Volunteer artists Becky and Mike Kock are pictured painting the ‘Mariposas’ mural in the brick walkway adjacent to the North Manchester Center for History during the summer of 2021. Photo provided.

NORTH MANCHESTER – The North Manchester Center for History invites the public to its first Art on the Bricks event this Thursday from 6-9pm

Visitors will enjoy live performances and an art exhibit featuring artists from northeast Indiana. In partnership with the Art Bank Studio, the center has created an outdoor venue with lighting, colorful sails and our beautiful mariposas. Funding for this event was provided by Visit Wabash County and Beacon Credit Union, according to a press release provided.

Art vendors will have a variety of items including jewelry, pottery, sculpture and fine art. Musician Brenda Eberly Horein is from North Manchester and has been performing live for several years. Currently, she is a guest artist at the Oliver Mansion in South Bend.

Art on the Bricks is a new series created by the History Center to encourage visitors to enjoy the outdoors via the brick-paved walkway of the 1900s. the brick land acquired in Canton, Ohio. The single driveway is one of the few places where the original brickwork remains on display, the statement said.

The museum plans to host a variety of events in this space, including an October presentation by Dr. Jay Perry exploring the history of prohibition in Indiana. This will coincide with a traveling exhibit from the Indiana Historical Society, “Hoosiers and Their Hooch.”

Members of the North Manchester Historical Society are invited to an open oasis at this gathering for a private reception. In case of extreme weather conditions, the event will take place inside the museum. The History Center is open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The museum will be closed on July 3.

Visit www.northmanchestercenterforhistory.org for more information on programs and exhibits.