Madison Regional Fall Art Show

Madison Art Club accepting entries
for upcoming show

(August 2014) – In 1949, a group of young artists joined together and pledged to promote the art of Madison, Ind. They also vowed to improve the method in which they sponsored the local arts with each passing year. Sixty-five years later, the Madison Art Club continues to nurture the local art scene by providing a place where art can be displayed and enjoyed.
The second half of August will see an increase in activity when the club prepares for the annual Regional Fall Art Show. The show will be open to the public from Aug. 29 to Sept. 17. The Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the club’s Art on Main gallery, 309 W. Main St. The public is welcome to attend.


Photo by Jenny Straub Youngblood

Woodworker Gary Chapman and artist Linda Wood were selected as winners by the judges at last year’s Regional Fall Art Show.

For the past 16 years the club has welcomed artists of all ages and skill level to enter this show. Artworks are not juried but must abide by the rules as outlined. Entry forms must be received by Aug. 16 with the artwork to be hand delivered Aug. 21-23.
Pieces will be accepted in the following categories: oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, all forms of pastel and drawing, 3-dimensional, photography and mixed media. Twenty-six ribbons and monetary awards will be given to chosen artists. Award types include the esteemed Best in Show as well as a Mayor’s Award and a People’s Choice Award.
For the first time, there will now be an award given for the Best of Abstract and the Best of Photography.
The 2013 show included approximately 170 entrants from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, though there are no geographical restrictions on who can enter. Of these participants, local artists Gary Chapman and Linda Wood were named as recipients by last year’s judge, Richard Luscheck of Cincinnati.
Chapman, a woodworker, received the prize for Best of Three Dimensional for his entry titled, “Dogwood Blossoms.” A resident of Madison for 45 years, Chapman says he has been making art “all my life.” The artist continued, saying that art was the only thing he was ever interested in pursuing. As a teenager he entered every poster contest orchestrated by his school. This was the only art training he received at the secondary level. Chapman then attended Moorehead State University in Kentucky where he initially majored in art but later switched his focus to art education.
Chapman, 70, was raised in a home where working with one’s hands was the primary activity. His mother quilted her entire life, despite being plagued with arthritis. Chapman’s father was a carpenter. While Chapman’s original reaction to assisting his father on building projects was one of dislike, it is apparent that the love of woodworking was absorbed into his personality to emerge as beautiful works of art.
Wood began painting in 2009 following her retirement. “I had never held a paint brush in my hand before,” she said. By 2013, she was being awarded an Honorable Mention at the Fall Art Show for her entry titled, “Main Street Charm.”
Wood said she has always been interested in the creative arts, such as décor and fashion, but had never had the time to pursue these interests. After a career in business, and after being very impressed by a painting she viewed in passing, Wood decided it was time to make time for art.
She began by enrolling in art lessons at Preston Art Center in New Albany, Ind., and still belongs to a painting group there. Wood primarily paints in oil. On occasion she will switch to pastels for a change but always returns to oil paint. The Madison Art Club is the first place that Wood has exhibited her paintings, and she has sold about a dozen paintings in the short time she has been an artist. She should serve as an example to anyone wanting to act on a long-standing desire to try something new and proof that cultivating individual interests can certainly pay off.
The judge for this year’s show, Jessica Bennett Kincaid, hails from Louisville, Ky., and is the Exhibitions Coordinator for the Cressman Center for the Visual Arts at the Hite Art Institute.

• Entry forms can be picked up from the Madison Art Club’s Art on Main gallery or downloaded  at www.madisonartclub.com.

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