Journey Indiana

S4 E6 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 406

Coming to you from the Haan Museum in Lafayette...get on the water - and into the air - with a Southern Indiana pilot; see the USS LST-325 as she departs for her fall tour; and meet the artists who participated in the 2019 Great Outdoor Art Contest in Brown County.

AIRED: September 14, 2021 | 0:26:46
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

>> PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR

JOURNEY INDIANA IS PROVIDED BY:

COLUMBUS VISITORS CENTER,

CELEBRATING EVERYWHERE ART AND

UNEXPECTED ARCHITECTURE IN

COLUMBUS, INDIANA.

INFORMATION AT COLUMBUS.IN.US.

AND BY WTIU MEMBERS.

THANK YOU!

>> COMING UP, GET ON THE WATER

AND INTO THE AIR WITH A SOUTHERN

INDIANA PILOT.

>> SEE THE U.S.S. LST-325 AS SHE

DEPARTED FOR HER FALL TOUR.

>> AND MEET THE ARTISTS WOULD

PARTICIPATED IN THE 2019 GREAT

OUTDOOR ART CONTEST IN BROWN

COUNTY.

>> THAT'S ALL ON THIS EPISODE OF

"JOURNEY INDIANA."

>>> WELCOME TO "JOURNEY

INDIANA."

I'M ASHLEY CHILLA.

>> AND I'M BRANDON WENTZ.

AND WE'RE COMING TO YOU FROM THE

HAAN MUSEUM OF INDIANA ART IN

TIPPECANOE COUNTY.

THIS PUBLIC MUSEUM IN

LaFAYETTE HOUSES THE LARGEST

COLLECTION OF INDIANA ART

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

AND OUTSIDE, YOU CAN EXPLORE A

SCULPTURE GARDEN, HIKE THE

WOODED NATURE TRAIL AND MUCH

MORE.

AND WE'LL LEARN ALL ABOUT THE

HAAN MUSEUM AND THEIR LATEST

EXHIBIT IN JUST A LITTLE BIT.

>>> BUT FIRST, WE ARE HEADED TO

OHIO COUNTY, TO EAT MEET A PILOT

MAKING MOST OUT OF HIS

SURROUNDINGS.

PRODUCER RON PRICKLE HAS THE

STORY.

>> PLUGS ARE REMOVED, FUEL CAP

IS ON.

HOW IS THE FUEL SET?

>> I GREW UP IN CENTRAL IOWA AND

WORKED AT THE AIRPORT THERE.

I GOT INTERESTED IN AIRPLANES

THERE.

MY DAD WAS A MODEL AIRPLANE

BUILDER AND ALWAYS APPRECIATED

THAT.

AND I WORKED FOR A FARMER IN

IOWA THAT WAS IN THE NAVY,

AFFILIATED WITH SEA PLANES AND

KIND OF GOT INTO THIS THAT WAY.

>> LET'S TAKE IT TO THE WATER.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> I BOUGHT A SEAPLANE THAT WE

COULD AFFORD.

THAT WAS A SEAPLANE WE HAD TO

BUILD AND IT WAS HANGING IN THE

BARN AT HOME ON THE FARM.

>> AND THE VETERINARY FROM TOWN

HERE CAME OUT AND HIS SON FLIES

IN ALASKA ON FLOATS.

SAW THAT AND RECOGNIZED IT AND

SAYS YOU NEED TO COME DOWN TO

RISING SUN AND LOOK AT THE WATER

HERE.

I DID AND I CAME DOWN HERE AND

IT'S IDEAL.

IT'S ONE THE LARGEST, WIDEST,

STRAIGHTEST STRETCHES OF THE

OHIO RIVER.

A LONG WAYS BETWEEN DAMS AND

DURING THE SUMMER TIME WHEN THE

RIVER IS AT POOL, IT'S MAKES A

LAKE.

MAC'S SEAPLANE IT STARTED OUT

WITH FLOAT PLANES AND DID SOME

RIDES AND WE ADDED MORE PLANES

AND DID THIS FULL-TIME.

SEATBELTS.

LIFE VESTS ARE ON.

WE ARE COMPLETE WITH THE

BRIEFING.

THE ENGINE CHECK LIST IS

COMPLETE.

>> CLEAR.

HERE WE GO.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

>> WE'LL COME DOWN, GET THE

AIRPLANE OUT.

