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The Painter of the Indiana Dunes: The Art of Frank Dudley

How would you like to spend a sunny day at the beach…in New Harmony?

All right, I’m not talking about an actual beach, but currently on display in New Harmony is a view of the beach as depicted by artist Frank Dudley.

Indiana is a state of great natural beauty, and landscape artist Frank Dudley created dozens of paintings showcasing the splendor of the Indiana Dunes along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. In the lead up to the Hoosier State’s bicentennial in 2016, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has partnered with The Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, Inc. to exhibit Dudley’s work in New Harmony.

 The Painter of the Indiana Dunes: The Art of Frank Dudley exhibits several of Dudley’s paintings and a sample of his sketches. In addition to offering viewers a glimpse of sunny beaches and plants of the dunes, he also captured beachgoers as they swam, sunbathed, and took cover from a coming storm. The beauty of the dunes contrasts remarkably with the verdant geography of our corner of Indiana, and The Painter of the Indiana Dunes brings a distinctive perspective of the Hoosier State to New Harmony.

 The Painter of the Indiana Dunes, located in the Scholle House, will be opened to the public this Saturday, August 29 as part of New Harmony’s Art and Antique Stroll from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Scholle House is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Tavern and Brewery. If you miss the art stroll, the exhibit can be viewed as part of Historic New Harmony’s daily tours until the end of 2016. Tours leave each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. from the Atheneum, the visitor’s center found at the corner of North and Arthur Streets.

Check out visistnewharmony.org to find more art and events in New Harmony!

Do you have a favorite place in an Indiana state park or around New Harmony? Share your experiences in the Hoosier outdoors with #exploreIN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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About Robin Bischof

I live and work in New Harmony, Indiana. I'm the assistant collections manager at the New Harmony State Historic Site. As part of my job I plan exhibits, care for historic buildings, and preserve artifacts.

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