Showcase local artists, events and opportunities

Art Cart’s mission is mainly to showcase local artists, artistic events and artistic opportunities, whether visual, musical, dramatic or otherwise, performed and created by professionals, amateurs or even college students, by focusing on the cultural offer of the region. As local news in our area becomes less of a media focus, the mission expands and events of all kinds that enrich the life of our community all become important fodder for Art Cart. Thank you for the many recent support calls, comments and emails at this point.

At this time of year, as we finish our shopping and holiday plans, it’s exciting to showcase a local lapidary artist and his beautiful masonry; you may not be aware of this art / jewelry / gift option. Joe Cox, with his company Platt & Woods, offers a variety of specimens, fossils, polished stones, rough slabs, jewelry, cabochons, and decorations including stone oil lamps. Each piece is unique, just like the nature of the stone, with rich colors, patterns and textures. Cox’s work can be seen on Facebook or on the website and in person at TraderBaker’s.

As you search TraderBaker booth 379, aisle 6 for last minute Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, vintage items, tableware, and bargains of all kinds with all proceeds going to Street Cat Community Outreach. Street Cat is an all-volunteer group that helps local families spay, neuter, vaccinate, and care for their pets when finances are tight.

The Morgan County Humane Society (MCHS), another large, mostly volunteer local animal support group, has a booth in Aisle 8. MCHS is always in need of volunteers, including dog walkers. Call 765-349-9177 with any questions. In anticipation of those extra pounds gained during the holidays, committing to walking your dog a few times a week would benefit more than just a lonely dog ​​in a kennel!

Art exhibitions, fairs and fairs are included in the 2022 calendar; exhibition deadlines are one year away for large gallery shows, so plan now for 2023. The Jasper Community Arts Center is accepting submissions from individual or group artists for the 2023 exhibition season. Submission deadline is March 11 for portfolio review. This opportunity is open to professional artists and graduate students only. Information is available at

The Hamilton County Artists’ Association has called for nominations for the first annual Midwest Juried Arts Show. The judge is Wyatt LeGrand, an award-winning Bloomfield artist known to many local artists. Most 2D media accepted; the registration deadline is February 1st. information is available at

Art Sanctuary hosts exhibition proposals for individual artists and groups throughout the year; Vernissages are always scheduled for the second Friday of each month with Open Studio Night. Interested artists should direct their requests to Ron Stanhouse at [email protected] Several studios are currently available for rent at Art Sanctuary: contact Stanhouse for details. If you’re an artist looking for public exhibition space, but aren’t ready to jump into renting your own studio, Art Sanctuary offers wall space for rent.

Sara Weaver, owner of Sara’s Goodies, the pastry chef who has been baking delicious treats all summer for a stand at the Farmers’ Market, is now in charge of The Main Connection’s coffee shop. Its bars, muffins and cheesecakes are worth a visit; the coffee is always fresh and hot. The current hours are from 7 a.m. to noon. Starting in January, Sara intends to extend opening hours to 1 p.m. and offer soups at lunchtime. Delicious! Martinsville’s food options keep growing!

Keep me posted at [email protected]