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Rising Sun artist commissioned by State Museum

Work will be displayed in Indy

(RISING SUN, Ind) -- Sherrie Howard, a glass artist from Rising Sun, has been commissioned by the Indiana State Museum to have a piece of her work representing Ohio County on display for the museum’s holiday 92 County Tree attraction.  


Howard owns Red Hot Glass Fusing in Rising Sun and teaches classes at her Rising Sun home and displays her work in studios in neighboring counties.


Having created a fused glass ornament representing Ohio County at the Statehouse several years ago, it was no surprise that Howard’s talent and reputation would prompt the Indiana State Museum to contact her about creating an Ohio County decoration for their 25-foot Christmas tree representing all of Indiana’s 92-counties.   


Artists were encouraged to showcase aspects of their home counties in their designs, such as famous landmarks, citizens, historic effects, etc.


Howard’s submission incorporated layers of fused glass inside a handmade wooden frame constructed of barn wood from an Ohio County barn.


Rising Sun landmarks depicted included: the Rising Sun Riverfront, the City Pavilion, the Veteran’s Memorial Tower, homes along Front Street, and the hills of Ohio County.  A barge boat on the river was also incorporated, a common sight for those who visit the Rising Sun riverfront.  


Howard’s ornament—along with those of others from Indiana Counties—will be displayed for five weeks at the Celebration Crossing holiday experience near the museum’s second floor entrance.  The event runs November 24-December 31.


"The Ohio County ornament reflects our beautiful waterfront bordering in the mighty Ohio River. The smallest county in Indiana is located in the southeast corner of the state. It is home to the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state," Howard said.


Sherrie Howard is a lifelong resident of Ohio County. After teaching in local public schools for 37 years, she retired to instruct locals in the art of glass fusing in her home studio. She sells her art in a local gallery.


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