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Peaceful Valley Chamber Players: Setsuko Nagata Ikeda, Muriel Moebius Mikelsons, Anne Duthie McCafferty and Sherry Kloss. Not pictured: Zeyda Ruga Suzuki.

Brown County
Art Renaissance

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 7 p.m.

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 County artists.

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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