Heart for home: Local artists exhibit scenes of Hancock County

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Sandy Hall’s painting of a former schoolhouse on Morristown Pike is one of the larger pieces on exhibit this month at the Twenty North Gallery.

Maribeth Vaughn | Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD – Artists’ renderings of the community they call home are on display at the Twenty North Gallery in downtown Greenfield.

Dozens of paintings, sketches, photographs and more make up “Hancock County Scenes,” the August exhibit portraying the streets, farms and landmarks of the community.

Much of the work of the gallery is by members of the Hancock County Arts Council, a network of local artists.

“It just kind of brings everyone home, I think,” said Alice Hedden, president of the council.

Looking around at the exhibit last week when more than 50 pieces were hung, Hedden said she was pleased with how it turned out with plenty of pieces representing Greenfield and rural areas of Hancock County. There are a few from Fortville and the council wants to include pieces from other towns as well.

“We’re trying to incorporate everybody, trying to get the whole county involved,” she said.

Carol Barrett, gallery and events chair for the council, said they have a similar display every few years as scenes like the courthouse, historic barns and James Whitcomb Riley house are places many local artists enjoy painting.

“We have such iconic things – the Riley Home and the courthouse itself, it’s such a cool structure, it’s fun to paint,” she said, adding that the statue of Riley in front of the courthouse can be tricky.

“We all try to paint that – most of us fail, but Patrick did a great job,” she said, admiring a piece by Patrick Kluesner.

Barrett said they also plan to have a “Gone But Not Forgotten” exhibit, featuring some of the places and buildings in the community that are no longer standing. She said artwork of home can be sentimental to a lot of local artists.

The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 27, is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

A special Second Friday artist reception this Friday, Aug. 12 will coincide with the Chocolate Walk. Come by 5-9 p.m.

The gallery is located at 20 N. State St., Greenfield