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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, Aug. 24, 2019

July 11, 2019 Leave a comment
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Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Feast of Lanterns

The annual Feast of Lanterns Festival will be held at Spades Park in Indianapolis (1800 block of Nowland Avenue) on Saturday, August 24, 2019, 4-11 pm.

Free to attend, Feast of Lanterns is an annual family-friendly festival organized by the Lanterns Foundation Inc, (a 501c3 Non-Profit).

This colorful and visually-appealing one-day festival features over 500 colorful and glowing lanterns strung between 100-year-old trees, plus food trucks, live music, a kid’s zone, community vendors, artists, a beer garden, and more. Festival attendees especially enjoy the event at dusk when all of the lanterns are brightly lit following the children’s lantern parade and countdown.

The Feast of Lanterns Festival is host to 30 local artists with items for sale including clothing, soaps, home decor and more, and 30+ neighborhood organizations, non-profit and community groups with tables and information and free goodies for the community, plus a kid’s zone with free craft projects.

Food trucks this year include Calliope Sno Balls, Gordon’s Ice Cream, NY Slice, Lick, Gaucho’s Fire, Black Eye, Greek2Go, Costa Brava, Murry’s BBQ and several more. The beer garden will feature Flat 12, Centerpoint Brewing, and Ash and Elm Cider.

Live music this year features Dorin (4pm), Bashiri Asad (5:15pm), Sarah Grain and the Billions of Stars (6:30pm), Chamber Music Band (7:45pm), Carmichael (9pm) and Pork and Beans Brass Band (10pm).

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and to park at the Circle City Industrial parking lot located less than 1/4 mile west of the Park and walk along the Pogue’s Run Trail to reach Spades Park, or park at Teacher’s Treasures located off E. 10th Street.

For more information, visit https://www.indyfol.org.

Woodcarver Exhibit at Eagle Creek Park, Mar. 9-10, 2019

February 24, 2019 Leave a comment
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Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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By Kylie Money
On behalf of the event organizers

Indianapolis, IN – Eagle Creek Park is hosting the annual Woodcarver, Woodturner & Woodburner Exhibition. The exhibition is on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm each day.

This event will showcase Indiana woodworkers and their wide array of artwork depicting beautiful wildlife, flora and fauna and/or traditional Native Americans through the fascinating art of woodcarving, woodturning, and woodburning.

In the past, both artistic and functional wood pieces on display have included Nativity sets, wine stoppers, salt and pepper mills, animal puzzles, fan pulls, lidded boxes, earring and napkin holders, and much more.

Artists will provide insight into their craft through colorful stories and answering questions. They will even provide some demonstrations for their art pieces.

There will be a family activities area with soap carving, decorating tree cookies, a free play area, coloring pages, and a nature’s woodcarver’s station highlighting how native wildlife utilizes wood.

The exhibition will be at the Earth Discovery Center in Eagle Creek Park and is free with park admission. Park admission is $5 per vehicle for county residents, $6 per vehicle for out of county.

Most of the artwork at the exhibit will be for sale, making for some great gifts or wonderful new decorations for your home! The artist entry and 15% of sales will go toward the Eagle Creek Park Foundation. The foundation works to promote, preserve, protect and enhance Eagle Creek Park through the support of the local community and volunteers.

For more information visit www.eaglecreekpark.org.

Jay County Fiber Arts Festival, Mar. 9-10, 2018 @JayCoTourism

February 21, 2018 Leave a comment
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Jay Community Center in downtown Portland, Indiana.
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By Blake Watson
Jay County Visitor & Tourism Bureau

The Jay County Fiber Arts Festival is scheduled for Mar. 9-10, 2018: Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM. The Fiber Arts Festival, which features classes, fiber artists, food, vendors and demonstrations, is located at the Jay Community Center, 115 E. Water St., in Portland, Indiana.

Here’s a little bit about Dick Reel, Fiber Fest Spooner and Wood Working Demonstrator:

Musicians have long used a variety of instruments to entertain crowds for centuries. One of the most interesting and storied instruments used involves spoons.

American folk music has a rich history, which includes musicians using spoons that are sometimes accompanied by jugs and washboards.

The method as to how spoons are played is simple, as it involves the musician setting a rhythm and hitting the spoons against one’s knee and palm of hand.

Every year, during the second weekend of March, Dick Reel entertains a multitude of visitors who attend the Jay County Fiber Arts Festival in Portland, Indiana.

Reel is often dressed in his signature attire of suspenders and a long sleeve-shirt. Attendees of the Fiber Arts Festival are often scene marveling at Reel’s talents of creating music with spoons.

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Dick Reel. Photo provided by Jay County VTB and used with written permission.

