At the AMoA Opening

The opening of the Indiana Artists show at the Anderson Museum of Art was a treat! Had a chance to speak to many friendly, talented artists about their work and their processes and to share fun moments with them.

The exhibition space is beautiful. (It’s the old Carnegie Library in Anderson which has lovingly been restored.)  The artists listened intently as the exhibition juror, Michael Prater, gave insights into his process for selecting the award winners.

It’s a great show!! Open through Oct. 20th.

Anderson Museum of Art

Indiana arts patrons: beginning Sept. 9, you can see some of the best works by Indiana Artists, including my own, at the Anderson Museum of Art.

I’m excited to announce that my artwork, “Thrift Store Treasures”, has been selected to be part of the Indiana Artists’ Annual Members Exhibition at the Anderson Museum of Art.

I’m a proud member of Indiana Artists, one of the oldest artists’ organizations in the state. From our beginnings we have a long tradition of artistic excellence. Come see for yourself at the Annual Members Exhibition, on display at the Anderson Museum of Art from Sept. 9th to October 20th.

Hoosier Salon Show at Indiana State Museum

One of my paintings will be on display as the Hoosier Salon presents its annual exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. The dates are Aug. 3rd through October 14th.

This year’s distinguished jurors are Mark Boedges and Mario Andres Robinson.

A wide range of 2-D and 3-D artworks will be on display including drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, furniture, etc. All works are for sale and are reasonably priced.

All artworks in this exhibit have been created within the last year by some of the best Indiana artists! Your trip to see it will be well worth it!

More information is available at

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-1637
Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fishers Exhibition

An exhibit of artwork from 60-80 artists from Indiana Artists (IN/A) opens June 2nd.

Hope my painting makes you smile when you see it.

​​​You’re invited to the opening reception!
Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.  (Exhibition June 2 – June 30, 2018)
Fishers City Hall, One Municipal Drive, Fishers
Free. Open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Also open in conjunction with Spark!Fishers celebration (Sat. June 30)., 317-595-3111

The reception is a free public event with refreshments and opportunity to view the exhibit and meet the artists.

2018 Fishers Exhibition

This is the second year that Indiana Artists (IN/A), a statewide organization of professional artists, is exhibiting at Fishers City Hall. The first exhibit, “Indiana Artists Centennial Exhibition 2017” was held May 2017 in celebration of IN/A’s centennial year.

Indiana Artists (IN/A) is an organization of over 150 professional artists from Indiana, engaged in all disciplines of art.  IN/A is continually looking for new members, seeking established artists as well as new emerging artists working in a wide range of media. Information about requirements to join IN/A can be found at

​​​​​​​Thank you for your support of arts and artists!

The Exhibition Looks great!

I’m in front of my painting, “Among The Leaves”. Thank you to everyone who attended the opening!

The exhibition runs through June 9, 2018.  (The 1st floor gallery is free and open to the public.)

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326
Sun-Wed. 11 am – 5pm
Thurs-Sat. 11 am – 8 pm
Closed Mon.

Enjoy the exhibition!

Contact me with any questions.

In Just a Few Days… Exhibition Opening

It’s here… in just a few days the Exhibition opens.

I’m excited to display one of my paintings at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. A free public reception will be held on Sunday, April 15th at 3:30.  You are invited to attend the reception and, hopefully, celebrate an award with me.  If you cannot make it to the reception, the exhibition runs through June 9, 2018.  It is free and open to the public during regular IMA hours:  Sun-Wed. 11 am – 5pm, Thurs-Sat: 11 am – 8 pm, Closed Mon.

Thank you for your support of my work and local art!

My painting at the IMA (Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields)


One of my paintings was selected for inclusion in an exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. (I’ll reveal the painting after the show opens.)

Indiana Artists, a juried artists’ organization, returns to the Indianapolis Museum of Art this Spring for its 86th annual exhibition. Each year, artist members are invited to enter the annual juried exhibition. Submitted works are reviewed by an outside juror for inclusion in the exhibit.  Accepted works are then juried to receive awards.

The exhibition will consist of a variety of mediums from artists throughout the state of Indiana.

Free opening reception on Sunday, April 15th at 3:30 pm.

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326

Enjoy the opening and/or the exhibition!  Contact me with any questions.

Centennial Exhibition

The Indiana Artists continue to celebrate our centennial year with an exhibition in Brown County (Nashville, IN). One of my new “transitions” paintings entitled “Entangled Again” will be on display in the exhibit!

Brown County looks gorgeous in the Fall — so take a ride, relax, and enjoy beauty in many forms.

Exhibition details:

Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 2017
Indiana Artists Member Centennial Exhibition 2017
at Brown County Art Gallery
1 Artist Drive, Nashville, IN 47448
M-Sat. 10am – 5pm
Sun. 12-5pm

Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition

Indiana arts lovers and patrons:

You can see some of the best works by Indiana artists, including my own, at the Indiana State Museum now through October 8, 2017.  I’m excited to announce that my painting, Still Life With Summer Fruit, has been selected to be part of the Hoosier Salon’s 93rd Annual Exhibition.

Still Life With Summer Fruit
Barbara Peterson

The competition for the show was stiff.  Out of 619 works of art submitted for the show,  about 160 works were selected. Here’s a peek at my painting for the show. Too small to see it well here?  It’s bigger and looks much better in person!! So put the show on your calendar this summer and go see it. (Lots of amazing work by great artists!!!)

Everything in the Hoosier Salon Exhibition can be purchased online at or by calling (317)669-6050. Your purchase supports the artist and the Hoosier Salon Patrons Association, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt artist-service organization.

‘Tis the Season

…to begin or add to an art collection.  The 2015 Art Fair season has begun and this is a great time of year to get out and take a look at open air art shows. On a professional level, I like to get out and walk the shows, evaluating which may be a good fit for some of my smaller works. Having recently relocated to Indy from the northeast, all the shows in Indiana are new to me! Continue reading “‘Tis the Season”

Watching Out For The Bees

I love plein air painting (painting outdoors) with my artist buddies.  However, it’s totally different from painting in the comfort (and isolation) of the studio.  Along with the views there’s nature to contend with.  Sometimes it’s small wildlife that gets your attention, or weather conditions to take into consideration.  And sometimes it’s bees that are territorial… or just curious.

One afternoon while out painting, my friend Rose starting twitching irregularly; she had my total attention.  I had two questions:

“What’s the matter with YOU?”  and  “Why are you running over HERE?”

Apparently she was fighting with a bee and I wanted no part of it!  Thankfully, no one was stung.  After much laughter we resumed our painting and continued to enjoy our day outdoors.  Here are some pictures:

An Intuitive Approach

This is a new painting — fresh off the easel. And THIS is a video about making it.

“Wide Open Portal” by Barbara Peterson
28″x 22″ oil on canvas

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Landscapes Challenge

I started the year off with a challenge.  I joined a group of artists online who were doing a painting a day for the month of January.  The goal was to complete 30 paintings in one month.  I didn’t complete all 30; I completed 23 paintings and learned a lot about my process.

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Unresolved Issues – “Erasecism”

"Unresolved Issues" by Barbara Peterson
“Unresolved Issues” by Barbara Peterson
28″x 22″ oil on canvas

In thinking about this painting for the exhibit entitled “Erasecism”, I concentrated on the dynamics of interaction that come into play in causing schisms and divisions amongst people. I assembled objects and symbols to represent groups of people and the dynamics of the group and individuals.

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