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Jingle Rails @EiteljorgMuseum thru Jan. 15, 2018

December 5, 2017 1 comment
Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bryan Corbin
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

INDIANAPOLIS – The iconic landmarks of Hollywood are new additions this year to the Eiteljorg Museum’s holiday model train display, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Now open, Jingle Rails continues at the Eiteljorg through Jan. 15, 2018.

One of the most affordable holiday attractions in the Indianapolis area, Jingle Rails features electric trains that crisscross delightful miniature replicas of famous landscapes — from the skyline of Indianapolis to the impressive sights of the American West — that visitors can walk through, around and under.

Trains chug through backdrops constructed of all-natural materials, including bark, acorns, tree roots and honeycomb. Model railroad tracks carry the nine G-scale trains past dioramas depicting Lucas Oil Stadium, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Aspen Ski Resort, Hoover Dam, Golden Gate Bridge and others, and the scenes are decked out in holiday lights.

For this season, the eighth year of Jingle Rails, a new destination on the model train itinerary is a replica Hollywood, including famous film industry locations. The mountaintop Hollywood sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre with handprints and footprints of the stars, the Paramount Studios gates, the Warner Bros. water tower, a Western-movie studio set and the Griffith Park Observatory all are depicted in miniature.

Discount tickets to Jingle Rails can be ordered in advance online by visiting the museum’s website, www.eiteljorg.org. With the online ticket discount, all adults are $11, youth ages five to 17 are $6, and children ages four and under are free.

Visiting the Eiteljorg during the holiday season has become an annual family tradition for many. Last year, more than 41,000 visitors experienced the spectacular train display.

“With its intricate recreations of iconic Western scenes, Jingle Rails sparks children’s imaginations and brings back nostalgic memories of favorite Western landmarks for parents and grandparents,” said John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO. “We are delighted that families return to the Eiteljorg Museum each holiday season to experience Jingle Rails. Between the familiar scenes they already enjoy and the new Hollywood landscape, it again will be a treasured experience for all ages.”

The Jingle Rails dioramas were designed and artistically created out of natural materials by Paul Busse and his company, Applied Imagination in Alexandria, Ky. They built similar installations at the New York Botanical Garden and the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.

Special programming is held at the Eiteljorg during the duration of Jingle Rails. Screenings of the holiday film The Polar Express take place at Dec. 16 and Dec. 20, both at 1 p.m. Check www.eiteljorg.org for daily details.

While visiting the Eiteljorg to experience Jingle Rails, museum-goers also can see a special exhibition of contemporary Native American art called Native Art Now!, view the museum’s permanent galleries, enjoy the kid-friendly R.B. Annis Western Family Experience, grab a bite at the Museum Café and shop at the Museum Store. Recognized by USA Today as a “10 Best” Indianapolis holiday attraction, Jingle Rails is included with regular admission to the Eiteljorg Museum.

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure at the Eiteljorg Museum is presented by The Indiana Rail Road and sponsored by Katz Sapper & Miller, the Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Power & Light Co., the Kortepeter family, Faegre Baker Daniels, Stuart’s Moving and Storage, the Butler Foundation, L.G. and Alyce Edwards and other sponsors.

Photo credits: (c) AroundIndy.com, LLC. All rights reserved. Event listings: https://aroundindy.com/eiteljorg.php

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Hoosier Salon Exhibition at the State Museum, July 27-Oct. 8, 2017 @indianamuseum @hoosiersalon

July 28, 2017 1 comment
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Indiana State Museum in White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Megan Simpson
Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum is pleased to welcome back the 93rd Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibition as part of a new five-year agreement. The museum previously hosted the art tradition from 1990 to 2011. The exhibition runs from July 27 through October 8, 2017 in the museum’s Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery.

The exhibition features traditional and contemporary, mixed-media and 3D works. During an awards ceremony Wednesday evening, more than $31,000 in prize money was handed out to participating artists. C.W. Mundy was recognized with the $5,000 award for Best of Show for his oil painting Emily in the Black Hat with Veil. The $2,500 Jurors’ Prize of Distinction went to A. Cassia Margolis for Portrait of Margey’s Son. For a full list of winners, click here. All of the winning works are available for purchase through the Hoosier Salon.

“The Indiana State Museum and the Hoosier Salon are both strong statewide organizations, committed to showcasing many of Indiana’s most accomplished artists,” said Mark Ruschman, chief curator of fine arts for the museum. “Many current and past exhibiting artists are represented in our permanent fine art collection.”

The Hoosier Salon was first displayed at Marshall Field’s in Chicago back in 1925. The Daughters of Indiana, a group of women who were born in Indiana but lived in Chicago, created the show to help promote Hoosier artists. In 1942, the Hoosier Salon made the move to Indianapolis and the William H. Block department store. The exhibition moved to L.S. Ayres in 1978 before heading to the Indiana State Museum in 1990. Most recently, the exhibition was displayed at the Indiana Historical Society.