WE USED TO BE READY AND WE FOUND

OUT THAT PEOPLE REALLY LIKED TO

WATCH THE LAUNCHING PROCESS,

ABOUT AS MUCH AS FLYING AND WE

KIND OF LET EVERYBODY WATCH

THAT.

AND WE GO DOWN AND PUT THE

AIRPLANE IN THE WATER.

WE DO PASSENGER BRIEFINGS ON THE

USE OF OUR LIFE JACKETS AND

EMERGENCY EXITS AND THE

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT IN THE

AIRPLANE.

>> JUST ONE ATTITUDE, TAKEOFF

AND LANDING.

IT HAS TO DO WITH THE FLOATS

INSTEAD OF THE WINGS.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO FORCE

THE AIRPLANE OFF.

IT DOESN'T HELP AT ALL.

IT'S LIKE TRYING TO FLY A SPEED

BOAT ON THE WATER.

THE WATER IS MUCH MORE DENSE

THAN THE AIR AND IT BECOMES THE

OVERRIDING FACTOR.

>> I HAD A COUPLE OF MEETINGS

WITH THE PORT AUTHORITY AND THEN

THE CITY COUNCIL, AND TRIED TO

EXPLAIN WHAT I WAS TRYING TO DO.

IT'S WORKED OUT VERY WELL.

WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE A HANGAR.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BUILT

HERE WITH THE HELP OF THE CITY.

THE CITY HAS BUILT A BUILDING

AND WE LEASE IT.

THE SEAPLANE BASE IS NOT L.A.X.

IT'S NOT JOHN F. KENNEDY.

IT'S 67 INDIAN NOVEMBER.

WE FILED FOR THAT.

AND THEN ONCE WE DO, THAT THEY

HAVE TO DO A NAVIGATION

INTERFERENCE STUDY AND WE HAD TO

TALK TO THE APPROACH CONTROLLERS

AT CINCINNATI AIRPORT AND THEY

KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING.

WE DISCUSSED PATTERNS.

WE HAVE BEEN OPERATING HERE

EIGHT OR NINE YEARS NOW.

WE DON'T GO HIGH ENOUGH TO GET

INTO THE BOTTOM OF THEIR AIR

SPACE.

IT'S QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT.

IT REQUIRES A DIFFERENT RATING

TO FLY ON THE WATER.

THERE'S QUITE A FEW DIFFERENTS.

THERE'S DOCKING AND SAILING AND

MOORING AND RAMPING, ANCHORING,

ROUGH WATER, COULD FIND AREA OF

TAKEOFF AND GLASSY WATER

TAKEOFF.

>> WE GOT TO FLY LIKE YOU ARE

DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE,

STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE

RIVER AND IF SOMEONE ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER, WE MAKE

IT EASIER TO SEE.

>> WITH SEAPLANES, YOU KNOW THIS

AIRPLANE BEHIND US TAKES A MILE,

WATER LOADED TO TAKE OFF AND IT

WILL TAKE ABOUT 1500 FEET IF YOU

ARE BY YOURSELF.

SO IT HAS A BIG EFFECT WITH

WEIGHT.

THREE TIMES LONGER TO TAKE OFF

IN A SEAPLANE, THAN LANDING.

YOU CAN LAND IN A LAKE THAT YOU

CAN'T GET OUT OF, UNLESS YOU

TAKE THE AIRPLANE APART.

>> IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT ART

TO AVIATION.

I JUST CALL IT CLIMB WITH NO

BRAKES.

>> THE SEAPLANE PILOTS

ASSOCIATION HAS A GREAT ONLINE

WATER LANDING DIRECTORY THAT

REALLY HELPS TO DEFINE WHAT

WATER IS AVAILABLE TO LAND ON.

>> THE OHIO RIVER IS AN OPEN

FEDERAL NAVIGATABLE WATER AND WE

CAN OPERATE HERE WITHOUT ANY

SPECIAL PERMITTING.

>> FLEW A YOUNG AMISH BOY.

THEY WATCHED US FOR AN HOUR AND

HE ASKED ME HOW MUCH A RIDE WAS.

HE TOLD ME.

HE SAID THANK YOU.

HE WENT UP AND TALKED TO HIS

DAD, I GUESS AND CAME BACK DOWN

WITH THE MONEY.

