Released April 19, 2016

T.C. Steele Historic Site to host annual ‘Festival of Flowers PaintOut’


Contact: Cate Whetzel, 812.988.2785, [email protected]

NASHVILLE, Ind. — The public is invited to a fun and relaxing day at the annual Festival of Flowers PaintOut at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site in Brown County on Saturday, May 21 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The “en plein air” (in open air) art competition is open to emerging and well-known artists of all ages.

“This event provides a unique insight into the work of Hoosier Group impressionist and open-air artist T.C. Steele, who was an artist greatly inspired by his natural surroundings,” said Andrea deTarnowsky, T.C. Steele State Historic Site manager.

The festival will feature artists painting on the site grounds from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Artists participating must have their blank canvases or pages stamped prior to beginning their work. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. and the festival concludes at 4 p.m.

Adult categories include oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media and drawing. Children 12 and under and teens may enter any media. The first place winner and the people’s choice winner will be displayed at the Brown County Art Gallery in downtown Nashville.

An early bird registration will be available with a discount offered through April 30. Registration rates will apply May 1 through 21. The first 20 artists to register will receive a commemorative mug from Brown County Redware in honor of the bicentennial.

“The gardens were such a huge part of Steele’s inspiration here on the property,” added deTarnowsky. “With a major garden restoration in progress, visitors will be able to enjoy the gardens as they were in the Steeles’ day.”

For more information on this event or to register, please contact Cate Whetzel, program developer at 812.273.4531 or [email protected].

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T.C. Steele State Historic Site is located on Hwy 46 just west of Nashville in the heart of artistic Brown County. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, the site is where nature’s beauty meets the artist’s canvas. The home, studio and gardens of this noted Hoosier artist still provide inspiration today through site tours, outdoor painting competitions and artist-in-residence programs. For more information, call 812.988.2785 or visit