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.
Current Exhibit by Dorinda Cassiday
Dorinda Cassiday’s artwork will be on display in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery from early July through September, 2019.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” - Thomas Merton. It seems Dorinda has always been losing herself in art and finding a better self- a more pure one - in exchange all of her life. Encouraged since her earliest childhood when there was always a supply of pencils, charcoal, pastels, and paints whose smells became as natural to her nose as any ‘ordinary’ air inhaled inside or outdoors. Making doodle marks, creating images, and shaping stories on blank pages constantly decorated her life. There is hardly any image she sees that does not register with “how would I put that on canvas?” Some of those images have become talismans of her spiritual life’s journey and others are the precious critters that visit her studio before their “adoption”.
After graduating from Anderson University with a BA liberal arts degree and an American Library Association accredited Masters in Library Science from Ball State University Dorinda pursued a career in public education. After 40 years of classroom and library experience, she withdrew to her art studio in 2014.
Mostly a self-taught artist with about 6 months of lessons over thirty years ago, oil on canvas or board is the medium she favors and works in almost exclusively. Subjects that usually appear on her easel are either animal critters or illusive characters/images that illustrate her faith journey. Dorinda has a deep love of horses (is owned by two four hoofed friends- Chip and Déjà vu) and attempts to capture their magnificent spirits in her pieces.
She finds her brush time to be filled with painting, praying, and pondering. Along with pet portraits she often composes images from the spiritual truths she has been led to contemplate. Dorinda finds the element of time that the art of the oil paintings process takes fills a gap of sorts between the ages. She often hears herself explaining to new clients that what she does is what the old masters did and there are few short cuts from the old ways! It is perhaps in that element of time that we cannot control that we are strangely linked with those who have gone before and will come after.
She has shared her spiritual painting at an Upper Room Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation and painted several pieces for her church including a large icon-like Epiphany piece. She regularly creates 3D visual enhancements of worship. A member of the American Academy of Equine Artists, Artist Association of Madison County, and Pendleton Art Society (Gallery 119 in Pendleton) she has had solo shows at the Sugar Creek Gallery in Thorntown Indiana and the Shelbyville Art Guild’s The Gallery. She has had work accepted in the Open Spaces show at Muncie Minnetrista Center twice.
Taffy, a privately commissioned portrait of a chestnut quarter horse mare, won first place at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo and is the featured art for the 2019 event. Dorinda has shipped her pet portraits across the country and has several repeat clients. Since working in her studio on a more full time basis she has been especially surprised by the memorial pet portraits she has been commissioned to create. These seem to bring a special healing comfort after the loss of a loved companion, and she feels honored to be a part of that process.
Along with specific commissions she also offers limited edition prints of several of her paintings which are numbered and signed.
Dorinda and husband Richard enjoy empty nesting in their Anderson home having two ‘launched adults’ to their credit. A son, Ben, is a fully ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in the Indiana Conference and daughter, Brittania, works for John Deere while living in western Kansas with her rancher husband.
A glimpse of Dorinda’s artwork can be seen on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/preciouspetsinpaint/
The public is invited to view Dorinda’s artwork in Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery from early July through September, 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.