Events

Traditional Arts Indiana
Remembering Bean Blossom
Friday, June 12; Noon

Bean Blossom, Indiana, the site of the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival, is often viewed as sacred ground by Bluegrass musicians. Come to this informal noontime concert and discussion at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, featuring regional musicians who grew up attending and playing at Bean Blossom. They'll share favorite tunes and personal stories from Bean Blossom. The musicians will include Roger Banister (mandolin/fiddle), Denise Kocur (electric bass), Michael Clark (acoustic guitar), and David Hedrick (5-string banjo). The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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Artist Demonstrations (at McCormick's Creek State Park)
Saturday, June 13; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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Memory Paintings and Death Camps: Gustav Potthoff's Creative-Aging Practice
Wednesday, June 17; 4:30 p.m.

Gustav Potthoff paints to remember his fellow prisoners of war who built the Bridge over the River Kwai and the Hellfire Pass during World War II. Concerned that those 16,000 who died will be forgotten, the artist paints to tell people his story and to find peace among the horrors of his wartime memories by calling all who see his art to remember those who perished building the Thailand-Burma Railway. This program by Traditional Arts Director Jon Kay shares the incredible story of Gustav Potthoff, and explores his life-review practice as a strategy for creative aging. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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Bob Taylor: Indiana Master Woodcarver
Thursday, June 18; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For over 75 years, Bob Taylor has whittled and carved. What first started as a boyhood hobby grew into his profession--he worked as a pattern maker for Badger Pattern Works. However, when he retired, he did not stop carving. Instead, he began making relief carvings of childhood memories and fanciful stories. Come to the Mathers Museum and meet Bob Taylor and learn more about his techniques and memory carvings. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham: Limestone Carvers
Thursday, June 25; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate Limestone Month this June with limestone carvers Matt Bruce and Casey Winningham, who'll talk about their work during this demonstration at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. After they show examples and demonstrate techniques, Bruce will let attendees try their hand at carving limestone. Come learn about this distinctive occupational tradition from South-central Indiana. The event, sponsored by Traditional Arts Indiana through support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

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Sugar Creek Traditions (at Shades State Park)
Saturday, June 27


Lotus Workshop--Creating Pahiyas: A Philippines Harvest Tradition
Sunday, June 28; 2 to 4 p.m.

During this family-friendly workshop, participants (ages 7 and up with an adult) will help make Pahiyas Festa House creations, a Filipino cultural tradition. Pahiyas, a harvest celebration, dates back to the 16th century and involves elaborate, food-based decorations. Participants will learn more about this colorful tradition and will use high-pigment markers to color plastic materials from recycled milk jugs, inspired by Pahiyas practices. In addition, regional food inspirations will be included to bridge local and global cultural connections. All materials made during this workshop will be part of larger displays in the free Lotus Arts Village at the 22nd annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival (Sept. 25-26). Light refreshments included. The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Please email museumed@indiana.edu or call 812-855-6873. The "Celebrating the Harvest" summer workshop series is sponsored by the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation and the Bloomington Arts Commission.