Promoting the arts

New book on Indiana's artists
features two of area's oil painters

Author Butterfield to sign book Sept. 23 in Madison

By Konnie McCollum
Contributing Writer

(September 2006) – Two southern Indiana artists have been included in a newly published book on prominent Indiana oil painters. Larry Rudolech of Hanover and Judith Lewis of Seymour are among the 58 artists featured in the book, titled “Hoosier Painters of the 21st Century” and published by Greenfield, Ind., native Mark Butterfield.

Larry Rudolech

Larry Rudolech.

The author will hold an all-day book signing session from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Madison Art Gallery, 301 E. Main St. in Madison.
Butterfield, 50, said that although he is not an artist, he has always been fascinated by art. “I have always been interested in traditional art. It is the type of art Indiana is known for.”
Rudolech has lived in the Madison area for most of his life. He studied art at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, and upon graduation worked as an art director in El Paso, Texas. He later worked as a printer and typesetter in Indianapolis before returning to the art world as an art director in Louisville, Ky. He moved back to the Madison area in the 1990s, where he lived ever since.
Rudolech has had six pieces of his art included in the prestigious Hoosier Salon Exhibit, and he has numerous pieces on display in various galleries. His work is on display at the Madison Art Gallery.
Lewis, who has always had an avid interest in art, is a traditional oil painter best known for her beautiful still life paintings. Her work has been described as being reminiscent of 17th century Old Masters with dramatic uses of light and shadows. Her work has a sensitive, poetic quality with attention paid to subtle nuances.

River Walk

Photo provided

Hanover artist Larry Rudolech is
among the artists featured in the
"Hoosier Painters" book, along with this
painting title "River Walk"
of Vaughn Drive in Madison.

She has won numerous awards, including several at the Hoosier Salon. Her paintings have received attention from the news media as well as collectors. Many of her works are held in both private and public collections across the country.
Butterfield, meanwhile has a background is in the national music scene as a promoter and producer. He is the originator of the popular Acoustic Café singer-songwriter series in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Mo., and other major cities. He also works as a sound engineer for national recording artists and custom makes guitars for many of them.
Butterfield’s work on his book took three years to complete. He traveled throughout the back roads of Indiana attending festivals, paint-outs, galleries and other art affairs. He interviewed artists along the way and looked for those that received “best of show” or other art awards.

Mark Butterfield

Mark Butterfield

“Whenever and wherever I saw a home studio along the road, I would stop,” he said. He also did extensive research on artists throughout the state.
His book is unusual in that it is the only book created about artists who are actually alive. “Other art books are about people who are dead and whose artwork is hard to find and too expensive to buy once you find it,” he said. He wanted to put together a book in which people interested in good art could still find it and afford it.
Another unique aspect of Butterfield’s books is the way in which it will be sold. It will only be available in libraries, art galleries and at art councils throughout the state. “That way, I get rid of the middle man and the buyer saves money,” he said.
There is also another unique characteristic to his sales approach – for every book that is sold through these groups, $10 of the $42.40 for the book is donated to that club. So far, that approach has proved to be popular, since he has been busy with book signings and lectures around the state. He is already booking commitments through December.
In addition to his September appearance, Buttrerfield may return for another book signing at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library later this winter.
Meanwhile, Butterfield is already working on his next project. He plans to write another book featuring other types of artwork besides oil paintings. He is looking at artists who work with watercolor and pastels. He may also add 15-18 artists who have already died, but whose work should be included in some type of art anthology.

• For more information about the book, visit: www.WMBMedia.com.

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