AND I TOOK HIM FOR A FLIGHT AND

HE WAS VERY STIFF.

HE TOLD ME IT WAS HIS FIRST

AIRPLANE RIDE.

I CAME BACK AN LANDED AND I SAID

HOW COME YOUR DAD SAID IT WAS

OKAY TO GO FLYING.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT.

HE SAID IT DIDN'T HAVE ANY

WHEELS AN HE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE

OKAY.

>> OUR BUSINESS STARTED OUT 90%

RIDES AND 10% TRAINING.

WE ASSUMED THAT WE WOULD MINE

OUT OUR LOCAL AREA WITH RIDERS,

YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF

PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN.

I WOULD SAY NOW WE ARE PROBABLY

50/50 WITH RIDES AND FLIGHT

INSTRUCTION.

>> YOU CAN SEE THE WIND STREAKS

OUT ON THE WATER GIVES YOU AN

INDICATION OF WHAT DIRECTION THE

WIND IS BLOWING, THAT AND GROUND

FLAGS.

AND IF YOU ARE IN DOUBT, YOU CAN

ALWAYS STICK YOUR WATER RUDDERS

UP AND THE WATER WEATHER VEIN.

>> IT'S PROBABLY ON EVERY

PILOT'S BUCKET LIST TO GET A

SEAPLANE RATING.

WE HAVE TO DO MORE COMMERCIAL

SEAPLANE RATING BECAUSE OF THE

CHALLENGES OF THE OHIO RAVER.

IT TAKES -- RIVER.

IT TAKES MORE TIME TO GET

QUALIFIED ON THIS RIVER.

WE ARE NOT ABLE TO GIVE QUICK

RIDES JUST FOR THAT PURPOSE BUT

WE MAKE A LOST COMMERCIAL

SEAPLANE PILOTS AND THAT'S WHAT

WE PREFER TO DO.

>> WELL, I WENT TO SEVERAL

DIFFERENT FLIGHT SCHOOLS TO GO

AHEAD AND GET ALL OF MY RATINGS

FROM PRIVATE ALL THE WAY TO

COMMERCIAL.

AND THEN I CAME HERE ASKING FOR

MY SEAPLANE RATING, WENT THROUGH

THE WHOLE TRAINING SEAPLANE

PROCESS.

AND GOT MY COMMERCIAL SEAPLANE.

HE PUT ME THROUGH A FEW TRAINING

FLIGHTS, AND SENT ME UP ON

SEVERAL TOURS AND HERE I AM

TODAY.

>> PRETTY SIMPLE IN SEAPLANES.

WE DON'T USE FULL FLAPS BECAUSE

THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A FULL

STALL LANDING IN A SEA PLANE.

IT'S ALL HYDRODYNAMIC RATHER

THAN AERODYNAMIC.

>> WE DEVELOPED A TRAINING HERE

THAT WE KNOW VERY WELL AND A

WISE PILOT, AN OLDER SEAPLANE

PILOT.

HE SAID, WHEN YOU ARE IN A SEA

PLANE, IT'S EASY TO EXPLORE.

BUT IF YOU EXPLORE, YOU WILL

PROBABLY FIND SOMETHING.

I TOOK THAT TO HEART, AND WE

HAVE A TRAINING AREA FROM AURORA

ALL THE WAY DOWN THE RIVER TO

THE WARSAW DAM.

>> MAKE THE FLAPS 20 DEGREES AND

FUEL SELECTOR, THE RUDDERS ARE

UP.

WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE CLOSED AND

LOCKED.

>> WE ARE INDIANA'S WORST ON

TIME PERFORMANCE AIRLINE.

WE ARE CANCEL A FLIGHT IF IT'S

UNSAFE OR WE WON'T GO IF IT'S

UNSAFE.

WE WILL BE GLAD TO STAY AT THE

BOTTOM OF THAT LIST, I GUESS.

THAT'S WHAT WE ARE.

WE ARE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT

BUSINESS, REALLY.

PEOPLE DON'T COME OUT HERE

UNLESS THEY WANT TO HAVE SOME

FUN AND IT'S TO GO THEM,

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

>> UP WEST MOST INTERESTING

THINGS -- ONE OF THE MOST

INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THIS IS

HOW QUICK YOU FIND OUT HOW YOUR

PASSENGERS, THEIR PERSONALITY

IS.

