Archive for April, 2013

Artistry Seeks Hoosier Artwork for Lobby Display

April 30, 2013 Leave a comment

By Debbie Davis
On behalf of Artistry

Let the Selection Begin! Hoosier Artwork Wanted for Artistry Lobby

It’s an opportunity for local Indiana artists to display their work as part of an exciting new development in downtown Indianapolis.  Milhaus is seeking Hoosier artwork in a variety of media and themes to display in the lobby of its new Artistry project; which will be purchased to become part of the property’s permanent collection.

Artistry is a redevelopment of the former Bank One Operations Center, located at 451 East Market Street in Indianapolis. The name “Artistry” reflects an appreciation of the arts and the neighborhood’s history of craft and skill.  The development will feature pieces by area artists and incorporate an arts theme into various building features such as interiors, fixtures and signage as well as the overall residential experience.

Criteria for artwork selection

  • Any work that can be safely displayed on a wall will be considered (up to seven feet in height).
  • Must be a resident of the State of Indiana, 18 and older, living and working in Indiana.
  • Original works in all media (except video or giclée)
  • If selected, artists are responsible for the delivery of their work to the Artistry lobby.
  • Milhaus reserves the right to photograph selected works and use these photographs in both printed and electronic materials for publicity and promotion.

Entry Procedures

  • There is no cost to enter.
  • Digital submission only. Send the following information to
  • You may submit a maximum of five JPGs in the order in which they are to be reviewed.  JPG (.jpg) files only.  Images must be under 2MB, 1920 pixels on the longest side and at least 72 dpi.  TIFF and other file formats will not be accepted.
  • Files names must include the title of the work and the artist name.  Label your images in the following manner:  Title_FirstName_LastName
  • Include artist’s bio, resume and links to website in the e-mail
  • Include a price sheet in a JPG format which lists the title, size, medium and cost of each work submitted.


  • All entries must be received by May 20, 2013.


  • Artists will be notified by June 5 of acceptance of work.

Selection Process:

  • The selection process will be made by Milhaus Development, Mitsch Designs and Q7 Associates.
  • The works will be selected based on quality, medium, size and price.

When completed, Artistry will be a five-story icon of mixed use space.  An open third floor pool and recreation deck will provide dramatic views of downtown Indianapolis.  A second phase will add additional units on the half-block adjacent to the main building. Artistry will also invite artists to participate in a rotating exhibition gallery.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Triad Public Relations

Original Farmers Market Opens at the City Market May 1

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Original Farmers Market at the City Market

Original Farmers Market at the City Market, just down the street from Monument Circle. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Stevi Stoesz
Indianapolis City Market

Indianapolis City Market presents the return of the Original Farmers’ Market for its 16th year of providing delicious and nutritious Indiana products directly to hungry consumers every Wednesday from 9:30am until 1:30pm, May 1 through October 30, 2013. Each week a sundry group of eager consumers gathers on Market Street in front of City Market to shop for wholesome produce and artisan-crafted foodstuffs from local farmers who set up shop on Market Street between Alabama and Delaware Streets, and on City Market’s Whistler Plaza.

More than 50 producers travel to the heart of Indianapolis to share their locally-produced goods such as meats, eggs, cheeses, poultry, honey, syrups, plants, produce, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods and more! Here, Indy urbanites are able to see and taste the benefit of sourcing locally and supporting their community. Through the Original Farmers’ Market consumers positively impact their health, preserve Indiana farmland and foster the movement towards sustainable agriculture.

The rise in popularity of local farmers’ markets has reached every corner of the United States. The trend toward localization is due, in part, to mounting concerns regarding exactly where our food is coming from, and how it’s being produced. Large agricultural companies, or “Big Ag,” have come under serious scrutiny in recent years with respect to the process by which our foods are not only produced, but genetically modified and engineered. Our obesity rates have reached alarming statistics, and many are hearing challenges to eat healthier, more nutritious foods. In addition, concerns about food security and negative climate effects that correspond to eating foods from distant places have given pause to folks who are now looking locally for their food source.

The Original Farmers’ Market is truly an extension of exciting transitions within the historic Indianapolis City Market that foster artisan-crafted retail products like cultured vegetables, kefir waters, international cheeses and specialty gourmet foods.

“There are more reasons for the casual shopper to come inside the historic Market House, including a renaissance of merchants who produce and craft their goods in a gourmet and artisan manner,” says Stevi Stoesz, City Market’s Executive Director.  “Visitors can enjoy our family-friendly programming as the City Market continues to connect area locavores with those who produce the very best local product.”

The Indianapolis City Market is a non-profit organization, and the Original Farmers’ Market was established in 1996 to provide a platform for local producers to sell their Indiana products directly to consumers. For further information, call 317-634-9266, visit our website, our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @IndyCM.

