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AM ISH COUNT RY Centuries-old tradition and modern artistic expression blend seamlessly in Elkhart and the Amish Country of Northern Indiana. Groups visiting the area have opportunities to explore both Amish quilt traditions and contemporary arts experiences. "Tere's a new package available for groups called Wine and Canvas," said Sonya Nash, travel trade marketing manager for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's an artsy dinner party with a local artist. You get your own smock, canvas, easel and brushes, and you get to be your own inner Renoir. You have a glass of wine and a lunch or dinner bufet, and the artists teaching it make it easy and fun for everybody." Groups can also have hands-on classes at B on the River Bakery and Cafe in downtown Elkhart. Tose programs often combine jewelry or scrapbook making with the cafe's signature homemade gelato and cupcakes. For a look at the artistic side of the area's Amish heritage, groups have a number of different options. Te convention and visitors bureau ofers an Amish quilting program exclusively for groups. "An Amish quilt historian brings historic quilts and talks about the Amish patterns and how they used the quilts for communication and translation," Nash said. "We also have hands-on quilting bees with the Amish." At the Old Bag Factory artisan complex in Goshen, groups can meet and talk with Shirley Shenk, a modern quilter, and see the designs and equipment she uses in her work. "She's one of the top quilters in the nation, and she looks at quilting like an art form," Nash said. "Her work is all original designs and concepts." WWW.AMISHCOUNTRY.ORG SOUTHERN IND IANA Just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, the communities of southern Indiana have found numerous ways to weave art into their historic and modern culture. "Tere's some really unique visual art in New Albany," said Jim Keith, executive director of the Southern Indiana Convention and Tourism Bureau. "Tis year is the bicentennial of the city, and they've done a three-year project on visual arts, with art installations all over the community. You can take a tour of downtown and see all the installations of bicentennial art." Much of the public art, which will be on view through next year, relates specifcally to the areas of town where it is displayed. Large sculptures of fruit hang in front of the local farmers market, and an artistic house built on stilts sits in the middle of a residential street. Groups will also fnd abstract sculpture in front of the visitors center. New Albany is also home to the Carnegie Center for Art and History, which hosts rotating art exhibits throughout the year. In nearby Clarksville, the foodwall along the Ohio River has been painted to beautify the city and honor its past. "An internationally known muralist has done a series of murals that depict some of the history of the local community along the foodwall," Keith said. "Tere's an additional set of more modern murals adjacent to that." WWW.SUNNYSIDEOFLOUISVILLE.ORG HEND RI CKS COUNT Y Hendricks County, an area just west of Indianapolis, ofer groups a variety of ways to have art experiences. Several take place on the historic town square in Danville. "We have Gallery on the Square in downtown Danville," said Josh Duke, communications manager for the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "It's a gallery where you can go and have some classes and workshops. Tey do felt card workshops in there for groups. "Also on the square we have Confection Delights. Te owner is a chocolate artist. It's really neat to see her create works of art out of chocolate." Te two businesses are part of the area's Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. Other stops along the trail are Hot Blown Glass, where visitors can see how glass is blown and even try making a piece of glass art on their own, and Whispering Pines Designs, a rug-hooking studio where workers craft artistic rugs by hand. Te community has a number of artthemed events that are attractive to tour groups. In October, the one-day Hendricks County Artisan Marketplace gathers several of the artists from the cultural trail in one place for an interactive event. Tey're joined by other local artists who display pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture and more. Another event, Gingerbread Christmas, takes place on the frst Saturday in December. "It's a huge event with over 100 juried artists that have booths there," Duke said. "Many artists and crafters from many states will be showcasing a wide variety of works of art." WWW.TOURHENDRICKSCOUNTY.COM 46 BANK TRAVEL M A N A G E M E N T S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 3

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