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GBC Art Gallery


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.

Ruth Howell’s Artwork on Display

Ruth Howell's watercolors will be on display in Greenfield Banking Company's Main Office Art Gallery during September and October, 2015.

Painting mostly with watercolors, Ruth can’t resist the way the colors have a life of their own, mixing and resisting each other on the paper, creating a glow that just cannot be found with other mediums.  She enjoys painting abstract paintings, finding inspiration in the shapes that form when she drops colors on the paper, then “finding” a painting out of random shapes.  She particularly enjoys designing geometric compositions, using circles in particular.  She believes that is because a circle is a continuing line, line being an important part of a composition, that continuing line symbolizes life encompassing all aspects of her life.  Life, having a husband and a family, losing her husband and her daughter to cancer, circling back to the family and friends that surround her now, circling around her art completes her life in a way she would not have if it weren't for her art.  So, she paints, bright wonderful colors, most with circles in them.

Ruth feels she has been given a gift by God to be able to paint bright colorful paintings.  She paints to bring joy to herself and to share with others her unique view of her world.  That brings her the strength to continue the circle of life, and it is her hope and prayer that in doing so will bring a smile or a sense of joy to the viewer of her work.

Ruth has been painting seriously since 1995, studying with many well-known Indiana artists.  She belongs to several art organizations, including the Indiana Artist Club, Watercolor Society of Indianapolis, Southside Art League, and the Hoosier Salon.

She has been accepted in many juried shows held by these organizations, winning awards and has paintings hanging in several private collections.  She has been accepted into the Hoosier Salon Exhibit three years in a row as well as the Southside Art Leagues Abstract juried show and the Indiana Artist Club juried show for several years.  She has also added several new patrons to her list who have fallen in love with her work.

The public is invited to view Ruth’s artwork in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery during September and October, 2015.  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 hours:  M – Th, 9 – 5; Fri, 9 – 6; Sat, 9 – Noon.