“The Grace of Pastels” Art Show Opening

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Date(s) - Sep 14 2018
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Twenty North Gallery


A Madonnari street mural, facilitated by Vandra Pentecost, is on display along with pastel works by ten artists.

The Hancock County Arts Council’s latest show, “The Grace of Pastels,” opens to the public with an artists’ reception at the Twenty North Gallery on Friday, September 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The gallery will re-open its doors Saturday, September 15, at 11 a.m. Artists participating in Greenfield Main Street’s ChalkFest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the courthouse square are invited to stop by.

“The Grace of Pastels,” which runs through September 28, features work by masters of the media Fran Auker, Corrine Hull, Deb Lathrop, RL Lathrop, Julie McCullough, Beverly Mills, S. June Presnell, Donna Shortt, Carol Strock-Wasson, and Jeanne Zeigler. View the artworks on Facebook.

As an added feature, the gallery will display an impressive twenty-foot “Madonnari” mural on–of all things–roofing tar paper, presented by chalk artist Vandra Pentecost. During a previous event that Pentecost facilitated in Broadripple, the community was invited to re-interpret famous masterpieces in chalk.

ABOUT THE MURAL PROJECT: Italian street painting, or art of the Madonnari (pronounced: mah-doan-are-ee), dates back to the 16th century. The term “Madonnari” was given to 16th-century itinerant street painters who traveled from city to city during holy festivals, creating reproductions of religious art for food and modest tips. They created images in public squares and in front of churches using bits of broken roof tiles, charcoal, and white chalk. After the festivities, or with the first rain, both the painting and the painter would vanish.

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