Project brings Nashville artist outdoors

Tribune Staff Reports

The Indiana Arts Commission and the Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to produce Arts in the Parks projects, bringing arts activities to the state parks, state historic sites and state recreation areas.

Oil painter Charlene Marsh of Nashville will be demonstrating her plein air palette knife painting techniques at two area state properties. Plein air refers to painting outdoors.

The plein air painter will be working on location on the swimming beaches, capturing the energy, spirit and excitement of the swimmers and the natural environment, according to a news release.

From 1 to 4 p.m. July 15, Marsh will be painting, demonstrating and taking questions from the public at the swimming beach at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, 4345 S. County Road 275W, Vallonia.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5, she will be painting and demonstrating at the beach on Lake Monroe at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 State Road 446 South, Bloomington.

Both events are rain or shine.

Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites draws upon traditional and nontraditional arts and artists in Indiana, weaving arts into the state’s natural beauty and rural settings, according to a news release from the Indiana Arts Commission.

The program provides funding for arts program-related projects that encourage the creation of and public engagement with art and experiencing Indiana’s state park/forest system and historic sites.

“During the summer, there will be more than 200 arts activities happening in state parks and historic sites across the state,” said Anna Tragesser, community development manager with the Indiana Arts Commission.

“There will be 89 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites activities in July alone at 21 different locations and involving 29 different grantees,” she said.

For information about Marsh, call 812-988-4497, email or visit

For information about Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, call 812-358-3464 or email

For information about Paynetown State Recreation Area, call 812-837-9967 or email