A Ghoulishly Delightful Spooky Show

Is Halloween an everyday affair for you, or do you reserve it just for October? Regardless of your spooky inclinations, this year’s Arts Council gallery has a treat in store for you. Our hauntingly captivating Spooky Show, hosted at 212 Main, will be on display from October 5th to the 27th. Featuring a spine-chilling array of 129 entries from 97 talented artists, this exhibition showcases ceramics, stained glass, paintings, and repurposed creations from over 13 communities, including Evansville, Newburgh, Haubstadt, Mount Vernon, and beyond.

Here are the key details you need to know:

  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Exhibition Dates: October 5th to October 27th.
  • Artist Reception: Join us on October 21st from 5:00 to 6:30 pm for a ghoulishly delightful artist reception.
  • Admission: This eerie experience is free and open to visitors of all ages.
  • Exhibit Juror: Signature School Teacher, University of Evansville Adjunct Faculty (Printmaking), and Artist Kyle Darnell
  • Awards will be announced at the Artist Reception on October 21st: First Place: $300, Second Place: $200, Third Place: $100

Please note that while the 200 block of Main Street is currently under construction, fret not! Ample parking options are available on the surrounding streets and in nearby garages. We remain open during our regular hours, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the construction project to conclude by the projected end date of November 17th.

We’re especially thrilled to announce that this year’s Spooky Show has received generous sponsorship from Engelbrecht Enterprises.

So, whether Halloween is your daily muse or an annual affair, make sure to immerse yourself in the otherworldly creativity of our Spooky Show this October. We can’t wait to welcome you to a world where every day is Halloween!

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Explore the 2022 Young at Art exhibit in person and online now

Young at Art is one of the favorite exhibits of ARTSWIN staff, and for good reason. The exhibit features more than 200 entries from area K-8 students. These young artists create without inhibitions, embracing a bright color palette and no self-imposed restrictions on their creativity.

You can see Young at Art in person now until April 1 at Arts Council’s Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery located at 212 Main St. in Downtown Evansville. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. ARTSWIN invites the community to attend a reception for the exhibit 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12 — weather permitting.

If you have any questions about any of the pieces, please contact Gallery Director Andrea Adams by email here, or by calling the gallery at 812-303-3178.

Check out ARTSWIN’s new immersive virtual gallery

Check out ARTSWIN’s new immersive virtual gallery

View the video above for instructions on how to navigate the new virtual gallery.

We’re proud to introduce our first immersive virtual gallery available to view on Artsteps — click here to view the virtual exhibit.

The first virtual exhibit we’re hosting on Artsteps is the Spooky Show. The exhibit 57 Halloween-inspired pieces from 57 regional artists.

If you’re using your phone, Artsteps has a free Android and iPhone app that makes the experience easier to use and navigate. Use your mouse to click and drag to look around. You can interact with all 57 pieces in this show by clicking on it. You can also point and click to where you want to “walk” to in the gallery. View the video above for instructions on how to navigate the new virtual gallery.

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Posted Oct. 21, 2020

Andrea Adams: It’s my turn

Self portrait

It’s my turn, I guess.

Heh, maybe that’s what I should call this blog.

As an empath, it’s difficult to find my own voice sometimes, and having co-workers who have displayed such polar opposite tones in blogs this week, I’m left reeling in how to go about this. Anne’s first post was so full of genuineness of heart and simplicity, which is spot on how she curates all things in her life. And Zach, well, he’s a professional writer, and there’s no comparing to his super well-thought-out, methodical, intentional musings. I work with brilliant people and it’s hard to live up to sometimes.

So. I will try my best to find and share my own voice here. If you’ve met me, you might have picked up that vulnerability is my bag; my preferred brand of disarming everyone I meet, and a great way to neglect things that are truly bothersome and hidden in my psyche, yadda, yadda, ya…

I’m rambling now, probably another defense mechanism, and certainly a way to procrastinate writing something with substance.

I’ve been thinking about creativity for, you know, obvious reasons that relate to working for the Arts Council, but also because we are all home and the impulse to create comes more often when we have fewer distractions.

People often assume that I make art, but I don’t. I mean, I DO, but not in a fine art way. For me, art is the banana with peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon I’ve been making nearly every day since lockdown. And of course, the little drawings I do at night before bed, or the 3D metal models I work on to ease my anxiety. But I also think it’s the way I have decided to arrange the living room furniture and wall art, or my handwriting when I’m in a good mood. Or the songs I make up about grating cheese (to the tune of Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler, “I need to gra-ate! I need to grate cheese for this salad I ma-ade! It’s gonna be good and it’s gonna be right and I’m gonna eat this salad toda-ay”).

With the assumption that I’m an artist, I’m usually asked what media I use to create. Can I say bananas, thin sheet metal, end tables, and cheese graters? Maybe I can just say mixed media; that always fits better on a tag.

There’s a sense of ownership when we create, even if it’s small and we are the only ones who know it exists. Not just ownership of the art created, but in the sacredness and ritual of creation. The process itself is an act of art. My weird self-portraits are always in the same type of notebook, all timestamped in the same format, and kept neatly in a special place (mainly so no one will see them and judge me for how weird they are). Every part of it is important to the whole. Because, trust me, these drawings aren’t the greatest.

Our creations are pieces of ourselves we have allowed out. Even if we keep them in notebooks under our bed, they still managed to sneak beyond the confines of our souls, perhaps in hope that one day, someone might recognize them as bits they hide in their own shadows. They don’t need to be profound, but maybe interesting enough to get an old 80s song stuck in someone else’s head all day. With enough practice of letting the world see us in small ways, perhaps we can relate and connect deeper when we find out it’s not so scary to share our own voices.

Published April 4, 2020