AND AFTER THE FIRST FEW MINUTES,

YOU KIND OF FIGURE OUT HOW YOU

WILL DO YOUR TOUR FROM THERE.

NO TWO TOURS I DO ARE THE SAME.

IT'S JUST BASED ON THE

PERSONALITY OF WHO I'M FLYING

WITH.

>> I THINK ONE OF THE MAJOR

REASONS THAT I WANTED TO DO

THIS, WHEN I WAS YOUNG, IT WAS

REALLY AN INTEREST TO ME TO GO

TO THE AIRPORTS AND WATCH THE

AIRPLANES FLY, WATCH AIRPLANES,

HANG OUT, BE ABLE TO GET CLOSE

TO THE AVIATION COMMUNITY.

WHAT I HAVE NOTICED IN MY

LIFETIME, THE AIRPORT SECURITY

HAS GONE UP.

THERE'S FENCES AROUND

EVERYTHING.

IT'S KIND OF INTIMIDATING.

WE ARE DOWN HERE IN THE MIDDLE

OF TOWN ON PURPOSE.

WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME IN

AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND BE

INTERESTED IN AVIATION.

WHO KNOWS.

THESE KIDS THAT ARE WATCHING US,

I MEAN LITTLE KIDS WATCHING US

FLY, HOW WILL IT IMPRINT THEM

LATER ON.

MAYBE THEY WILL PICK A JOB OR

MAYBE THEY WILL BE FLYING

AIRLINERS BY REMOTE CONTROL.

AVIATION HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME AND

I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT

IT CONTINUES.

>> THAT IS SUCH A FASCINATING

LINE OF WORK, BUT CAN YOU

IMAGINE BEING FIRST PERSON TO

DISCOVER THAT THERE ARE LAKES

BIG ENOUGH FOR YOU TO LAND IN,

BUT NOT TAKE OFF FROM?

>> NO.

AND I DON'T WANT TO BE THE

PERSON TO DISCOVER THAT.

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

JUST HEAD OVER TO

MACSSEAPLANE.COM.

>> EARLIER WE CAUGHT UP WITH

ELLIE HAAN TO LEARN ALL ABOUT

THE INCREDIBLY HAAN MUSEUM.

>> THE HAAN MUSEUM IS MANY

MUSEUMS IN ONE.

IT'S A HOUSE IN AND HISTORIC

BUILDING THAT WAS ORIGINALLY

BUILT AT THE WORLD FAIR IN

St. LOUIS.

THIS HAPPENED WHEN MY HUSBAND

BOB AND I BOUGHT THIS HOUSE IN

1984.

WE STARTED WORKING ON IT IN

1992.

AT THAT POINT IN TIME WE DECIDED

WE NEEDED SOMETHING TO DECORATE

THE WALLS.

WE WILL THOUGHT, WELL, INDIANA

ART WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO GO.

IT WOULD BE A LOT LESS EXPENSIVE

AND COULD YOU HAVE MORE

SIGNIFICANT COLLECTION.

WE REALIZED IT WAS THE QUALITY

OF THE MUSEUM, WE STARTED

CONCENTRATING ON FURNITURE.

SO THE FURNITURE IS ALL AMERICAN

FURNITURE WITH SOME REALLY

WONDERFUL PIECES.

AND THEN WE STARTED COLLECTING

CERAMICS.

SO THERE'S A WONDERFUL INDIANA

CERAMICS COLLECTION AS WELL.

SO LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS FOR

LOTS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

THERE'S JUST SO MUCH WONDERFUL

ART FROM INDIANA.

WE THOUGHT IT NEEDED TO BE

SHARED.

WE HAVE A WOOTEN DESK.

IT'S A SUPERIOR GRADE AND MADE

IN INDIANAPOLIS BY WOOTEN DESK

COMPANY.

THEY WERE ONLY IN BUSINESS FOR

ABOUT TEN YEARS AND THEY MADE

FOUR GRADES OF DESKS AND THE ONE

WE HAVE IS A SUPERIOR GRADE AND

THAT'S THE TOP GRADE THEY HAD

AND THEY ONLY MADE ABOUT 10 OR

12 OF THOSE IN THEIR ENTIRE

TIME.

BUT IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL PIECE

OF FURNITURE AND YOU OPEN IT UP

AND IT HAS, I THINK ABOUT

110 CUBICLES FOR DIFFERENT

THINGS.

