Discovering Talent

Local artists, attractions featured
in newly released Arts Trail book

The book lists artists in galleries
or that take appointments

Staff Report

Visitors and residents alike will be impressed with the long-awaited “Handcrafted and Homegrown by Hoosier Hands in Southeast Indiana,” now available at tourism bureaus and galleries in the region. The four Artisan Trails, for art lovers, foodies, and road-trippers will take visitors through seven counties in southeast Indiana. Trails identify galleries, artists, art events, and unique places to eat and stay along the way.
• The Cliffs and Valley Artisan Trail will draw visitors to Madison, where an abundance of art galleries and studios show unique pottery, paintings, photography and sculpture. With 24 arts-related stops (including three wineries) and 23 stops open by appointment, art lovers will want to stay for a while.

Handcrafted and homegrown book cover

Photo provided

“Handcrafted and
Homegrown by Hoosier
Hands in Southeast
Indiana” is a collaborative
effort by seven county tourism bureaus.

Many of the stops on the Cliffs and Valley Trail are concentrated in Madison’s downtown National Historic Landmark District. Visitors will find many cafes, galleries and shops featuring local art and artists. The Madison Art Club is one of the oldest in the state with over 150 members coming from the Tri-state region.
Madison has long been known for several premier arts events throughout the year. The 40-year-old Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art in September brings thousands of art aficionados seeking that perfect piece. Every fourth Friday evening, art and music lovers stroll the historic downtown during the Art and Shop Hop.
• Canal and Rivers Artisan Trail begins along the river in Aurora with the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild, which shows work from artists all over the region. These 40-plus artists work to promote an appreciation of visual arts in southeast Indiana and the Tri-state.
• Towers and Spires Artisan Trail focuses on the northern part of the region, beginning in the “Village of Spires,” or Oldenburg. This quaint town has preserved its German, religious, cultural, and architectural heritage. The gallery in Oldenburg also hosts artists from around the region, from soap makers to potters, to weavers, to glass artists and more. Versailles features some unique architecture and arts related attractions and events. Osgood showcases a unique train mural and some other interesting stops.
Side trips from the Towers and Spires Trail include special stops and events in Sunman; Milan (home of the “Hoosiers” ’54 Basketball Team and Museum); Dillsboro artists; and Friendship stops and events.
• The Forests and Farms Artisan Trail for southeast Indiana shows visitors special places to stop in Seymour, North Vernon, Commiskey and several other towns.
Vernon and North Vernon, on the Forests and Farms Trail, draws visitors not only for the special artists in the area (including a stained glass artist), but also the artist in us all who love to view art in nature, with a variety of local and national parks.
The book lists artists that can be seen in local art galleries, or are available by appointment. Copies of the book are for sale at the visitor information centers in Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Madison and Ripley counties, and is available at many of the local galleries. This book was a collaboration of seven southeast Indiana tourism bureaus along with Madison’s Sally McWilliams of MediaLink.

• More information is available at: www.byhoosierhands.com. A celebration of the trail will be held March 25-26.

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