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July Newsletter

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

wishes you and yours

a safe and happy

Independence Day.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


July, you can see Two Exhibits at the Gallery

1 week left to personally see to purchase.
Will Vawter Juried Exhibition and Art Sale through July 8
Vote for your favorite - PEOPLE's Choice, when you stop by!
Our annual Will Vawter Art Competition attracts the best artists throughout Indiana, visit through the month and until July 8. Watch our evening awards celebration, click - 24th annual 2023 Will Vawter Art Exhibition artists reception and awards. - YouTube
And don’t miss seeing an original Will Vawter painting, on loan from David Spencer, on display. It’s exciting to see these masterpieces offered to us by generous area art collectors.
Learn about Greenfield's Son, Will Vawter. here: HTTPs://
See the 3rd Annual Plain Air Celebrate Art in Hancock County

Our juror this year was Kjell Wangensteen, the Associate Curator of European Art from Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Kjell is a museum professional with 24 years of experience as a curator, fundraiser, marketer, community engagement specialist, strategic planner, and data analyst at art museums throughout the United States. Passionate about developing new audiences for museums and improving lives by connecting people with art.

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at or 317.967.2461,

at least two weeks prior to any visit.

July - Teachers in Art -

We are delighted to invite our Hancock County teachers to display their art in the gallery during the final three weeks of July.
We love to celebrate their creativity. 2nd Friday, July 14, 6:30 - 8:30
Their art display is always outstanding.
See You There!!!

We Must Shout Out!!




We were recently awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Hancock County for $2,000. This grant "Celebrating Art in Hancock County, The William Vawter Exhibit" goals were to increase community knowledge of Vawter and our annual exhibit and events. This
grant successfully paid for expenses of our annual events.
We were able to attract a wonderful group of artists from central Indiana to Hancock County. We are grateful to the donors who made these funds to support our mission possible. The 2023 Annual Grant Cycle was open to any 501(c)3 or charitable tax-exempt organization serving Hancock County. This grant cycle granted more than $140,000 to 26 organizations from a collection of CFHC’s unrestricted resources and field of interest funds.
To see results of the Plein Air click Hancock County Plein-Air Paint Out 23 - YouTube and visit the Gallery, see the Will Vawter Exhibition and Art Sale. click HCA Vawter Exhibit 2023 - YouTube. Stop in to see these works of wonderfully talented artists. On display through Saturday, July 8, 2023.






We were also recently awarded a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. This grant is an "Arts Organization Support" grant. It is a two-year cycle, and with that, we are able to plan more activities for our upcoming two years. This grant was made possible in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Upcoming Events

1st Saturday of each month, July 1, Wood Carvings, by Jim Webb, demonstration, stop in from 11 - 2 at our gallery.

2nd Saturday of each month, July 8, Crayon Coloring, by Diana Moore, demonstration, stop and join in from 11 - 2 at our gallery.

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at or 317.967.2461,

at least two weeks prior to any visit.

Hi-lighted Member

Hancock County Arts would like to introduce you or reintroduce you to Diana (Honaker) Moore.

Diana is a Greenfield native now living in New Palestine. As a lifelong artist, she graduated Greenfield Central as Art Club President and in the National Art Honor Society, further attending Herron School of Art. Working at Logo Athletic in the production art department allowed her to learn graphic art and design which later on helped her to expand into photography and graphic art when her sons played football and baseball and daughter performed in the color guard producing photographs and graphic art along their journey.

After the older kids moved on and the youngest started high school, she was able to get back into fine art with oils and colored pencils winning several awards in the Riley Days Fine Arts competition as well as displaying her work in local businesses. From her home studio she sells commissioned pieces, family and sports photos, and produces pieces to sell at art fairs.

You may see Diana painting in front of the gallery when we need to bring more attention to the exhibits. She volunteers at our Twenty North Gallery each second Saturday of the month. On that Saturday, she sometimes uses crayons to paint and developing artwork. She recently painted at the Decorator's Showhome and her work was purchased by the homeowner. Her work is sold each time she finishes a piece. Stop in to see how she does it and ask questions.

