Places' on display
Grimsley among talents
in Rising Sun art exhibit
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
(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
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.
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 doeuvres
will be served and wine will be available from Rising Suns 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
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
Grimsleys design, and Sunesis Construction is constructing the
rest of the plaza. The fountain is scheduled to be installed early this
For more information about the Secret Places
exhibit, call the Pendleton Art Center at (812) 438-9900.
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