Madison Celebrates By Hoosier Hands Art Trail

Madison IN….Madison artists, galleries and shops will celebrate the newly created Handcrafted and Homegrown by Hoosier Hands in Southeast Indiana Artisan Trails on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26. Each participating location will have working artists on site and something special throughout the event. See and interact with painters, photographers, sculptors, winemakers and more.

The Artisans Gallery and Madison Art Club have several artists on hand throughout the weekend and photography will be the focus at Lanthier Winery. At Madison Vineyards, Steve Palmer is giving personal tours of the winery along with wine tastings and the artisans at Cocoa Safari will be making their gourmet hand crafted chocolates. The Attic features the work of Troy Seel with the artist himself making an appearance on Saturday. Thomas Family Winery is displaying Lou Knoble’s paintings and winemaker Steve will be on hand to tease your palate. Carolyn Lopez is painting bookmarks & notecards at her In Home Gallery on Second Street. Village Lights Bookstore hosts artist Bob Saueressig on Friday 5-9pm and Saturday 11am-5pm. The West Street Art Center opens on Friday 4-6pm, Saturday 11am-5pm with a drawing session from 11am-2pm on Saturday.

Along with the festivities, The Madison Visitors Center will sponsor a prize drawing for visitors who visit at least 5 of the locations. Participating locales will validate a passport, which will be entered into the prize drawing. Prizes will be 2-$100 certificates and an artisan basket. Passports and a map (includes hours & locations) can be picked up at The Madison Visitors Center at 601 West First Street, Madison, IN.

Handcrafted and Homegrown by Hoosier Hands in Southeast Indiana is a compilation of artists that can be seen in local art galleries, or are available by appointment. Madison’s Cliffs and Valley Artisan Trail features 24 arts-related stops (including 3 wineries) and 23 stops open by appointment only. Many of the stops on the Cliffs and Valley Trail are concentrated in Madison’s downtown National Historic Landmark District where visitors will find an abundance of cafes, galleries and shops featuring local art and artists.

All four trails featured in the book (Cliffs & Valley, Canal & Rivers, Towers & Spires and Forests & Farms) will be celebrating with special events on March 25 & 26. The four Artisan Trails, for art lovers, foodies, and road-trippers, will take visitors through seven counties in southeast Indiana. Trails identify galleries, artists, art events, and unique places to eat and stay along the way.

Copies of the book are for sale at the visitor information centers in Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Jefferson (Madison), and Ripley counties, and at many of the local galleries. This book was a collaboration of 7 southeast Indiana tourism bureaus. For more information call 800-559-2956.

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