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Art Show Hanging ’til April 11


Staff report
Published: Sunday, March 8, 2009 5:21 PM CDT

    From traditional landscape paintings to mixed media pieces, 31 artists are displaying 76 pieces of artwork in Hartford City Arts Council’s  “Art for Hartford City” show which opened Sunday, March 8 at City Hall, 700 N. Walnut. The  show opened with a reception yesterday and will  remain for viewing until April 11.

    The works include fiber arts, jewelry, metalwork, ceramics, photography, drawings and paintings.

    “I have to say this year we are heaviest on photography, and I have to give credit to Mary McVicker and T.S. Trice for the inception of the newly organized photography club,” according to Lynette Waters-Whitesell, the show’s main organizer.

    This year, there is also student work entered in the show, including one elementary work and two from high school students. High school teachers have work in the show this year, as well, Waters-Whitesell said.

    This show is designed to showcase the works of artists who live, once lived or have ties to Blackford County. It is not a juried event, but is by invitation only. Last year’s show featured 35 artists with nearly 70 works of art.

    According to Waters-Whitesell, herself a local artist, to hang, the works needed to have been completed in the past five years and not accepted for any previous Art for Hartford City event. There was no entry fee for the artists. In 2007 a sponsorship program was added to offset the cost of hosting this show, as well as future endeavors for the Hartford City Arts Council.

    In this year’s Art for Hartford City show are Lisa Bryant, Amy L. Smith, Pat McAtee, T.S.. Trice, Don L. Rogers, Diana Seelig, Meredith Rogers, John Adams, Mary McVicker, Leslie Newton, Douglas E. Smith, Rylee Smith, Lori Schmidt, Adrienne Rogers, Larry Gibson, Sarah Montgomery, Scott Anderson, Kimberly Anderson, Lisa J. Valentine, Paige Clary Waters, Christine McKay, Erica Stafford, Kyle Mealy, Larry Kellogg, Kelly Meska, Kari Wilhems, Julia Bates , Aaron McEvoy, Karissa Whitesell, Joseph Crones and Lynette K. Waters-Whitesell.

As evidenced by the list, talent seems to run in families.

    The Hartford City Arts Council strives to continue bringing quality art and cultural events to the Hartford City and Blackford County community at no cost to its citizens. The council is comprised of: John Adams, President; Roberta Lefevre, Vice-President, Linda Bennett, Secretary; Cindy Gross, Treasurer, and Kyle Mealy.

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