Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 25-26
By Jen Schmits Thomas
On behalf of Stutz Artists
The historic former car factory that houses artists’ studios will come alive for a weekend in the spring. More than 70 artists will welcome visitors to their studios at the 22nd annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 25-26, 2014.
The event began in 1993 when building owner Turner Woodard, an abstract painter himself, joined with a few other artists to host an open house. They threw some beer on ice in a plastic kids swimming pool and invited some friends.
Now, the event attracts 5,000 people every year, bringing to the historic Stutz building art lovers of all types who welcome the chance to wander through artists’ studios.
“Lots of people have been to art galleries and art fairs, but what’s different at the open house is that you get the chance to see where and how the work is created,” said JanettMarie, co-chair of the 2013 event.
The open house is an opportunity to see artwork in the settings where it’s created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. The event also offers a rare chance to see vintage cars on display in the historic Stutz car factory.
Friday night, the event includes live music, including electric violinist Cathy Morris, and a chance to try painting with Wine and Canvas. Saturday afternoon features musical guests Andra Faye & The Rays, hands-on painting with Cookies and Canvas, and free ice cream beginning at 2 p.m. while supplies last.
Housing the largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest, the exterior of the yellow brick buildings that comprise the complex have changed little since the Stutz motor car was made here. Located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis, the interior of the 400,000-square-foot former car factory has been renovated into studios and office space.
A partial list of participating artists follows.
JanettMarie Braun, painting
Kerri Ammirata, painting
Linda Anderson, painting
Barbara Applegate-Jones, painting
Nancy Beck, painting
Von Biggs, painting
Faith Blackwell, photography
Terri Blaising, jewelry
Linette Bledsoe, painting
Peter Boerger, wooden specs
Susan D. Brewer, painting
Francie Broadie, jewelry
Vicki Broadie, painting
Emily Budd, sculpture and jewelry
Lydia Burris, mixed media
Martha Carlson, painting and photography
Andy Chen, photography
Susan M. Christensen, painting, collage and jewelry
Katie Clayton, quilts and fabric
Leigh Dunnington-Jones, metal and jewelry
Bonnie Fillenwarth, painting
Don Fitzpatrick, photography
Wendy Franklin, fiber
Nancy Frass, photography
Jim Gerard, painting, drawing and sculpture
Karen Graeser, painting
Victoria Gillieron, painting
Ritch Hanna, painting
Susan Hazer, jewelry and metalwork
Pete Howard, photography
Andrea Jackson, jewelry
Kerry Jackson, painting and drawing
Mya Juray, furniture redesign
Autumn Keller, art botanic
Sarah Kercheval, photography
Amy Kirchner, painting
John Kirchner, woodwork
Jane Knight, finger painting
Laura LaForge, acrylic painting
Travis S. Little, painting and pastel
Diane Lyon, painting
Terri McClatchie, painting
Bruce Moore, painting
Gayle Moore, photography
Sally Moore, fine art painting
Colleen (Lauter) Murphy, painting
Brian Phillips, collage and painting
Julie Perigo, painting
Tom Potter, photography
Kevin Raber, photography
Lynn Rowe Reed, painting
Ginny Taylor Rosner, photography
Martha Sando, oil painting
Caroline Tabac Shank, sculpture
Lukas Schooler, painting
Taylor Smith, painting
Kevin Smola, painting
Rita Spalding, oil painting
Rachel Steely, painting
Michael G. Swolsky, metal sculpture
Martha Vaught, painting and printmaking
Jack Wickes, photography
Julia Zollman Wickes, painting and drawing
Anne Emison Wishard, photography
Turner Woodard, painting
Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
Friday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis
Enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th streets.
(Free event parking in designated lots and free on-street parking on Capitol and Senate avenues and 11th Street.)
$10 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank branches and the Stutz Business Office (until noon April 25); $14 at eventbrite.com; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free
Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.