The Art of Limestone Work

Traditional Arts Indiana at the Mathers Museum is proud to announce an event showcasing Indiana’s rich history of Limestone work and artistry. The Art of Limestone Work will take place on Thursday, September 17 from Noon to 3:00 pm at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Come join us as we celebrate and learn about this special type of stone carving in Indiana. Several regional limestone carvers will share their stories, experiences, and techniques of working with limestone. Among the tradition bearers present are Matt Bruce, Casey Winningham, Will Galloway, Amy Brier, Kent Todd, and Scott Todd.

Matt Bruce works with an air-chisel and his known for his imaginative style, carving such objects as folding pocket-knives and giant scissors. Casey Winningham works with a chisel and mallet creating his works by hand. He primarily carves historical monuments and replicas. Amy Brier is a member of Indiana artisans and is known locally for her work with theLimestone Symposium. Will Galloway won the Governor Arts Award in 2013. His carving work can be seen from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. to local works commissioned in Indiana. Scott Todd is a cutter-carver who works locally in Southern Indiana. Scott’s son, Kent Todd, is a draftsman and has worked carving limestone for the Stadium Tower on IU Bloomington’s campus. Both Scott and Kent play bluegrass music, tying the Indiana bluegrass tradition to the region’s limestone families. Kent and Scott will playing music during The Art of Limestone Work event at the Mathers Museum.

This program will be free and open to the public,and is sponsored by Fall 2015 Themester @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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State Fair Fiddle Contest

IMG_08834The Traditional Arts Indiana State Fair Fiddle Contest will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2015, 9AM-2PM. Come experience a variety of fiddle styles from bluegrass to old-time to western swing!

All contestants must register by July 20, 2015. Each musician will be have five minutes to play three tunes: a waltz, a hoedown and a tune of their choice. The competition has four age divisions: 11 & under, 12-17 years old, 18-59 years old, and 60 & above.

For more information and registration, please visit:

http://www.in.gov/statefair/fair/files/fiddle2015.pdf

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Chautauqua at Shades State Park

This weekend Traditional Arts Indiana will be featuring two artisans at the Shades State Park Chautauqua. The event will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1:00PM to 9:00PM; the TAI artists will be there until 3:00PM. Visitors will have the opportunity to see demonstrations by carver and cane maker Bill Poynter and bowl hewer Glen Summers. This event is free and open to the public, although standard Park gate fees apply.

Bill Poynter

Bill Poynter

Some of the Chautauqau events include:

1:35PM Working With Wood: Interviews & Techniques with Bill Poynter and Glen Summers

2:05PM Hands-on Chautauqua

4:00PM Miami Nation Drum Circle

4:00-6:00PM Traditional Bean Dinner

Glen Summers

Glen Summers

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.

Shades State Park is located about 17 miles southwest of Crawfordsville off of State Road 47. Address: 7751 S 890 W. Waveland, IN 47989

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Limestone Weekend Event at Spring Mill State Park

Have you ever wanted to try limestone carving? Give it a shot this weekend as the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Traditional Arts Indiana continue our celebration of Limestone Month with regional limestone carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham. This event will take place on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday, June 21, from 12pm to 4pm at Spring Mill State Park.

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Matt Bruce

From nearby Mitchell, Indiana, Matt Bruce works with an air-chisel to create imaginative carvings. Matt will help attendees try carving using the air-chisel.

Casey Winningham carves by hand using a chisel and mallet to craft monuments. Casey will demonstrate these more historical techniques.

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Casey Winningham

Limestone carving is a distinctive occupational tradition from south-central Indiana. We invite you to learn about these techniques and try your hand at carving!

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.

Spring Mill State Park is located to the south of Bloomington, about 3 miles east of the town of Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60. Address: 3333 IN-60, Mitchell, IN 47446

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McCormick’s Creek State Park Event

Spencer, Indiana— Traditional Arts Indiana will present seven craftspeople at McCormick’s Creek State Park on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am to 5pm. This event is in conjunction with McCormick’s Creek Arts in the Park Festival. We are excited to invite you to this event that will include a range of traditions from blacksmithing to decoy carving.

Alan Richards and his grandsons splitting rails

Alan Richards and his grandsons splitting rails

This program will feature artisans from throughout the state: John Bennett, blacksmith; Jan Boettcher, Norwegian-American rosemaling painter; Matt Bruce, limestone carver; John Bundy, decoy carver; Danny Cain, hoopnet maker; Viki Graber, willow basket maker; and Alan Richards, split rail fence maker.

We welcome you to come learn about local traditions and crafts directly from the people who do them. Hope to see you there!

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.

Jan Boettcher painting rosemaling

Jan Boettcher painting rosemaling

McCormick’s Creek State Park is located to the northwest of Bloomington, near of the town of Spencer on State Road 46 East. Address: 250 McCormick Creek Park Rd, Spencer, IN 47460

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Indiana’s Limestone Carving Tradition: Event

Join us as the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Traditional Arts Indiana celebrate Limestone Month this June with regional limestone carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham.

Matt Bruce

Matt Bruce hails from Mitchell, Indiana. Bruce works with an air-chisel, and he is known for his imaginative carving style. Some of the unique works in his repertoire include giant folding pocket knives and large-scale scissors carved in limestone.

Casey Winningham carves limestone by hand with a chisel and mallet to create historical styled monuments. He also carves replicas of tombstones to serve as replacements for those in disrepair or to be modeled in the style of historic graves.

