Talented Twosome

Two Madison artists earn
Indiana Artisan designation

Phagan, Bladen join six others
on the prestigious list

Staff Report

(August 2012) – Paintings by Eric Phagan and wood art by Ed Bladen, both of Madison, Ind., have been selected to be part of the Indiana Artisan Brand. Indiana Artisan promotes fine and handcrafted art as well as value-added foods and wines made in Indiana. 
“My work is a good representation of what Indiana Artisan means,” said Phagan, who paints in mixed media on paper and canvas. “It uses the historical aspect of the Indiana scape as subject matter and gives it a fresh contemporary feel using old ideas and techniques, along with new materials.”

Eric Phagan

Photos provided

Artisan Eric Phagan (above)
paints in mixed media on paper
and canvas. Artist Ed Bladen
(below) uses indigenous
hardwoods found in Southern
Indiana to create products.

Ed Bladen

“I like to get a contrast of natural imperfection in the wood and organized symmetrical lines in the design, what the Japanese call ‘wabi-sabi,’ to get a combination which pleases both sides of the brain,” said Bladen. “All of my pieces are handcrafted from indigenous hardwoods found in southern Indiana using simple designs with soft lines and fine joinery to create one-of-a-kind products which combine function and beauty.”
All applicants to Indiana Artisan are juried by a standing panel of business development, retail, arts, and culinary professionals. Selection is based on a unique link with Hoosier history or heritage, originality, quality, price/marketability and technique. The guidelines and applications, for both artists and value-added food producers, are available at www.IndianaArtisan.org.
Phagan and Bladen join six other Indiana Artisans from Madison’s growing art community: Larry Rudolech, Matt Hicks, Clint Bear, Maryanne Imes, Tami Hagemier, Sandy Palmer and Steve Thomas.
Two new studio/galleries have recently opened in Madison – Eric Phagan’s Gallery 115 and Geoff Crow’s Studio Crowe in the Greiner’s Brewery Gallery, Cash for Barley building. Seven galleries and studios are now located in the historic downtown, along with 20-plus businesses that feature gallery shows and local art. In addition, there are 20 plus artists and craftsmen who are open by appointment. 
There are artists of all sorts in Madison – confectioners, wine makers, brewers, and writers along with our fine artists and craftsman. For the second year, September is Arts Month in Madison. Every weekend, you can find a selection of art shows/openings, demonstrations, workshops, music, author readings and performance art. The grand finale of September Arts Month is Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art, this year scheduled for Sept. 29-30.

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