Light & Shadow

Carnegie celebrates 75th anniversary of Shades S.P.

The family of Will Bernhardt II enjoys a hike at Shades State Park.
The family of Will Bernhardt II enjoys a hike at Shades State Park.
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The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County is pleased to announce the opening of a temporary exhibit, Light and Shadow: Art & History of Shades State Park.

The exhibit will open with a public reception 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Light refreshments will be served.

Light and Shadow showcases 22 works of art created by 15 local artists. Artwork includes works on paper and canvas, stoneware and photography — all celebrating the unique landscape of the park. Featured artists include Marianne Darling Ballenger, Kayla Beard, Fritz Bennett, Will Bernhardt II, Michael D. Bowman, Woody Dagner, Lissa Fairfield, Brooke Harshbarger, Kathryn J. Houghton, Shari McCollough, Stacy Savage, Jerry Smith, Alex South, Amy Westphal and John Zimmerman.

The exhibit also features historic photographs and memorabilia from the park. Did you know that Shades State Park used to have a dance pavilion and a hotel? Ever wonder what happened to Trail 3? Visitors will also learn about early travel to the “Shades of Death” and the people who worked there.

Light and Shadow: Art & History of Shades State Park will be on display through Oct. 29.

The Carnegie Museum is located at 222 S. Washington Street, Crawfordsville. Admission is free, and the museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible. The Carnegie Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

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