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October Newsletter

- October -

Celebrating Art throughout Hancock County

We Love The Riley Festival

Stop in during Riley Festival to see the

Riley Festival Fine Art exhibit in the Gallery

and our member's artwork.

Be part of the arts.


October Exhibit At The Gallery

Member's Exhibit! Member Artist Call Out for October Exhibit and Art Sale

Every Medium.

$100 for Best 2D and 3D

Spirit of Hancock County. Show our talent and our diversity. Looking for Carving, Sculpting, Pottery, Poetry Photography, 3D, Fiber, 2D - Oil, Watercolor, Oil, Pencil, Charcoal. Bring in 2 - Free to enter.

$100 for best 2D and $100 for Best 3D, presented on Saturday, 10/21/23.

30,000 people will view and have the first chance to purchase wonderful local art.

Second Friday Reception October 14 – 6:30 to 8:30 pm with entertainment by Sweet Marmalade.

Sweet Marmalade (Ellen Kleiman-Redden and Marilyn Watkins)

Enjoy the exhibit, light appetizers, and Sweet Marmalade.

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.


Come to TwentyNorth Gallery during the Riley Festival

Intake for registered Fine Arts participants is October 4, at 20A N. State Street. Click this link:

  • Indiana Bead Society will be with us each day. Watch their beautiful work develop. Register for workshops.

  • Hancock County Arts will have wonderful DIY take home art kits available, $5.

  • Purchase your Hancock County Courthouse Christmas ornament, $10.

  • October 5, Thursday, 6 - 8, we will have portrait painting live.

  • October 7, Saturday, 5 - 7 will give you a chance to read poetry or prose, add to our storyboard. Come and enjoy everyone's words with Donna Griffin

  • Full event schedule: Event Schedule (


A "Pause for Words"

Autumn is…

In the air, hummingbirds readying for migration.

Lap cats snuggling tight, purring their comfort.

Oversized sweatshirts on a cool, starry night.

Vibrant, colorful trees lining our Midwest landscape.

Eating warm pumpkin pie, drinking cold apple cider.

In that blinding blaze of the sun right before sunset.

Taking time to enjoy crackling leaves under your feet.

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.


Hi-lighted Adopted Member for October

Hancock County Arts would like to introduce or re-introduce you

to James W Riley, The Indiana Poet.

James Whitcomb Riley, 1849-1916, half-length portrait, facing left. Copyrighted by Moffett, Chicago.

Author of numerous beloved poetry volumes, James Whitcomb Riley was widely known for books such as The Old Swimmin’-Hole and ’Leven More Poems, Riley Child-Rhymes, Out to Old Aunt Mary’s, and An Old Sweetheart. Born in Indiana in 1849, he was drawn to poetry even before he was able to read. Neglectful of his studies, Riley preferred to take walks in the countryside, read books of his own choosing, and create rhymes, the first of which he sent to his young friends on home-made valentines. Riley quit school at age 20 and went on to work at various odd jobs, such as selling Bibles and painting houses. He then became a sign painter, and “while waiting for the turn of fortune, I covered all the barns and fences with advertisements,” Dickey quoted Riley in The Youth of James Whitcomb Riley. “All the while I was nibbling at the rhyme-maker’s trade, and this was a source of irritation to my father. ... He thought I should devote my time exclusively to painting.” Nonetheless, Riley joined a traveling patent-medicine show, where he worked as a sign painter, advertising jingle writer, and minstrel. This gave Riley an opportunity to perform his rhymes and to become an observer of rural life, which would figure prominently in his poetry.

In 1874 Riley began working as an associate editor at the Greenfield News, and a year later he published a poem in Hearth and Home magazine. After a stint at his father’s law office, Riley returned to the newspaper business in 1877, when he became an assistant editor at the Anderson Democrat. Two years later he landed a position with the Indianapolis Journal, where he wrote book reviews, humorous editorials, and poetry. “The world with its excellence and follies flows through the reportorial rooms,” Riley remarked in The Maturity of James Whitcomb Riley. “Thus, I was brought into contact with all phases of life. My journalistic work gave me an insight into human nature, which I could have acquired in no other way.” Riley also performed his poetry in the lecture circuit, starting at universities and eventually moving to theaters across the country, where he read poetry next to the author Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye. He charmed audiences with his oratorical skills, and his imitation of rural Indiana dialects earned him the nickname “Hoosier Poet.”

Please visit The Riley Boyhood Home and Museum at 250 W Main Street, Greenfield, IN and read more about James Whitcomb Riley here: James Whitcomb Riley | Poetry Foundation



1st Saturday of each month, Oct 7, Wood Carvings, by Jim Webb, demonstration, stop in from 12 - 3, during Riley Festival, at our gallery.

October 14 from 3-5 pm

Cumberland Police Department is hosting Trail & Treat along the Buck Creek Trail Loop at Lions Park. The trail will be adorned with Halloween and fall decorations and various trick-or-treating spots that will be hosted by local businesses, organizations, and friendly neighbors! Because of your connection to the community, we wanted personally invite you to consider being a part of this event as a trick-or-treating spot. If you are interested in having a booth, you can find more information and the vendor form here. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

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.


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, $5.00 - for the model (if interested, please sign up on our website or email to add you to any changes or updates)

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


Plein Air Events

1. Paint Bloomington

WHAT: Second Annual Bloomington Paint Out

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2023. RAIN OR SHINE Registration begins at 9.30!

NO REGISTRATION FEE: Free! No advance registration required! Artist's check-in between 9.30 am and 11 am at the Pavilion the day of the event. All artists should have canvas or multi-media paper stamped before beginning their work.

HOW: Artists will be able to paint anywhere in Bloomington. All stamped/tagged works must be completed that day by 3 pm.

AWARDS: Professional artists, Emerging Artists, Teens (12-17), and Youth (7-11) and Collaborative Art!! Please email for additional information.


At the Gallery

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

Memories From the Past

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.
If you are interested in commissioning an artist to help create your memories, contact us. Commission fees will be negotiated by the artists.
Exhibit will continue through December 16th. You are invited to chat with the artists to help create an heirloom for your families.

December - Christmas Tree Festival at 20 North State Gallery

And Artisan Shoppe - looking for vendors for this year's Shoppe!

All Businesses and Not-For-Profit Organizations in Hancock County are invited to decorate a tree representing their business or organization. Each tree can be a collection spot for donations for its favorite cause. Guests will be welcomed throughout the month to visit the display, vote for their favorite tree, and bring an unwrapped gift for any one of the trees. Online favorite voting will also be available on Facebook.

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

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

Greg Gearlds, Michelle Kimberlin, Scott Lenon and Qing Shue

Watch for more information of this exclusive exhibit.


Developing your Art


We are planning for tomorrow and are open to your suggestions. Email us to tell us what else you would like to see: - HOW WILL WE LOOK IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

  • Have you checked out our YouTube channel documentaries? Here's our latest: we entered the 6th Annual American Legion Dale E. Kuhn Post 119 Bed Race Decorating Contest .... HCA Bob Ross and Bed Race - YouTube

  • Jr. Advisory Council coming for 12 - 19 y/o, tell HCA where we can help develop art for you.

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

  • Needed: Laser Copy Paper- Always

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

  • Needed: Starting a Monthly Art Lecture/Chat series. Can you help?

  • 2024 - April 2024 Total Eclipse of the Sun – Open to all Mediums 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!

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 visit. 20 N State Street Greenfield, IN 317.967.2461


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