Patricia Rhoden: An Artist Who Defies Labels

BY BARB BERGGOETZ As a child, when Patricia Rhoden would run out of paper to draw on, she’d use pages in the telephone book. In high school, she arrived an hour early to take algebra so she could fit an art class into her schedule. Ever since, the Nashville, Indiana, painter’s love of art and her talent have flourished. After 37 years as an art teacher, mostly at Brown County schools, Rhoden, 65, retired in 2013. She now spends most days creating oil and acrylic paintings in her Nashville studio at 2510 Ind. 135 South. “I find joy in painting,” Rhoden says. “It’s my emotional outlet. I can’t even say how many paintings I do in a year. I’m a very prolific artist because I’m constantly painting.” Her hard work has won her much acclaim. Rhoden, whose married name is […]

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Persimmon Inn: A B&B By and For Environmentalists

BY BARB BERGGOETZ Paul and Sue Fratianni are avid environmentalists. When they opened Persimmon Inn in September 2014, they wanted to follow their ideals, support the local economy, and offer a positive experience for guests. To those ends, the inn features eco-friendly paper and cleaning products; local, organic soaps; mattresses made by an Indiana company; and organic breakfast fare from Bloomingfoods Market & Deli. “We want everyone to have a restful, peaceful time here,” says Sue, 40, who handles marketing and the website ( The inn, located at 412 W. 4th St. in the Prospect Hill HistoricDistrict, is a restored turn-of-the-century home with four guest rooms. Each has its own bathroom, furnished with organic amenities from local soap makers Creating Harmony LLC and Teehaus Bath & Body and towels made from […]

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