CARMEL, IN- Wickliff Auctioneers is pleased to have been selected to be the official auction company for the soon-to-be-historic art and conservation project, “Indiana Waterways- The Art of Conservation”.

A pre-event auction will be hosted by Wickliff Auctioneers, at their Carmel, IN, showroom, to fund the printing of the hardcover book that will be available at the collection exhibition that begins in October, 2022, at the Indiana State Museum. The September 8th auction will include five paintings created specifically for this auction, from each of the five participating artists, with proceeds slated to cover the costs of book printing. Online bidding will be available, as well as in-person bidding by RSVP. The catalogue will be posted on or before August 25th.

Five artists, Curt Stanfield, John Kelty, Avon Waters, Dan and Tom Woodson are each painting 20+ major Indiana Waterways from September 2020 to May 2022. From the collection of works, 100 of the best paintings will be curated to create a traveling exhibition and an accompanying book. Works will begin touring participating venues across the state beginning at the Indiana State Museum, Oct. 16, 2022 and ending at the New Harmony Hoosier Salon in December 2023. The purpose of the exhibition is to use art to bring awareness to the beauty, uses, conservation, and pressures on Indiana Waterways. The variety of mediums and styles of the artists will illustrate and demonstrate to visitors how the same subject can be interpreted differently yet cohesively exist as a body of work communicating a conservation needs message.

Five artists, four seasons, and 20-plus major waterways – that’s the basic formula artists are using to educate others about art and the needs of Indiana waterways. Each artist will paint key waterways in the four different seasons, and the best 100 paintings will be featured in a book and travel the state of Indiana in fall of 2022 through 2023 exhibitions. At least one or more Indiana museum art experts will help curate the total number of artworks down to the best pieces.

The project has both an art and conservation education goal. Artistically, the artists selected have intentionally different styles with at least three different mediums used. This will demonstrate how five artists can come away with different interpretations of often the same waterway. Venues not able to show all 100 works may further curate the collection to scale.

“Pretty paintings” are the lure to draw people into the book and planned exhibitions – but it is the book’s text that will educate visitors about conservation.  Three significant Indiana writers’ essays convey the environmental pressures our Indiana rivers and streams face. The paintings will feature the beauty of our rivers, but the text of the book addresses the environmental efforts and how small changes make a big difference for habitat. Artists have already attended a river clean up on the Little Calumet in Gary – hosted by Brown Faces, Green Spaces in 2020 as well as two low-head dam removal projects and the DNR cataloguing of endangered non-game species.

After the exhibition tour concludes in December, 2023, the 100 works will be sold at auction by Wickliff Auctioneers, at a special event (date TBA).

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