She joined the board this year and has proven invaluable with her energy, know-how and passion for the arts.


Classes, Workshops, and Open Studios

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at or 317.967.2461,

at least two weeks prior to any visit.

Open Studios:
Open Painting - Tuesdays 9am-noon
Still Life or Plein-air - Thursdays 1pm-4pm
Costumed Figure Drawing - Will begin again July 13, Thursdays, 6pm-9pm, $5.00 - for the model.

Four Thursday evenings this July!

Wednesday afternoon, 12:30 - 2.

Saturday in September, 12:30 - 2.

Calling All Super Writers!

Do you dream of being an author?
Starting July 24, Donna Griffin will be hosting writer's workshops for classes, schools, organizations or young writers K-12. Bring your writing and I'll give you feedback and ideas on how to be a Super Writer! Email me to schedule a time for your child to turn their story into a finished project and become a published author!


Gallery Call Outs and Plein Air Paint Outs

V Higgins Paint out Competition Shelby Art Guild Association

July 15, 2023

$20 Entry - Three categories - Prizes

The Gallery, 5 Public Square, Shelbyville.

Pre-register or pay at the door at


August 11, 2023

Looking for contestants to fill these slots:
5-6 pm Enter by emailing us at - Subject Art War
6-7 pm Pick your favorite time now
7-8 pm Chocolate prizes await the winners!
Each hour there will be an artist winner!
Guests will stop by, cheer the artists on and drop their ballots in the ballot box on their way into the gallery.
The gallery will be filled with a regional Portrait Society of America art exhibit to take in. And of course, we will be a stop on this year’s Chocolate Walk.
Grab a ticket at the Greenfield Chamber (Greenfield Chamber of Commerce | Greenfield, IN ( before they’re gone and collect lots of wonderful chocolate throughout downtown Greenfield. Come join the fun FRIDAY August 12th!

Artist Call Out

"A Face For Radio"

August 12th, Saturday. Paint Portraits of fun local radio personalities with the Portrait Society of America Regional Members, at Bradley Hall. $20 for non-members to join in, Lunch is included. Sign up to observe, too!

August - Portrait Society of America Regional Exhibit

Portrait Society of America Indiana Members have invited Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan members to join us. Many are coming!
Opens Aug 05, 11:00 AM and closes Aug 26, 2:00 PM Hancock County Arts Gallery, 20 W North St, Greenfield, IN 46140, USA
Community and Artist Reception Aug 11 - 6:30 to 8:30 PM Come Meet the artists.


A "Pause for Words"

My Art Lesson
When I drew that ladybug in kindergarten
and Mrs. Johnson, my teacher, thrilled
at how realistic it looked. I felt important,
like a real standout for once
since I’d struggled to learn to tie my shoes,
and it took me forever to pronounce refrigerator.

Even as an only child, I didn’t know the strengths
of unrestrained praise. My parents were not big on art,
but when Mrs. Johnson called Mom into the classroom
and gushed over my lifelike ladybug,
I felt like a big deal for the first time
for something I’d done well.

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 is the director of the Blackford County Arts Center.


Notes and Needs!

So many exciting things coming, Volunteers, check and join us.

July 29, 9 - 5, Pennsy Trail Art Festival:

We have a large area reserved and are looking for artist members to help, bring some crafts for interactive activities with the hundreds of visitors. We have face painting, doggie paw painting, poetry reading and an acoustic guitar playing. If members have something you would like to promote that day, send an email and we can fit you in. One of the best festivals for music and art.

Needed-Always: Visit and enter as the creating email.
Needed: Time to update our gallery lighting. Light Bulbs to update our gallery to Day Light Bulbs.
Needed: Laser Copy Paper - Always
Needed: Starting a Monthly Art Lecture/Chat series. Can you help?
Needed: Crew of 3 to assemble shelving in the basement-may take an hour.

Thank you.


Our Mission

Hancock County Arts will

provide leadership for the creative community, by encouraging, celebrating, and promoting arts and culture

throughout Hancock County. Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 11 till 2 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 event. 20 N State Street Greenfield, IN 317.967.2461


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