Since 1896, local artists have been getting together to promote the welfare of art in Montgomery County by providing encouragement to artists. The group has undergone a variety of name changes, but now exists as the Art League of Montgomery County.
Another big change for the group, which boasts 170 members, is a public art show now on display at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. ALMC President Cindy Smith said while the league’s show is traditionally a one-day, private show, hanging up their artist’s works for several weeks at the library has been great.
“The turn out from our members has been much better than in the past,” Smith said. “While most of our members are in needlework groups, we have all different kinds of artwork on display, and so much of it.”
There are water colors, pastels, counted cross stitch, photography, jewelry, drawings, paper molding and even basket weaving, among other things. The show opened at the beginning of July and will run through August.
“This isn’t a juried show,” Smith explained. “Our artists chose the pieces that they thought best represented what they can do.”
Art League member Lissa Fairfield is the gallery coordinator at the library and was the first one to bring the idea up to Smith.
“Lissa told me she had all these walls to fill, why not put up our artist’s work and make a whole show of it?” Smith said.
By showing off their art for the public, Smith believes they are fulfilling their mission of encouraging others to join the arts more than ever before.
“This show has a large variety of what the art world offers. Hopefully people will come in here and think ‘Oh, I never knew I could do that. I’ll give it a try,’” she said.
The show is free to browse during the library’s hours. Those wishing to join the Art League can contact any current member and receive an informational brochure. By inviting the public in, Smith believes the organization is really getting back to its roots.
“We’re resurrecting what they used to do all the way back in 1896.”