Local museum to open history and art exhibits

Monday, May 25, 2015
Myra Schuetter at home in Jasper with her painting, "The Devil is in the Details." (Courtesy photo)

Two new exhibits are scheduled to open at the Putnam County Museum over the next two weekends.

Opening on Saturday, May 30 will be an exhibit about the Irwins of Roachdale, the latest in the museum's Founding Family series.

On Saturday, June 6, an exhibition of watercolors by Myra Schuetter will be unveiled.

George W. Irwin (1856-1920) founded the Irwin Family in Roachdale in 1891. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Steve Irwin will open the family exhibit at 10 a.m. on May 30 with a talk about the Roachdale family's endeavors in the disciplines of pharmacy, banking, art, agriculture, community development and medicine.

The Irwin lineage includes Glenn W. Irwin Jr., M.D., who served as dean of the IU School of Medicine and chancellor of IUPUI. He was described by a successor as "a true pioneer."

On Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m., Myra and Wayne Schuetter will be on hand to kick off the show of Myra's watercolor paintings and prints. At Myra's request, the exhibit will be dedicated to the memory of Greencastle's LaDonna Kelly (1938-2014), who, along with husband Marvin Kelly, supported Myra's career with great interest.

Myra lives in Jasper and is known for her highly involved, colorful, large-scale watercolors. Shuetter's work is internationally recognized for its stunning realism, intricacy and storytelling.

Her paintings have been displayed in magazines, museums, the Indiana governor's office, and the U.S. embassy mission in Berlin. In 2014, she was named Watercolor Artist of the Year in the Art Comes Alive competition.

Both exhibit openings are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Irwin Family Exhibit will be on display at the museum through Aug. 29, while the Schuetter exhibit will continue through Sept. 26.

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