The work of T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, J. Ottis Adams, Otto Stark, and Richard Gruelle, known collectively as the Hoosier Group, established plein air ("in the open air") painting as a major art form in Indiana. The vitality of this style is represented in Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place which includes 100 juried works by current Indiana plein air artists, along with paintings by the Hoosier Group, all featuring notable Indiana landmarks. This richly illustrated book will delight Hoosiers and art lovers around the world.
Perhaps the mandate to paint historical places for this third Painting Indiana book helped artists to focus on specific subjects. The liaison between the two sponsoring organizations for this project, the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association and Indiana Landmarks, proved to be inspirational for the artists, as well as rewarding. Several participants became immersed in researching their subjects, in order to write appropriate comments about their paintings, and consequently gained new appreciation for Indiana and its history. The resulting captions that include historical details as well as insights into the artists' reasons for their subject choices, greatly enhance the 100 images of paintings inspired by time-honored places. Additional reproductions of fifteen previously unpublished works by Indiana's early artists illustrate the text detailing our state's art history, and complement the paintings of today's plein air artists.~Rachel Berenson Perry, from the Introduction
. . . a visual testament to the quiet, past-haunted beauty of the Indiana environment, both natural and man-made—the structures and landscapes that enchant us with the subtle power of color and organic design, brought to life so vividly in the pages of this book.~Bloom