Programs

Activity and serenity coexist naturally at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Art- and nature-related programs and events fit well into this peaceful and inspiring setting, providing a variety of year-round activities for all ages.

CURRENT & UPCOMING SITE WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS

 

Steele’s Country Christmas

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 1-4pm

Celebrate the holiday season in the Large Studio and the House of the Singing Winds at the site’s annual program, Steele’s Country Christmas. On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Large Studio of the historic site, visitors will be welcomed into the fully decorated historic studio and house.

Children and families will have the opportunity to visit and take photos with St. Nicholas and Belsnickel from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. guests will enjoy cookies, mulled cider, holiday crafts, and a music program by the Goodwill Girls, who will perform traditional holiday tunes.

Members of the Indiana State Museum and the Friends of T.C. Steele are admitted to the program free of charge. All other guests will be charged general admission ($7 for adults; $6 for seniors; $4 for kids 3-17) to experience Steele’s Country Christmas, which includes a tour of the historic home.

Be sure to visit the Friends of T.C. Steele Museum Shop, which will be concluding its annual holiday sale on December 2nd. Almost everything (except consignment and original art) will be 20% off or more–deeper discounts for Last Chance items! The sale begins on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24th!

Thanks to our sponsors, including the Nashville General Store & Bakery, for their donation of cookies! Steele’s Country Christmas is co-sponsored by the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc.

 

The Friends of T.C. Steele Annual Member Art Show

On display in the Large Studio, November 1-29, 2018

2018 Theme: Conservation    

 

“We want both the factory chimney and the noble trees. But the pity of it is that the noble tree is gone, — that we have destroyed so much that might have been saved. To the older ones of us there is only the memory of a magnificence gone forever, for it cannot be replaced.”

–T.C. STEELE (from “The Art of Seeing Beautifully”)

 

Registration must be received by October 21st, 2018.

New this year: No Entry Fee! 3 New Prizes!

The first three prizes will be cash, and will be awarded during the Member Art Show reception and Annual Meeting.

THANK YOU TO OUR JUDGES, WAYNE AND PAM CAMPBELL! SEE BELOW FOR ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS.

Selma Steele’s Garden Award, cash prize of $100, given to one artwork in any medium that best represents Selma Steele’s formal garden at T.C. Steele State Historic Site. To be considered for the award, the artwork’s subject must be the formal garden at the historic site (in any season), and the artwork must be created no earlier than January 1, 2017.

WINNER: Anne-Karine Bley, for her oil painting “Fall Day in the Formal Garden”

Brown County Art Colony Award, cash prize of $50, given to one artwork of any medium depicting T.C. Steele State Historic Site, or any place (landscape or interior scene) within Brown County, Indiana. To be considered for the award, the artist should be sure the title of the artwork informs us of the subject’s location, (ex. The Trail of Silences in the Snow, or Spring Blossoms Parade in Nashville, or Salt Creek Elegy. Landscapes with locations that are not immediately obvious as qualifying, without the benefit of the title, may not be considered for this award.)

WINNER: Jacki Frey, for her oil painting “T.C. Steele Home”

Friends of T.C. Steele Award, cash prize of $50, given at the discretion of the judge for one artwork the judge considers to be exceptional. Any medium or subject matter will be considered for this prize.

WINNER: Patricia Rhoden, for her oil painting “T.C. Steele’s Home at Twilight”

The People’s Choice Award, a gift certificate to the Friends Museum Shop, will be given to the artwork that receives the most votes by Nov. 29th, the last day of show display this year. At the end of the month, site staff will tally the votes and announce the winner and send the winner the prize via mail.

Show Dates

Art drop-off days for the member show are October 30th and 31st.

The opening reception for the Friends annual art show, the Friends Annual Meeting, and a celebration of the new Traveling Studio Wagon, will be held on Sunday, November 4th, from 2-4pm in Steele’s Large Studio! Refreshments will be served! Marty Krause will sign his new work on Gustave Baumann, Of a County Called Brown. Guests of the Friends are invited to the reception and to see the show and attend a presentation on the new experiences and buildings opening at the site in 2019. Awards for the three new prizes for artwork will be announced at the art show reception on November 4th.

Art pick-up days will be November 28th and 29th; art must be picked up by Nov. 30th.

Eligibility     Exhibitors must be current members in good standing of The Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, Inc., hereafter referred to as the Friends. An artist who is not a member but wishes to enter may participate by joining the Friends at the time of registration.  If membership for a participating artist will expire prior to November 30th, membership must be renewed with or before the application to the member show is accepted.

Number of entries

Artists may submit up to two pieces of artwork for this exhibit, but if registration exceeds the exhibit capacity, entries will then be limited to one per artist. Designate on entry form which is your first selection in the event that only one can be entered. The maximum number of pieces that the exhibit can accommodate is 55 (45 2D and 10 3D).

Sales & Commission
A 20% commission will be charged for any sales.

Submissions

All submissions must be original. The Member Art Show is open to both two and three dimensional works of art in the following Art Categories.

Download the entry form here: http://www.tcsteele.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Member-Show-GUIDELINES-2018.docx

 

 


Mark your calendars for our upcoming programs and events at the site!

April

April 22, 2018. Arts of the Earth Day, 1-4pm. Join us for a Paint-Along for kids (16 and under) in the Formal Garden with award-winning Impressionist painter Patricia Rhoden Bartels, then witness stone transformed into artwork with Bohemian Hobbit Studios’ Sidney Bolam, our April Artist in Residence! Pre-registration for the Paint-Along is REQUIRED! Please call the site to register: 812-988-2785. All materials, demos and instruction FREE! Made possible by a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Brown County Community Foundation, the Friends of T.C. Steele State Historic Site, and the National Endowment for the Arts!