Things to do in Indianapolis, April 29-May 5, 2013

April 28, 2013 Leave a comment

‘Concerts on the Canal’ Begins May 23

April 27, 2013 Leave a comment
Concerts on the Canal

Concerts on the Canal. staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Historical Society

There’s no better way to spend a summer evening than at Indy’s Thursday night hangout: Concerts on the Canal, kicking off Thursday, May 23, 2013. The 2013 lineup on the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace includes the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, Tad Robinson, Everett Greene, Zanna-doo! and Peace Train, among others.

Performances are on the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays. The Fourth of July Celebration is from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

May 23
Cathy Morris
Original tunes and familiar favorites on electric violin

May 30
Tad Robinson
Motown hits

June 6
IUPUI Jazz Combo
Tunes you thought you knew – jazz standards with a twist

June 13
IUPUI Faculty Jazz Band
The music of Cole Porter and trumpet player and composer Freddie Hubbard

June 20

Carol Harris
Big band classics

June 27
IUPUI: David Mannell with Laura Hammer-Erhart and Becky Barton
Broadway favorites and Indiana composers

July 4
Indianapolis Municipal Band
Patriotic tunes and marches

Peace Train
Favorite hits from the late 1960s and 1970s

July 11
Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra
Swing, swing, swing!

July 18
High-energy dance favorites

July 25
Everett Greene
Love songs and standards

Aug. 1
C.W. and the Working Class Trio
Rhythm and blues, smooth soul

Aug. 8
Orchesta Bravo!
Lively salsa and Latin jazz

Food service and a cash bar are available from the Stardust Terrace Cafe and outdoor grill. Guests may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the concerts. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site. No pets and no smoking are allowed on the Plaza. Parking is available on a first-come basis.

Free seating is available on the grass. Tables for 8 are $45, $40 for members. Tables of 4 are $35, $30 for members. Single seats at a community table are available for $10, $9 for members.

Half- and full-season packages are available by calling 317-232-1882.

Event reservations are valid for the date and/or event of issue; no refunds or rain checks will be permitted. For more information, visit, or call 317-232-1882.

RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, May 17-18

April 26, 2013 Leave a comment
Madison, Indiana on the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana.

Madison, Indiana is on the Ohio River in southeastern Indiana.
Image provided by and used with written permission.

By Ann Mulligan
On behalf of RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival

Exciting changes are in store at the 2013 RiverRoots Music and Folk Arts Festival in Madison, Indiana. This quickly growing event features up and coming musical artists on the threshold of national acclaim. There’s a greater focus on serving the finest craft beers from the region. And new for this year will be gourmet food trucks from surrounding cities. The event also features a Folk Art Village with artisans and craftsmen demonstrating pre-1800 craft skills.

This year the festival is moving to a two-day format, Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 2013. And for the first time there will be two stages with continuous music throughout the weekend. As always, the event takes place on the beautiful riverfront in historic Madison, Indiana.

Favorite performers from past years will return for this 9th annual festival, including The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Latin/Mountain fusion group Appalatin. Others include Ben Sollee, John McCutcheon, Rani Arbo and Daisey Mayhem, The Vespers, and Andrea Davidson. The Second Stage will feature Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart, Danny Flanigan, Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers, and Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the changes this year,” said Event Coordinator Greg Ziesemer. “Our Friday headliner is authentic Cajun music by Balfa Toujours from Lafayette, Louisiana, and we have dance instructors coming to teach the crowd the Cajun “Two-Step” before their set! Our Second Stage performances will be “staggered” between the Main Stage performances, so there’s never a break in the action.”

Every year many of the performers take time out to spend time in the Folk Village Jam Tent for workshops and jamming. “It is a highlight of the festival when the main stage artists join us,” said Folk Jammer founder John Sheckler. “I’ll never forget when the Chocolate Drops came to the tent and shared their amazing talent.”

Culinary choices will be expanded this year with a new “Kitchen Alley,” featuring gourmet food trucks and fresh food vendors. “These food trucks are rolling works of art that can deliver a hot, gourmet meal within minutes,” said Kevin Watkins, Director of Culinary Services. Greg Ziesemer continued, “We are really elevating the overall experience at our festival. Food trucks are a diverse and exciting way to offer interesting, healthy food options, AND, they’re totally hip!”

Complementing the food will be a greater emphasis on craft beer from regional brewers. “The Craft Beer tent will feature five Indiana micro breweries with 15 different brews to choose from. There should be something to suit anyone’s taste,” said Craft Beer Coordinator Don Clapham.

For tickets and a full list of performers, activities and show times go to or call 800-559-2956.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: