New exhibit opening at local arts center


Southern Indiana Center for the Arts has announced its newest exhibit, "We Cannot Speak Other Than By Our Paintings."

It features the personal works of many of the artists from the award-winning film “Loving Vincent,” which is the world’s first fully hand-painted feature film.

An opening reception is set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the arts center, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour, prior to the Friday Night Live concert.

The film is a story about the mystery surrounding the death of revered artist Vincent van Gogh. The film took more than six years to make by 125-plus international artists from more than 20 countries. More than 65,000 oil-painted frames were created in BreakThru Films studios in Poland and Greece.

Carefully selected artists were required to pass a rigorous three-day test and then were certified after 180 hours of training in painting animation in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

Indianapolis artist and muralist Pamela Bliss, who painted the John Mellencamp mural in downtown Seymour, was among these 125 artists.

“I was thrilled to be selected to travel to Poland and help paint on the film. I worked and lived with the other artists from all over the world,” Bliss said. “It was an experience I will never forget. That is why I wanted to bring our personal works together and showcase them."

The exhibit at the arts center includes work by the film’s creator and director, Dorota Kobiela. Various styles and genres are represented in the work. Some have stayed true to their original work, and some of the work reflects their van Gogh influence.

All of the paintings in the show are stamped with an official mark indicating a work by a certified “Loving Vincent” painter. Each also comes with a certificate of authenticity.

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