June 27, 2013

An evening of fine art

Logansport Art Association starts show Friday

by Mitchell Kirk Pharos-Tribune

---- — “Quite an eclectic mix” of art will be on display Friday evening at the Logansport Art Association’s 102nd Annual Fine Art Show, the director of the association said, with a combination of artists both familiar and new to the area, whose works range across a number of different mediums.

Rachel Ellington, director of the association, said the pieces featured in the show fall into a number of different styles, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, including oils, landscapes, watercolors, portraits, colored pencils, sculpture and jewelry.

Mixed-media works, combining two or more mediums, will be included in the show as well, Ellington continued. A canvas filled with playing cards mixed with paint and typography and a portrait painted on a box with flowers coming out of it were two she said come to mind.

Perhaps just as diverse as the pieces are the artists themselves, Ellington said. They range from young to old, veteran to amateur, natives and those new to the area.

“We have a nice, rounded mix of participants this year,” she said.

Ellington went on to say one of the motivations behind the show is to help new artists feel comfortable as they break further into their fields.

“Showing artwork for the first time is hard,” Ellington continued, adding that she hopes by mingling with older, more experienced artists, new artists will become more accustomed to the pace of the show.

This year marks the 102nd Fine Art Show, which the association has held annually since its founding in 1911.

“It’s always one of the biggest shows of the year for us,” she said.

The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Logansport Art Association, 424 Front St. For $10, attendees can view the artwork, take part in a wine tasting provided by Indian Trail Wines, snack on hors d’oeuvres brought by organizers and participate in the silent auction. All of the proceeds will go toward the association’s programming.

One of the association’s programs is ARTreach, a free service that provides gallery tours and hosts art projects for clients of local organizations like Woodbridge Health Campus and Cardinal Services.

Shelley Langley, a qualified disability professional with Cardinal Services, praised the art association for the programming it makes available to its clients.

“It’s been wonderful,” Langley said of the relationship between Cardinal Center and the art association.

The center’s clients visit the association once a week to create an art project, Langley said.

“It’s not a craft-type thing, they really create some art,” she said. “It’s been a very valuable connection for us to the community and as far as enriching the lives of the people that we serve at Cardinal Services. It’s been a really fulfilling connection and we’re really thankful for the art association and all they’ve done.”

Amy Goodrich, director of Programming at Woodbridge Health Campus, shared a similar sentiment.

“We put a focus on art here because it’s mentally engaging and we love to get involved in the community and see how the community focuses on art,” she said.

A number of awards will be presented at the event, including the Mary Regan Award and Mari Lou Crisman Award, which are provided by the women’s families.

The Virginia Murdock Award is sponsored by the local chapter of the Tri Kappa women’s philanthropic organization. The late Murdock was a member of the association and a prevalent artist in the area, Ellington said.

There will also be judges’ awards for best of show and first and honorable mentions.

More than 30 pieces by last year’s best of show winner, Richard Milles, will be on display in the gallery’s alcove during the show as well as throughout the month of July. The winner of the association’s 2013 Wilmer Flory Scholarship, Alma Reinhart, will also have work on display.

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or

If you go: WHAT: Logansport Art Association's 102nd Annual Fine Art Show WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday WHERE: Logansport Art Association, 424 Front St. COST: $10 INFO: Tickets are available at the association's location on Front Street and