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.
Artwork by Karen Martin
Karen Martin’s artwork will be on display in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery from early April through June, 2019.
Karen M. Martin resides in Shelbyville, IN where she works as a Park Director. She was influenced in the Arts by her parents early on. If it was raining outside, they would put a pencil, a paint brush or clay in her and her four (4) sister’s hands. If it was nice outside, they enjoyed nature, playing sports and exploring. These memories are the theme behind most of Karen’s art; showing her love for birds, horses, animals, and other objects of God's beauty.
Karen attended Ball State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree and she minored in Art. She particularly mettled in water colors, pencil drawings and acrylic. Her new favorite medium and technique is watercolor wax batiks. Karen uses special papers from Indonesia, Africa and other countries to give these pieces texture. She started getting back into Art about six (6) years ago when she and her husband became empty nesters. Since then she has won a juried art contest at the Indiana Grand Casino and second place at a juried art show at the Grover Museum. She has had exhibitions at City Hall in Shelbyville, IN and a Shelby Arts Alliance exhibitor at the fair as well as it is on display and for sale on social media.
Karen says, “Art is a way to express her gratitude of life.” She hopes that you also share a feeling of gratitude and peace as you view her art.
More of Karen’s artwork can be viewed on her Facebook page: Karen Martin’s Art Work https://www.facebook.com/kmartin608891/
The public is invited to view Karen’s artwork in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery from early April through June, 2019. 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.