The original plan for September’s art show at A Perfect Day Cafe was to highlight Jennings County history during local celebrations of the state’s bicentennial. However, it’s purpose has been expanded to assist an accident victim in need of financial assistance.
Sarah Diane Salisbury’s artwork will be featured in an exhibit titled “Southeastern Indiana Historical Places.” Proceeds from sales of Salisbury’s work will benefit Michael McCracken, who suffered a severe spinal injury in an auto wreck July 30.
McCracken, a North Vernon resident, is unable to walk and will require extensive therapy to regain the use of his legs. McCracken and his wife, Savannah, are the parents of seven children. A GoFundMe campaign also has been established to help the family.
Salisbury’s work includes original watercolor paintings of historical places in and around Jennings County. Included in the display are paintings of Stream Cliff Herb Farm, the Jennings County Courthouse, the Vernon Railroad Bridge and Lurton’s Store. Historical sites in nearby counties, such as the Story Inn and the Daily Grind, both in Brown County, are included in the exhibit.
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Salisbury will also exhibit her silverpoint drawings. Silverpoint is a method of meticulously creating an image by the use of a silver wire or stylus on a ground surface to create marks of various tones. Once used by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Jan van Eyck, the silverpoint method of drawing lost popularity during the 18th century but has recently been revived by modern artists.
An award-winning local artist, Salisbury is a member of the Society of Metalpoint Artists and the Madison Art Club and Gallery. She also has served on the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant Panel.
The public can view Salisbury’s work by dropping by A Perfect Day Cafe, 221 Walnut St. in North Vernon. The café is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. No purchase is necessary, but most of the paintings and drawings will be available for purchase.