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Fine Artists and Live Music: May 2 & 3

Tom Wintczak, proprietor of Bee Tree Pottery, make’s original redware pottery so typical of the early nineteenth century ceramics produced by the Harmonists in New Harmony, that his production juried him into the 2014 Directory of Traditional American Crafts by Early American Life magazine.

Kirsten Skiles, proprietress of K.Skiles Studio, is a metalsmith so in touch with the crafts of chasing and repoussé that her leaf pendants and brooches seem to have just been plucked off of the tree.

David Powell, proprietor of David Powell Glass Art, makes glass beads, blown glass ornaments, and glass fruits and vegetables that look good enough to eat.

Sara Rappee, proprietress of Handmade Stone and Silver Jewelry, is a jeweler and stone polisher so in touch with her materials that they seem to grow out of her hands.

Laura Foster Nicholson, proprietress of LFN Textiles, is an award-winning textile artist with tapestries in collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Denver Art Museum.

I’m personally acquainted with each of these gifted artists, and can attest to their passion and their skill. More to the point, though, all of them – and many other talented artists – will be under one roof when Arts in Harmony gathers for its 2015 show the first weekend in May.

Arts in Harmony has grown to be one of the premiere fine art shows in the Tri-State, and yet, the fine arts are only half of what Arts in Harmony has to offer. There are two days full of musical acts as well, on Arts in Harmony’s outdoor stage, from 10:30 in the morning until 9:30 at night, so come prepared to listen, sing along, and dance! Confirmed musical acts thus far include folk duo Dana and Susan Robinson, acoustic folk/jazz trio The Flatheads, Harmony Road, Native American musician Michael Jacobs, Circle of Friends, and soulful R&B band Honey Roy, with much more to come!

New Harmony, Indiana is an idyllic walkable village set on the banks of the Wabash River 22 miles west of Evansville. It is an easy 2 hour drive from St. Louis, Missouri, Louisville, Kentucky, and Bloomington, Indiana.

Plan your visit and find lodging at www.visitnewharmony.com.


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About Stephen Cochran

Steve's a librarian, gardener, musician, and bookbinder with a long New Harmony association. He's a utopian communitarian, and though rural, considers New Harmony to be his community. He currently is one of three people coordinating the annual Antiquarian Book and Paper Show.

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