Public invited to art events at state recreation areas

Oil painter Charlene Marsh will demonstrate her plein air palette knife painting techniques at two state properties this month.

From noon to 3 p.m. July 20, she will be painting, demonstrating, taking questions and guiding budding painters at the beach at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, 4345 S. County Road 275W, Vallonia.

Then from noon to 3 p.m. July 27, she will be do the same thing at the visitors center patio overlooking the beach at Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.

Marsh will be working on location at the swimming beaches capturing the energy, spirit and excitement of the swimmers and the natural environment.

Visitors will have the opportunity to try painting for themselves. Supports, paint, brushes and guidance will be provided free for visitors to create their own paintings. Nontoxic, washable, tempera paints suitable for children to use will be available.

These events, which will occur rain or shine, are supported by an Arts in the Parks grant from the Indiana Arts Commission and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The projects bring arts activities to state parks, state historic sites and state recreation areas.