ART CART for March 15, 2021

by Nancy Maxwell

Art, Culture, and Community

Waverly Old Town Park now has a permanent corn hole set, horseshoe court, and a checkerboard table, thanks to a grant from Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the efforts of county workers.  With wide-open spaces for playing and picnics, a paved river walk for walking and biking, bird and small animal life to observe, and ample parking, this is a great place to get out and get active.

CVB offers a variety of grants for Morgan County organizations and businesses. Financial help with advertising and grants for events are some of the options. The CVB website, www.visitmorgancountyin.com, lists events, restaurants, things to do, information about the area, and tips on planning a visit to Morgan County.  If your business, gallery, restaurant, or special event is not listed on this site, you are missing out on valuable and free advertising.  A matching advertising grant can help with the cost of your business’s print advertising.  Contact Executive Director Tosha Daugherty at the CVB for assistance.

The blank calendars of the last year are a thing of the past; it is time to start “penciling in” events in the area.  While not yet back to our old normal, with the availability of vaccines and the slowing down of the infection rates, many events are going back on our area calendars! Hooray! And it is Spring!

Do not rake those flower beds just yet; wait until the daytime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees before clearing it all off.  Pollinators use that leaf matter for nesting over the winter and are not quite ready to come out. It’s time to plan, just a little early to plant.  Put pansies in your Spring planting plans; Morgan County Master Gardeners Pansy Sale is in full swing.  Contact any Master Gardener to order.  Pick-up will be at the Morgan County Fairgrounds.  Pansies are great cool weather flowers, providing lots of color before it’s frost safe to put other flowers out.

Spring means new shows of artwork at the Brown County Art Guild and Brown County Art Gallery in Nashville, where several Morgan County artists are represented.  Both galleries are free and open to the public. Take the youngsters to an art gallery for an eye-opening experience; their perspective on what is interesting, pretty, or good can prompt wonderful discussions on art and the world around us. The Brown County Art Gallery has easier parking so stop there first and look around, leave your car and walk the few blocks to the Guild. In Martinsville, visit Flourish Gallery, where work by several local artists is on display.  Flourish is actively seeking additional artists and work to display.

The Butterfly Garden at Art Sanctuary has undergone some clean-up and upgrading, the daffodils are ready to pop, and the hummingbird feeders will go up in a few weeks.  Feel free to stop by and “sit a spell”, swap out a book from the Little Free Library, come inside to visit with studio artists, and view the artwork in the Gallery and hallways. If the door sign says “Open” you are always welcome to come in.  Masks are required.

Starting spring cleaning? Set those books aside for any one of the Little Free Libraries around Morgan County. Libraries are located at The Main Connection, Singer’s Gift and Hobby, Poston Road Elementary, Morgan County Fairgrounds, Waverly Old Town Park, and Art Sanctuary, among other places.

Do not let the downtown construction keep you from visiting and shopping; galleries, restaurants and shops are open; come see us!

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