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Updated: Dec 16, 2023

Celebrate the Holidays at Hancock County Arts Gallery

Wishing you the warmest thoughts of joys and blessings from our place to yours for a wonderful Christmas. May peace, love, prosperity follow you always.

Be part of the arts.

Could you consider a gift towards our end year goal and

help us continue to serve Hancock County?

Click on the titles below to go to the information.


December Exhibit At The Gallery

Gone But Not Forgotten - Continues


Memories From the Past

An award was presented at Second Friday Reception on November 10th to Bill Barrett for a photo submitted which he had taken in Vietnam, titled "Friends Lost", to commemorate lost soldiers in the 173rd Airborne, October 4, 1970.
If you are interested in commissioning an artist to help create your memories, come in and chat with the artists to help create an heirloom for your families. Exhibit will continue through December 16th.

See the Festival of the Christmas Trees at 20 North State Gallery - Take Time to Vote

All Businesses and Not-For-Profit Organizations in Hancock County were invited to decorate a tree representing their business or organization. You are welcomed throughout the month to visit the display, vote for their favorite tree.

Two winners will be announced Dec. 16th.

Vote - Bentley's Buddies, Changing Footprints, Riley Boyhood Home, Dr. Georgia Knotek, Brandywine Winds, Kids Play, Brooke Palmer State Farm Ins. and NineStar.

And HCA Artisan Shoppe - visit our wonderful vendors at this year's Shoppe!
Through December 16, you can pick up unique items for yourself or as Christmas gifts,. Items start at $5.00 and up!
Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 till 2, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 till 5.
Our vendors will be offering.
  • Locally Brewed Coffee Gift Packages

  • Framed Watercolor Artwork

  • Watercolor Gifts

  • Wood Christmas Décor and Gifts

  • Beaded Bracelets, Ornaments and Decor

  • DIY Paint Kits

  • Christmas Décor and Gifts

  • Hancock County Courthouse Ornaments

  • Hancock County Coloring Books

  • Bead Totems

Second Friday Reception

December 8, 2023

6:30p - 8:30p

Enjoy the exhibit, light appetizers

S e e y o u t h e r e .

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at or 317.967.2461, at least two weeks prior to any visit.


A "Pause for Words"

A Magical Memory

After a day of adulting, I step out

of my car into the cool, brisk air,

neighbors have their Christmas trees

already up. I glance at the heavens,

the multitude of stars are stunning,

with their sparkles and winks.

At once I am that six-year-old child

searching for Santa and his reindeer,

their sleigh gliding among twinkling stars,

a time I believed everything was possible.

Lylanne Musselman is an award-winning poet and visual artist, who lives with her cats and creates in Eaton, IN. She is a member of Hancock County Arts, and currently is president of Muncie Artists Guild. She instructs writing classes of all stripes at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis. Check out her website: Lylanne Musselman – Artist – Poet – Playwright (



Dec 9, Hancock County Children's Choir, at Mt. Vernon High School. Click for The Song of Christmas for Tickets to Light the Lights Christmas 2023 Production - When the calendar turns to December, Christmas is in the air. The music, the lights, the food, and the parties tell us something special is afoot. Join us as emcees Grace and Garrett lead us on a musical journey to discover the Song of Christmas. ​It's a melody you'll want to sing all year!


Classes, Workshops, and Open Studios

Open Studios:
Open Painting - Tuesdays 9am-noon
Still Life - Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
Figure Drawing with model will begin again January 11, 2024 6:30pm-8:30pm
Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at or 317.967.2461, at least two weeks prior to any visit.


At the Gallery

January 2024

Four Members - Together, Talented with an Exciting Exhibit

Greg Gearlds, Michelle Kimberlin, Scott Lenon and Qing Shue

Greg Gearlds is an Indiana based artist who's paintings, photographic art and clayworks are all inspired by the simple idea of, "What if..."

Michelle Kimberlin is an Indiana artist and the owner of Hancock County Creations Art Studio. She paints and teaches: dividing her time between Yoga and Art, individual classes and creating exciting group art parties.

Scott Lenon is an Indiana-based wood carver who specializes in masks of traditional Japanese drama (Noh). Each Noh mask is hand carved from a single block of basswood. Scott then uses gofun, nikawa, natural earth pigments, sumi ink, and copper metal to finalize the masks. It takes Scott between 200-400 hours to complete one mask. Noh masks can represent age, gender, animal, demon or divine along with emotion and expression.