The accompanying student art display features works from artists in grades K-12. A total of 2,720 students from across Indiana submitted entries as part of the 20th Annual Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest. Winners of the student contest will be featured in the Electric Consumer’s annual calendar. The display, organized by the Indiana Electrical Cooperative, will run through August 27, 2017 in the museum’s Legacy Theater. Youth works are not for purchase.

For more information on the exhibitions, please call 317.232.1637 or visit http://indianamuseum.org/.

For more information on the Hoosier Salon, visit http://hoosiersalon.org/.

HOURS AND LOCATION
The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street in Indianapolis. Exhibition gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The first Tuesday of each month (Community Tuesdays) admission is half price. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call the museum at 317.232.1637.

10th Annual Asian Fest in Indianapolis, June 11, 2017

May 22, 2017 1 comment

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By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian American Alliance, Inc.

Instead of flying 18 hours to travel to Asia, Hoosiers can experience the many dimensions of Asia in their own backyard. The 10th annual Asian Fest is Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12-5 pm, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. This year, the festival’s spotlight is on Japan. Admission is free.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian population more than doubled in Indiana in the last decade, bringing with them a rich tapestry of cultural heritage. This is a chance to interact and learn about their cultures, and enjoy food, music and dance. More information at www.aaalliance.org/asian-fest

Festival highlights include:
• Entertaining cultural performances
• Cultural Discovery of Featured Country – JAPAN
• Traditional Japanese costumes fashion show
• Children’s activities
• Asian cuisine from local restaurants
• Asian communities booths
• Asian American Alliance scholarship presentation

Festival goers will receive $5 reduced event parking in the White River State Park garage.

The 2017 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:
Title Sponsors — Barnes and Thornburg, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Event Sponsors — McDonald’s, Kroger, PNC, Telamon, Indiana State Museum, International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
Event Partners – Japan-America Society of Indiana, Japanese American Citizens League
In-Kind Sponsors – Indy Asian American Times, Asian American Today

Asian Fest is hosted by Asian American Alliance, Inc., a local, nonprofit, pan-Asian organization whose mission is to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead in businesses and communities. Visit www.aaalliance.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact:
Asian American Alliance, Inc.
(317) 258-0468

Spring Blooms Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

April 5, 2017 1 comment

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By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art provided free admission to this exhibit to AroundIndy.com (and many other media representatives) in exchange for the promotional consideration.

More than 3,000 patrons visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art last weekend to see the beautiful Spring Blooms exhibit. With 250,000 blooms on display all over the IMA grounds, it’s easy to see why! The colors are breathtaking, and the smells and aromas are intoxicating! Oh yes: and you can visit the new Beer Garden at the IMA Greenhouse!

The museum is open Tue-Sat 11 am to 5 pm (until 9 pm on Thu), plus Sun 12-5. The Spring Blooms exhibit is included with museum admission. If you like flowers, you will love this exhibit! Here are some photos from the beautiful exhibit.

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Circus Coming to Children’s Museum Feb. 18, 2017

February 14, 2017 1 comment

Photos provided by the Children’s Museum and used with written permission.

By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Have you ever thought about running away to join the circus? Now you have a unique opportunity and you don’t even have to pack your suitcase!

“Circus — Starring YOU!” is a colorful, highly interactive exhibit filled with the sights, sounds and even some of the enticing food smells of some of the greatest shows on Earth.

Opening at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on February 18, 2017, children and families are invited to step right up and join three rings of circus fun and history under the big top.

See the circus world as it was decades ago when it served as a rare form of exotic entertainment. Experience what has changed, and what has remained the same including the highly skilled athletes and performers who dazzle and amaze. Become part of the circus family as you dare to walk the virtual tightrope, learn to juggle, or practice your rigging skills.

“Visiting the circus has been a family tradition for millions over the centuries. Nowhere will you see such teamwork and talent that is passed from generation to generation,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We want our visitors, which often consist of multiple generations to share those circus memories, create new memories, and practice teamwork and build confidence as they conquer circus skills together.”

Here is a sampling of some of the fun families will experience when they join The Children’s Museum circus experience:

· Virtual Reality Tightrope: Experience the thrill of the high wire when you put on a headset and walk along a “wire” from one basket to another in a realistic simulation of a classic circus act.

· Lyra Rings: Practice a real circus aerial act using real equipment in a safe and secure environment.

· Rigging Knots: Learn to tie and secure knots similar to those used in real circus rigging.

· Juggling: Work together as a family on a stationary roller board to learn the rhythm and timing of basic juggling then try your new skills using scarves or beanbags.

· Roman Ladders: Two sizes of ladders allow you and all members of your family to practice acrobatic skills on special ladders created just for circuses.

· Clown Car: Dress in clown costumes and see how many of your family members you can “fit” in a simulated clown car. Don’t forget to take your family selfie!

Clown Face-Painting Touchscreen Game: Create your own clown face after learning the different types of clowns. Email your finished product to yourself.

Circus — Starring YOU! is presented by Chick-fil-A. It is supported by Purdue University and Aquafina. For more information, visit http://childrensmuseum.org/, or call 317-334-3322.