Across time, many artists have called Wayne County home. Photographers, musicians, painters, sculptors, architects, and many more have left their mark on our towns and cities. Their work continues to inspire us and shape our places and lives to this day. Let’s take a look at some of them below:
The Overbeck Sisters
The Overbeck Sisters are known across the entire country for their unique style. All of their ceramic pieces were handmade in their Cambridge City home, which is listed today in the National Register of Historic Places. However, the sisters made a limited number of pieces, making them a rarity among collectors today.
Besides their well-known pottery, the sisters also created small figurines. The figurines depicted many local townspeople that the sisters knew and did business with. Because many of these figurines were hand-made, they are very sought after.
Born in Germany, architect John Hasecoster emigrated to Wayne County in 1867 with his two brothers. After completing his architecture study in St. Louis, Hasecoster returned to the area and designed many notable buildings in Richmond and the surrounding counties.
Some of these buildings include the Gennett Mansion, Reid Memorial Hospital, the Wernle Children’s Home, and more. Hasecoster also designed several buildings in Brookville and Knightstown.
John Elwood Bundy
John Elwood Bundy, born and raised in North Carolina, made Richmond his home. Bundy was a member of the Richmond Group of painters, and helped to found the Richmond Art Museum. He also taught at Earlham College starting in 1887 and is most famous for his detailed Indiana landscapes.
Bundy was very fond of the beech tree that grows in Indiana, and it was a subject in many of his paintings. His works are widely sought after by collectors today, and are on display in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Richmond Art Museum, and various other establishments.
Richmond was a hotbed for musicians in the early 1900s, however, Harold Jones was one of the most well-known. A drummer by trade, Jones toured with countless artists like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Bing Crosby. Over his career, Harold Jones recorded on over 15 albums.
Today, Jones continues to perform as a touring drummer. In addition, he also hosts drumming workshops at colleges around the country.
Wayne County is home to many talented artists from various mediums – past, present, and future. Visit our Arts & Culture page to find out why we focus on promoting Arts & Culture right here in Wayne County.