Varied artists showcased at gallery

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts’ newest gallery show features the art of Nancy Maxwell, Barry Powell and Sharon Steiner.

The show opening is Friday and will run through April 27.

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the center, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour, people will have a chance to meet the artists and view their artwork while enjoying free appetizers and a free wine tasting with Nancy Brock of Northside Liquors.

Maxwell lives in Morgan County. Working primarily in oils, she is both a plein air and a studio painter. She is known for her light-filled landscapes and frequently can be seen out in the fields and woods of central Indiana painting on-site. Fine line pen and ink drawings also are a part of her ongoing work. Having received numerous local and state awards, she was a part of the “Thirteen Exceptional Indiana Artists” show at TOP Gallery in Bloomington and was selected as one of the top 10 plein air painters in the state.

Powell was born in the hills of southern Indiana, where he still calls home. He is best known for his work in colored pencil, but he also is proficient in graphite, oils and watercolors and has won awards in all of these mediums. He feels that he needs to continue to try new styles and mediums to keep his work fresh and to avoid the pitfalls of being pigeon holed into one style.

Steiner works in her home studio, Hummingbird Hill Art Studio, in Spencer. She has drawn since childhood. She won a scholarship to John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and then won a tuition scholarship and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communications. She has received awards from the Art Directors Club of Indiana for advertising design, but she dreamed of illustrating her own stories and vision, with oil painting soon becoming her passion. She is mostly self-taught in oils and has works in private collections throughout the United States.

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Free tours of the main facility, pottery barn and print museum can be arranged by calling 812-522-2278.