Treasures of the Swope

The Harbor Light, 1917
Otto Stark (Indianapolis, Indiana 1859 – 1926)
oil on canvas, 16 x 23 15/16 inches
gift of Gretchen Stark 1964.39

Generations of Hoosiers, including many from Terre Haute, have summered in Leland, Michigan, a small village on the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan. While that began in the days before air conditioning, it continues now with the lake being the major attraction. Fleeting patterns of light in the sky and upon the water fascinate all, especially artists.  In 1917, Otto Stark caught the little light that gleams out each night for the incoming fishing boats. One unidentified critic said, “the artist caught it against a dark sky with one long rift in the clouds and a rival streak of color showing through.”

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Happening Now at the Swope:

Stories from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District

August 6 – October 4

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (SPSMW) are partnering with the Swope Art Museum to present “Stories from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District.” Through architectural objects curated from lofty attics to basement crypts, “Stories” presents vignettes of history from the Historic District, building connection to our own lives and to the value of preservation. Designed for audiences of all ages, it highlights the National Register of Historic Places listing not only as a record of place, but as a history of people, events and ideas.

Turman’s Deming

In celebration of Deming Park’s centennial

June 4 – September 26, 2021

Turman’s favorite plein air location was Deming Park in Terre Haute, which he painted through the years during different seasons and time of day to capture the differing moods of the park. In celebration of the centennial of Deming Park, the Swope Art Museum is showing Turman’s paintings of the park from the permanent collection. The similar scenes are only a few from a large series of paintings of beech trees that showcase Turman’s interest in the subtleties of light and seasonal changes in the landscape.


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