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November Newsletter

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

November News Thanksgiving (thanks·​giv·​ing) is a word of action.

  • 1: a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness

  • 2: the act of giving thanks

  • 3: a prayer expressing gratitude

The first known use of thanksgiving was in 1533

From Hancock County Arts Council to all of you, Thank you and


New Exhibit at the Gallery, join us on the second Friday.


Upcoming Events


Member Highlight – November 2022

Leah McNaughton Lederman is a writer and freelance editor who lives in Hancock County with her husband and an assortment of children, cats, and dogs. Although she wrote and journaled and pen paled her entire life, it took her a long time to start taking her writing seriously. She circled around it for years, earning a master’s in literature, becoming a writing instructor and then an editor… Finally, in 2018 she said, “It’s my turn.”

Curious about the way women write about the things they fear, Leah started off by creating two volumes of Café Macabre: A Collection of Horror Stories and Art by Women (SourcePoint Press, 2019; 2021), which feature the work of nearly four dozen women. She also published her own collection, A Novel of Shorts: The Woman No One Sees. These nine stories interlace to show the life of Esther, a tragically deranged but endearing cleaning woman who collects dust.

Leah’s true love is creative nonfiction, which has been published in The River and South Review, Defenestration Mag, Flying Island, and The Wrath-Bearing Tree. In 2020, her essay “My Bleeding Heart” was nominated for a Pushcart and chosen to be choreographed by DanceKaleidoscope. The memoir she co-wrote with her cousin, Beautifully Broken: The Katy Hayes Story, about becoming a quadruple amputee, releases at the end of 2022. Currently, Leah is working on a memoir about growing up with a combat veteran father.

Leah is active in several writing communities in the Midwest: she is a volunteer with the Lafayette Writing Studio, Social Media Coordinator and instructor for the Indiana Writers Center, and the Assistant Director of the Midwest Writers Workshop. She is also the fiction/nonfiction editor and ardent supporter of the online magazine, Of Rust and Glass: A Midwestern Creative Community. (She’s a bit of a zealot when it comes to Midwestern creatives.)

When she’s not doing something writing related, you can find her folding laundry, refilling sippy cups, and visiting the Hancock County Public Library with her children. If she has a free afternoon, she likes doing crossword puzzles in pen. You’ll find her taking walks in downtown Greenfield, Beckenholdt Park, and her country road in Buck Creek (it’s not a warehouse yet!). Leah also enjoys scrubbing tombstones with the Hancock County Historic Cemetery Commission.

You’ll find Leah on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Her books are available at her online store.


Classes, Workshops, and Open studios

Open Studios:

Tuesdays 9 am-noon

Thursdays 1-4 pm Still Life or Plein-air

Nov. 13 1-3 pm Fiber Projects and Handwork Projects


A "Pause for Words"

Observing Nature

A great blue heron stands among

long, linear leaves of wild rye,

glides graciously into the calm creek,

intently gazing into the water.

His striking reflection echoes

Greek hunter Narcissus. Handsome,

muscular, perfect plumage, until

helpless bullfrog slides down its throat.

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 (


Call Out for December Exhibit

DECEMBER, At the Gallery, 2nd Friday, 12/9/22 6:30-8:30 PM

Photography/Videos, be creative. Intake 12/1 and 2, 3 – 7. See you then!

Artisan Shoppe

Intake Nov 20 and 21, 2 PM - 5 PM.

Local arts and fine crafts vendors are invited to apply to be a vendor during the Hancock County Arts’ 2022 Artisan Shoppe.

The Artisan Shoppe is a celebration of art and community with displays, sales, and some demonstrations of arts and fine crafts by local and regional artists held in conjunction with the Hancock Co Arts Artisan Shoppe beginning on Friday, November 25 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Artisan Shoppe is located at Hancock County Arts’ TwentyNorth Gallery, 20A N State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140. Intake for the Shoppe will be Nov 20 and 21, from 2 till 5.

To apply for the 2022 Artisan Shoppe and for any questions about the Artisan Shoppe, please email


Notes and Needs!

1. We have come across artwork of a Greenfield artist, Goldenia Williamson. Someone has 5 of her pieces. Does anyone else know of her or have any of her work? She passed in 1994.

2. We are looking for help with Grant Writing. Please let us know if you are interested.

3. Hey, Artists, be sure we have your website on our website. Send a bio, telling us your medium. We have visitors asking about commissions. We are posting members artwork for sale, also. Send the information to


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 AM till 2 PM Open for private showings, contact us. 20A N State Street Greenfield, IN 317.967.2461


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