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Starry Night Theme for SICA’s Paint the Town Party

{Paint The Town with SICA: 16 x 20 “Bright Lights Big City”}

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Paint the Town Series Offering Bright Lights, Big City Painting Party

Paint the Town for August will be offering participants the chance to paint a van Gogh-style starry night scene titled “Bright Lights, Big City”.

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts offers the social painting workshops every month to bring friends together at various interesting locations throughout the community to paint and have fun in a social setting.

During the workshop SICA teaching artists help participants paint a complete picture on a 16”x20” canvas.  No artistic experience or talent is required.

The contemporary painting this month includes a city skyline against a swirling night sky reminiscent of van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night.

The Paint the Town workshop will be SundayAugust 12, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Chateau de Pique Winery Seymour, Indiana.

The participation fee is $30 and there is a 20% discount for SICA members.  All materials are supplied.  Memberships may be purchased through the SICA office and new members will receive the discount on this event immediately.

One-year SICA memberships are available at $25 for individuals and $50 for a family and include discounts for future classes and events at the Center as well.

Chateau de Pique Winery is located at 6361 N County Road 760 E south of E. Reddington Street.  While there, participants may taste wines and food and drinks will be available for purchase.  Space is limited so reservations are required.  To reserve your spot, contact SICA at (812) 522-2278 or sicatreasurer@frontier.com. 

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Mixed Media Exhibit at SICA in August 2012

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SICA Brings Paper Marbling by Marilyn Brackney to Main Gallery

The new exhibit opening in August at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts will include a variety of mixed media artwork by Marilyn Brackney.

Brackney will exhibit her marbled paper and fabrics as well as her found art figures throughout the month.

Any material, whether it’s trash or gold leaf, is suitable to use as a medium for my creativity and imagination,” said Brackney.  “I like to make people think when they look at my work, and I hope to connect with them on a personal level and help them see the world in new ways.”

The SICA gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 pm and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm.  Admission is free. The exhibit will run through August 31.

The Art Center is located at 2001 North Ewing St. in Seymour, Indiana.

Brackney has a passion for art made out of found and recycled materials.  She is the creator and producer of the Déjà Vu Art and Fine Craft Show, an annual event in Columbus that features artists from all over the Midwest who create art by using recycled materials.

Brackney’s found art figures, also known as art dolls, will be a part of her SICA exhibit.  To create them Brackney repurposed or upcycled found pieces of antique and collectible objects.

I hope the figures amuse people and help them see the possibilities of reusing materials to create art,” said Brackney.

Brackney’s marbled work includes both paper and fabric and is created using ancient techniques that date back to 15th century Turkey and Persia.

Saturday, August 4, SICA will host a meet-the-artist reception for Marilyn Brackney in the main gallery.  Starting at 4 pm the reception is free and open to the public.

At 6 pm the final evening of Radio 96.3 WJAA Bustock Music Festival will kick-off on the outdoor stage at SICA with a BeatlesFest that will include children creating a Yellow Submarine assisted by SICA teaching artist Kay Fox.  Also scheduled is a Kids-Singing-The-Beatles Contest, and the Troy Hubbard Beatles Memorabilia Show.

All pre-concert activities are free and open to the public.  Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 pm with Meet the Beetles, a Beatles tribute band from Chicago.

For more information call SICA at (812) 522-2278 or email sicatreasurer@frontier.com.  You can also visit SICA on Facebook.

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Bustock Music Festival Returns to SICA Aug 1 – 4

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Bustock Music Festival Returns to SICA

The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is proud to once again host Radio 96.3 Bustock, Seymour’s biggest free summer musical festival, August 1-4, 2012.

During the four nights of the festival the grounds of the art center will be filled with live music, art, charity, peace and fun for all.

This summer’s featured performers at Bustock include:

Wed Aug 1: Kenny Parks, Howard, Lewis & Lovins, 812

Thurs Aug 2: Rusty Bladen, The Why StoreBustock Drum Circle

Fri Aug 3: 100% Angus AC/DC Band, special guest Jordan Richart

Sat Aug 4:  Bustock BeatlesFest featuring the band Meet the Beetles from Chicago

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm on the Don Hill Stage at SICA.

Saturday before the concert, the SICA main gallery will host a meet-the-artist reception for their August art exhibit featuring Marilyn Brackney.

Starting at 4 pm the reception is free and open to the public.  Brackney’s mixed-media exhibit includes paper marbling and found object figurines.

At 6 pm the BeatlesFest will kick-off with children creating a Yellow Submarine assisted by SICA teaching artist Kay Fox.

Also scheduled is a Kids Singing the Beatles Contest, and the Troy Hubbard Beatles Memorabilia Show.  All pre-concert activities are free and open to the public. Saturday’s concert begins at 7:30 pm.

Saturday is going to be a great day to bring the whole family out to SICA to picnic and enjoy lots of good music and art,” said SICA Executive Director Warren Baumgart Jr.

Various community groups will be conducting fundraising activities throughout the Bustock festival.

