Peaceful Valley Chamber Players: Setsuko
Nagata Ikeda, Muriel Moebius Mikelsons, Anne Duthie McCafferty
and Sherry Kloss. Not pictured: Zeyda Ruga Suzuki.
by Donna Stouder
The annual Brown County Art Renaissance will be held this
year from September 8 to 10. This event, which is in its
12th year, has become increasingly popular and draws hundreds
of people throughout the region. The focus of the weekend is
to celebrate the role Brown County has played and continues to
play in creating and promoting fine art.
The premier event at this year's Art Renaissance will be a
chamber music concert at the Brown County Art Guild. The Peaceful
Valley Chamber Players will perform on Friday, September 8 at
7 p.m. A reception will follow the concert. Muriel Moebius Mikelsons,
founder of the Peaceful Valley Chamber Players, is a resident
of Nashville. Inspired by the fine art tradition that is prevalent
in Brown County, she developed the chamber group to expand and
compliment this tradition. Violinists Mrs. Mikelsons, Sherry
Kloss and Setsuko Nagata have been collaborating since studying
together at Juilliard. They are joined by pianist Zeyda Ruga
Suzuki, and cellist Anne Duthie McCafferty. The evening's program
will include works of Handel-Halvorson, Kodaly, and Mendelssohn.
The concert is free to the public.
The T.C. Steele State Historic Site will host the annual Great
Outdoor Art Contest on Saturday, September 9 from 7 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. Even though a $3 pre-registration fee will be charged, contestants
can enjoy live entertainment and free refreshments. At the end
of the day, judges will determine the winners in each category
and awards will be presented.
On Saturday evening, September 9th a Framing Symposium will
be presented by Indiana Heritage Arts. Framing expert Craig Hackman
will conduct this lively and informative symposium. The presentation
will be in the meeting room at Artists Colony Inn from 5:30 to
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Sept. 8, 9, 10), the Brown
County Art Gallery presents "The Artist Colony Today,"
which will be an exhibition of over seventy contemporary Brown
The Brown County Art Gallery will also be holding a Benefit
Auction, Sunday, September 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. More than
90 paintings donated by Norval and Elaine Fischvogt will be auctioned
with the proceeds going to support the Gallery.
Throughout the weekend, special exhibitions and sales of early
Hoosier artists will be featured in the galleries in Nashville.
For further information about any of these events, please
call (812) 988-6185.
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