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May Newsletter

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

It's Race Time, But Slow Down

and Paint, Draw, Create.

Our May Theme, 2D and 3D - Anything with Numbers

Painting by Michael Turner


May Exhibit At The Gallery

Count Me In - 2D and 3D Exhibit Anything with Numbers

This will be an open 2D and 3D exhibit of all mediums with creations displaying numbers. Our juror will be awarding $75 to both a winning 2D and 3D entry. Let your imagination run wild with this one.

The artist reception on May 12th will celebrate the month of May with a Black and White race theme.

Second Friday Reception May 12 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm

See you then!


Upcoming Events

Creative Nonfiction Group

4-week sessions discussing different aspects of creative nonfiction, pulling from memoir samples and books on craft.

It's an asynchronous Facebook group setting, so you'll have lots of flexibility. Join us from wherever you are! $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers

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

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

Due May 31st Art for Kids...By Kids

Start creating Art for 23 East Arts gallery, Greenfield Christian Church. Artists of al ages, follow our kid’s theme. Submit 2 pieces ready to hang. Show will run thru 8/29/23. Questions:


Hi-lighted Member

Hancock County Arts is excited to introduce you or reintroduce you to Janet Darling. Janet Darling is an oil painting artist in Greenfield, IN.

"What I love about oils is everything. They way they feel when you mix the colors, the way each layer of paint reacts with the next layer, that you can come back later and softer or even remove a layer of paint. You really can'€™t do that with any other painting medium.

Unlike some artists, I did not discover art until later in life. It was one of the biggest blessings I'€™ve ever received for many reasons. The biggest being, because I am ADHD, and my brain is generally going in many different directions, but when I paint, I get peace. It is soothing for my soul.

In 2008 I began teaching painting out of a small church in New Palestine. Some of my first students I still see every week. I am very proud of how many friendships have been formed through the

years. And I smile when one has a birthday, and others share a picture from one of the classes in remembrance of the time they spent learning to paint.

Besides painting, I love spending time with my husband, 8 sons and their families (including our 11 grandchildren), our 2 rescue dogs, and our 2 parakeets at our Greenfield home. I also enjoy spending hours outside tending to my roses. Which are one of my favorite painting subjects."

Janet is a volunteer for Hancock County Arts and is the heart in our social media. If you know of places we need to be socially, she is the one who can do it, just let us know.


Classes, Workshops, and Open Studios

Open Studios:

Open Painting - Tuesdays 9am-noon

Still Life or Plein-air - Thursdays, 1pm-4pm

Costumed Figure Drawing - Thursdays, 6pm-9pm, $2.00 -for the model

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

Coming... Stained Glass and more... What would you like to see and do???


Gallery Call Outs and Plein Air Paint Outs

May 20, Meet Up on Main, Fortville 4 - 7

Fortville welcomes plein air artists up and down Main Street and in Landmark Park. Music - a variety of musicians will be up and down Main Street and in Landmark Park. Food - Main Street restaurants will be at the patio (Main and Pearl Streets) featuring mini portions of favorites dish(es).

June 3 - CELEBRATING ART in Hancock County - Plein Air, Greenfield

Saturday, June 3rd from 8 am - 2 pm, 9 East Main, Greenfield. All ages, monetary awards in 3 Divisions

June 3 - Will Vawter Juried Exhibit Intake - Noon till 3.

Our annual Will Vawter Art Competition attracts the best artists throughout Indiana winning prizes and events held throughout the month. The awards celebration will be held on Friday, June 9th in our Living Alley. And don’t miss the beautiful Will Vawter, on loan from David Spencer, painting which will be on display in the gallery. It’s always great to see these masterpieces offered to us by generous area art collectors. Our juror this year is Kjell Wangensteen, the Associate Curator of European Art from Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

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. Their art display is always outstanding. We love to celebrate their creativity.


A "Pause for Words"

Sunny Disposition

Our Indiana spring is in bloom!

It brings Hoosier happiness –

those redbud trees bursting bright

magenta buds amid multi-colored green leaves.

Flowers popping out of the drab ground

peddling their yellow, pink or purple petals.

Northern cardinals serenade us with chirps and tweets,

a plea to open our windows, shed bulky winter clothes,

and enjoy this moment before it goes.

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. Check out her website: Lylanne Musselman – Artist – Poet – Playwright (


Notes and Needs!

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

Jr. Advisory Council created for 12 - 19 y/o, tell HCA where we need to go. We met quite a few young artists, at the

All Hancock All School Art Exhibit at New Palestine HS, who are interested. We will be contacting you. Thanks.

June 10, 11 - 5, In the Living Alley,

We have a tent reserved and are looking for artist members to bring some crafts for interactive activities with the children and adults. We can provide supplies, let us know what you need.

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, 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: Volunteers for Saturdays in June and July, to cover our vacations.

  • Needed: Gladys Cravits: The Board is looking for a volunteer to search Social Media sites of other Indiana Art Galleries. We would like to know about class offerings, prices and how our web site compares to other galleries. The volunteer would make a brief written report to be submitted to Alice. This information would be used as a base for determining future offerings/events for the 20N Gallery.

  • Needed: Electric leaf blower to keep our front and back areas clear and welcoming!

  • Needed: Light Bulbs to update our gallery to Day Light Bulbs.

  • Needed: Laser Copy Paper

  • 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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