Southern Indiana Living

MAR-APR 2018

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Mar/Apr 2018 • 13 A humble rural beginning is the birth of many towns in Amer- ica. Some continue along their agricultural paths while others head into areas of industrialization and technology. However, for the town of ScoĴsburg, Indiana, the hope is not sim- ply to create one linear path of innovation and industry but an entire infrastructure built by dreamers and entrepreneurs. Officially plaĴed on March 27, 1871, ScoĴsburg (originally spelled "ScoĴs- burgh") owes its name to Col. Horace ScoĴ, a former general superintendent of the Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianap- olis Railroad — a railroad line that started in Indianapolis and ran south to the Ohio River. Wanting their town to become a Fifth Class city, the residents made their voices heard on the ballots in November 1959, but it would take five years before the first officers would be sworn into of- fice. But today, a town once striving to have its growing populace recognized through democracy now seeks to be ac- knowledged as a new type of depot — one that houses a growing community of innovation in areas of technology, art and health while aĴempting to give back to both the local and surrounding communi- ties. One of the key figures helping to usher in these new areas of innovation is Dorrel Harrison. After moving to ScoĴs- burg in 2003, Harrison, a former a health educator in New York, began to chan- nel his focus into barn plaques. "A barn plaque is a three-dimensional piece of art that has been handcrafted out of redeemed barn board," Harrison said. "They are either a framed piece of work, in a shad- owbox frame, or they sit on top of a piece of barn wood that's 4-by-24-inches." Har- rison's plaques include details that match the original storefronts, mills and barns. These details range from weathered paint to surrounding landscapes, even down to making sure the flow of wood grain on the barn board matches that of the origi- nal barn. Harrison's style of art is not only unique locally but nationally as well. "Once I started doing my barn plaques, and after we had our exhibit at Mid-America Science Park, I came up with the desire to bring aĴention to ScoĴ County," he said. "Nobody else in the state makes barn plaques." Harrison was given the prestigious title of Indiana Arti- san in 2008 (and remains the only Indiana Artisan in ScoĴ County). "Your work has to be juried; it has to be very unique," he said. The Indiana Arts Commission ac- cepts an assortment of styles and creators for the artisan title, such as culinary artists and furniture makers. Harrison, now among these ambas- A covered bridge created to look like a train // Lake Iola Park Lake Iola Lake Iola Interurban Site

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