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 artist’s 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 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.
Paintings by Sandy Hall
The artwork of local artist, Sandy Hall, will be on display in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery from April through June, 2018.
After retiring as Greenfield-Central Junior High School’s visual arts teacher, Sandy enjoys representational imagery and continues to discover new ways to express ideas. Plein air painting is a favorite past time. She recently discovered techniques of manipulating paint on deli paper to create interesting collages and of layering watercolor washes to create illusions of glass. A lifelong learner, Sandy seizes opportunities to hone her skills. Her subject matter is a gallimaufry of various themes and subjects.
“My childhood was filled with art experiments and lots of encouragement. My mother said at the age of four, I spent hours chalking up an old black board.” comments Sandy. Art supplies were regular gifts for Christmas and birthdays. In college Sandy enrolled in a drawing class at Purdue. Knowing she wanted to be a teacher, Sandy switched her teaching major from mathematics to art education. She loved the discipline and the process of creating marks, dabbing paint and studying art history. Opportunities from Lilly Endowment’s Teacher Creativity grant program and the Getty Foundation’s DBAE workshops reinforced her love to learn and articulate. Even after retiring, Sandy continued to teach and to help others discover their creative potential.
“I love the process of working in various media. It must be the art teacher in me. Happy accidents turn into problems to solve. I enjoy creating landscapes and am drawn to art that tells a story. Exploring what can be done with color and ideas, I am a lifelong learner who likes to make art happen. This spring, I take an oil refresher class under the direction of Patrick Saunders. In May, I travel to Lawrenceburg, IN to paint under guidance of Karen Knutson, a figurative, mixed media-collage artist. The New Harmony IPAPA Plein Air Event is also on my radar for April. This four-day event draws over one hundred plein air painters.” comments Sandy. Her next show, “Blending Interpretations of the American Southwest,” is in July and August at 20 N Gallery, Greenfield IN. Sandy Hall’s work can also be seen in Irvington’s, 10 Johnson Ave Coffee Shop, in July.
Interested in a purchase, lessons or commission? Sandy teaches from Studio 12A, 2 W Main St, Greenfield, IN. Look for the purple door. Sandy taught art in the public schools over thirty years. If you are open to explore, she will help you discover the artist within you.
Most Tuesdays, painters gather informally to paint and exchange ideas at 2 W Main, Greenfield. If you have a project you want to work on, join them. The gathering is free…9 - Noon, Tuesdays on the first level: Indy Arts studio. There is no instruction. All of the artists love the atmosphere of open critiques and often share thoughts on how to improve one’s work.
Sandy is a two-time Lilly Endowment Grant recipient, member of Hancock Arts and Cultural Council, Art Education Association of Indiana, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, the Bloomington Watercolor Society - Upland group, Riley Old Home Society and Richmond Painters Group. In 2017 Sandy was awarded “Best Illustration” in the Riley Festival Fine Arts competition. The “Nine Little Goblins” housed on top of the Riley’s boyhood home last fall was Sandy’s design and with the help of Riley Old Home Society members, she completed the panels in September, 2017. Sandy continues to teach privately, create art experiences for groups and bids on commission opportunities.