From serene pastoral landscapes to unique spins on still-lifes to hypercolored images of Franklin’s past, local artists offer a high level of skill and a diverse eye for the beauty in our community.

Now, one Franklin business is bringing that talent together for one special show.

Generation Art and Frame will be featuring the work of 13 local artists in a special exhibition starting Saturday. People will have the opportunity to find pieces by well-known artists and discover emerging talents, including works by Luke Buck, Tom Peters and Martha Vaught.

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For local artists working in Johnson County, finding ways to reach potential customers can be a challenge. That’s the idea behind the show, said Jeannie Hendrickson, co-founder of the family-owned Generation Art and Frame.

“There are a lot of good artists, but there are not a lot of places to show your work,” she said. “There really isn’t a place in Franklin to regularly show, and we have some really talented people.”

A reception from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday will let people mingle and interact with the artists themselves, learning more about the artists they are fans of and seeing the work of those they’ve never encountered before for the first time.

“Hopefully, it will be the kind of thing where the artists bring in people to show their work, but then those people will discover these other artists. We want everybody to find these people who we know, but they don’t necessarily know,” said Josh Hendrickson, a member of the family who works at Generation.

The idea for the exhibition stems from conversations store owners have had with the different artists they work with.

The business regularly features Buck, whose landscapes and nature scenes are immensely popular. But Generation also provides art lessons, and helps other artists with framing needs.

“We felt like highlighting some of the other artists who might not be as well known or had as many opportunities to hang their work,” Jeannie Hendrickson said.

Participating artists include: Jeannie Hendrickson, Buck, Carol Bales, Kelli Park, Timothy Beretta, Tom Peters, Willa Pardue, Denise Parsley, Laura Parkhurst, Martha Vaught, Paul Bloomer, Cheryl Whitenbarger and Sharon Cataldi.

The show will run through the end of the year.

“We wanted to work with people, to let them show their work. We want to put this different stuff to put on the walls,” Josh Hendrickson said.

If you go

Generation Art and Frame exhibition open house

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: 1780 Northwood Plaza, Franklin

What: A celebration kicking off the art show featuring 13 local artists, which will hang through the end of the year.


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Ryan Trares is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2727.