State museum holding reception for painter of Columbus life

The Indiana State Museum and Landmark Columbus will be celebrating the museum’s Carole Wantz exhibit on Saturday with a reception for the former Columbus painter.

The museum has 30 of her paintings on display through July 25th at the museum’s Thomas A. King Bridge Gallery.

Wantz worked in a primitive style inspired by Grandma Moses and completed about 150 paintings of Columbus residents and their lives, says Richard McCoy with Landmark Columbus, who organized the exhibit.

Her art is a who’s who of prominent Columbus residents of the 70s and 80s, McCoy says.

Saturday’s reception will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. There is also the chance to order jigsaw puzzles made from replicas of some of her most famous works.

The reception is free and the puzzles are $20 each.

You can get more information at or on the Landmark Columbus Facebook page. You can make a reservation here.