Walters vital to Brown County art scene


Zionsville resident Andra Walters usually spends three days each week in Brown County as the executive director of the Brown County Art Guild. 

“Andra is an inspiring woman and an important contributor to the vitality of the arts in Indiana,” said Annie Hawk, who serves as president of ChamberFest Brown County. 

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The ChamberFest, which is in its second year, starts Aug. 14 and concludes Aug. 20 in Nashville. This is the second year for the event.

“We will host the reception after the final concert like we did last year,” Walters said. “I believe this festival is a very unique opportunity and it would be nice for a community such as Zionsville or Carmel to have something like this. To be offering this level of quality of music in a small community like Nashville is special. The quality of music is fantastic.”

The final concert, by Lincoln String Quartet and Pacifica Quartet, is set for Aug. 20 at Brown County Playhouse, near the Brown County Art Guild.

“People will come to our gallery afterwards and we will have entertainment as well,” Walters said.

Walters said tickets prices are reasonable and some concerts are free.

Brown County Art Guild started in 1954 and is in the same building, which was expanded in 1975.

“The acoustics are designed for music,” Walters said. “Not only do we have the art on the walls that come from close to 50 Midwestern artists, but we are also able to provide music from time to time as it works for us.”

Walters, who has been the executive director for four years after being a board member, has been involved in cultural nonprofit management and fundraising. Walters, who has lived in Zionsville for 30 years, worked as executive director as SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville in the early 2000s. She then fundraised for Indiana Landmarlks and Newfields.

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