Events & Current Exhibits

MARTHA DONOVAN OPDAHL

Out of Line - A Retrospective Exhibition 

On Display: October 24th, 2021 - February 13, 2022

Opening reception Sunday, October 24, 3  -5 p.m

Gallery Talk, 3:30

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The Putnam County Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibit, featuring works from local artist Martha Donovan Opdahl. This retrospective exhibition covers a wide range of mediums Opdahl has utilized over the years, including abtract 2D work in fiber, pastel drawings, montage, photography, and scultpure. The constant element drawing these works together is line.

Opdahl found early local instruction in making things by borrowing how-to books from the library. Longtime residents of Greencastle might remember her winning the Flower Garden Quilt competition sponsored by the Indianapolis Star in 1977. That win gave her a nudge to pursue graduate studies in art.

Opdahl has been working in fiber professionally since earning her M.F.A. degree in 1985 from the Hope School of Fine Art, Indiana University–Bloomington. She set up her studio in Greencastle, with a winter studio in Santa Fe, N.M., for several years. She worked at DePauw University as curator of the DePauw Art Collection and as gallery director of the Emison Art Center until 1998, when she decided to dedicate herself full-time to making art.

Opdahl has exhibited her work in juried and invitational shows nationwide and internationally. She is represented in private, public and corporate collections such as the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., the Museum of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Art in Santa Fe and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. Her work has appeared in various journals and books.

Her work draws inspiration from living and working in Greencastle.

William Vietor, Master Gunsmith

William Vietor was a farmer from Reelsville, and a muzzle loading rifle enthusiast. As a hobbyist, Mr. Vietor enjoyed shooting and collecting rifles, and was also well-known for making his own.

 

In this new exhibit, you can view pieces of Mr. Vietors collection. Various muzzle-loading gun paraphernalia, including items made by Mr. Vietor and those under his direction, have been arranged to give a taste of his specialty.

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William Vietor in his workshop

100 Years of Rotary

A new exhibit celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Greencastle is now on display! This exhibit showcases some of the work Rotary has done in the community of Putnam County and beyond.

Rotary's Mission: "Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change."

Visit the Putnam County Museum Monday through Friday, 10-4, or on Saturdays 10-2. Please wear a mask.

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Salute to Cassie Hunt,
North Putnam Runner

Cassie Hunt ran for the North Putnam Cougars, and was twice the athlete of the year at the University of Illinois. 

 

This ongoing display features Cassie's awards, accolades and even her running shoes.

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