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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.

Martha Wagoner’s Artwork on Display

As a lifelong resident of Indiana, Martha grew up in a beautiful state filled with many opportunities to see a variety of artistic subject matter.  However, she didn’t start her career until her children started college… at which time she dutifully took over their room for her art studio.  Working as a full-time pharmacist limited her time spent perfecting her craft, so when she retired from Hook’s/Revco/CVS Pharmacy in 1995, she picked up the paint brushes and seriously began a new career in art.  What fun!  Martha began painting in oils, but quickly moved on to acrylics and watercolor.  Today her concentration is on painting in watercolor with its many challenges and ‘happy accidents’.  She has often said that painting is mostly learning how to correct your mistakes, especially with watercolor that seems to have a mind of its own.

For the past several years, she has added the medium of colored pencils, graphite and pen and ink.  A new set of challenges!  The attention to details and changes in values has drawn her eye in a new direction.  When the Carmel Historical Society contacted Martha about doing pen and ink drawings of each of the houses on their annual Tour of Homes, she was thrown into serious concentration of the new method of drawing.  For several years she had been asked to continue doing their homes.  This opportunity introduced her to architectural designs.  Although Martha still does watercolors and pencil drawings, she finds the pen and ink and mixing the mediums a satisfying means of creating artwork.

These different types of art have drawn her into several art organizations.  She is presently on the Board of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, Watercolor Society of Indiana and the Indiana Wildlife Artists.  She is also a member of Hoosier Salon and Indiana Artists.  Her paintings are displayed at several businesses in Noblesville, Fishers, and Carmel, IN and also in New York and Germany and currently in the Carmel and Noblesville Libraries.  Martha’s artwork was also featured in the Will Vawter Art Show, Greenfield, IN and the Indiana State Fair.  Martha stays busy completing commissioned pieces for the Christmas season.

With all the subject matter of animals, flowers, historical buildings and still-life, Martha knows she will never run out of things to paint or draw.  She loves capturing these memories and moments in time so that all can enjoy.

Martha Wagoner can be reached at marthawagoner@comcast.net

The public is invited to view Martha’s artwork in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery during November and December, 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.