Indiana State Fair Normandy Barn, Aug. 5-21
Glorious vistas and intimate close-ups fill the spacious second floor — air-conditioned — gallery. You'll want to stop in for respite from the heat, but you'll linger because Douglas David's sixty oil paintings and Nora Spitznogle's accompanying narratives are so engaging.
David began his painting marathon in March in the MacReynold's Barn on the Fairgrounds following a year's immersion into Indiana's agricultural landscape and the Fair. David captures activity; you feel yourself walking into "Spring Light" across an awakening field toward the horizon lineup of farm buildings that have been part of the landscape for the past 150 years.
"Finding the Shade" cows crowd under a tree. "Weather's on Its Way" heightens the barn's "face" and the pens' hunkering down. Fair views are equally in the moment. A careful buttered corn eater is determined not to mess up her white outfit.
Spitznogle combines her memories and impressions with facts and figures on Indiana's 59,000 farms: 2/3 grow crops, 1/3 raise livestock and 500,000 Hoosiers work in the agriculture industry making up 16% of the state's workforce.