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19th Annual First Brush of Spring Paint Out

It is almost time for one of my favorite New Harmony events, the Plein Air Paint Out sponsored by the Hoosier Salon Beginning on Thursday, April April 19th, numerous plein air artists will descend upon New Harmony to paint various outdoor settings throughout town.

These amazingly talented artists come from throughout the states to paint the beauty of New Harmony, enhance their skills in  various painting workshops, participate in several competitions, enjoy the comradeship and perhaps sell a painting or two.

I love to walk throughout town to watch the painters in action. I am always amazed by their ability to create such beauty regardless of the weather conditions. I also love the surprise of their chosen focus in their setting.

Artists will be out and about Thursday the 2oth and Friday the 21st. The Quick Draw Competition begins at 5:00 on Thursday with awards given at 7:30. The overall Paint Out Awards presentation will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at 2:30 at the Holy Angels Center.

Want to take home a work of art? The Art Sale will take place in the Ribeyre Center on Saturday the 22nd from 9-noon.

Whatever you do,visit New Harmony and don’t miss the beauty of spring in New Harmony as interpreted by these talented folks!

Boomer Time Fun: Toys at the Mews

Vintage cars and trucks
Vintage cars and trucks. Check out the Fire Chief car!

Some folks just never grow up. The Baby Boomers are notorious for this, the generation that refuses to age! If you were born in the fifties or sixties, and you can’t resist getting pulled back to your childhood, a stop to the Garden Room at the Mews is a must.

board game
Across the Continent, vintage board game

Browsing the amazing toys that proprietor Tom Williams curates is a real flash back treat. Where else might you find the Game of Cootie? Or Cowboys and Indians paraphernalia? Mechanical tin toys, vintage toy trucks, yo-yo’s and cap guns?

Circa 1953, Ideal Toys. Robert Robot can move without batteries!
Circa 1953, Ideal Toys. Robert Robot can move without batteries!

Tom prides himself on hard to find vintage treats, and his wife and partner Caroline Williams provides the girlie attractions of dolls, buttons, and doilies. Together they produce a line of witty photo cards featuring some of their favorite toys in quixotic scenarios. Worth spending a half hour there on a lazy Sunday afternoon!

The Mews is located at 531 E. Church Street, across from the post office.

Pokey the Clown and Slo Joe the clown games
Poky the Clown and Toe Joe the clown games