Dorrell Harrison recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club dinner meeting at the Quality Inn. Dorrel Harrison was designated an Indiana Artisan by the Indiana Arts Commission in 2008. Dorrel is one of 200 Indiana Artisans, and the only one in Scott County. A retired educator and photographer, Dorrel and his wife of over 40 years moved from upstate New York to Southern Indiana in 2003. Pictured are from left to right Dorrell Harrison and Kiwanis President David Wilson.
A member of the Scotts County Arts Council, Dorrel was instrumental in initiating the 2011 Heritage Museum Barn Project and assisted the museum with the 2012 Pigeon Roost Memorial Celebration. He sponsored county-wide Classic Barn Contests in Southern Indiana in 2008 and 2009. Dorrel’s barn plaques have been on exhibit at the Indiana State Museum, Indiana State Fair, Madison Art Gallery, and in Branson, Missouri. A permanent exhibit of Twenty Scott County Barns by Harrison is on display at the Mid America Science Park.
Dorrel’s mission is to preserve memories relating to barns, houses and storefronts by creating 3-dimensional reproductions. He uses the original wood from old barns and redeems it for his plaques. He creates two types of reproductions, a model of the building and a framed model with a painted background. The story of the building is attached to the back of the reproduction.
Dorrel is currently working on the Indiana Bicentennial Barn Project to memorial Indiana barns built prior to 1950. The goal was to receive two entries from each Indiana county, and 240 entries were received. Ten entries were selected as finalists, and Dorrel will donate a framed barn plaque to each of the winners. He is making duplicate reproductions to go on tour throughout Indiana. Dorrel brought the reproductions that he is creating for the Indiana Bicentennial Barn Project to the meeting of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club.
For more information about having your own piece of history crafted in a plaque contact Dorrel Harrison of Harrison Hand-Crafted Barn Plaques by calling 812-889-3369 or visiting www.barnmillplaques.com.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Dorrel for his interesting presentation, for bringing the plaques that he is creating, and for preserving memories of our Indiana heritage.