Paintings by Ron Mack, Jennifer Hughes, and David Owen 

3 stars

Hoosier Salon Gallery at the Morris-Butler House

I admit that I had some preconceptions coming to this gallery. I suppose that I expected to see gold-framed portraits of cows chewing their cuds and rural Indiana scenes galore. No cows chewing their cuds, but Ron Mack supplied plenty of rural Indiana scenes as well as a painting of the downtown canal (in oil) that seemed to transport that urban landscape into Disney World Day-Glo with the prettiness of its palette. David Owen's "Sanibel Preserve," composed in pastels, was also very bright, but much more palatable in its depiction of a recognizable wetland environment. The big surprises here for me were Jennifer Hughes' two Fountain Square landscapes. One of these, "Fountain Square Night"(acrylic on canvas), depicted I-65 like a glowing urban artery glimpsed from a moving car window. The Hoosier Salon, it seems, is attracting more young artists with contemporary subject matter to submit to its annual juried exhibition (all who show at the Hoosier Salon must be juried in). The judges definitely made the right call with Hughes. Through May 31; 317-253-5340.

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