Sunday, August 13, 2017

Haan Mansion Museum Reception, August 4, 2017

Two of my plein air oil paintings were accepted into the juried show, The Many Faces of Indiana Art, held at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art in Lafayette, Indiana.

"Blizzard Snow, January 3, 2013", plein air oil on panel, 18" x 24", by Charlene Marsh
 "Blizzard Snow" in the museum, in a bedroom.
Me with the painting, "Blizzard Snow", in a bedroom of the Haan Mansion Museum.  Don't you just love the early 20th century wallpaper?

 "Spring in the Forest, April 19, 2017", plein air oil on panel, 16" x 12", by Charlene Marsh


"Spring in the Forest" (far right) hanging in the "billiards room" with quilts on display on the pool table in the middle of the room.


The Mansion was originally the State of Connecticut building at the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair and was designed to be dismantled and moved after the Fair.  Mr. and Mrs. William Potter moved the mansion to Lafayette, Indiana and lived in it until Bob and Ellie Haan bought it in 1982.  The Haans lived in the mansion until 2015 when they donated the home to the museum and opened it to the public.


This is the second floor where you can see and hear down to the first floor from the balcony.  Mrs. Haan commented that it was a great home to raise a family in and everyone was able to feel connected throughout the home due to the open balcony.  The chandelier is original to the mansion.  The Haans were careful to maintain the mansion in it's original form.

Mr. and Mrs. Haan love and collect early, historic Indiana art and the walls are filled with fabulous T.C. Steeles, Otto Starks, Ada and Adolph Schultzs, Otis Adams, Will Vawters and more from the Hoosier Group of artists.  They also collect American ceramics, sculpture, and Renaissance Revival furniture from 1860-1890 which all filled their home and, now, museum.  The collections are fabulous and worth a trip from anywhere.

Bob Haan (left) and Ellie Haan (next to him, right) address the crowd assembled for the reception on August 4, 2017.  Mr. Haan had a short essay questioning the meaning and differences between "art" and "craft" before going around and introducing the exhibiting artists.
 Me with some fabulous paintings and furniture!
 Local artist, Dan Annarino, studying one of the paintings on exhibit.
Painter and Sculptor, Jeff Klinker(right), in a spirited discussion with visitors during the reception. 
A lovely evening in an incredible museum.  Visit for more information and to plan your visit.

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