Paintings by Ron Mack, Jennifer Hughes, and David Owen





Salon Gallery at the Morris-Butler House


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;



Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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