Limestone Weekend at Spring Mill!

Limestone Weekend at Spring Mill State Park 2017: 

Casey Winningham carving a gravestone.

Every June, our state celebrates Limestone month to honor the distinctive occupational tradition of limestone work found in south-central Indiana. To mark this occasion TAI and the State Parks will be hosting a weekend of limestone programming for the public. On Saturday June 24 (10 am to 4 pm) and Sunday June 25 (Noon to 4 pm), TAI will be sponsoring the Limestone Weekend event at Spring Mill State Park. 

Matt Bruce’s large scale limestone knife.

 

This year limestone carver Casey Winningham will be present to demonstrate his skills and answer questions about their craft. Casey Winningham uses a hand chisel and mallet to create clean and precise lettering work. He carves historical monuments and gravestones that allow him to restore older works and create new ones.

 This event is free and open to the public. We invite you to learn about stone carving techniques and Indiana’s limestone traditions as you enjoy Spring Mill State Park. It will be a fun weekend of arts in the outdoors! 

(From Left) Carvers Casey Winningham, Matt Bruce, and Will Galloway in deep discussion about limestone.

Spring Mill State Park is located about 3 miles east of the town of Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60. The address is 3333 IN-60, Mitchell, IN 47446. 

This program was made possible through funds from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts and is one of several programs hosted by Traditional Arts Indiana, a statewide program based at Indiana University’s Mathers Museum in Bloomington.

In the meantime, please check out our interview we did with several Indiana limestone carvers (including Matt and Casey). We recently made it into an episode of our Beauty of Folk Arts podcast. Click here to listen. 

Matt Bruce and his giant scissors.

Casey Winningham

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Love what we do here at TAI? We couldn’t do it without the NEA! Part II

We are back for another post that highlights the support we receive from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Over the years, Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) has been the recipient of many grants from the NEA that have allowed us to develop and implement public programs that center on folk and traditional arts in our state. We at TAI are grateful to programs like the NEA, and we would like to show our thanks this week by revisiting some of our past projects that could not have been possible without funding from the NEA. 

One such program is the Rotating Exhibit Network (REN) that serves 30 libraries around the state of Indiana. Each year TAI collaborates with the public library system to provide educational exhibit panels that present the work of Hoosier artisans. Every two months local libraries enrolled in the program receive a new exhibit panel, featuring one of the many artists that have partnered with TAI for this project. In the past we have featured drum makers, rag rug weavers, mariachi bands, bluegrass musicians, gospel singers, the St. Meinrad abbey, the Geode Grotto, basket makers, turkey call makers, persimmon pudding makers, ukulele builders, and quilters.

If you would like to learn more about the REN program, please click here.

TAI would like to extend our gratitude to organizations like the NEA. Without agencies such as these, there would be less opportunities for arts education and programming in our state. 

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Love what we do here at TAI? We couldn’t do it without the NEA!

Larry Haycraft teaching quilter Maxine Stovall to make hoop nets at the Hoosier Homecoming event. TAI’s participation in this program was partially funded by the NEA.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is extremely integral to the work that Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) does on a daily basis. Without the support of the NEA, TAI would not be able to provide many of our public services and programs. 

We are proud to announce that we have just completed our 11th Beauty of Folk Arts podcast. We hope that you have been enjoying these insightful interviews that explore Indiana’s folk arts traditions and the creativity of makers and craftspeople that live and work in our state. The material from these episodes came from public programs, narrative stages, and artists residencies that were funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Fr. Jerome Sanderson was featured in our latest episode of The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast.

If you would like to listen to The Beauty of Folk Arts podcasts, click here.  

As always, we appreciate your support as well as that of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission. 

TAI Staff: Maria Zeringue, Emily Burke, and Jon Kay. Photo by Mathers Museum director, Jason Jackson

 

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BFA11: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Jerome Sanderson

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features a recording from the 2015 Lotus World Arts and Music Festival and features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, conducting a narrative stage event with wood carver and icon maker, Father Jerome Sanderson. Father Sanderson discusses how he began making icons, the religious meaning of an icon, and the significance of icons for him personally.  

This podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at an outdoor event.

 

Fr. Jerome Sanderson in his studio.

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BFA10: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Viki Graber

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features a recording from the 2015 Lotus World Arts and Music Festival in Bloomington and features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, conducting a narrative stage event with willow basket maker Viki Graber. Vicki discusses her family’s tradition, her innovations on that tradition, and the creative process.

 

Viki Graber

Viki Graber’s basket weaving

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BFA09: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Indiana Limestone Carvers

This episode of The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast features a recorded interview by Jon Kay as he speaks with Indiana limestone carvers and industry workers Matt Bruce, Casey Winningham, Amy Brier, Will Galloway, Kent Todd, and Scott Todd. In September of 2015, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Traditional Arts Indiana hosted The Art of Limestone program to celebrate Indiana’s rich stone carving traditions. This interview is a recording of the narrative stage that took place at the event. In this moving and funny episode, Matt, Casey, Amy, Will, Kent, and Scott discuss the importance of limestone to Indiana and what it means to be able to work in the limestone industry as carvers and artisans.  

Stay tuned for the end of the interview when father and son musicians, Kent and Scott Todd, play a few bluegrass songs for the audience. You are sure to be entertained by what these artists have to say!

Click on the link below the photos to hear this episode. 

Amy Brier teaches TAI staff member Mathilde how to hold limestone carving tools.

Casey Winningham carves a head stone at the Art of Limestone event.

Carving tools

Matt Bruce’s large scale limestone knife on display.

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BFA08: the Beauty of Folk Arts with Glen Summers and Bill Poynter

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features a recording from the 2015 Chautauqua at the Shades State Park and features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, conducting a narrative stage event with cane maker Bill Poynter and bowl hewer Glen Summers. Bill and Glenn discuss how they started in their respective crafts, the communal significance of traditional crafts, and the importance of handmade things.

Bill Poynter

Glen Summers hewing a bowl

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BFA07: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Weaver Marcos Bautista

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with Zapotec weaver Marcos Bautista by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Marcos discusses his family profession of weaving in Mexico and in Indiana. Marcos and Jon are joined by IU Anthropology Professor, Anya Royce.

This interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Mathers Museum in Bloomington, IN.

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Marcos Bautista standing in front of his woven rugs and bags.

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BFA06: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Instrument Makers Bruce Taggart and Clint Bear

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with instruments makers Bruce Taggart and Clint Bear by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Bruce and Clint discuss the paths they took to become skilled in their crafts, the many musical and traditions they have engaged with throughout the years, and the techniques and materials unique to their craft,

This interview was recorded live at the 2016 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana.

A few young violin players talk with Bruce Taggart about his instruments

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BFA05: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Potter Tom Wintczak

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with Potter Tom Wintczak by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Tom talks with Jon about the history of his hometown, New Harmony, Indiana, his home studio, the process of making pottery, and how he transitioned from a career in business to working full-time as a potter. This interview was recorded live during a narrative stage with Tom as a part of Indiana University’s Themester programming on beauty.

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