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Award-winning Hamman’s art on display at CUTPL

January 24, 2012

Phyllis Hamman, left, with some of her works, joined by Theresa Hudson of the Culver-Union Township Public Library.

Landscapes and nature-based works in oil by Phyllis Hamman will be exhibited through Feb. 6 upstairs at the Culver-Union Twp. Public Library, the first major exhibition by the award-winning Hamman in more than two decades.

Hamman, of Monterey, says she began painting seriously in 1972 after taking lessons in Kewanna. She says she used to work in photo finishing, hand-tainting photographs (one of which -- shot at Culver Academies -- won awards in five counties and came in second place at the Indiana State Fair). She's no stranger to Culver as a straight-ahead painted, either. She painted a mural on longtime Culverite Verl and Sylvia Shaffer's wall, of his son parasailing on Lake Maxinkuckee (her son Tony is married to the Shaffers' daughter Twyla).

Hamman's late husband owned the lumber mill in Monterey, where she's lived now for 42 years. Her striking painting of him seated serenely on a riverbank, fishing pole in hand, won second place in the professional portraits division in Monticello, Indiana, and it's one of the few paintings at the library not for sale.

Another popular work -- depicting a racoon -- won Most Popular at the Heartland Artists gallery in Plymouth, Best of Show in Pulaski County, and other awards. Hamman says most of her racoon paintings are modeled from her own pet!

Hamman was one of seven Indiana artists whose work was chosen some years ago to be featured on notecards for the Indiana Wildlife Association, which led to her being featured in shows in South Bend, Muncie, and Indianapolis.

Those interested in purchasing Hamman's work may call 574-542-2376. Those interested in exhibiting their own art at the library may contact Cindy Good at 574-842-2941.

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