Brush strokes

Hanover artist Borden selected
to paint for prestigious Indiana project

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

(May 2004) – Hanover, Ind., resident Bill Borden is one of 10 elite Indiana artists who have been chosen to participate in “Painting Indiana: The Changing Face of Agriculture.” The project is the second in a series of several being developed by the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association documenting life and land in the state through artistic expression.

Bill Borden paints

Photo by Don Ward

Bill Borden paints the Delta Queen
during a stop last year in Madison.

The first, “Painting Indiana: Portraits of Indiana’s 92 Counties,” featured paintings by five Indiana artists, all members of the IPAPA, of locations in every county. When completed in 1999, the paintings were displayed at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis and were subsequently auctioned to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. They were also published in book form in February 2000 by Indiana University Press.
The IPAPA is overseeing the current project in conjunction with the Center for Agricultural Science and Heritage, Inc. and WFYI-PBS Channel 20 in Indianapolis. It began last August with the selection of artists. In addition to Borden they include Mark Burkett of Martinsville; Mary Ann Davis of Indianapolis; Lynn Dunbar (Indiana native) of Louisville; Bob Farlow of Winchester; Jeff Klinker of Lafayette; Ron Mack of Indianapolis; Nancy Maxwell of Martinsville; Carol Strock-Wasson of Union City; and Scott Sullivan of Bloomington.
Borden, a member of the IPAPA since 1998, is well-known locally for his watercolor landscapes of the southern Indiana area, two of which have been featured on Chautauqua Festival of Art posters. Borden said he was excited about the opportunity to paint for the IPAPA project scenes that he would not ordinarily select to paint.

Bill Borden

Photo by Ruth Wright

Bill Borden

These include grape crushing at the Thomas Family Winery in Madison, canning at Morgan Foods in Scottsburg, grain loading at the Consolidated Grain & Barge dock on the river in Madison, and a state-of-the-art dairy in Rensselaer. A fourth features the food court at the Madison Chautauqua.
Each artist participating in the project will contribute 10 plein air paintings covering a variety of agricultural-related subject matter in the areas of production, processing, distribution and consumption. Plein air is a style of impressionistic painting that typically is done outdoors on location with the intent of producing the luminous effects of natural light. The artists will have through this December to complete their paintings, after which they will be compiled into a book to be distributed to museums, schools, libraries and other public venues throughout the state.
The IPAPA, the backbone of the Painting Indiana project, is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 by a small group of central Indiana plein air painters. Membership is open to all interested artists, patrons, collectors and other arts organizations. The association recently sponsored a three-day paint-out in New Harmony, Ind. On April 15-17, more than 200 artists, including Borden, gathered in the quaint southern Indiana town to paint. The association’s next paint-out is scheduled for June 12 at Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County, Ind.

• Information about IPAPA is available online at www.inpainters.org or by calling (317) 508-0667.

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