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Quaint? Yes. Contemporary? Yes. Toe-tapping? That, too. An eclectic art and music experience awaits you in South Central Indiana.
Monet and more at IU Art Museum
In Bloomington, broaden your artistic horizons at the IU Art Museum , designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei and home to some 30,000 objects of art. Located on the Indiana University campus, step inside and marvel at the soaring triangular atrium and the masterpieces by great artists like Monet and Picasso. Discover other cultures through their ancient gold jewelry or African mask collections. As one of the nation’s foremost university art museums, it showcases items from nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.
For a delicious and local meal, visit the Scholars Inn Gourmet Cafe & Wine Bar located on North College Avenue. Serving both brunch and dinner, you'll enjoy their gourmet American fusion menu featuring items ranging from a New York strip to cinnamon rolls. Sit outside, catch up with friends and sip on a beermosa as you wait for your dinner. The Scholars Inn's friendly atmosphere and multi-cuisine menu are sure to be the perfect ending to your art filled day.
Browse and buy in Brown County
In the early 1900s artists from around the world were lured to the beauty and serenity of Brown County , establishing Nashville. Today, you can visit the studios and galleries of more than 250 local artists, including potters, weavers, sculptors, jewelers, fiber and textile artists, painters, photographers, glassmakers and wood carvers. In the heart of Nashville, visit Indiana Artisan Amy Greely as she designs and creates her jewelry pieces from metal in her cozy shop's loft. Try your hand at the loom in Indiana Artisan Chris Gustin’s Homestead Weaving Studio . All of her rugs and wearable items are made from fabric-industry scraps and even plastic bags, making her art beautiful, functional and eco-friendly. Look for the Indiana Artisan logo wherever you shop for local art, food and wine – it signifies craftspeople whose work has been juried into an elite collection.
Just five miles north of Nashville is Bean Blossom, home of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Hall of Fame . The museum features Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, and other artists contributing to the musical genre. In celebration of such greatness, the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is held annually in June.