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Hoosier Salon celebrates 90th annual exhibition

August 9, 2014

By Melissa Gibson, Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, Ind.

Aug. 09--INDIANAPOLIS -- The Hoosier Salon will be concluding the 90th annual exhibition on Aug. 23 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

The Daughters of Indiana created the exhibition as a way to prove that Indiana artists deserved national recognition.

Each day, the Hoosier Salon hopes to inspire Indiana artists to develop their collective talent; calling attention to those artists who immortalize Indiana's beauty, its characters and its history.

The exhibit displays a variety of art, ranging from oil paintings and sculptures, to pencil drawings.

Of the 550 pieces submitted for judging, only 128 pieces (100 artists) are featured in the exhibition.

Judges are selected from outside of Indiana, have previous experience judging, or are themselves, professional artists.

Pieces are selected based on technical style and representation.

Nineteen artists are being featured for the first time, including Brownsbug resident, Cindy Cradler.

Cradler's oil painting, "Reminiscing", is a still life of childhood toy, Ragedy Ann and classic children's books.

"It's a very prestigious show," Cradler said. "You feel like you've really accomplished something as an artist."

Other featured artists from Hendricks County include, Laura Appleby of Clayton, Thomas Himsel of Brownsburg, Anna Roberts of Brownsburg has two pieces in the exhibition and Katie Whipple of Avon.

Donnae Dole, Executive Director for the Hoosier Salon said, "Our mission is to create an appreciation for Indiana artists."

"We hope to create an atmosphere for artists to be promoted," she continued.

The pieces are currently for sale, and according to Dole, 19 have already sold.

Indiana's First Lady, Karen Pence, is the honorary chairman of the Hoosier Salon 90th Annual Exhibition and attended the preview and awards event June 25.

Columbus artist Mary Gretsinger won Best of Show for oil painting, "Behind the Circle," for the second straight year.

Awards for the top 20 winners totaled $16,600.

Not only does the Salon hope to "enhance the lives of the people of Indiana while promoting creativity and talent," according to Dole, the artists are inspired by each other.

Whether or not Cradler was accepted into the exhibition, she enjoyed gaining experience and knowledge from other artists.

Cradler had submitted pieces for the past two or three years, but was not accepted until this year.

"To see what did get accepted or the other pieces submitted, I think, 'look at this gorgeous work they are doing," she said.

"I have found it's finding your particular subject matter and style," she continued. "The more you do it, the better you are at it."

Cradler offers advice to other artists interested in sharing their work, "You'll be turned down many, many times," she said. "Don't give up."

The show is open to the public during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors, and $5 for youth ages 5 to 17.

There will be an additional celebration of the Hoosier Salon's 90th art exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Aug. 14 and is open through Sept. 28. Past and present show winners will be featured and cost is $100 per person.

Visit or email Donnae Dole at for additional information.


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