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Welcome to the Brown County Art Gallery

Winter is here and the Brown County Art Gallery is a lovely place to spend a chilly, gray Indiana day. We are open daily, free admission and parking. We have some major acquisition news to share....

Wm. Zimmerman Studio

A new agreement with the family of master bird artist William Zimmerman has more than tripled the number of pieces on loan to the Gallery Collection. Many of the paintings have never been exhibited and include Bill's paintings of animals as well as birds. A number of the new pieces are on exhibit in the Zimmerman Studio. We are so grateful to Judy Zimmerman and her children.


Emmy Lou Ranch Book

New York attorney David Lowden has donated an important art colony artifact called the Emmy Lou Ranch Book. It is a guest registry created by early art patron Fred Hetherington as a tribute to his wife Emmy to record visitors coming to his Brown County cabin starting in 1910. But it is not just a registry. It contains sketches, paintings, cartoons, notes and more, created by the visitors over several years. Hetherington, who was from Indianapolis, bought the cabin after visiting T.C. Steele who was building his home. Soon he began inviting members of the Chicago Palette and Chisel Club. In the book you see names of those artists who would eventually make up the Hoosier Group and the Brown County Art Colony.

One visitor of note was Gustave Baumann who rode with Hetherington on the train to Helmsburg and landed an invitation to the cabin. His drawing shows him shedding his Chicago clothes for overalls. Imagine the conversations that took place and what they led too! A copy of the book along with the original is on display.


Wil Vawter

The next gift is a gouache by Will Vawter that was used to illustrate the book "Songs of Cheer" by James Whitcomb Riley called "Noon Interlude". The Gallery Foundation is building a collection of Vawter works that were done for Riley books and we are grateful to Lolly McClennan for her gift.


January and February we are focusing on our wonderful collections and the works of art by members of the Brown County Art Gallery Artists Association and Indiana Heritage Arts. All of their works are available for purchase. View our schedule here and on our events page for more details. We look forward to seeing you in 2020~




2020 and looking towards the future, donations are always welcome. Please contact us at the Gallery for additional ways to donate and designate gifts. We are grateful for your gifts and will always spend your dollars wisely. 

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