Indiana Master Artists Featured in West Baden Springs Hotel Exhibit
World-class resort featuring works byAdolph Shulz, Marie Goth, V.J. Cariani and more
FRENCH LICK, IN (June 6, 2011) – As the largest privately funded restoration project in Indiana history and one of the largest such projects nationwide, the West Baden Springs Hotel is a work of art, in and of itself. Now the showpiece is partnering with a pair of prominent arts organizations to feature Indiana master artists.
The art groups involved include Indiana Heritage Arts, Inc. of Nashville, which is a non-profit organization that supports the work of Indiana’s heritage style artists. Each year IHA holds a major art competition and sale at their home base in the historic Brown County Art Gallery. Most of Indiana’s top professionals and amateurs are members of IHA and enter the competition each year.
IHA is lending work from its Permanent Collection of living Hoosier Masters, including paintings by Timothy Greatbatch of Nashville, Carol Strock Wasson of Union City, and Joel Knapp of Bugg Hollow, Tennessee. IHA artist and Brown County Art Association member, Thom Robinson of Bedford, has also loaned a painting he recently did of the hotel.
The second organization is the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation which is exhibiting a number of pieces from its Permanent Collection of early Indiana artists. They can be found in the hotel lobby and library. Visitors of the West Baden Springs Hotel will find the work of Adolph Shulz, Marie Goth, V.J. Cariani and William Forsyth among the paintings.
There is historical information about the Brown County Art Colony too, so visitors can learn about other important historical events that were taking place elsewhere in southern Indiana around the same time as the development of the French Lick Resort.
While it is likely that people traveled back and forth between Nashville and French Lick during the early heydays of the hotels, there is a direct connection with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the early 1930’s, the President laid out his ideas for the New Deal in a speech to governors who were gathered at the French Lick Springs Hotel. The country was deep in the Depression and Roosevelt launched his Presidential campaign from French Lick. After his election, he sent his wife Eleanor back to Indiana to check on his New Deal projects and she stopped by the Brown County Art Gallery and purchased several paintings.
Organizers are hopeful that all art lovers will enjoy the partnership with the Masters of Indiana Art and the Masters of Indiana Architecture. More plans are in the works that include the opening of a gallery in the West Baden Springs Hotel and some special events to take place later this summer. The paintings, in the meantime, will be rotated on a regular basis.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.
For more information or to book a stay, please visit www.frenchlick.com or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.
Lyn Letsinger-Miller, President
Brown County Art Gallery Foundation
Board Member IHA
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort