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Since 1975 Greenfield Banking Company has provided a gallery for Central-Indiana artists to display their work. The gallery was initially located in the bank’s Main Office in downtown Greenfield, IN. In 1999 it was moved to the bank’s new Main Office and is currently located in the second floor lobby at 1920 N State St, Greenfield, IN.

Many artists, young and old have displayed artwork over the years. Their creations include watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, textile art, photo essays, pencil drawings and pastels to name a few. Press releases and photographs are distributed to local media to promote each artists show and a large sign at the bank’s entrance directs visitors upstairs to the gallery.

The Art Gallery benefits not only the artists but also the community by making the visual arts more accessible to the local residents. The bank has no commission in the sale of artwork. The gallery is another way Greenfield Banking Company makes a positive contribution to the quality of life in our community.

Beverly Mathis' Artwork on Display

Beverly Mathis’ artwork will be on display in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery during May and June, 2016.

Beverly Mathis can't remember when she was not interested in art and teaching.  She grew up on the south side of Indianapolis and graduated from IPS #20 and Emmerich Manual H.S.  After earning a Bachelor of Art Education from Herron School of Art in 1970, she fulfilled her childhood dream to be an art teacher, and taught 5 years at Keystone Middle School.

While keeping busy as a stay-at-home mom, Beverly continued doing a variety of art projects.  Her second oil landscape was a mural for her church baptistry.  She has been her church’s Vacation Bible School Crafts Director for 43 years.  She created an annual logo for an international missionary for 9 years, and designed 5 sweatshirts for the Whiteland Marching Band and Guard.  She has worked as a substitute teacher, and still enjoys teaching her Grades 6-7-8 Sunday School Class after 40 years.

Her career as an artist reached a new level when she took watercolor classes at the Southside Art League, Inc. (SALI) in 1988 with Dave Tipton and attended the workshops of many local artists.  She has won awards at the North American Christian Convention, the Hoosier Salon, the Indiana Artists Club, the Johnson County Fair, the Marion County Fair, the Indiana State Fair, the Brown County Art Gallery, the Brown County Art Guild, the SALI Regional Exhibition, the Midwest National Abstract Exhibit, The Artesian Exhibition, the Johnson County Museum Art through History Exhibit, Irvington Presents, and T. C. Steele Paintouts.  She has also been accepted into the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibit, SALI National Fine Art Exhibit, the Hoosier Salon Pastel Show, the RAM exhibit, the Herron Alumni Exhibit, the 75 Miles in any Direction Contemporary Art Exhibit and the Will Vawter Art Competition.  She is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Indiana.  In 2002-03 she was the Artist-in-Residence for Clark Pleasant Schools.  Her painting style features traditional subjects, details, textures, and clear colors, but she also can paint loose contemporary abstracts.  Look for a scripture that she hides in some of her paintings.  See Beverly’s paintings at the SALI Off-Broadway Gallery 299 E. Broadway in Greenwood IN and the Brown County Art Galley on Main St. in Nashville IN.  Beverly has taught two Watercolor Classes at SALI since 1996.  She can also help students with mat cutting and framing.

The public is invited to view Beverly’s artwork in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery during May and June, 2016.  The Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Main Office, 1920 North State Street, Greenfield, IN is open to the public during normal business hours:  M – Th, 9 – 5; Fri, 9 – 6; Sat, 9 – Noon.