Jackson County Special Olympics and Red Sky Rescue will be selling food, the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour will announce their raffle winners, the SICA Minutes to Memories Garden fund will give away a guitar signed by John Mellencamp, and a Cornhole Tournament will support the Seymour High School Cheerleaders.

Bustock is produced by Radio 96.3 WJAA and is an all-ages family-friendly event.  All festival activities are outside and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.  Outside food and drink is permitted.

The Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday rain location is the Seymour VFW.

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SICA Hosts Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship Fund Kick-Off

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SICA Hosts Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship Fund Kick-Off

 When John Mellencamp originally acquired the property in Seymour, Indiana, where the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts (SICA) currently stands, it was his mother Marilyn who told him they should make it into a regional art center for the community.

Marilyn not only was an accomplished artist herself, but she had always been a passionate supporter for the arts.  It was Marilyn’s love for painting that prompted John’s interest in art as well.

Marilyn Mellencamp passed away last January, and in keeping with her devotion to the arts the Mellencamp family is starting the Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

This scholarship will provide tuition support for a high school senior planning to attend college to major in art, music or theater.

Working with Marilyn’s family, SICA is hosting a celebration of Marilyn’s life and work on Saturday, July 14.  Starting at 1 pm SICA will open an exhibit of Marilyn Mellencamp’s paintings in the main gallery of the art center.

Marilyn’s family has collected close to fifty of the best paintings by Marilyn,” said SICA executive director Warren Baumgart Jr.  “It will be an incredible opportunity to see the scope of Marilyn Mellencamp’s talent as a gifted artist all in one place.”  The Marilyn Mellencamp exhibit is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will remain at SICA throughout the month of July.

Starting at 6 pm Marilyn’s family is sponsoring a free concert on the Don Hill Stage at the art center featuring Brent James & the Contraband.  Special guests will include David Campbell, Mike Gerth, Kenny Parks, and John Whitcomb.

Brent James & the Contraband is scheduled to take the stage around 9 pm.  This is an outdoor event and the audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

Marilyn was an inspiration to so many in our community and SICA certainly owes Marilyn a debt of gratitude for her vision that made the art center what it is today,” said Baumgart.  “We really miss Marilyn, but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate her life than with lots of good art and good music.

The Marilyn Mellencamp Scholarship for the Arts will be launched at the event.  Throughout the evening the public will be able to make donations to the scholarship fund in Marilyn’s memory.

Gifts to the fund are also being accepted by the Community Foundation of Jackson County in Seymour, Indiana, (812) 523-4483.  SICA is located at 2001 N. Ewing St. (State Highway 11) just north of Seymour in the Rockford area.  For more information contact SICA at (812) 522-2278 or sicatreasurer@frontier.com.

You can also find information on the SICA Facebook page.

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Paint The Town Offering “Tropical Paradise”

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Paint the Town Series Offering Tropical Paradise Painting Party

Paint the Town for July will be offering participants the chance to paint a retro-style tropical beach scene titled “Tropical Paradise”.   Southern Indiana Center for the Arts offers the social painting workshops every month to bring friends together at various interesting locations throughout the community to paint and have fun in a social setting.

During the workshop SICA teaching artists help participants paint a complete picture on a 16”x20” canvas.  No artistic experience or talent is required.  The tropical-themed painting includes coconut palm trees, a big sun over the water, and a sandy beach with flip-flops and a pink flamingo.

The workshop will be Saturday, July 21, from 11 am to 3 pm at Batar Café near Seymour, Indiana.  The participation fee is $30 and there is a 20% discount for SICA members.  All materials are supplied.

Memberships may be purchased through the SICA office and new members will receive the discount on this event immediately.   One-year SICA memberships are available at $25 for individuals and $50 for a family and include discounts for future classes and events at the Center as well.

Batar Café is located at 12649 E US Highway 50 approximately 2 miles from the junction of US Highway 31 and US Highway 50.  While there, participants may enjoy a delicious selection of lunch entrées and desserts for an additional charge.  To reserve your spot, contact SICA at 812-522-2278 or sicatreasurer@frontier.com.

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Powder Keg Stewgrass on Stage at SICA June 29th

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Powder Keg Stewgrass Brings Contemporary Bluegrass to SICA Stage

On Friday, June 29, the final concert of the popular summer series JCB Friday Night Live will feature Powder Keg Stewgrass. The band is recognized for their bluegrass sound that is young and contemporary.

The JCB Friday Night Live performance will be on the Don Hill Outdoor Stage at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts beginning at 7pm.  The concert is free and open to the public and Powder Keg Stewgrass will play until 9 pm.

The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, and outside food and drink is welcome.

This band will be a great closing act to a very successful concert series this summer,” said SICA executive director Warren Baumgart Jr.  “We’ve had great weather every Friday night, and this Friday promises to be another gorgeous summer evening.”

JCB is sponsoring the Friday Night Live concert series.  SICA is located at 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour.  For more information about the concert or to find out more about SICA call 812-522-2278.  You can also visit SICA on Facebook

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Beatles Music at JCB Friday Night Live

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Beatles Music at JCB Friday Night Live

Friday, June 15, will be the third outdoor JCB Friday Night Live concert of the summer.

