared in solo and group shows around the area, paints abstractions "that make a creative writing state about life," Feiner said.

Pritchett paints vividly colored, wildly impressionist images, often featuring architecture and cityscapes. Her work has also appeared in numerous exhibitions and collections.

The show will hang through Aug. 4, with receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 and June 29 at the Women's Institute and Gallery, 916 E. Granary St.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana invites artists, vendors and entertainers to enlist for the second annual Art in the Park event, a free arts and music festival scheduled for June 1. …

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