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Inaugural Spring Blossom Festival, Nashville #Indiana, May 1-2, 2015

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Brown County Playhouse

Brown County Playhouse. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Aubrey Sitzman
On behalf of the Spring Blossom Festival

On May 1-2, 2015, the Brown County Democrat will sponsor the inaugural Spring Blossom Festival in Nashville, Indiana.

This year’s festival will give a nod to the movie trilogy “Back to the Future,” where a Delorean time machine visited the years 1985-1955, 1985-2015, and finally 1985-1885. The Festival will salute all of the years featured in the movies through several events and activities that will be fun for the whole family.

Highlighting the Spring Blossom Festival will be Saturday’s Brown County Lions Club Spring Blossom Parade. An annual event that involves the entire community, the parade will feature a Delorean or two, along with cars from the 1950s, 1980s and from 2015.

To salute 1885, a group of cowboy reenactors also will be in the parade and will perform a “cowboy shoot” in period costumes.

Kicking off the Brown County Democrat’s Spring Blossom Festival on Friday, May 1 will be a showing of the original “Back to the Future” movie at the Brown County Playhouse in downtown Nashville at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 plus a canned food donation, which will be given to local food banks. Costumes are encouraged, with contests and prizes offered. A replica of the courthouse clock from the movie also will be available for photo opportunities.

In addition to the parade, on Saturday, May 2, car shows will be staged around the community, featuring classics and antiques from the 1950s, 1980s and beyond.

The Brown County Rotary Club will sponsor annual kids’ games on Main Street (between Van Buren and Jefferson streets) immediately following the parade and the Brown County Salvation Army will host a kids’ street fair after the parade as well. Participation in the kids’ games and street fair is free.

Saturday evening will feature an open dance at the Season’s Lodge Conference Center beginning at 6 p.m. The theme of the dance will be “Enchantment Under the Sea,” similar to the high school dance that takes place in “Back to the Future.”

Dancers will be able to enjoy music from the 1950s, 1980s and beyond and are encouraged to come in costume. 1950s, 1980s, or cowboy outfits, as well as “Back to the Future” movie characters, are welcome!

Prizes will be presented to various contest winners at the dance and 106.1 The River is scheduled to do a live remote broadcast. Admission to the dance is $5 plus a canned food donation, which will be given to local food banks.

With so many exciting activities and family-friendly events, the inaugural Spring Blossom Festival is guaranteed to be a good time for all.

For more information, contact Larry Hanson with the Brown County Democrat at 317-418-7771 or email lhanson@bcdemocrat.com. To register in the Brown County Lions Club Spring Blossom Parade, go to http://e­clubhouse.org/sites/browncounty.

Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 24-25, 2015

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Stutz Business Center

Stutz Business Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

The Stutz Artists Association has added artist demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and an entertainment line-up that features jazz, blues and more to its Open House.

The 22nd Annual Raymond James Open House takes place Friday, April 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tickets are $12 in advance at select Old National Bank locations and the Stutz Business Office or $15 online and at the gate. Tickets are valid both days. Children 12 and under are free. For information call 317.503.6420 or visit http://www.stutzartists.com/.

Proceeds from the event support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists for one year. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House is the largest indoor art event, downtown Indy. More than 70 artists will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the 2015 two-day event.

The Stutz Open House, which began in 1993, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 70+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how the work is created.

Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. In addition to being a great place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices from $12 to $10,000- the event offers a rare chance to see vintage cars in the historic Stutz car factory.

Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, demonstrations, acoustic music and food vendors.

ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS

2:30 pm Artist Rachel Steely James, Studio B350

How does an oil painter bring forth depth and glow by altering the colors in a painting? Rachel Steely will demonstrate the layering of translucent paint that helps bring to life her abstract butterfly paintings.

3 pm Artist Kerry Jackson, Studio A210

Kerry Jackson, fine arts and performance artist, will be creating a live painting to music in under 15 minutes. Come witness the creative process in a fast-paced and unique way!

3:30 pm Artist Wendy Franklin, Studio A330

Wendy Franklin will focus on showing the audience the basics of wet felting, a process that involves layering of wool and silk, wetting it down, and applying pressure until the fibers mesh together and form a whole.

4 pm Artist Myra Perrin, Studio A315

Making metal move: Myra Perrin will demonstrate how to turn flat pieces of copper sheet and wire into 3 dimensional forms, as well as demonstrate texture and color on metal.

4:30 pm Artist Cheryl Lorance, Studio B255a

Visit Cheryl Anne Lorance in Studio B255a to see an egg tempera painting demo. Egg tempera painting was the primary painting medium in the European Medieval and Early Renaissance period up to 1500. It was replaced by oil painting and lost for centuries until five British artists founded the Society of Tempera Painters in 1901, launching the tempera revivalist movement.

5 pm Artist Ritch Hanna, Studio C380

Ritch Hanna will demonstrate his tools and techniques while working with hot and cold wax, adding color, scraping, scribing, and using a heat gun and butane torch to get the effects he wants.

5:30 pm Artist “Quilting by the Stitch”, Studio D365

Several members of the Clayton family make up “Quilting by the Stitch.” Come and watch as they show how they take fabric and turn a simple, traditional quilt block into a beautiful, modern piece of artwork.

6 pm Artist Kerry Jackson, Studio A210

Kerry Jackson, fine arts and performance artist, will be creating a live painting to music in under 15 minutes. Come witness the creative process in a fast-paced and unique way!

ENTERTAINMENT

Friday, 5:30-10 pm

Andra Faye and the Rays
Celtica
Finest Grain
Cara Jean Marcy and Grover Parido
The Dapper Music
Midwest Contraband
Dave Petty
Marvelous Marvin, Chicago George, with special guest Jay Thompson

Saturday, 2:30-6 pm

Andra Faye and the Rays
il Troubadore
DNA and Delta Duo
Heart 2 Heart
Davis Harlow Project
Bill Price
Salvador Dalai Llama Farm
Gordon Bonham