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'Secret Places' on display

Artist Grimsley among talents
in Rising Sun art exhibit

By Debra Maylum
Staff Writer

RISING SUN, Ind. (March 2005) – Artist Andrea Grimsley will be among several others showing their work in “Secret Places,” the March exhibit at the Pendleton Arts Center in Rising Sun, Ind.

Andrea Grimsley Painting

Photos provided

Andrea Grimsley’s landscapes
(above & below) are in the March exhibit.

Grimsley, 46, relocated from San Francisco, Calif., where she lived for 23 years, to Rising Sun about three years ago. Originally from Indiana, she says she was ready for a change, to be closer to her family and live a simpler life. She has been an artist for her entire life.
“I began to draw when I was young and I never stopped,” she said. “It was a natural progression from there.”
Over time, she began to paint, which led her to murals and into commercial art. In San Francisco, her independent work evolved into a sign company, which she ran for about 12 years.
“The business has really changed,” Grimsley said. “As computer graphics evolve, less is being done by hand.” The desire to work with her hands led her into the business of faux finishing, where she has enjoyed working on many commercial and residential projects.
Now in Rising Sun, Grimsley is working on several art projects.
In “Secret Places,” Grimsley will be displaying several oil paintings. One of the oils, called “Wyoming Way,” is her rendition of a photograph of a meadow in Wyoming that she found to be an exceptionally intriguing landscape. “The West is beautiful and has been inspiring for me over the years,” she said.
“Secret Places” as a theme, involves artistic views of the places where we hope, love, fear and dream, organizers say. “I may be including some abstract pieces because these places do not necessarily have to be geographical, they are also psychological,” said Grimsley.
Other artists participating in the show include Vera Curnow, Olinka Broadfoot, DeVere Burt and Herb Herrick. Each will bring their personal creative vision of the theme to the gallery.

Andrea Grimsley

“Themed shows offer a lot of latitude from the subject and stylistic standpoint, it makes for a lot of variety,” Grimsley said. Officials at the Pendleton Art Center say the show will include painting, sculpture, pottery and glass. The opening reception for “Secret Places” is from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on March 5. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and wine will be available from Rising Sun’s own River Valley Winery.
Roy Gentry will provide musical entertainment. He is “the voice of Americana,” playing traditional and original works of gospel, blues and folk. His talent extends to the guitar, banjo and mandolin, among other instruments. The reception is open to the public and admission is free. Two floors of artists’ studios will be open for visitors and a shuttle will be available from the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort to the gallery. The “Secret Places” exhibit will run until March 30.
In addition to participating as a featured artist at the Pendleton Art Center, Grimsley was asked by the City of Rising Sun to work on the design of a new fountain to be constructed downtown.
The fountain will sit at the center of a new downtown plaza. “We are in the process of making the riverfront along the city limits of Rising Sun into a parks and recreation area,” said Mike Northcut, city engineer in Rising Sun. The plaza, located at the end of Main Street at the back side of the existing pavilion, is one piece of the riverfront park that will include picnic tables, seating areas, a playground, a walking trail and gathering space.
After some thought and input from other artists, Grimsley decided on a tree design for the fountain. The bronze structure is 14 feet tall with two main branches and descending water bowls.
“They wanted public art, something that would fit the surroundings along the riverfront, so the tree works well,” said Grimsley. “At 14 feet tall it has a real impact from a distance.”
Chaz Kaiser, a sculptor and blacksmith in Batesville, Ind., is fabricating Grimsley’s design, and Sunesis Construction is constructing the rest of the plaza. The fountain is scheduled to be installed early this summer.

• For more information about the “Secret Places” exhibit, call the Pendleton Art Center at (812) 438-9900.

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