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January 2024

Updated: Jan 20


When does 24 equal 25???

During '24, when Hancock County Arts celebrates their

25th Anniversary

as a 501(c)3.

Yes, 25 years ago, wonderful artists and leaders in Hancock County gathered to create the plan for

Hancock County Arts Council.

They set up the board of directors, filed incorporation papers, received the EIN number

and set the Arts and Culture in Hancock County on track.

It's leap year so we will have

366 new days


366 new chances.

Be part of the arts.

Click on the titles below to go to the information.


At the Gallery

J a n u a r y 2 0 2 4

Four Members - Together, Talented with an Exciting Exhibit

Greg Gearlds, Michelle Kimberlin, Scott Lenon and Qing Shue

Greg Gearlds is an Indiana based artist whose 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 a 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.

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"

Daily Murmuration

The poet here is a child. On Old National Road

          the starlings invade at dusk;

twist around the radio tower

a static scarf spiral above the bowling alley flood the sky

a collective pulse a continuous exhalation

I never find the words.

My daughter watching ready for them each day

says simply,

they're ashes

flying through the air.

Leah Lederman is a writer and supporter of writers. Find her at and



Hancock County Children's Choir will hold assessments and auditions for spring semester on January 8. LOVE TO SING? Sign up here for an appointment!


Classes, Workshops, and Open Studios

Open Studios:
Open Painting - Tuesdays 9am-noon
Figure Drawing with model will begin again January 11, 2024 6:30pm-9:00pm
Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at or 317.967.2461, at least two weeks prior to any visit.


A t t h e G a l l e r y

February, 2024

Hancock County All Elementary Students Exhibit

Our developing artists 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. Peoples Choice Award - $100 and $50

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

May, 2024

Photography - What have you captured? We want to see all you do! Members-$30 for 2 entries, $5 for additional. Non-Member-$40 for 2 entries, $5 for additional. Peoples Choice Award - $100 and $50


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,

Time to develop our Hancock County Arts Volume IV Coloring book!!! Can you submit some artwork to be included? Our sponsors in the past have helped us create a wonderful product. Get ready.


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:

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.

Hang your artwork in businesses. Do you have themed artwork that might be useful for businesses? Let us know.

Businesses, would you like artwork for your walls? Let us know. Community Foundation of Hancock County have set a precedence, exhibiting artist's work for all visitors to see. We would like to push that activity more!



  • Something fun:

  • Monthly 2nd Friday Sponsors Wanted Expanding our reach and you can help. We are mailing postcards to all who have shown an interest in Arts and Culture in Hancock Co. Can you be a part of it?

  • Address Changes? Please be sure to let us know your new addresses.

  • 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.

  • Desperately Wanted: Volunteers for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, to continue to keep our galley open. Please visit and enter as the creating email. Volunteer training as you want. Thank you.

  • Wanted: Laser Copy Paper- Always

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


O u r M i s s i o n

Promoting and Celebrating



Hancock County Open Wednesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays 11 till 2

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! Open for private showings, don't hesitate to 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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