The Bicentennial Exhibit Opening: Thank you for your support!

The staff at Traditional Arts Indiana and the Mathers Museum of World Cultures would like to thank everyone for coming out to support the opening of our exhibit this past Sunday, April 24th. We were overjoyed to see members of the community, featured artists, and IU faculty, staff, and students at the event.

Visitors viewing the exhibit panels at the Mathers Museum

Visitors viewing the exhibit panels at the Mathers Museum

TAI director Jon Kay delivering the welcome address.

TAI director Jon Kay delivering the welcome address.

We extend our appreciation to John Bundy, Greg Adams, Jan Boettcher, and Larry Haycraft for speaking about and demonstrating their art to the public at Sunday’s opening. We would also like to thank Hamilton Creek for entertaining us with their bluegrass music.

Members of Hamilton Creek perform

Members of bluegrass band Hamilton Creek perform

From left: netmaker Larry Haycraft and rosemaling artist Jan Boettcher speaking during the narrative stage moderated by IU student Mathilde

From left: Larry Haycraft and Jan Boettcher on the narrative stage moderated by IU student Mathilde

Jan Boettcher

Jan Boettcher

Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, would not have been possible without the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana Humanities.

John Bundy shows is artwork to visitors

John Bundy shows is artwork to visitors

Greg Adams demonstrates his willow making

Greg Adams demonstrates his willow making

We had such a great time on Sunday, and we were delighted to share this exhibit with the public. We hope that those who came to the exhibit enjoyed learning about the variety of folk arts and traditions throughout the state. If you did not get a chance to see the exhibit on Sunday, it will be on display at the Mathers Museum through July 29, 2016. Please click this link for more information about opening hours and directions to the museum.

IU students Jennie and Kate welcome visitors to the exhibit

IU students Jennie and Kate welcoming visitors to the exhibit

The TAI Staff: (from left) Maria, Meredith, and Jon Kay

The TAI Staff: (from left) Maria, Meredith, and Jon Kay

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the exhibition at the Mathers Museum, Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation will be displayed at various outdoor events and in several state parks this summer and in the fall of 2016. Our first event will be on May 28th at O’Bannon Woods State Park. We will be posting more information here on our blog in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Happy Bicentennial Indiana! #INfolkarts200

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Bicentennial Exhibit! This Sunday–April 24th!

Word is out on the street! The signs are up near the Mathers Museum of World Cultures on Indiana Ave in Bloomington. They look great! Join us this Sunday (April 24th) for the opening of our Bicentennial exhibit from 1:30-4:30pm. Root beer floats and live bluegrass music will be waiting for you! Find us on Twitter at @TradArtsIN. Feel free to use our exhibit hastag ‪#‎INfolkarts200‬ to tell your friends about this event. For more information, please visit our facebook page (Traditional Arts Indiana) and the Mathers Museum website. This event is free and open to the public.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to the National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana Humanities for their support of Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation. Thank you!

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TAI’s Bicentennial Exhibit: Opening Soon!

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John Bennett holding one of his blacksmithing pieces.

Traditional Arts Indiana is proud to announce the opening of an exhibit that celebrates Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016. The staff at TAI has been hard at work putting together a traveling series of panels that showcases the work of Indiana artisans from around the state.

The exhibit titled, Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation, opens Sunday, April 24th at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures with a special reception from 1:30 to 4:30pm.

Fr. Jerome Sanderson in his studio.

Fr. Jerome Sanderson in his studio.

Before the exhibit begins its travels across Indiana, the MMWC will present it to the IU Bloomington campus and local communities, and will celebrate the opening on April 24th with an afternoon of traditional arts demonstrations, craft discussions, and live music. Folk artists from around the state will join us for this special gathering, and at 2 p.m. we’ll serve free root beer floats! The event will be free and open to the public, and the exhibit will be on display through July 29, 2016.

Here is a first look at the introductory panel: “For more than 200 years, Indiana has been home to a wide variety of folk arts. Through telling the stories of specific artists, this bicentennial exhibit highlights the important work of individuals in the continuation of traditional arts in our state. While some create art based on skills they learned from their family or in their community, others have reinvented established forms, talking them in new directions. From beadwork and blacksmithing to rug weaving and limestone carving, the artisans featured here represent a few of the many threads within the creative fabric of Indiana.”

Carol Power's decorated eggs, called pysanky

Carol Power’s decorated eggs, called pysanky

 

To learn more about folk arts in Indiana, please join us on Sunday, April 24th at the Mathers Museum in Bloomington! We hope to see you there!

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Lotus World Arts and Music Festival

Traditional Arts Indiana is happy to be involved with the Lotus World Arts and Music Festival this year. As part of the festival, TAI will be hosting several Indiana artists and artisans at the “Lotus in the Park” event on Saturday, September 26 from Noon to 5 pm. Join us in celebrating local Indiana traditions through presentations, demonstrations, and storytelling in a festive atmosphere.

Viki Graber weaving one of her baskets

Traditional Arts Indiana is proud to host Jerome Sanderson (wood carver and icon maker); Viki Graber (willow basket weaver); Casey Winningham (limestone carver); and Larry Haycraft (hoop net maker). These four tradition bearers will be present throughout the day demonstrating and speaking about the techniques and stories of their crafts.

Casey Winningham

Casey Winningham

This family-friendly event will be located at the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park. It is free and open to the public.

Please see the Mathers Museum of World Cultures website for more information.

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Hoosier Outdoor Experience 2015

On September 19-20, 2015, the Hoosier Outdoor Experience will take place at Fort Harrison State Park from 10:00 am to 6:00pm each day. For the duration of the event, Traditional Arts Indiana will feature 8 Indiana artists and artisans from all over the state. TAI invites you to join us in this great opportunity to learn about Indiana artistry from regional tradition bearers.

One of the artists hosted by Traditional Arts Indiana is Katrina Mitten. Katrina was born in Huntington, IN, and she is a member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Katrina creates embroidered beadwork using seed beads. She has been practicing her craft for over 35 years.

Larry Haycraft

Larry Haycraft

Larry Haycraft is a 4th generation hoop net maker. By tying small knots in twine, Larry makes hoop nets for local fishers around the Wabash River area in Pike County. His nets are used to fish for small catfish called fiddlers. Larry is from Petersburg, IN.

Stephen and Nancy Dickie are members of the country-bluegrass string band called Grease Gravy. Stephen plays the banjo and Nancy plays the fiddle. Stephen is the son of legendary Indiana musician Lotus Dickie. Stephen and his wife Nancy continue their family’s musical tradition that is deeply rooted in Southern Indiana.

Jon Bennett is an Indiana blacksmith who combines modern and traditional blacksmithing techniques in his work. One of the main inspirations for his work comes from the natural world.

Keith Ruble is a bowl hewer and log cabin builder. In addition to building log cabins from traditional practices, Keith also restores them. He is from Vigo County, IN.

Steve and Nancy Dickey

Steve and Nancy Dickey

Greg Adams is a rustic willow furniture builder based out of Lapel Indiana in Madison County. Also working with willows at the Hoosier Outdoor Experience is artist Viki Graber. Viki is a 4th generation traditional basket weaver. She learned how to make baskets by hand from her father. Viki’s work is currently featured in the exhibit entitled Willow Work: Viki Graber, Basketmaker on display at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

Viki Graber

Viki Graber

 

If you are interested in learning more about Viki’s work and the material featured in the exhibit at the Mathers Museum, please check out this video of Viki weaving a basket.

The Hoosier Outdoor Experience is free and open to the public. Traditional Arts Indiana hopes to see you there!

 

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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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