It is a known fact that many of those who attend the Fiber Arts Festival always make it a special priority to visit with Reel and witness his playing of spoons.

Reel’s hobbies involve woodworking with various varieties of wood. He also enjoys demonstrating his woodworking skills, as he has done for several years at the Jay County Fiber Arts Festival.

Woodworking accomplishments of Reel involves his philanthropic donation of his specialty crafted wooden benches to the Laporte County 4-H Auction and the Purdue Agriculture Alumni. Over the years, Reel’s donated, crafted wooden items have raised over $15,000.

Notable awards that Reel has been the recipient of includes: Bob Hiler Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award, John P. Daley Jaycees Community Leadership Award, LaPorte County Historical Society Historian of the Year Award and Purdue Alumni Certificate of Distension Award.

Reel’s accomplishments also include the Pioneer Land, which he helped develop that is found at the Laporte County, Indiana Fairgrounds.

Organizers of the Jay County Fiber Arts Festival are honored to have such a remarkable and talented musician and woodworker participate at the event.

Mark your calendars now to attend and check out all the offerings, including Reel’s wooden demonstrations and playing of spoons.

For more information about this event, please visit http://www.visitjaycounty.com/fiberfest or contact Fiber Arts Festival organizers directly at 260-726-3366.

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Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 28-29, 2017

March 9, 2017 1 comment
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Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

INDIANAPOLIS – The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House, taking place April 28 and 29, 2017, will showcase 60+ artists across all mediums.

The event continues to showcase the vibrant art culture and diversity of Stutz artists – and is a favorite among art lovers, families and guests.

The event, now in its 24th year, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

This art-focused event will also feature live music, food and beverages, classic cars, artist demonstrations on Saturday, opportunities to meet the artists and buy their art.

The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 60+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how their art is created.

Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. This is the perfect time to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices ranging from $12 to $10,000.

Friday night offers a festive atmosphere perfect for adults, while families with children are encouraged to attend on Saturday. Saturday includes hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, and more.

WHAT:
Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

WHEN:
Friday, April 28, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Stutz Business and Arts Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis (enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th St.). Free parking in specially marked lots.

COST:
$12 advance online tickets at www.stutzartists.com; $16 at the gate; children 12 and under free. Tickets are valid for both days.

INFO:
Cathi Wineland, director@stutzartists.com | stutzartists.com | (317) 503-6420.

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.

About the Stutz Artists Association: The Stutz Artists Association (SAA) is a nonprofit, volunteer organization of artists working in the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. The 400,000-square-foot former car factory was renovated in the early 1990s and now houses studios for nearly 80 artists as well as offices for various small to mid-size businesses. The artists of the Stutz comprise one of the most varied and accomplished artist communities in Central Indiana, representing painters of all styles, sculptors, fiber artists, jewelers, photographers, print makers, muralists, furniture makers and many others.

Grand Opening at Full Circle Nine Gallery, Feb. 3, 2017

January 15, 2017 Leave a comment
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“Veins of Harmony” by Rachel Illingworth.
Image provided by the gallery and used with written permission.

By Joy Hernandez, President
Full Circle Nine Gallery

Indianapolis, IN—The Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9) is proud to announce its grand opening as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The grand opening will commence at 6pm, lasting until approximately 9pm, and admission is free. The new gallery is located within the Circle City Industrial Complex, specifically Suite B23, in the South Studios. Patrons may enter through the South Studios door.

The FC9 grand opening will premiere with the work of 8 artists: Jeanne Dill, Kimberly Ewing, Dan Haynes, Joy Hernandez, Rachel Illingworth, Andrew Koeling, Terrence Loftus, and Robin Toulouse. The artists offer a diverse collection of their work, from abstract to pop to traditional, created using a variety of media such as paint, aerosol, photography, assemblage, metalwork and mixed media.

About the Artists

The Full Circle Nine Gallery aims to provide a space and a gallery home for artists of various styles and media, brought together by good will and common art goals.

“We are a fantastic ragtag mix of artists who take our work seriously,” said mixed media artist Rachel Illingworth. “And yet, we still work to boost each other up, to be more professional and even more creative. We are different because we support each other while still providing a platform for us each to do better in our own personal art business.”

“They aren’t as much a crew as they are a family, with everything that entails,” said artist and gallery secretary Andrew Koeling. “We come from different backgrounds, but came together for a shared purpose: to support one another and to collectively make something greater than any of the independent parts.”

About the Full Circle Nine Gallery

The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery. It is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit http://www.fullcirclenine.com/.

Full Circle Nine Gallery
1125 Brookside Ave. Ste. B23
Indianapolis, IN 46202

www.fullcirclenine.com
fullcirclenine@gmail.com
Facebook.com/fullcircleninegallery
Twitter/Instagram: @FC9Gallery