April 27-29, 2018. The 33rd Annual Wildflower Foray! Stay tuned for hike schedules, coming at the beginning of April.

May

May 12, 2018. Daily Bread & Butter concert, Arts in the Park, 12-2pm. Free. Less common instruments and traditional music from Indiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

June

June 3, 2018. Sunday at Home, Daren Redman Shawl Dyeing and Thread Painting workshop, 1-4pm. Free. Pre-registration required. Call 812-988-2785. Limit 10 people. *This Workshop Currently Full–Please see July 1st listing* **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

June 16, 2018. Pick Your Poison, sponsored by Cardinal Spirits, featuring herbs from Indiana gardens. Participants will enjoy refreshments and sample two cocktails made with local ingredients. 21 and older. $20 per person, limit 20 people. Advance tickets required. Please call the site to register: 812-988-2785.

 

July

July 1st, 2018. Sunday at Home, Daren Redman Shawl Dyeing and Thread Painting workshop, 12:30-4:30pm. Pre-registration required. Please call 812-988-2785. Limit 10 people. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

July 14, 2018. Mad Tea Party and Hat Decorating workshop with AIR Susan Freese, 11am-12:30pm. Bring out your inner Alice at this children’s tea and workshop with Artist in Residence and Hatter Susan Freese! Children will decorate a hat for a beloved doll or teddy bear using ribbons and other decorating pieces; “tea” and cookies will be served. Tickets include the Tea Party and a tour of the historic buildings afterwards. $8 per ticket for one child and adult; each additional child is $5. One hat per child. Limit 12 participants. Please call the site to register: 812-988-2785.

July 14, 2018. Daily Bread & Butter concert by the garden, Arts in the Park, 12-2pm. Free. Less common instruments and traditional music from Indiana during the 18th and 19th centuries. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

August

August 19, 2018. Hoosier Songbook concert with Tom Roznowski. 2-3:30pm. Free. The Hoosier Songbook, like the Hoosier School of Literature, reflects the state’s enduring contributions to American culture. This concert will include songs by a variety of Indiana composers. The performances by Tom Roznowski (vocals) and Mike Lucas (piano) will feature material that resonates with our challenges as a nation and a planet. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

September

September 8, 2018. 30th Annual Great Outdoor Art Contest. The oldest plein air art contest in Indiana is for old and young, beginners and established artists! Part of Brown County Art Colony Weekend in Nashville, and a tradition of Indiana artists for decades. Registration materials available for download on this website August 1st (Register by August 31 for early bird rates! Day-of registration is allowed! Brozinni Pizzeria and Salt Creek Brewery will be here from 11:30am-3pm! Parking $3 for the general public. Co-sponsored by the Friends of T.C. Steele, IPAPA, Jack Richeson & Co Inc., and the Toy Chest.

October

October 13, 2018. Falling Leaves. 1-2pm. Free. Paula Chambers, Indiana performance artist and choreographer will present a dance performance entitled “Falling Leaves,” a solo work featuring lyrical hoop dance. Following the performance Paula will host a Q and A session, and give a talk about the health, wellness, and spiritual benefits of lyrical hoop dance. A range of topics will be discussed and will be tailored to the attending audience. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

October 13, 2018. High Spirits at T.C. Steele, 5-7pm. $25 members/$30 non-members, 21 and over. Join us in the Large Studio for a spooky evening of cocktails, a magic show by the Whisky Wizard, Richard Darshwood, and a talk on Victorian Spiritualism by Dr. Anne Delgado. Limit 30 guests. Sponsored by Heaven Hill, Distillery, featuring Larceny Bourbon.

October 20, 2018. Join the Circus for a Day! 1-3pm. Free. The Hudsucker Posse flow arts collective troupe will present a short performance demonstrating all of their skill props including (hula) hoops, staff, poi, juggling clubs, rings and balls for the audience. Following the demonstration, audience members will try the props in a series of fun challenges and engaging activities. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.

[CANCELED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION DELAYS]: October 28, 2018. Singing Winds Visitor Center Open House, and the Opening of the Traveling Studio Wagon Camp! 2-4pm. Free. Enjoy a light reception, explore the new building and the new outdoor experience, and watch artist Patricia Rhoden Bartels do a painting demo of the new Wagon Camp! [CANCELED. Expected opening in Spring 2019. More details forthcoming.]

November

November 4, 2018. Friends of T.C. Steele Member Annual Meeting and Art Show Reception and Celebration of the Traveling Studio Wagon, with a book signing by Marty Krause of his new Gustave Baumann book, Of a County Called Brown (books on sale in shop), 2-4pm. Steele’s Large Studio. Open to Friends members and their guests. House tours only 2:15 or 3:15. Regular tours: 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, and 4:15pm.

November 1-30, 2018. Friends of T.C. Steele Member Art Show. Free with standard admission.

December

December 2, 2018. Steele’s Country Christmas, 1-4pm. Celebrate Christmas the way the Steeles did, one hundred years ago! The Studio and House will be decorated for the holiday, and Christmas cookies, cider, crafts and music will be part of the festivities! A visit from St. Nicholas and Belsnickel completes this family tradition. Free with standard admission. House tours only: 1:15, 2:15, 3:15pm. Regular tours 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 4:15.

December 9, 2018. Daily Bread & Butter concert in the Large Studio, 12-2pm. Free. In the three performances (20 May, 14 July, 9 December), less commonly known instruments and traditional music of 18th and 19th century Indiana are played. **This program is made possible through an Arts and the Parks and Historic Sites grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. House tours only: 12:15 and 1:15pm. Regular tours: 10:15, 11:15, 2:15, 3:15 and 4:15.