At 7 pm Beatles tribute band Rubber Revolver will hit the Don Hill Stage at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour, Indiana.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Featuring a repertoire of classic Beatles music, Rubber Revolver will play until 9 pm.  The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, and outside food and drink is welcome.

Elements of Jazz will return to the stage again this year on Friday, June 22.  Performing light jazz and  swing,  Elements of Jazz has been a popular tradition at SICA year after year.

The contemporary bluegrass music of Powder Keg Stewgrass will be featured on Friday, June 29.  This new band has been making a name for itself in the region with a fresh bluegrass sound.

JCB is sponsoring the Friday Night Live concert series.

SICA is located at 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour.  For more information about the concert or to find out more about SICA call 812-522-2278.  You can also visit SICA on Facebook

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Last Few Spots Open for Teen Summer Art Camp

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Last Few Spots Open for Teen Arts Camp

The Southern Indiana Center for the Arts has announced a few spots still open for their annual Summer Arts Camp for Teens.

Teen Camp will be the week of July 9 and is designed for 7th to 12th graders.  The sessions are Monday through Friday, noon to 4pm.  These remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  All students interested in art camp must fill out an application and the camp fees must be submitted with the application in order to reserve a space.

Each day the teens spend one hour with four different teaching artists working on a variety of projects involving everything from painting, theater games, and clay pottery.  Registration is $45 per student for SICA members and $75 for non-members.  All art supplies are included and the students will receive a snack and drink each day of camp.

To reserve a spot in SICA’s Summer Arts Camp call 812-522-2278 or email sicatreasurer@frontier.com.  Click the word “registration” to go directly to the form.

You may also register at the Art Center Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 pm, and Saturdays, 11 am to 3 pm.  SICA is located at 2001 Ewing St. in Seymour.  Memberships may also be purchased through the SICA office and new members will receive the camp discounts.   One-year SICA memberships are available at $25 for individuals and $50 for a family and include discounts for future classes and events at the Center as well.  Grandparents who have a SICA Family Membership may enroll their grandchildren at the member’s discount rate.

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JCB Friday Night Live Summer Concerts Are Back!

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Friday, June 8, will be the second outdoor JCB Friday Night Live concert of the summer.

At 7 pm the Reunion Band will hit the Don Hill Stage at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts in Seymour, Indiana.  The concert is free and open to the public.

Featuring a classic rock repertoire, the Reunion Band will play until 9 pm.  The audience is encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, and outside food and drink is welcome.

Before the concert begins there will be a reception in the SICA Gallery for Justin whose artwork is currently on exhibit there for the month of June.  Justin is a horse and he will be there Friday night to meet his fans and demonstrate his painting technique.  The meet-the-artist reception starts at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public.  Families are encouraged to come and meet Justin.

On Friday, June 15, JCB Friday Night Live brings to the stage Rubber Revolver.  Calling themselves a Beatles tribute, Rubber Revolver will rock the audience that night with classic Beatles music.

Elements of Jazz will return to the stage again this year on Friday, June 22.  Performing light jazz and  swing,  Elements of Jazz has been a popular tradition at SICA year after year.

The contemporary bluegrass music of Powder Keg Stewgrass will be featured on Friday, June 29.  This new band has been making a name for itself in the region with a fresh bluegrass sound.

JCB is sponsoring the Friday Night Live concert series.  SICA is located at 2001 N. Ewing St. in Seymour.  For more information about the concert or to find out more about SICA call 812-522-2278.

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Special thank you to Jackson County Bank for sponsoring Friday Night Live

Wine and Brews Festival at SICA June 16

 

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Wine and Brews Festival at SICA

The fifth annual Southern Indiana Festival of Wine and Brews has a new home. Saturday, June 16, the popular community fundraiser will be at the Southern Indiana Center for the Arts.

{Southern Indiana Festival of Wine & Brews}

All proceeds from the event will support SICA’s work in the arts and culture. Starting at 2 pm, the wine and beer tasting festival will be held on the beautiful, hilltop property surrounding SICA at 2001 North Ewing Street (State Road 11) in the Rockford area north of Seymour.

The festival will feature tastings from regional wineries and craft beer distributors, an art market highlighting local artists, and live music on the Don Hill Stage. Admission is $20 and will include a souvenir glass for tasting. Lucille’s Restaurant will have food items available for purchase. Advance tickets are available at SICA and at Hildreth’s Liquors in Seymour. The festival will end at 8 pm.

SICA offers free summer concerts and low-cost art classes for children and adults. SICA’s popular summer art camp serves hundreds of local children and teens. The Center also offers scholarships for art students who come from disadvantaged homes. The Festival of Wine and Brews will support these and many other arts and cultural activities that SICA brings to the community.

Festival goers must bring an ID verifying their age and are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. No outside food or drinks will be permitted on the property. Numerous musical groups will be performing including Fermata Nowhere and Public Option.

For more information call SICA at (812) 522-2278 or email sicatreasurer@frontier.com. You can also find the festival on Facebook. This event is made possible by support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Jackson County Visitors Center. Festival discounts are available for overnight stays at the Fairfield Inn in Seymour.

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