ART CART for May 16, 2022

Art, Culture, and Community

Congratulations to the Martinsville High School Choir on their receiving the Indiana State School Music Association Award for the 2021-2022 school year!

The Veteran’s Creative Arts Festival last weekend at Art Sanctuary was a wonderful success, t thanks to the arduous work of Dani Fluhr and the American Legion Auxiliary. A wide array of artwork, a full house of visitors, open artists’ studios, Taps, delicious snacks, and beautiful weather all came together for this first-time event; hopefully, it will become an annual event.

Art Sanctuary is open every 2nd Friday for Open Studio Night, with a show in the Main Gallery, and artists in their studios to meet with the public. June’s Second Friday Open Studio Night will be SUNFLOWERS for UKRAINE ART SHOW, a public fundraising event to benefit the children of Ukraine. Entry fees for artists and viewers are by donation. A wide array of 2D and 3D artwork, all featuring sunflowers in some manner, will be on display. Many pieces will be for sale, some are just for viewing. The public will be invited to award a “Viewer’s Favorite” award ribbon for a favorite piece. Please plan to attend.

This Thursday evening, the third Thursday of the month is Sidewalk Sale time downtown, Writer’s Studio at Art Sanctuary and Stitch and B$t#ch also at Art Sanctuary. Every Thursday you can enjoy Cruise-In on the Square, a show of antique cars, and other vehicles.

Take your pick of things to do this weekend; the choices are many! Farmers’ Market is in full swing every week now. Martinsville’s Market is Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm at The Main Connection. Fresh produce is limited for a few weeks yet but baked goods, fresh eggs, arts and crafts, and other choices are available.

Saturday is also Opening Day at Willowfield Lavender Farm, 11 am-4 pm, 6176 Smokey View Road, Mooresville. Stroll the lavender fields and adjoining woodlands, and enjoy lavender-related products in the gift shop.

Demolition Derby at the Morgan Fairgrounds Saturday night, with Full Size, Full-size Motor Swap, Compact Cut ‘N Go, and Youth Compact categories. The gates open at 3:30 and the events go on throughout the evening.

Pioneer Park hosts a free summer concert Friday night in Mooresville with 45 RPM. Austin Glenn plays at Cedar Creek on Friday with 7 Bridges and The Boys in the Band the featured music this Saturday.

Former Martinsville resident and historian, Joanne Stuttgen was in town recently and participated in an interview with Mitch Legion of WTIU about historic Grassyfork Fisheries, the largest single producer of goldfish in the world by WWII. The program on the “Indiana Newsdesk” at WTIU can also be found on Facebook or YouTube.

Journey Indiana filmed a segment at the Morgan County History Center and Museum recently; it can be seen at the website

The Martinsville downtown square is the location of a street fair of sorts, 2nd & 3rd Saturdays of the summer months, hosted by Taylor Made Roofing and Construction. Events include games, food trucks, raffles, live music, art activities, and more as this event progresses. If you are interested in participating as a vendor, artist, musician, or volunteer, contact

Rock Painting, an art activity for children and youth is available every Tuesday throughout the summer, 2-3 pm, at the Painted Hills Clubhouse. The $5 fee covers all materials. Sheila Eyster, 317-408-4101, is the instructor and contact for this event.

Summer is heating up! Send your events and information to me at