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Painting Indiana: Heritage Of Place & The Handsome Family

The allure of painting on-site has captured another generation of Hoosier artists, whose work is currently represented in Painting Indiana 3: Heritage Of Place.

  • painter works on easel in back of car, beside wooded landscape

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    Photo: courtesy Mary Ann Davis

    Mary Ann Davis paints Forest Preservation.

  • painter stands in front of easel in front of house and car

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    Photo: courtesy Wyatt Legrand

    Wyatt Legrand and his painting Burcham House, in front of the subject, a home in Bloomfield.

  • painter at monument circle in Indianapolis

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    Photo: Wyatt LeGrand

    Chris Newlund poses on location in front of her painting Monument Circle.

  • painter in alley in Indianapolis

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    Photo: courtesy Mary Ann Davis

    Mary Ann Davis paints Lockerbie Alley on location.

  • painter in Bloomington alley

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    Photo: courtesy Wyatt LeGrand

    Wyatt LeGrand poses on location with Bloomington Alley.

  • horses and artist's easel

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    Photo: Chris Newlund

    Horses stop by to check out Chris Newlund's painting.

  • painter with painting in front of barn

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    Photo: courtesy Chris Newlund

    Painter Chris Newlund poses on location of Salt Creek Barn in Brown County.

  • painter with painting in front of log cabin and holly hocks

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    Photo: courtesy Chris Newlund

    Chris Newlund poses with her painting Martin's Holly Hocks on location in Brown County.

  • painter holds painting in front of Wayne county bridge

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    Photo: courtesy Wyatt LeGrand

    Wyatt LeGrand poses with his painting Tunnel on location in Wayne County.

Artists who crisscross the state looking for just the right spot to set up their easel are showcased in a new book published by IU Press. Released in June 2013, Painting Indiana 3: Heritage of Place is the third in a series of books sponsored by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association. Produced in partnership with Indiana Landmarks, the book marries the enterprise of painting on location with that of historic preservation. WFIU’s Yael Ksander speaks with painters Wyatt Legrand, Chris Newlund, and Mary Ann Davis and author Rachel Berenson Perry about the Indiana landscape, the enduring tradition of plein-air painting in the state, and what makes today’s plein-air painting contemporary.

Also on the program, Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family talks about their new record and companion book of essays, all about creatures of the wilderness … their concert stop this week in Bloomington … and how composing music together can make a husband-wife team feel like the Gershwins.

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The Handsome Family Braves The Wilderness

Rennie and Brett Sparks

The husband-and-wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks brings its earthy music to Bloomington.

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