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Q&A: Meet the artist - Sandee Hazelbaker

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''Yellowwood'' by Sandee Hazelbaker is an impressionist work done in oil paint. FILE PHOTO
''Yellowwood'' by Sandee Hazelbaker is an impressionist work done in oil paint. FILE PHOTO

To help provide shelter and support for needy animals, more than 20 artists have donated paintings, photographs, furniture and other artwork for the first ever Art Unleashed on Saturday.

The event will be 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson County National Guard Armory, 325 Minuteman Way in Franklin.

Proceeds from the Humane Society of Johnson County fundraiser will go toward rescue efforts, shelter supplies and educational programs. Tickets are $30 per person and are available at artunleashed.net or by calling the Humane Society of Johnson County at 535-6626.

Donated artwork from all over central Indiana, and as far away as Florida, will be auctioned off. Artists such as Luke Buck, Rick Wilson and Indiana First Lady Karen Pence have donated their work.

Sandee Hazelbaker, a Brown County painter participating in the event, explained her art and her role in Art Unleashed.

How did you become an artist?

I had taught art out of my home in Cincinnati. We moved to Brown County, and out here art is a huge factor. I decided I wanted to be an artist myself.

What drew you to oil painting?

I had tried everything else, but in Brown County, oil impressionism was something that I found I really loved. I taught myself how to do that.

What are your favorite subjects to paint?

Mostly landscapes, and some still lifes. I like things that represent Brown County — old tractors, old trucks, big farm fields, barns.

How important is emotion in the works you do?

It’s very important. What emotion you’re in causes you to see things so differently. The color, the shading, the brush strokes. They can reflect what you’re thinking. There are some days when you’re so happy and exuberant, and it shows in your work. It’s an emotional thing to be painting.

What work will you be contributing at Art Unleashed?

I gave a painting called “Yellowwood,” because it was a painting I did taken of Yellowwood Forest here.

Why is Art Unleashed a cause you wanted to be a part of?

It’s a very worthwhile event. My husband and I have two little dogs ourselves, so we love animals. I just care about seeing little animals being taken care of. I try to only donate to those kinds of causes.

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