Poster Artist

Hanover, Ind.’s Wood tapped
to create 2016 festival poster

She discovered her creative talent after retiring in 2009

(September 2016) – Linda Wood of Hanover, Ind., only began painting a few years ago after retiring from her job with the Indiana Small Business Development Center in 2009. She was still a relatively new artist when she submitted a painting to the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art committee for consideration as the festival poster four years ago.
It wasn’t selected.

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2016 Chautauqua Poster art created by Linda Wood

But the rejection made her even more determined to someday become the Chautauqua poster artist. Four years later, she achieved her goal. Wood’s painting of Madison’s Mulberry Street was selected as this year’s Chautauqua poster.
“It was on my bucket list, so I’m really happy about it,” said Wood, who serves as treasurer of the Madison Art Club. “I wouldn’t do it again because it was very stressful. And I am a perfectionist. I had to ask for an extension just to get the painting turned in for consideration because I kept adding things to it.”
Wood, who likes painting scenes of Madison, got the idea for this painting when she saw the sun shining down on the yellow and red buildings on Mulberry and took a photo of it to use as the subject of a future painting. “It looked like a street in California. I started with an empty street, but it looked too deserted, so I began adding things.”

Photo by Don Ward

Hanover, Ind., artist Linda Wood poses with her paintings on display at Madison’s Art on Main gallery. Her Chautauqua poster painting is on the front cover of this guide.

First, she added some cars, even though she says “that always dates a painting.” Then she added seven people, including a teenager talking on a cell phone and a grandfather pushing a baby stroller, since the painting was already going to be dated.
“It took me forever to finish it,” she said.
Wood submitted the painting in May and learned in July that it had been selected. “I don’t crave attention and I don’t paint to sell. I do it for the enjoyment. But I was very happy they picked it and that is represents Madison.”
Upon retirement, Wood learned to paint by taking lessons at Preston Art Center in New Albany, Ind. That location has since closed, but she still travels to New Albany each Thursday to paint with the same ladies with whom she started. She also recently established an art studio at her home on Riverview Drive in Hanover that overlooks the Ohio River valley.
She displays her artwork at the club’s Madison Art Gallery on Main Street and also at the revolving art exhibit managed by the club at KDH hospital.

To purchase a poster of Woods’ painting, the Chautauqua committee is holding a poster signing from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Harry’s Stone Grill, 621 Clifty Dr. Owner Harry Dobbins is a poster sponsor. The posters also are available for sale at the Lanier-Madison Visitors Center, 601 E. First St., and at the Chautauqua Information Tent on Broadway during the show. Price is $45 with a limit of four per person.

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