THE AMOUNT OF DECORATION ON IT

IS JUST AMAZING.

IN TERMS OF INDIANA ART, ONE OF

THE HIGHLIGHTS IS T.C. STEELE.

AND WE HAVE A REALLY WONDERFUL

SELECTION OF FUGITIVE FIGURATIVE WORKS

AND WE HAVE THE OLD MILLS AND IT

WAS IN THE CENTER ARTS PALACE AT

THE WORLD'S FAIR.

AND IT MAKES IT REALLY

PARTICULARLY APPROPRIATE FOR

THIS HOUSE.

SO IN 2014, WE DECIDED THAT

CERAMICS WOULD ADD A LOT TO THE

MUSEUM, BECAUSE IT WOULD ON A

DIFFERENT PLANE THAN THE

PAINTINGS AND IT TURNS OUT, IT

WAS REALLY AN IMPORTANT

ADDITION.

IT JUST KIND OF SAYS, LOOK AT

ME!

WHEREAS THE PAINTINGS HANG VERY

QUIETLY ON THE WALLS.

WE HAVE A LOT OF CERAMICS BY

COLLEGE PROFESSORS FROM AROUND

INDIANA AND SOME WHO HAVE MOVED

TO DIFFERENT STATES.

THEY ARE NOT YOUR TYPICAL

CERAMICS.

THEY ARE TABLES AND CHAIRS AND

STOOLS AND JUST ALL KINDS OF FUN

THINGS.

TOP LINE IS A REALLY WELL NOUNED

RENOWNED ARTIST.

HE HAS A NUMBER OF PEACES ALL

ACROSS THE WORLD.

THE SHOW THAT WE HAVE ACROSS THE

WORLD IS CALLED EGYPT REVISITED.

AND IT'S PIECES THAT HE MADE OF

FIGURES FROM EGYPT'S 18th

18th DYNASTY.

AND THERE'S KING TUT AND WE

RECENTLY DEDICATED A STATUE

CALLED GENERATIONS BY TUCK

LANGELAND AND TUCK AND HIS WIFE

DONATED THAT.

IT'S AN OLDER GENTLEMAN.

HE HAS A CHILD ON HIS SHOULDER,

AND THEY LIKE THAT FOR THE HAAN

MUSEUM BECAUSE THIS GENTLEMAN IS

PASSING HIS KNOWLEDGE AND HIS

CULTURE ON TO HIS GRANDDAUGHTER

AND THE HAAN MUSEUM, YOU KNOW,

COLLECTS CULTURAL THINGS AND

PASSES THEM ON FROM ONE

GENERATION TO THE NEXT.

WHEN YOU COME TO THE HAAN

MUSEUM, IT'S LIKE STEPPING BACK

IN TIME.

YOU CAN SEE THIS WONDERFUL

ARCHITECTURE AND THE WONDERFUL

OLD FURNITURE.

NO MATTER WHAT YOU WANT, WHETHER

YOU LIKE ART OR ANTIQUES OR

ARCHITECTURE, IT'S HERE AT THE

HAAN.

>> YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT

HAANMUSEUM.ORG.

>>> YOU KNOW, BRANDON NOT ONLY

IS THE HAAN MUSEUM A REALLY COOL

PLACE TO VISIT, BUT IT'S SET IN

A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS HISTORIC

AND INTERESTING AND I THINK IT'S

WORTH A VISIT ON ITS OWN.

>> HMM.

JUST TAKE A WALK AROUND THE

WALKING TRAILS.

>>> UP NEXT, WE'RE BACK ON THE

RIVER TO SEE EVANSVILLE, LST-325

SET OUT ON HER ANNUAL FALL TOUR.

PRODUCER JASON PEAR HAS THE

STORY.

>> LST IS A LANDING SHIP TANK.

THERE WERE 1,050 OF THESE BUILT

DURING WORLD WAR II.

THEY GOT TANKS AND OTHER HEAVY

STUFF WHERE THERE WAS NO PORT

BEACHES LIKE IN FRANCE ON D-DAY.

THIS OPENING UP THE WHOLE

ATLANTIC.

WE TALKED ABOUT NORMANDY.

THIS PARTICULAR SHIP WAS THERE

AT D-DAY IN NORTH AFRICA.

