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October Newsletter

Hancock County Arts Riley Festival Days are upon us. And it’s the season when we say goodbye to shorts and hello to sweaters, fall activities and the always fun and spooky Halloween. Enjoy your time, and Fall Breaks, with all the activities in Hancock County – you can find cider and mazes and pumpkins galore!

  • October AT THE GALLERY 2nd Friday


  • Hi-Lighted Member

  • Classes/Studio Time in Hancock County

  • TIME TO BID! Online Auction ending at the Diamonds and Denim Gala

  • A “Pause for Words"

  • November AT THE GALLERY-Photojournalism, Tom Russo and Tom Strickland

  • Artist Call Out – December Photography / Videos

  • Just a Note-For Artists


OCTOBER, At the Gallery, 2nd Friday, 10/14/22 6:30-8:30 PM

Members Best Show -As we welcome our Riley Days Festival guests into the Twenty North Gallery, let’s show them how talented our HCA Members are by displaying the best of your artworks - 2D and 3D. Each member may enter 2 pieces into this juried show. Our judge will select his favorite to display in the show.

We will wow the Riley Festival Visitors. Intake is 9/30, 3-6.

10/6-10/9 Hosting the Riley Festival Art Exhibit & Pumpkin Decorating Contest

10/22 Diamonds and Denim Auction for the Arts Gala TIME TO REGISTER


10/23-10/31 Festival of the Jack-O-Lantern 7 - 9 ea. night @ Riley Gardens



The Riley Festival Fine Arts Show will be hosted by Hancock County Arts Council. Calling for art from professionals, adults, intermediates, and children may be submitted in the following categories: Watercolor/Gouache, Oil/Acrylic, Pastel/Charcoal, Ink/Pencil and Graphic/Prints.

· Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded.

· Intake is Wednesday, October 5, 2 PM – 8 PM

· Artwork must be ready to hang, no sawtooth hangers

· Have Name, Division and Category on the back of each entry

· Pick up is Sunday, October 9, 3:30-5:30

This year’s Riley Festival theme is “Little Orphant Annie”. You may submit art related to the poem, also, but it is not necessary.

For more info, including guidelines and entry form, visit Click on “Forms & Applications”, then on “Fine Arts”.


Member Highlight – October 2022

We would like to introduce or re-introduce all of you to Donna Schortt. Donna is a life-long Indiana resident and skilled in the use of the oil and pastel mediums. She paints still life objects from life with other plein air painters. She travels all over the USA in all seasons to become familiar with the landscape. In 2019, she traveled beyond the USA to the Provence area of France to paint the countryside and villages. Her goal is to give her paintings a sense of place, mood, atmosphere, and light.

Several of her plein air paintings were included in the 2013 book “Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place”, and the 2020 traveling exhibit catalog for Historic Indiana en Plein Air. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Indiana State Museum, the Richmond Art Museum, Richmond Bank, both in Richmond, Indiana, the Historic Oliver P Morton Home collection, and the City of Carmel, Indiana. Her pastel Paintings and oil paintings have been accepted into both local and national juried exhibits where her work has received numerous awards. She has been entering the Will Vawter Juried Exhibit since about 2008. In 2011, she received Best of Show and in 2012, she received People’s Choice.

She does enjoy the competition side of plein air painting events and as a result her work has been honored with numerous awards, most recently a plein air painting received Best of Show at the Carmel on Canvas event in Carmel, Indiana in 2021.

Donna’s Artist Statement: My inspiration to paint starts with the light at early morning or late afternoon and I would be content to spend most of my time capturing it. It is a 50/50 relationship with both the oil and pastel mediums, now as I love both equally. I consider each painting not a destination but a journey, always looking forward to working on the next blank surface.

To learn more about Donna, visit her website: Pastel and Oil paintings by D. Shortt ( Thank you Donna for your commitment to Hancock County Arts.


Greenfield’s Festival of the Jack-o-Lanterns

October 23 thru October 31, 2022

James Whitcomb Riley Gardens, 250 West Main

Lighting Hours 7 to 9 pm nightly

Have a little fun and carve a pumpkin for Greenfield’s third annual Jack-o-lantern Walk. It’s free to enter, no limit on number of pumpkins entered, and great prizes awarded for Child, Teen and Adult Categories. More information, go to: Enter your pumpkin in Greenfield’s Festival of the Jack-o-Lanterns (


AT our Twenty North Gallery/Register Online for classes, and questions contact

Open Fiber Oct 13, Thursday, meet ea. month

Open Studio Each Tuesday, 9 – 12

Still Life Each Thursday 1 – 4

Create pumpkin with Ann Brown, Register Online

$25 for 1 pumpkin, $35 for 2 pumpkins

Oct. 12, Sandy Hall Watercolor Class / Leaves $30, Register Online. All supplies included.

Oct 12, Dianne Hoover Life Expressions Décor, $35, Register Online

Halloween favorites-adorable character block set

Learn the Secrets to Creating Your Own Pumpkin Floral Arrangement Emily's Backyard Blooms

This class will Decorate your T-shirt using Iron-on or Infusible ink. I will have pre-designed Fall patterns, or you can make your own design. This class is for Cricut and non-Cricut users. You bring your T-shirt and I will bring a huge variety of iron-on colors and patterns. (Infusible ink requires a white polyester blend shirt - the more polyester the brighter the color). Email me with any questions at

Using vinyl, we will create a decorative plate for display or small wood pumpkin for either Halloween or Fall. Using your Cricut you can be creative with the design. We will cut out words and other images using a wide selection of colors including glitter vinyl. If you are still learning how to use your Cricut, don't be shy, I will cover several basics also.


AT The Greenfield Parks and Recreation

Facility Calendar - For Kids - Classes and Fall Break camps

Adult Programs - For Adults - Fall Sip Paint Sept 30, 2022, DIY Doormats

AT Zig-Zag Corner Quilts and Baskets

Classes and Game Nights


Diamonds and Denim Gala

Online Auction for the Arts

To Benefit Hancock County Arts

October 22, 2022

An evening of entertainment and bidding excitement, at Bradley Hall. $35 per person-early bird.

Online auction to support the arts in Hancock County

It’s Time to Register, Bid and Purchase Tickets to the Gala


NOVEMBER, At the Gallery, 2nd Friday, 11/11/22, 6:30-8:30 PM

Our World Thru Their Eyes

Photojournalists, Tom Strickland and Tom Russo, bring you a look at life through their lenses in this special art exhibit at the Twenty North Art Gallery.

Artist Reception - Friday, November 11th 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Exhibit is open for viewing every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in November - 11 AM to 2 PM.

Twenty North Gallery, 20 N. State Street


A "Pause for Words"

Making Amends

Tonight, I am mending your pants.

You have so many pants, I say—

fabulous pairs with kittens, galaxies, sequins!

You’ll grow out of these pants next week, I say.

I put it off. The house

rages on, and you. You have so much rage—

the pants, the earth, the sky.

I can’t mend the holes I’m making in your heart.

I will mend the pants.

Leah McNaughton Lederman

Author and Freelance editor

Social Media Coordinator, Indiana Writers Center Assistant Director, Midwest Writers Workshop

Find me on my blog, Facebook , and Twitter

Sign up for my newsletter for updates and sneak-peeks!


Call Out

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!


Just a Note!

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. 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

Watch for 1828 An Art Fair on Facebook. Planning a fine art fair in 2023.

Check it out and participate.

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. 20 N State Street Greenfield, IN 317.967.2461


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