Moving Into the New Decade

I’m getting ready for the NEW!!!  Here I am stretching some canvases down at my studio…

Art On View…

At the exhibition at the Saks Fifth Avenue gallery!

I’m participating in two exhibitions with an open studio tour in-between:

Nov. 5 to Dec. 8, 2019
Free Reception:  Thurs. Nov. 21 | 6-8:30 pm
Indiana Artists – Members Exhibition
Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Indianapolis
(more info)

Fri., Dec. 6 | 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Stutz Starry Night — Open Studio Event at the Stutz
Stutz Business Center, Indianapolis
(more info)

Dec. 8 to Jan. 17
“A Light Within”
Small Group Exhibition hosted by The Hoosier Salon
Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis
(more info)

Exhibition at Saks Fifth Avenue Gallery

I’m hard at work finishing up a painting which will be exhibited in the 3rd floor gallery at Saks Fifth Avenue at Keystone Crossing (Indianapolis, IN).

The exhibition opens Nov. 5 and will run through Dec. 8, 2019. It’s open during store hours.

A free reception and awards presentation is open to the public on Thurs., Nov. 21, 6-8:30 pm.

Moving My Studio to the Stutz Building

I’ve done a LOT of painting in small spaces but I really needed more room.  I’m pleased to be setting up a new studio at the Stutz Building in downtown Indy.

Before: All packed and ready to go.

My new studio: A “white box” with lots of space and a wall of windows (plenty of light). I’m looking forward to the possibilities here…

“Twists & Turns” — mini painting

I love painting trees, just ask my plein air buddies.  Trees in the broader landscape are like people in a crowd — you have to take the time to see them individually.  Each has their own characteristics and distinguishing features which are missed when we don’t take the time to look… and see.    Pause to get a good look at a tree you pass by every day; you’ll see what I mean.

“Twists & Turns” by Barbara Peterson



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“Tea Time” — mini painting

A thunderstorm hit town a couple of days ago.  Lots of rain, thunder and lightning; overhead electric wires were down, and traffic lights were out. A transformer blew in a flash of amazing bright light several feet away from my car. Malfunctioning traffic lights and downed trees made it tricky to drive home.

In contrast, what a joy it is to spend a quiet moment over a cup of tea.  So calming… Ahhh …


“Fallen Tree” — mini painting series

On a recent trip to the Indiana Museum of Art, I observed how warm the shadows were in some classic paintings (and how cool the light areas were). I had experimented with warmer shadows before and wanted to work out some ideas, so a series of small studies seemed a logical path.

This painting, “Fallen Tree”, is the first in this series of minis.  It is an oil painting on panel (7″x5″, unframed).  I had to stop myself from getting carried away with some of the strokes; it’s not necessary to paint every leaf to suggest the foliage. Some shots of the painting in progress:

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Indianapolis Museum of Art 2019

All this month, and through June 1st, you can see some of the best works by Indiana Artists, including my own, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.  Free and open to the public.

“At The Falls” with the artist, Barbara Peterson, at the the IMA show opening.

Upcoming Exhibition in April

I’m excited to announce that my artwork, “At The Falls”, has been selected to be part of the Indiana Artists’ 87th Annual Exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.

Save the date for a free opening reception:  Sunday, April 7th. I’ll be there from 4:00 to 5:00 pm.  You’re 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 1, 2019.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular IMA hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday extended hours to 9 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

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

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.

“Thrilling & Exciting” — an Exhibition

Two of my “Transitions” paintings will be included in an exhibit at the Columbus Visitors Center in August!  Stop in and visit.

Indiana Artists Board of Directors – Fine Arts Exhibition
at the Columbus Visitors Center
506 5th St, Columbus, IN 47201
Tel. (812) 378-2622
Dates:  Aug. 2 – Aug. 30

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.

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 by Barbara PetersonThe 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!

On a personal level I like to experience the art of my contemporaries first-hand. It’s fun to recognize work I’ve seen in other locales and online and then see it up close.  And I love to
collect original artwork (usually small and inexpensive). Art fairs are great places to find such treasures — and to chat with artists.

Recent finds include this petite pastel landscape by artist Sabrina Zhou. Sabrina’s larger works remind me of my own transitions paintings (still lifes combined with landscape elements).  Her smaller works caught my attention.  Although diminutive in size (the image is smaller than 4×6 inches), the color and strokes pack a punch.


My husband John says I have too many blue pots. (Well… I do have a small collection.  Blue pottery and red blown glass are my favorites.) Nonetheless, I’ve added these two works by ceramic artist Paul Jeselskis to my collection.


I like the deep blue (almost iridescent) color of the glazes and the simplicity of the shapes. The artist also has beautifully textured platters and vases; I like the smooth surface of these two pieces.

Do you collect original art too?  What are your favorite finds at art shows?

Double Standard

I was invited to participate in the Merseles Studios’ “Justice Art Show” in Jersey City.

When I consider the theme “justice”, I’m reminded of unfair treatment (injustices) within our society. Contemplating current events and thinking in terms of generations, I painted a gritty rendering of children’s toys in the “hands up” position against a backdrop of reported injustices.

“Arts in the City” featured the Justice Art Show and Olga Levina, co-founder of Merseles Studios, in its March 2015 program.  My painting,”Double Standard”, appears about 4-1/2 minutes into the episode. View the episode at Arts in the City.

Gabriel Pacheco, the founder of the Distillery Gallery in Jersey City Heights is the curator for the “Justice Show”.  Olga Levina, co-founder of the Merseles Studios and Jersey City Theater Center, is a gracious lady with a passion for the arts in Jersey City.  Learn more about the Merseles Studios.  

The show concludes on April 24, 2015 with an artists’ closing reception, 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  The exhibit is located at 339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302.

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 for her:

“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:

Unresolved Issues – “Erasecism”

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.

I didn’t want to focus on any particular “ism” such as sexism, or racism, or ageism. I picked symbols that were sort of neutral so that any of those “isms” could be discussed and that, ultimately, people might identify themselves in any of the dynamics. Is it the “group” that’s excluding the “one” — or is it the one that’s separated itself from the group? What are the dynamics?

With the children’s blocks I reflect on how the actions and attitudes of one generation, if issues remain unresolved, will affect the next generation. I initially wanted to paint in a slice of pie as a resolution or solution to the problem. But, of course, there’s no resolution yet…

It’s fitting to take a look at some of the dynamics of human interaction and how that leads to “isms”. Erasing “isms” means we have to deal with our own dynamics.

SLIDE SHOW:  Here’s a link to the exhibit page with the photo slide show (photos courtesy of Patrick Law).

VIDEO:  This links to the video (produced by ACIEM Studios).