Qing Shue is an Indiana artist, born in Shenyang, China. I have loved painting, ever since I was very young. When I was younger, I would sit for long periods of time drawing or painting. sometimes up to 6 hours or more. Going to an art school had always been my dream. Unfortunately, my family expected me to to into engineering school.

January 12, 2024, 2nd Friday Artist's Reception, violinists, Sweet Marmalade, will be back to entertain: Ellen Klieman-Redden and Marilyn Watkins.

February, 2024

Hancock County All Elementary Students Exhibit

Our developing artists always bring the most exciting pieces to exhibit DURING the month of February. It is always a Must See. Artist Reception, 2nd Friday, February 9, 2024, 6:30-8:30

March, 2024

Hancock County All Jr. High and High School Students Exhibit

Next generation artists will again prove that the Hancock County Art teachers are outstanding and phenomenal. Come to the Artist Reception, 2nd Friday, March 8, 2024, 6:30-8:30

April, 2024

Total Eclipse of the Sun – Open to every Medium - Emphasizing FIBER

This will focus on art works of the eclipse and the sun, light and dark. This may include the effect of sunlight and shadows in works of art. 2D and 3D art can include paintings, and alternative media especially fiber artworks, sculpture and photography. Members-$30 for 2 entries, $5 for additional. Non-Member-$40 for 2 entries, $5 for additional.

MARCH 30, 2024 Planning a talk about what you can expect during the eclipse. More coming!

May, 2024

Photography - your work. We want to see all you do! Members-$30 for 2 entries, $5 for additional. Non-Member-$40 for 2 entries, $5 for additional.


Additional Artist Call Out

Quarterly outreach for art representing Hancock County to be on display at Community Foundation of Hancock County. Their new space is waiting for your art. If you have something you would like to add to their walls, contact Marie Felver, 317.462.8870,


Developing your Art

Indiana Writer's Center - IWC:

Indiana Summer Institute for Creative Teaching Returns for 2024!

The conference will take place July 10-12 in Central Indiana.

Teachers are some of our state’s best creative problem solvers and innovators. Great educators take risks, learn, reflect, and collaborate. Those same attributes are the building blocks of creativity. The Summer Institute for Creative Teaching, which began in 2023, will return in 2024 with an expanded set of sessions, offering Indiana educators the chance to gain skills and knowledge on incorporating creativity into the classroom. For more information, sign up:

Statewide High School Screenwriting Contest

The winning screenplay will be fully produced by professional filmmakers, in the hometown of the winner. Entries are due by January 4, 2024. More details, tips, and even guides for teachers looking to incorporate this project into their curriculum are available on the Constellation website at

The Indiana State Fair has revealed its 2024 theme. “The Art & Nature of Fun” theme will be activated by celebrating art and nature, promising an unforgettable experience for all.



  • A Little at a Time... Kroger Community Rewards Hancock County Arts has registered for the Kroger Community Rewards. Please consider linking your Kroger card to Hancock County Arts and at no cost to you. . Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations. Thank you for your support.

  • 2024 Dear Art Teachers of Hancock County We would like to invite you to present your students artwork in our gallery.

February, 2024, will be the Elementary Exhibit. Intake for Elementary is January 30 and 31, from 2 - 6.

March, 2024, will be the Jr High and High School Exhibit. Intake for Jr H and HS is February 27 and 28, from 2 - 6.

  • 2024 - Hancock County Arts will celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Searching for music, song and entertainment from Hancock County. Email if you are interested.

  • Needed: Volunteers for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to continue to keep our galley open. Visit and enter as the creating email. Volunteer training as you want. Thank you.

  • Needed: Laser Copy Paper- Always

  • Needed: Crew of 3 to assemble heavy shelving in the basement-may take an hour..


O u r M i s s i o n

Hancock County Arts will

provide leadership for the creative community, by encouraging, celebrating,

and promoting arts and culture

throughout Hancock County. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 11 till 2

Fridays and Saturdays 11 - 5 through 12/16/23

Closed 12/17/23 through January 2, 2024

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Open for private showings, contact us.

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us

at or 317.967.2461, at least two weeks prior to any visit. 20 N State Street Greenfield, IN 317.967.2461


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