WE REMIND FOLKS THAT THERE'S 60

SOME ODD LANDINGS IN THE PACIFIC

AND THE LST WAS CRITICAL TO ALL

OF THAT.

THIS IS THE ONLY ONE OUT OF

1,050 THAT'S STILL IN THE

ORIGINAL WORLD WAR II

CONFIGURATION, AND SAILS ON ITS

OWN POWER.

THERE WERE 229 LSTs AT D-DAY,

FOR EXAMPLE, ONLY ONE OF THEM IS

STILL FLOATING AND YOU ARE ON IT

TODAY HERE IN EVANSVILLE.

EVANSVILLE, THE SHIPYARD, WHICH

IS LESS THAN A MILE FROM WHERE

WE ARE SITTING BUILT THE MOST

LST'S.

THIS IS THE LST CAPITAL.

IT'S A BATTLESHIP WITH A BIG

HOLE IN THE FRONT WHO WOULD HAVE

EVER THOUGHT OF THAT?

ACTUALLY THE BRITISH DID.

THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT WAS

BRITISH.

BUT AMERICA MADE THEM ALL.

THIS SHIP GOES UP ON THE BEACH,

AND IT CAN UNLOAD 20 SHERMAN

TANKS AND 20 TRUCKS AND 200

TROOPS.

IT'S GOT A SLIGHT SLOPE TO IT,

WHICH SENG NEARS TO ENGINEERED TO BE THE

AVERAGE GRADE OF YOUR AVERAGE

BEACH IN THE WORLD.

>> WE ARE GOOD TO TRY THE PROPS,

CAPTAIN.

>> THEY ARE GOING TO CAST OFF

HERE IN A LITTLE BIT AT 10:00.

THEY ARE HEADING ON THEIR ANNUAL

TRIP.

THIS IS OUR MAIN FUND-RAISER.

WE USUALLY MAKE TWO TO THREE

STOPS.

ONE MAJOR STOP WHICH WILL BE

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA, AND

TWO LESSER STOPS, THE FIRST ONE

BEING IN BRANDONBURG, KENTUCKY,

AND THEN ASHLAND, KENTUCKY.

>> CONTINUE AHEAD, CAPTAIN.

>> AND THEY WILL DO TOURS LIKE

WE DO HERE IN EVANSVILLE ALL

YEAR.

ONLY IN THAT THREE AND A HALF

WEEKS THEY ARE GONE, THEY WILL

TAKE IN MORE PEOPLE THAN WE GET

HERE ALL YEAR AT EVANSVILLE.

THE CREW ON HERE TODAY WILL BE

ABOUT 40 PEOPLE, AVERAGE AGE 69

OR 70.

AND THEY COME FROM ALL OVER THE

COUNTRY, REALLY ALL OVER THE

EASTERN U.S. WITH A FEW COMING

FROM AS FAR OUT, YOU KNOW, IN

THE FAR WEST.

SO THEY LOOK FORWARD TO THIS.

AND THEN THEY ARE READY TO GET

OFF THE SHIP IN THREE AND A HALF

WEEKS AND GO HOME.

IT'S HOT, HARD WORK, BUT IT'S A

LABOR OF LOVE.

>> SMOOTH SAILING, LST-325.

>> THANK YOU, MR. DONAHUE, AND

THANK YOU FOR ALL DO YOU.

>> A LOT OF THEM BRING THEIR

GRANDPAS OR DADS HERE WHO ARE IN

THEIR 90s.

THEY COME FROM WHEREVER IN THE

COUNTRY.

BECAUSE GRANDPA HAS NOT SEEN AN

LST SINCE 1943.

SO THAT'S THE MOST GRATIFYING

THING I SEE HERE.

>> SO ASHLEY, I KNOW YOU HAVE

SPENT SYMPATHY TIME ON CRUISE

SHIPS.

-- SOME TIME ON CRUISE SHIPS.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU WOULD DO

THREE WEEKS ON THE WATER ON THIS

LANDING SHIP?

>> I THINK I WOULD DO PRETTY

WELL.

I HAVE GOOD SEA LEGS.

I DON'T GET SEA SICK.

I LOVE THE FOOD.

>> THEY MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR A

U.S.O. PERSON.

>> CALL ME.

YOU CAN LEARN MORE AT

LSTMEMORIAL.ORG.

