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Owen County Art Guild’s Studio Tour To Include Indiana Plein Air Painters Association Members

by Laura Lynn Leffers
Special to The Hoosier Topics


“Do You Know What Time It Is,” by Katrina West. “Do You Know What Time It Is,” by Katrina West. The second annual Owen County self-guided studio tour will offer an opportunity for the public to see the work of gifted local – as well as statewide – professional artists on Saturday, May 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA) have been invited to participate in a special en plein air event as a part of the studio tour. Painting and exhibiting at Hill House Arts Retreat, IPAPA members include Vivian Gladden, Katrina West, and Sharon Teal, all of Indianapolis, and Daryl Urig, of Cincinnati, Ohio. The artists will set up their easels in the open air to paint and answer questions from the public and, on the day of the tour, their work will be available for sale in the Hill House studio. Light refreshments will be served to tour participants.

Local Owen County artists whose studios will open to the public include guild members Ellen Cramer, John McMullen, Leslie Nieves, Ruth Hayes, Naomi Dickey, and James Brown. At Hill House Retreat, Leanna Arnold, an Owen County conceptual realist/ abstract artist, and Laura Bybee, the Hill House hostess, will paint en plein air with the IPAPA guest artists.


Sharon Teal’s “View from a Rose Garden.” Sharon Teal’s “View from a Rose Garden.” Owen County Studio Tour tickets will be sold at the Owen County Art Guild, 199 West Cooper Street, Spencer, at a cost of $5 per person (no tickets are needed for children under age six) to benefit Owen County arts programming, and will include a map and directions to participating local artists’ studios, including Hill House Arts Retreat. The guild’s phone number is 829-1877.

Vivian Gladden was featured in the Spencer Evening World last spring and summer, painting with another IPAPA group on a local farm. She is a regular exhibitor at the Indiana State Fair, and has exhibited most recently in Indianapolis, at the City Gallery and at the Harrison Center for the Arts. Three of her paintings are included in IPAPA’s recently published “Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place.” Examples of her work can be seen, too, at www.viviangladden.com.


“Andersen’s Fall - A Real Fairytale,” by Leanna Arnold. “Andersen’s Fall - A Real Fairytale,” by Leanna Arnold. Daryl Urig exhibits in numerous galleries across the country including Ft. Wayne, Hilton Head, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Utah, and is noted for his workshops. His schedule for 2014 includes locations up and down the East Coast, in Cincinnati, a weekend retreat in Metamora, Indiana, as well as a two-week course in Terni, north of Rome, Italy, in the region of Umbria. Daryl’s approach is both academic – due to his university experience – as well as focused on the individual, making visual self-expression accessible to everyone. His books, “Plein Air Painting for Everyone” and “Painting Knife Explained,” are available at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Plein_ Air. He is also a proponent of using walnut oil and natural paints made from vegetable oils; his work, blog, and schedule can be seen on his website, www.darylurig.com.


Vivian Gladden Vivian Gladden Katrina West works in acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and oils. She specializes in plein air and portrait painting, and exhibited most recently at City Gallery, in Indianapolis. When she was a young student at the Herron School of Art her style was abstract but, she said, “I have returned to my roots, recreating the effects of light on the natural form.” She is passionate about catching the light in her work, examples of which can be seen at multiple online sites including www.katrinawestartist.com.


Daryl Urig Daryl Urig Sharon Teal specializes in landscapes and portraits. She has exhibited in numerous juried shows in and around the Indianapolis area. She takes a contemporary approach to plein air painting, utilizing a variety of paint application methods. She can be reached by email at steal@ indy.rr.com.

IPAPA is a statewide organization of plein air painters dedicated to the appreciation of Indiana landscape painting; information is available online at www.inpainters.org. Hill House Arts Retreat, a furnished residence designed to serve the arts, can be found online at www.hillhouseretreat.com.

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