As the fall season approaches, TAI will soon be traveling around the state to showcase our bicentennial exhibit, “Indiana Folk Arts: 200 Years of Tradition and Innovation”. Our exhibit is currently displayed at the State Fair. If you plan on visiting the fair this weekend, you can see TAI’s display at the entrance of the Indiana Arts Building (formerly the Home and Family Arts Building). On the second floor of the Arts Building, TAI also has a table where you can pick up one of our Bicentennial catalogues, our brochure on State Fair Master Pearce McKinney, and DVD documentaries on past State Fair Masters that TAI has produced. All of the items are free, so please feel free to take what interests you.
After the State Fair, TAI will start our fall season of public programing on September 1st with the ‘First Thursdays’ series. In conjunction with IU Bloomington’s Themester on beauty, the Office of the Provost will host an evening festival of live music, food trucks, narrative stages and artist demonstrations on the first Thursday of the fall months. At the event, TAI will feature several artists who will be participating in the narrative stage as well as demonstrating their work to the public. We are happy to announce that willow furniture maker, Greg Adams; blacksmith, John Bennett; decoy maker, John Bundy; and basketmaker Viki Graber will be in attendance. The event will take place on September 1st from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Showalter Fountain on IU’s campus.
The next event, Fiber Arts Weekend at Spring Mill, will take place on September 3rd. TAI will host six artists, who will be demonstrating their work in the park. The artists in attendance will be Marcos Bautista (Zapotec weaving); Dee Nierman (rag rug Weaving); Members of the Sisters of the Clothing quilting group; Larry Haycraft (hoopnet making); Viki Graber (basketmaking); and Katrina Mitten (Miami beadwork). Please join us to learn more about the fiber arts traditions of Indiana!! Spring Mill State park is located at 3333 State Road 60 E. Mitchell, IN.
On September 10, TAI will be sponsoring a public program at the Salamonie Reservoir in Huntington from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Artists present at this event include: members of the Sisters of the Cloth quilting group; Plant Tradition Bearer, Dani Tippmann; doll maker, Cathy Nagy Mowry; bead artist, Katrina Mitten; and Pysanky maker, Carol Powers. (More details soon).
On Saturday, September 17, TAI will be participating in the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington. TAI will be set up from Noon to 5:00pm on Saturday at the Third Street Park (331 S. Washington St.) for the ‘Lotus in the Park’ festivities. There will be live music as well as artist demonstrations and a narrative stage featuring TAI artisans. The artists scheduled to attend include guitar maker, Clint Bear; fiddle/mandolin maker, Bruce Taggert; dulcimer builder, Bill Berg; and African drum maker, Tony Artis. This event is free and open to the public. It will be a fun day filled with art, music, and crafts, so please join us to learn more about Indiana instrument builders and artists.
We have several events planned for the end of September and October, so stayed tuned for more information on the blog in the coming weeks!!