The Herald Bulletin

February 5, 2013

Inspiring visitors

Local artists’ work on display at center through March

By Abbey Doyle
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Gary Dale Brummitt was the only member of his family who didn’t take art lessons.

It really wasn’t a talent he thought he had. Instead he focused on music and a career in radio. But at a retreat a few years ago he tried his hand at painting; he loved it.

“It is so relaxing,” Brummitt, of Anderson, said. “I really enjoy doing it.”

His art is on display at the Anderson/Madison County Visitors & Convention Bureau along with work by photographer Ray Grimball through the end of March.

The center, 6335 S. Scatterfield Rd., has featured exhibits by local artists and photographers since 2000.

Brummit’s chosen medium is watercolor. Some artists dislike the paints because they don’t allow for as much control, but that’s one of the reasons he enjoys it thoroughly.

And to make things even more “free flowing,” Brummitt does much of his work on Yupo, a specialized synthetic paper for watercolors.

“The paint takes over, it has a life of its own,” he said. “I love it. It is like you are along for the ride and the paint leads you.”

Some of Brummitt’s work on display is abstract; others are realistic like a landscape. His favorite on display is titled  “Debts Paid.”

“Everyone sees something different in it,” he said gesturing to the painting. “Eyes or angels. The three crosses tell you your debts are paid.”

The visitor’s center is “above average” for a community of any size, let alone one such as Anderson, Brummitt said. Having rotating art exhibits there is “so cool” for artists who often struggle to find places to display their work.

Anderson photographer Grimball said his photographs have been taken at several places throughout Anderson and that he enjoys doing a range of work from landscape to still life to portraits.

He’s been doing photography since he was in the Navy in 1958. Grimball is a retired General Motors engineering technician who has a passion for photography as an art form.

“Capturing that moment, that’s what I enjoy about it,” he said. “Being able to see something that in many cases you will never be able to see again otherwise in that same way, that’s what I enjoy. I walk around with both eyes open and pay attention to details.”

Grimball said it is nice to be able to display the pieces with another artist at the visitors’ center and share it with those passing through the community and with residents.

“When people are looking for places to relocate an industry, business or an interesting place to live these pieces may help create an interest in the area,” he said.

Myron Baumer said he enjoys seeing the exhibits at the center.

“This gives people an opportunity to see original art and photographs,” he said. “We’ve had 41 different people from Madison County exhibit as photographers here. That’s pretty amazing.”

Center executive director Tom Bannon said the art helps bring people into the center to see what the community has to offer.

“There is a lot of good art in the community — photography, paintings, statues and more,” he said. “If we can highlight that, we can give a different view of the community and its people.”

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