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Fest attracts artists and athletes

May 23, 2014

By Debbie Blank, The Herald-Tribune, Batesville, Ind.

May 23--Area residents have three chances to participate in the 41st Batesville Music and Arts Festival, slated for June 18-20.

The 16th annual Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Art Show "is a great way for artists to be recognized for their efforts by the community. In the past, we've had a great response of excellent art that normally would not be seen," notes coordinator Connie Rozman.

This judged show for artists at least 18 has three categories: fine arts, which includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture; applied arts, such as quiltmaking, fabric art, ceramics, jewelry and glass; and photography.

One original piece of art may be submitted by each artist, who must be a resident of Ripley, Franklin or Decatur County; an RAA member; or past RAA art auction donor. Water features cannot be accepted and RAA leaders have the right to refuse art deemed inappropriate.

Prize money from $25 to $100 will be awarded in each category with a Best of Show winner receiving $100.

Entry forms are available at Batesville and Greensburg libraries; RomWeber Marketplace, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tri-State Artisans, Batesville; and Schwestern Gallery of Arts, Oldenburg.

Original works must be submitted Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Community Church of Batesville, 103 E. George St., where the art will be displayed in church windows from June 8-28. Rozman has details at 212-1721 or

An art show reception and awards ceremony for the artists and public will be held Thursday, June 19, from 5-8 p.m. at the church. With the street blocked to vehicles, attendees will be able to buy food at a Batesville Area Historical Society cookout and wander from the art show to a concert by Mother Grove, a five-piece Celtic rock band, in the parking lot across the street from 7-9 p.m.The Batesville Memorial Public Library is sponsoring the Indianapolis band as part of its After Hours Concert Series. "Bring your lawn chairs," suggests library director Mike Kruse.

The Country Showdown will give area musicians an opportunity to gain wider followings. The contest presented by Batesville radio station WRBI and Jim True Ford, Brookville, wraps up the fest at 7 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the park pavilion.

WRBI general manager Ronald Green observes, "The showdown is a great place to get discovered in the country music business."

The local competition is open to bands of up to seven members and singles. Each must submit a CD with two songs so judges can select the 10 top acts to perform. CDs plus $20 fees and entry forms, which can be picked up at the station or downloaded from the Web site, are due June 6.

From here the winner goes to the state contest. The Indiana title brings a $1,000 prize, according to Green.

After regional fall contests of this 34th round of America's largest country music talent search, about $200,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the national final, including the $100,000 grand prize.

The Southeastern Indiana YMCA Music and Arts Festival 5K will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Liberty Park. Wellness coordinator Becca Haugh says runners and walkers should participate "to support the community and Y. Everybody is welcome and it's going to be fun! They get to enjoy the music and arts festival afterwards, too." Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will perform a two-hour concert of big band, patriotic and Broadway melodies.

The 5K will offer awards to the overall male and female runners, with first-place medals and second- and third-place ribbons presented in each of five age categories.

Entry fees are $12 per person or $30 per household if registered by June 11, including T-shirts. Fees after that are $15 and $40, respectively, but shirts can't be guaranteed.

Event-day registration starts at 4:30 p.m. An awards ceremony takes place after the race. Entry forms are available at the Y or online at To get additional information or volunteer to help, persons may contact Haugh at 934-6006 or

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.


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