INDIANA ART ASSOCIATION
The Indiana Art Association is an important one for our community. It is an organization that was established in the 1930's in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Originally titled the, "Art and Hamburger Society," the purpose of this organization is to 'promote interest, appreciation, and participation in the arts.'
It unites professional and amateur artists in sharing classes, knowledge, and exhibitions. They are partners with the Artists Hand Group to make the Artists Hand Gallery Possible.
Come join this artistic community. No experience needed. Click the button below to reach their facebook page, contact info, and get involved!
ABOUT THE CURRENT IAA ARTWORK IN THE GALLERY
Holly Jo Wood has always had an affinity for the natural world. As a child, she roamed the hills of her western PA home, finding interesting rocks and the occasional fossil in the dirt, items which then became part of her 'collection.' Her parents were less enthused when she started bringing home various critters who may (or may not) have to need a home nonetheless. Although nature can be grand and sweeping, it can also be quiet, intimate and unexpected, and it is this aspect of the natural world that intrigues her the most.
She studied art and the history of art and architecture at Edinboro University (and took additional classes at the University of Pittsburgh). An arts advocate and teaching artist for over 25 years, she has worked in collaboration with organizations such as the Rainbow Kitchen, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and the National Society of Arts & Letters, among others, to create public art projects for youth. In 2003 she collaborated with the Heinz Endowment, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and the Children's Festival Chorus in the creation of an Arts & Literacy Program for elementary school students, which emphasized the language of art and music in service to the goal of increasing literacy and improving student reading skills. She later partnered with Tobacco Free Allegheny to continue to advance the arts in the context of a program dedicated to affecting norms regarding tobacco use.
Holly participated as an artist in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Dino-Mite Days Public Art Exhibition & Auction by painting a dinosaur - one of many painted by various artists- to raise funds for the museum's new dinosaur exhibition, as well as participating as an artist in Sweetwater Center for the Arts' Penguins on Parade Public Art Exhibition. Temperamentally drawn to working in oils, they remain her preferred medium, and her work has been exhibited in various venues and is included in several private collections.
Western PA is still her home, and in 2011 she and her husband bought a small farm where, having come full circle, the natural world once again is her back yard, and where she and her husband happily tend a variety of animals, including chickens and ducks.