>>> FINALLY, WE'RE OFF TO BROWN

COUNTY.

TO EXPERIENCE THE SIGHTS AND

SOUNDS OF 2019'S GREAT OUTDOOR

ART CONTEST.

>> TODAY IS A TRIBUTE TO T.C.

STEELE, AND THE WHOLE PLEIN-AIR

ARTS MOVE.

PLEIN-AIR IS THE ART OF ARTISTS

WHO PAINT OUTSIDE, IN THE PLAIN

AIR, IN THE OPEN AIR.

IT'S THE RIGHT THING FOR ME AND

MANY ARTISTS BECAUSE YOU SEE

COLOR.

YOU CAN SEE COLOR BETTER THAN IF

I WERE TO JUST TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH

AND PAINT FROM A PHOTOGRAPH IF A

STUDIO.

-- PHOTOGRAPH IN A STUDIO.

I DECIDED.

I COME FROM OHIO HERE AND I JUST

TO GIVE MY TRIBUTE TO THE

MOVEMENT AND TO T.C. STEELE, AND

THE OTHER INDIANA PLEIN-AIR

PAINTERS.

>> TODAY IS A LITTLE BIT

DIFFERENT, BECAUSE WE HAVE A

TIME STRUCTURE.

WE CAN START AT 7 AND WE HAVE TO

BE SET UP FOR JUDGING AT 2:00,

WHICH REALLY MEANS YOU NEED TO

STOP BETWEEN 1 AND 1:30,

DEPENDING HOW READY YOU ARE TO

SET IT UP ON AN EASEL.

YOU JUST SIT AND PAINT OUTSIDE,

NO MATTER WHAT THE ELEMENTS ARE.

I MEAN, IT MAY SEEM SILLY TO

PEOPLE TO SEE WHEN THERE'S ALL

OF THIS OTHER NATURE THAT I'M

SITTING AND PAINTING A FLOWER IN

A POT.

BUT IT'S JUST WHAT CAUGHT MY

ATTENTION.

I WILL THOUGHT, OKAY, THEN

THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED TO PAINT.

SO I SET MYSELF UP HERE.

>> I REALLY ENJOY THE SOLITUDE

OF IT.

I LOVE THE REFLECTIONS WITH THE

WATER LILIES.

SO IT'S JUST A PERSONAL CHOICE.

THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT PLACES

TO PAINT HERE.

I'M OUT TO HAVE FUN.

WINNING WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

[ CHUCKLES ]

BUT THERE'S THAT CAMARADERIE,

THAT IT'S A SUPPORT SYSTEM IN

MANY WAYS.

SO I ENJOY THAT VERY MUCH.

>> THE WHOLE IDEA OF PAINTING

OUTDOORS REALLY CAME ABOUT IN

THE 19th CENTURY WHEN THEY

STARTED TO MAKE PAINT IN TUBES

SO YOU COULD ACTUALLY CARRY IT

OUTSIDE.

BEFORE, THAT YOU COULDN'T LEAVE

THE STUDIO.

YOU JUST HAD TO MAYBE MAKE

SKETCHES AND COME BACK TO THE

STUDIO BECAUSE ALL THE PAINT WAS

MADE IN A STUDIO, AND IT WASN'T

TRANSPORTABLE.

SO THE WHOLE IDEA OF

IMPRESSIONISM CAME ABOUT THEN

BECAUSE THE PAINTERS WERE --

THEY DIDN'T ACTUALLY EVEN CALL

THEM PAINTINGS.

THEY CALLED THEM IMPRESSIONS.

PART OF THE IDEA WAS YOU WOULD

GO OUT AND WOULD YOU TRY TO

CAPTURE THE LIGHT.

THAT MOMENT AS IT EXISTS IN THE

ENVIRONMENT.

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S PRETTY

INTIMIDATING.

ITS A LITTLE BIT LIKE PLAYING A

COMPANY BASEBALL GAME IN YANKEE

STADIUM.

YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY THERE'S SOME

KARMA FROM MR. STEELE AND HIS

WIFE AND THE PEOPLE THAT PAINTED

HERE BEFORE US THAT CAN RUB OFF

AND INSPIRE US TO DO GREAT WORK.

