The 1906 opening of the Art Shop in New Albany by James L. Russell created an influential venue for regional art in the Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, area, and a gathering place for such artists as Joseph Krementz, Ferdinand Graham Walker, Harvey Joiner, Paul Plaschke, John Bauscher, Grover Page, Orville Carroll, and Russell and his son, James J. Russell. The Art Shop was a combination art supply shop and gallery, and the Wonderland Way Art Club was born there. The artists who formed the club were inspired by, and took the club’s name from, a network of roads, going along the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio to Mount Vernon, Illinois, that was designated the Wonderland Way. While the Wonderland Way Art Club itself had a short life, the name endures to describe those artists who frequented the Russell Art Shop from the World War I era to the start of World War II. Please visit our website at www.carnegiecenter.org or call 812-944-7336 for information on exhibit and related programs. Support for this exhibition was provided by The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, The New Albany Bicentennial Commission, and the Carnegie Center, Inc. Museum hours Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5:30 pm. Admission is free.
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