"The Purple Beech "
Albany resident Alan Patrick attended Ball State University. A studio painter, he operated Bethel Pike Pottery from 1966 to 2006 and continues to work from his Albany studio.
He developed a passion for painting as a child when his mother enrolled him in piano lessons. Roland Osborne's art studio was across the hall from the piano studio. Patrick was intrigued by the big, cavernous place that smelled of canvas and turpentine, with paintings stacked everywhere. "I knew right then that I wanted to be an artist," although he still plays the piano.
Patrick has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Best of Show at Richmond Art Museum, Hoosier Salon, Indiana Artists Club, Arts Place, and Minnetrista. He has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries in Richmond, Lafayette, and Indianapolis, to name a few. His work is also seen in private collections in New York City and Chicago, as well as locally at First Merchants National Bank, Ontario Systems, Muncie Power Products, and the Ball State University Art Museum.