Art Cart’s mission primarily is to highlight local artists, art events and art opportunities, whether visual, musical, dramatic, or other, performed and created by professionals, amateurs or even grade schoolers, focusing on cultural offerings in the area. As local news in our area becomes less of a focus for news outlets the mission expands and events of all kinds that make life in our community richer all become important fodder for Art Cart. Thanks for the many recent supportive calls, comments and emails to this point.
This time of year, as we are finishing holiday shopping and plans it’s exciting to highlight a local lapidary artist and his beautiful stonework; you might not be aware of this art/jewelry/gift option. Joe Cox, with his company Platt & Woods offers a variety of specimens, fossils, polished stones, rough slabs, jewelry pieces, cabochons and décor including stone oil lamps. Each piece is unique, as is the nature of stone, with rich colors, patterns, and textures. Cox’s work can be seen on Facebook, or the website www.plattandwoods.com and in person at TraderBaker’s.
While you are poking around TraderBaker’s check out Booth 379, Aisle 6 for last minute Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, vintage items, dishes, and great bargains of all kinds, with all proceeds going to Street Cat Community Outreach. Street Cat is an all-volunteer group that helps local families spay, neuter, vaccinate and otherwise take care of their family pets when finances are tight.
The Morgan County Humane Society (MCHS), another great, mostly volunteer local animal support group has a booth in Aisle 8. MCHS is always in need of volunteers including dog walkers. Call 765-349-9177 with questions. Looking ahead to those extra pounds gained over the holidays, committing to dog walking a few times a week would be beneficial to more than just a lonesome dog in a kennel!
Art exhibitions, shows and fairs are showing up on the 2022 calendar; exhibit deadlines are a year out for larger gallery shows so plan now for 2023. Jasper Community Arts Center is accepting proposals for single or group artist shows for the 2023 exhibit season. Submission deadline is March 11 for portfolio review. This opportunity is open to professional artists and graduate students only. Information is available at www.jasperarts.org
The Hamilton County Artist Association has issued a call to entry for the 1st Annual Midwest Juried Arts Exhibit. Judge is Wyatt LeGrand, an award-winning Bloomfield artist known to many local area artists. Most 2-D media accepted; entry deadline is February 1st. information is at www.hcaa-in.org/midwest-juried-exhibit.
Art Sanctuary entertains exhibit proposals for single artists and groups year-round; opening receptions are always scheduled on the second Friday of each month with Open Studio Night. Interested artists should address inquiries to Ron Stanhouse at [email protected] Several studios are currently available for rental at Art Sanctuary: contact Stanhouse for specific details. If you are an artist looking for public display space, but not ready to take the plunge of renting your own studio, Art Sanctuary has wall space available for rental.
Sara Weaver, owner of Sara’s Goodies the baker who made delicious goodies all summer for a booth at the Farmers’ Market is now in charge of the coffee shop at The Main Connection. Her bars, muffins and cheesecakes are well worth a stop; the coffee is always fresh and hot. Current hours are 7am-noon. Starting in January Sara intends to extend hours through 1pm and feature lunchtime soups. Yummy! Martinsville food options just keep growing!
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