>> ACTUALLY, WHEN I SET DOWN

HERE TO DO THIS, THERE WAS A LOT

OF BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AND THAT'S

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES OF

PLEIN-AIR PAINTING, IS THAT YOU

HAVE TO -- YOU HAVE TO CHASE IT,

OR IT'S GOING TO CHASE YOU.

[ LAUGHTER ]

SO I'M HOPING IT COMES BACK HERE

IN A FEW MINUTES.

THE FIRST TIME I EVER PLEIN-AIR

PAINTED, RIGHT HERE ON LOCATION,

WAS T.C. STEELE.

THAT WAS THE FIRST -- THE FIRST

YEAR I ACTUALLY GOT OUT AND DID

IT ON LOCATION.

IT WAS JUST SO MUCH FUN.

IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG

TIME.

AND JUST ARTISTS CANISTS CAN COME OUT

AND ENJOY THE DAY.

LIFE IN THE DAY OF T.C. STEELE,

WITH A FEW MORE ARTISTS HERE AND

THERE.

IT'S FUN.

A LOT OF TRAILS AND THINGS LIKE

THAT.

YOU CAN GET AWAY FROM IT.

YOU CAN BE IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

YOU CAN ENJOY THE NATURE, OR YOU

CAN -- YEAH.

IT'S PRETTY AWESOME THAT THEY

ARE ABLE TO SHARE THAT.

>> IT'S ALWAYS FUN TO ENGAGE

WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE AND SEE

THE WORKS THAT EVERYONE HAS

CREATED IN ONE SPACE.

IT'S BEAUTIFUL RIGHT NOW, JUST

THERE'S A TOUCH OF FALL, AND WE

CAN CAPTURE THAT, BUT I LOVE

INDIANA SUBJECT MATTER IN

GENERAL.

I MEAN I PAINT -- WHEREVER I

TRAVEL, I PAINT, WHETHER IT'S

MAINE OR NEW MEXICO OR FLORIDA,

BUT I FEEL SO AT HOME AS A

HOOSIER AT HOME, JUST HERE IN

OUR LANDSCAPE.

THE GREEN, THE BEAUTY

EVERYWHERE.

>> REALLY PAINTING IS A

MEDITATION, WHERE YOU JUST GET

INTO WHAT YOU SEE, AND TALK

ABOUT IT WITH YOUR MEDIUM.

AS YOU STAND HERE, YOU SEE SOME

PRETTY AMAZING THINGS, LIKE

BIRDS.

SOMETIMESAN EAGLE WILL FLY BY.

BEAUTIFUL HERON AND OTHER

STIMULI THAT MAKE YOU FEEL

REALLY, REALLY GOOD ABOUT THE

ENVIRONMENT.

I HAVE PAINTED BUILDINGS IN THE

PAST AND T.C. DID TOO, BUT TODAY

WAS GOING TO BE A BEAUTIFUL

NATURE DAY.

>> IF YOU DON'T STOP AND LOOK AT

IT, YOU QUIT SEEING IT.

SO THIS FORCES YOU TO REALLY

CONCENTRATE AND HAVE A NEW

APPRECIATION, A DAILY

APPRECIATION WHEN YOU ARE

PAINTING FOR WHAT IS.

>> BRANDON, HAVE YOU EVER TRIED

PAINTING OR DOING ANY KIND OF

ART OUTSIDE.

>> THE ONLY TYPE OF ART I DID

OUTSIDE WAS PERFORMANCE ART,

LIKE IN AUDITORIUMS OUTSIDE AND

STUFF.

>> I HAVE DONE PAINTING AND

DRAWING.

IT'S DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH THE

ELEMENTS.

>> WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT T.C.

STEELE, TURN INTO WTIU THIS

FALL, TO SEE "SINGING WINDS, THE

LIFE AND WORKS OF T.C. STEELE."

ALL INFO IS AT THE ADDRESS ON

THE SCREEN.

AS ALWAYS, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO

STAY CONNECTED WITH US.

>> JUST HEAD OVER TO

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SUGGEST STORIES FROM YOUR NECK

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>> WE ALSO HAVE A MAP FEATURE

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HAVE BEEN AND PLAN YOUR OWN

INDIANA ADVENTURES.

>> BEFORE WE SAY GOOD-BYE, LET'S

SPEND A BIT MORE TIME EXPLORING

THE TREASURES HERE AT THE HAAN

MUSEUM OF INDIANA ART.

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