03 Feb Hoosier Heart-Land Exhibit
Our Love Runs Deep February 5-27, 2016
The Nickel Plate Arts February exhibit, Feb. 5-27, puts a sense-of-place spin on our annual Love, Lust and Poetry exhibition. In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, this year’s “Valentine’s” exhibit features works that depict what artists love about the Hoosier state.
The Hoosier Heart-Land exhibit is meant to serve as a visual love letter to our state, commemorating the people, places and things that make Indiana what it is today. Our goal is to create an exhibit that can lift up your spirits on even the coldest, dreariest of February days and encourage you to marvel at what a complex, vibrant place Indiana has become over the past 200 years.
Hoosier Heart-Land opens Feb. 5 with a First Friday reception in the Judge Stone House. The exhibit is open to the public for free during regular business hours (Wednesday-Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Related painting on our home page: Red Barn by Judith Lynn Smith
Want to know what inspires Hoosier artists?
We asked some of Nickel Plate Arts’ Studio Artists about their Hoosier faves.
I love the fall in Indiana; it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. Even went I went to college in California, I would think of home in the fall and miss it. For my artwork, I love the Indiana landscape and old farm buildings, even though there’s getting to be fewer of them. My favorite part of the state is the southern, hilly portion and the creeks and streams that cut through the landscape.
I love Indiana because I grew up here in Indianapolis. I love to paint some of the iconic buildings, like my old school and places I liked to go swimming. My new home is in Noblesville, and I enjoy painting the historic buildings here. I like to use bright colors to make people happy, along with loose, impressionistic brush strokes to add life to my paintings. Currently, I’m exploring sites in Carmel because I’m exhibiting my work at CCA Gallery on Main Street regularly. I would love to do a portrait of Rodney Reveal because he’s got so much life and character.
To me, the autumn season in Indiana is especially beautiful to paint plein air. The winding country roads, marked with old barns, scarlet trees, pumpkin patches and farm animals, are too beautiful to resist. It is so easy to pull off to the side of these roads and set up an easel — without being run down! The roads near Nashville and Brookville have particularly given me lovely painting moments, but you can find nice little peaceful pockets in Hamilton County, too.
I was born in Indiana in 1944, and I have loved being here all my life so far. Indiana has it all with lots of variety. I do not feel the need to go outside Indiana to paint. There are plenty of farm animals and beautiful scenery right here. I love it! Indiana is truly a great place to live, raise children and create art.