The 12th annual Stella di Luce art show will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, at Huber Winery. The event draws nearly 50 artists while celebrating the arrival of the popular Stella di Luce wine.
Ellie Thomas, graphic designer at Huber’s who has organized the art show since 2013, participated in a Q&A about the event below.
Question: What is new this year for Stella di Luce?
Answer: Something new this year, one artist will be doing painting demos both days. We will also have some new cocktails available in the winery that are made with the Stella di Luce wine.
Q: What separates Stella di Luce from all the other art shows in Southern Indiana?
A: I think the Stella art show is unique because guests can visit Huber’s and spend the day. They can attend the art show, but also take in all that Huber’s has to offer. The show is family friendly, plus we have live music each day from 1 to 5 p.m. Another thing that separates our show from some other local shows is the fact that it’s indoor. The artists like being able to set up the day before and know that their art is safe and dry. For me as the planner, not having to worry with weather is comforting and something that I think draws guests to the show.
Q: How do you curate artists for the event?
A: I scout artists year round by going to local shows and just meeting people that I think would be a good fit.
The show is a juried show, and we try to get a good mix of art mediums as well as styles and price points. I really try to find people that have artwork and items that our guests can afford to purchase and take home with them. We have a good mix this year, including: clay, painting, glass, metal, wood, photography, fiber, drawings and jewelry. Of the 44 artists, 16 of them are local, coming from as close as Floyds Knobs and New Albany, and a little further areas like Charlestown, Pekin, Borden, and Georgetown. Being able to showcase local artists is something that we have always tried to do. The time of the show is perfect since it’s one of the first shows in the area and it’s the perfect event to attend and pick up gifts for Mother’s Day.
Q: What is Stella di Luce wine?
A: Stella di Luce wine is a Rosé wine that is a blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. We offer a dry and a sweet option.
Q: How many years has Stella di Luce been held, and how has it grown over the years?
A: This is the 12th year, and the art show is the largest it has been. This is the third year that it has been a large format show, located in Huber’s Plantation Hall. Previous to 2017 it was held in a room adjacent to the Winery and we averaged four to six artists. This year there will be 44 artists, occupying 40 booth spaces. We have 26 artists returning from last year. There are 16 new artists, and there are two that are returning after several years, so they haven’t been in the show since it’s been the large format style. I have planned the show since 2013 and to see it grow to this size is awesome. Of all the things I do here at Huber’s as the in-house Graphic Designer, this is the project that I have the most fun with every year.