By Debra Sigel
When the Indiana Artists Club opens the doors on its annual exhibition Nov. 16 at Fishers Town Hall, it is sure to be a great platform for seven Carmel artists to display their work.
More than 70 pieces will be featured including a variety of pastels, oils, watercolors, acrylics and sculpture.
“The membership exhibition reflects the breadth of styles and impressive depth of talent that are found in our state,” said April Willy, vice president of the artists club. “It is unusual and wonderful to see such diversity of media and approaches within one organization, and the exhibition is truly a testament to the inclusive spirit of Indiana.”
Willy also is one of the seven artists featured at the exhibition. A working “modern impressionist,” she said she uses bright and deeply saturated colors to create stylized interpretations of the Indiana landscape.
“People describe my work as evoking a real peaceful feeling and are drawn to this unusual style,” she said.
“My technique is to apply layer upon layer of thin circles and ringlets in oil. This creates a soft-edged effect with subtle gradations.”
Willy said that her work is similar to highly-regarded Carmel artist Jerry Points in that their work takes a similar approach to stylized landscapes.
Willy proudly points out that the club also reaches out to area schools to recognize and encourage art students. This year two students were chosen from Hamilton County schools and recognized for their work. The club also encouraged the students to pursue a career in art.
Author and artist Rachel Berenson Perry will speak at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16 on the topic of Hoosier artists. Perry is the fine arts curator for the Indiana State Museum and has written several books about T.C. Steele.
This exhibition runs through Dec. 13. It is free and open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Many of the pieces are available for purchase.
For more information visit www.indianaartistclub.org/memeber-exhibition.