Casey Winningham

This event will take place on Thursday, June 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mathers Museum. Both Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham will demonstrate techniques of working with limestone, and Bruce will let attendees try their hand at carving. Come learn about this distinctive occupational tradition from South-central Indiana. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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Field Notes: On the Trail of “Second Servings”

(From right): Myc Wiatrowski, TAI Staffer Meghan Smith, TAI Staffer Maria Zeringue, and Jesse Fivecoat

(From right): Myc Wiatrowski, TAI Staffer Meghan Smith, TAI Staffer Maria Zeringue, and Jesse Fivecoate

The staff at TAI recently got reacquainted with the Second Servings podcast that Traditional Arts Indiana produced in 2011 and 2012. The podcast made a couple of the staff members excited to taste some of the Indiana food they heard about.

Lisa's Pie Shop in Atlanta, Indiana

Lisa’s Pie Shop in Atlanta, Indiana

While on a fieldwork assignment in Tipton County, Meghan Smith and Maria Zeringue were able sample two flavors of pie (black raspberry and apple) from Lisa’s Pie Shop. Lisa’s pies were featured in episode 9 of the podcast entitled “Diners and Community Institutions”.

Earlier in the week, some of the TAI staff and a couple of friends decided to venture out to Gnaw Bone, Indiana after listening to the Second Servings segment on the famous pork tenderloin sandwich from Gnaw Mart. This breaded sandwich was showcased in the first episode of the podcast entitled, “Breaded Pork Tenderloin”.

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The Gnaw Mart sign showcasing its most famous item on the menu

The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

The breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

We at TAI are proud of the work that went into the Second Servings podcast. If you are interested in learning more about the foodways of Indiana, check out the Second Servings website for all ten episodes which feature Indiana favorites such as persimmon pudding and morel mushrooms. There are also episodes about the food truck scene around the state, the home-brew tradition, and turtle soup recipes.

In addition to the full episodes, there is also a section called Small Bites which has videos and extra information about the food featured in the series.

You can also try to make some of the dishes spotlighted on the podcast. The recipes tab gives visitors to the site directions on how to make persimmon pudding and turtle soup.

Have fun exploring Indiana’s food traditions!

 

 

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Bob Taylor: Indiana Master Woodcarver Event

Bob Taylor (Columbus, Indiana) started carving when he was 8 years old. When he grew older, his boyhood hobby turned into a profession–he worked as a pattern maker for Badger Pattern Works. At his job, he made wood models for metal casting molds. Over the course of his career, he made wooden molds for a variety of items from missile components to automobile parts.

Master Woodcarver Bob Taylor

Master Woodcarver Bob Taylor

When he retired, Taylor wanted to continue his woodworking, so he started creating carvings of his childhood memories and fanciful stories. He is known for his distinctive style of landscape relief carving, which he picked up from the work of itinerant wood carver, Rupert Kreider. Although Taylor never met Kreider, he was greatly influenced by Kreider’s work.

Landscape relief carving by Bob Taylor

Landscape relief carving by Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor will be at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Thursday, June 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. TAI welcomes the public to the Mathers Museum for an opportunity to meet Bob Taylor and learn more about his techniques and memory carvings. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

 

 

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Lecture on Gustav Potthoff’s Creative-Aging Practice

As part of the ongoing partnership with Traditional Arts Indiana and The Mathers Museum of World Cultures, TAI Director Jon Kay will be giving a lecture on the incredible story of Columbus, Indiana resident Gustav Potthoff.

Gustav Potthoff

Gustav Potthoff

Potthoff is originally from the island of Java, Indonesia. He was raised in an orphanage until the age of 17, when he joined the Dutch military. Two weeks after joining the military, he became a prisoner of war and spent four years in captivity. After surviving the trails of imprisonment during World War II, he spent another five years fighting against the Indonesian revolution as a member of the Dutch army.

GustavIn the 1960s, he moved to the United States and worked as a diesel mechanic in Columbus, Indiana. After retiring, he decided to take up painting to memorialize the experiences of his life. Potthoff also paints to remember his fellow prisoners of war who built the Bridge over the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass during World War II. Concerned that those 16,000 who died will be forgotten, the artist paints to tell people his story and to find peace among the horrors of his wartime memories by calling all who see his art to remember those who perished building the Thailand-Burma Railway.

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This program invites the public to learn about Gustav Potthoff’s life and explore his life-review practice as a strategy for creative aging. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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“Remembering Bean Blossom” Event

Celebrating our new home at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, TAI is proud to sponsor, “Remembering Bean Blossom”: an informal concert and storytelling discussion session to celebrate Bean Blossom, Indiana’s connection to bluegrass music.

Bean Blossom is the site of the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival, where people come to Brown County from all over the world to enjoy and play bluegrass music. As the name suggests, this festival was started by the legendary musician Bill Monroe, who discovered a local jamboree held in Bean Blossom during his travels throughout Southern Indiana. It is from this jamboree that the festival grew into the famous bluegrass celebration that it is today.

A photo of Bill Bannister (left) and Bill Monroe (right)

A photo of Bill Bannister (left) and Bill Monroe (right)

The concert and storytelling program will feature regional musicians sharing stories and songs from their experiences attending and playing at Bean Blossom over the years. The musicians will include Roger Banister, Denise Kocur, Michael Clark, and David Hendrick. Roger Banister plays the mandolin and the fiddle, and Denise Kocur plays the electric bass. Siblings Roger and Denise grew up in a bluegrass family from Columbus, Indiana. Their father, Bill Banister, is a musician and well-known mandolin maker. Michael Clark will be playing the acoustic guitar, and David Hedrick, a Brown County resident, will play the  5-string banjo.

The Banister Family Band

The Banister Family Band

This program will be held at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Friday June 12 at 12 p.m. “Remembering Bean Blossom” is made possible though support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is free and open to the public.

 

 

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