Tuesday, April 17, 2012


In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, during the month of May “Art at the Mill” will feature photographs by award-winning photographer John Bower in an exhibit entitled “Capturing the Soul of Our Past.” A treasured historic site itself, Bear's Mill hosts monthly displays of work by regional artists; these art shows open on the final Friday of each month with a reception offering light appetizers and wine from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Opening night for John Bower's photographs capturing the remnants of our rapidly disappearing past is Friday, April 27; the exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, May 20. John will be giving a presentation at 7 p.m. during this reception concerning the journey of his work and inspirations. Receptions are open and free to the public.

“John somehow captures the energy and spirit as well as the images of those dilapidated buildings, abandoned automobiles, and weathered objects he photographs,” explained Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for the Mill. The photographer himself, a resident of Bloomington, IN, states that as he seeks out interesting, but under-appreciated aspects of the common heritage he shares with others, he is “capturing the very soul of Indiana – the essence of who we are as Hoosiers.”

Mr. Bower says that he is moved by rusted, worn, or weathered objects that were crafted by hand, and hopes to portray the original pride and vitality radiated by the now forlorn and neglected subjects he shoots. Along with his wife Lynn, the artist was named a Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Daniels in 2011; the couple has produced 7 books of Indiana photography. These books, a unique blending of fine art and history, are also available at Bear's Mill.

“Bright Beginnings,” an exhibit featuring blown glass created by Cedarville resident Jim DeLange and the “Rhythms of the Earth” paintings of Rusty Harden, remains on display at the Mill through Sunday, April 22. “Art At the Mill” is on view during regular Mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Bear's Mill is operated by Friends of Bear's Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear's Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, contact Bear's Mill at 937-548-5112 or www.bearsmill.com.

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