Last Sunday, I was dreading my drive to Southern Indiana to deliver artwork for a show in Madison. I wanted to spend the day with my family, doing the things that families do on Sundays. I wanted to relax, I wanted to have my glass of wine, and I just wanted to be lazy. However, a deadline is a deadline and off to Madison I went.
Not long into my journey, my loathing became contentment as I passed through the pleasant little town of Greensburg, Indiana. The town is home to a Honda Motor Company manufacturing plant, along with a number of other manufacturers, including Delta Faucet and the automotive supplier Valeo. The town was clean and easy to navigate, and although it was not my final destination, I truly enjoyed the journey from farmland, to small town, and back to farmland again, as I continued on my way down Old Michigan Road to Madison.
Soon, I passed by Carolyn's Collectibiles in Holton and was amused to see her eclectic collection of antiques, furniture, signs, and other fun things. I continued on my way, taking in the glorious creation all around me. Goodness, I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful it was. Hills and valleys, covered in greens, yellows, and the orange hues of autumn, all washed in the crisp air and glorious sun swept sky.
A little further down the road, I was met with farm after sprawling farm. I could have painted them all! Up and down the hills, and I was soon passing the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, located on the Jefferson Proving Ground land. Big Oaks is operated by the Indiana Air National Guard and sits on land that was once a World War II era munitions testing facility. Although it is now home to over 200 species of birds, and 46 species of mammals, I didn't care to visit the grounds today, as I would have had to sign an Acknowledgement of Danger form, due to its past use, and the presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO).
Finally arriving in the historic rivertown of Madison, I was met with thousands of people who had desended upon the city for the 2017 Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art. Strolling through the tree-lined streets of Madison's National Landmark Historic District, I saw hundreds of displays from artisans, musicians, and food purveyors. The original festival dates back to 1901 and has grown through the years to become one of Indiana's finest festivals. I certainly hope that I can bring my family back next year.
My last stop in Madison before heading back to Carmel was at Art on Main, the gallery where two of my paintings would be put on display for the next month. I was happy to see what the artists of Southern Indiana had been creating. Wonderful examples of the charm inherent to the area's people, countryside, and riverfront filled the gallery walls. If you are heading south to see the colors change, please consider stopping in at Art on Main, located at 309 W Main Street in Madison.