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NOVEMBER Newsletter

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Celebrating Art throughout Hancock County

Hancock County Arts is so thankful for all of your support.

We may have missed telling you about what your support means.

It means more classes, reaching more people and not worrying about rent and utilities.

It means we can plan the future of arts and culture throughout every corner of Hancock County.

Be part of the arts.

2022 to 2023

  • Membership growth - 110 to 145 families and businesses

  • Class growth - 13 to 21, plus weekly Costumed Figure Drawing, Open Painting Studios and Still Life Painting

  • Visitors growth - 150 - 250 - Not including Will Vawter Art Exhibition and Sale, but during our second Portrait Society of America Regional Exhibit, we welcomed visitors from Il., KY. and Ohio

  • We were thrilled to open our gallery to a Boy Scout Troop and be a field trip for 18 wonderful Homeschoolers.

  • Newsletter growth - 500 to 900

Will you consider a gift towards our end year goal and

help us continue to serve Hancock County? DONATE

Click on the titles below to go to the information.


November Exhibit At The Gallery

Gone But Not Forgotten - Scenes/Objects/People/Structures,

Memories From the Past

Intake 10/30 and 10/31, 3pm - 6pm

This is an open show for all mediums of 2D and 3D art. This stirring exhibit will share the favorite artists’ memories of persons, places and things of the past.
Awards will be presented at Second Friday Reception on November 10th.
A special Award will be given by Greenfield Historical Landmarks to the artist capturing historic architecture.
If you are interested in commissioning an artist to help create your memories, contact us. Commission fees will be negotiated by the artists. You are invited to chat with the artists to help create an heirloom for your families.
Exhibit will continue through December 16th.

Second Friday Reception

November 10, 2023

6:30p - 8:30p

Enjoy the exhibit, light appetizers and

entertainment by Elias, Cameron and Landon.

S e e y o u t h e r e .

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"


Sunflowers stand


holding the sun

close to their stalky chests

with brittle petals.

Stalks into sticks,

leaves into paper;

they compose

next year’s song.

Leah McNaughton Lederman is an author and freelance editor living in Hancock County, Indiana with her husband and an assortment of children, cats, and dogs. Keep up with her on her website: Leah McNaughton Lederman

Author and Freelance editor, Director, Midwest Writers Workshop


Hi-lighted Member for November

We would like to introduce you or reintroduce you to Lisa Bowling.

Lisa, an accomplished bead artist, was born and raised in Greenfield Indiana. She graduated from Greenfield-Central High School and then went on to attend Purdue University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in consumer sciences and retailing.

Lisa resides in Greenfield Indiana, with her husband, Tim. Together, the two have five children. After all the kids were grown and out of the house, she picked up bead embroidery as a hobby and over time it grew into a full-time passion!

For the last eight years, Lisa’s work has placed first in the Professional Division at the Indiana State Fair.

Her designs are also included in the Indiana State Museum’s Christmas ornament collection that are on display on the Christmas tree every year. She was a featured designer for the Toho Bead Company’s yearly design challenge in 2020, allowing her designs to be displayed at venues around the world.

After forty years working in retail management, Lisa was recently able to retire. She now teaches bead embroidery classes for the Indiana Bead Society and spends her free time crafting new designs, working in the yard, and spending time with her grandchildren.



1st Saturday of each month, Nov 4, Wood Carvings, by Jim Webb, demonstration, stop in from 12 - 3, at the gallery.

SAVE THE DATE - Indiana Bead Society, November 4th.

We are excited to announce our upcoming Fall Workshop! Get ready to unleash your creativity and join us on Saturday, November 4th for a day of beadwork and fun. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process of creating unique and beautiful jewelry pieces. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced beader, this workshop is perfect for you. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn new skills and connect with other beading enthusiasts.

Stay tuned for more details on registration and location. Save the date now, see you there.

Saturday, November 4, 2023 St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church

Registration: 8:30am – 9:00am 2601 E. Thompson Road

Morning Classes: 9:00 am – noon Indianapolis IN 46227

Afternoon Classes: 1:30pm – 4:30 pm


Classes, Workshops, and Open Studios

Open Studios:
Open Painting - Tuesdays 9am-noon
Still Life - Thursdays 1pm - 4pm
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.


Plein Air Events

Paint Hancock County June 1, 2024 - watch for details... If you are a business or individual who would like to participate by hosting artists on Saturday, June 1, from 9-2, let Hancock County Arts know. We will introduce them to your area and let them be creative. You could end up with a fabulous painting of your setting.


At the Gallery

December - Christmas Tree Festival at 20 North State Gallery

All Businesses and Not-For-Profit Organizations in Hancock County are invited to decorate a tree representing their business or organization. Guests will be welcomed throughout the month to visit the display, vote for their favorite tree.

Winners will be announced Dec. 16th. Trees may be donated to needy families to brighten their season.

And Artisan Shoppe - looking for a few more vendors for this year's Shoppe!
From Black Friday through December 16. Email, if you are interested in adding your gifts/crafts to our Shoppe! Currently, here is what our exquisite vendors will be offering.
  • Locally Brewed Coffee Gifts

  • Framed Watercolor Artwork

  • Fused Glass

  • Wood Christmas Décor and Gifts

  • DIY Paint Kits

  • Christmas Décor and Gifts

  • Hancock County Courthouse Ornaments

  • Hancock County Coloring Books

January 2024 Four Members - Together, Talented with an Exciting Exhibit

Greg Gearlds, Michelle Kimberlin, Scott Lenon and Qing Shue

Greg Gearlds is an Indiana based artist who's 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.


Developing your Art

Indiana Writer's Center - IWC:

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

Cleaning your oil painting brushes. There are varying approaches to cleaning your oil painting brushes, but the main two are these:

1. Don't actually clean them and keep them in the freezer between sessions.

2. Clean them the right way.

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.


  • 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, March, 2024, will be the Jr High and High School Exhibit, Asking for the top 3 pieces from each grade. Intake for February, Elementary is January 30 and 31, from 2 - 6. Intake for March, Jr H and HS is February 27 and 28 and 29, from 2 - 6.

  • 2024 - 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. 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. Planning a talk about what you can expect during the eclipse on March 30. More info coming!

  • 2024 - Hancock County Arts will celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Searching for music, song and entertainment from Hancock County. Email if you are interested.

  • Needed: Volunteers for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to continue to keep our galley open. Visit and enter as the creating email. Volunteer training as you want. Thank you.

  • Needed: Laser Copy Paper- Always

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

Thank you.


O u r M i s s i o n

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

And Saturdays 11 - 5 from Black Friday till 12/16/23 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 visit. 20 N State Street Greenfield, IN 317.967.2461


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