In the spring of 1908, Selma Steele began planting gardens—a passion that would become her own artistic contribution to the House of the Singing Winds.
Having marked Nashville’s centennial as “The Art Colony of the Midwest” in 2007, it’s easy to forget that the Brown County village was not always the epicenter of the visual arts in Indiana. A significant regional school of painting developed in the Wayne County town of Richmond in the late nineteenth century, of which the Richmond Palette Club and the Richmond Prize were manifestations.
Every June, a tiny hamlet in the rolling hills in Southern Indiana attracts pickers and grinners from around the country. The Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival is the genre’s premier event, and was recognized in 2001 as a Local Legacy, meriting a permanent exhibition in the Library of Congress.
Theodore Clement “T.C.” Steele is part of the “Hoosier Group of impressionist painters” that transformed art in Indiana by promoting the idea of painting “out in the open.”