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May 2024

Updated: May 5


Watercolor by Sandy Hall

Have you thought about...

Being Part of the Arts

Click on the titles below for information.


May - at the Gallery

Call Out Photography Exhibit

What have you captured? Photographers from around Indiana are exhibiting fantastic work. This is one by Brigette Cook Jones. Many more to see.

4 Monetary Awards

Color $100, $75, B&W $100, $75

Artist Reception

May 10, 5:30-8:30

Sponsored by Scattered Bean Coffee Co

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us at

or 317.967.2461, at least one week prior to any visit.


A "Pause for Words"

Eagle Encounter


Against blue sky vibrance, their white heads

bob up and down in the huge nest,

my first sighting of bald eagles

in their true nature.

I steady my hands, to snap a picture

to prove my witness of this winged brood.


The sun burns my bare arms,

seagulls shriek behind me,

fly low over Lake Erie.

One of the eagles flies from the crowded nest,

glides through openings of outstretched tree limbs,

dips into the waves of the musty lake,

arrives back to family with a stunned fish

in its talons.


Lylanne Musselman is an award-winning poet, visual artist, and playwright, who lives with her cats and creates in Eaton, IN. She is a member of Hancock County Arts. Musselman instructs writing classes of all stripes at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis.


DATES TO SAVE - Fill Your May, June and Beyond...

Classes, Workshops, and Open Studios and The Will Vawter Plein Air

Open Studios:
Open Painting - Tuesdays 9am-noon, Broadway Flats Studio, 210 S. Center Street
Still Life - Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm


Plein Air - Paint Hancock County - some extraordinary places


Calling Crafters, Artists Vendors for June 15.

During 2024, we will celebrate our

25th Anniversary

since Hancock County Arts Cultural Council received our designation as a non-profit.

Watch for our fun Summer Celebration from June into August.

You are invited to celebrate with us.

In the Living Alley on June 15.

Then experience

25 Days of the Arts

Ending on August 10 at

The Ricks Center



celebrate all those artists and art forms you can see in Hancock County.

Hancock County Arts Mission:

Promoting and Celebrating

Arts for

Hancock County,

 with the Vision as a vibrant community

where arts and culture flourish and are widely embraced.


Artist Call Outs

June, Will Vawter Juried Art Exhibition and Sale

Annual Exhibition Intake is June 8, 2024 and will run through July 13, for Indiana Artists Exhibit.

Time to register!

Each participant may submit up to 2 paintings.

Entry Fee $35 for members, $45 for non-members.

Entry Procedure

All entries must be original work. 

We accept only framed work or fully painted gallery wrap hung with wire (no saw-tooth hangers), work that has been completed within the last three years, and work that has never been entered in this show before.

Our Juror is Bruce Neville, a signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, an Associate member of the American Watercolor Society, and a Signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club. Neville has won numerous awards and honors including the RAM Richmond Art Museum Award of Excellence, CAC Viewpoint Award, Boston Mills Award of Best in Show, and two years Best in Watercolor at Carmel International in Carmel, IN. Neville has extensive teaching experience at the college level at the Cincinnati Art Academy and workshops throughout the Midwest.

  • The 42nd Annual WSI Juried Exhibit at Newfields/Indianapolis Museum of Art

August 2, 2024 - September 28, 2024. Deadline to enter is May 24, 2024.


Other Artist Call Outs

  • Exhibit Opportunity for youth at 23 East Gallery, Greenfield Christian Church

We are excited to feature “Art By Kids …For Kids” from students and homeschoolers of Hancock Co.  Bring your matted or framed pieces on June 5 to Greenfield Christian Church, 23 East St, Greenfield IN. Application is free through Sandy Hall, coordinator.  The Show will be on display June 7-August 25.

Contact Sandy Hall for more information and application. or text at 317-507-4617.

  • 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. Be a sponsor / Contribute your Artwork, contact


The Eclipse was outstanding. And our exhibit was, too.

In case you missed the Eclipse Exhibit, here are the winners:

1st Place -Nancy Wolfe, Mixed Media

2nd Place - Gale Sturm, Stained Glass

3rd Place is shared by 2, because of how difficult the choices were.

Sherry Owens, Wooden Phase Trivet and Amy O'Connell, Fiber Fish Frenzy

Develop your Art

How Artists can use Copyright...

Indiana Writer's Center - IWC:

Teachers: Indiana Summer Institute for Creative Teaching Returns for 2024! You can sign up to be notified.

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:



  • Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452, his father was a successful civil official in Florence, Italy. His mother was a young peasant woman named Caterina. Leonardo spent his childhood at his grandparents' home at Vinci, a small town 25 miles west of Florence.

By age 13, he showed a talent for drawing, and his father apprenticed him to Andrea Verrocchio, the official artist of

the Medici family. His studio was also a research center for chemistry, mechanics, optics and other sciences.

When he was 30, Leonardo went to Milan where he was an "all-around expert" at the duke's court, involved in

everything from paintings to plumbing. It was in Milan that he painted The Last Supper as a fresco in the dining

room of a Dominican convent. It became immediately famous.

Leonardo was 47 when the French captured Milan, and he returned to Florence. During this time he painted Mona

Lisa. King Francis I later gave him a generous pension to come to France. Leonardo accepted and lived his final

years "in exile", quietly pursuing his multiple interests.

  • THANK YOU to the GASC Volunteers!!! The gallery is updated with Daylight bulbs. What a difference it made. Painting and classes will be even better than ever. 26 bulbs were replaced. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP OF THE ECLIPSE EXHIBIT AND YOUR VALUABLE HELP AT THE GALLERY.

  • Link your card to an organization. Just 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.

  • Volunteer Help Needed for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to continue to keep our gallery open. Please visit and enter as the creating email. Volunteer training as you would like. 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

Any accommodations needed for accessibility, please contact us

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


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