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Indy Smart House Open House, Mar. 19 and 26, 2017

March 13, 2017 Leave a comment
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Artist’s rendition of an Indy Smart House.
Image provided by the developers and used with permission.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor
AroundIndy.com, LLC

The last time I saw John Karamanski he was shooting video footage of food presentations for Paul Poteet‘s Gotta Eat. What was that, about 2011 or 2012? Many of my social media friends will recognize his name immediately from Blog Indiana, Mixwest, et al.

A lot of water has obviously passed under the bridge since then, so it was a pleasant and unexpected surprise to get an invitation from John to visit his new Indy Smart House, the first of its kind in the city.

Indy Smart House is an intriguing property that weds smart design with smart technology to produce an open-concept house that greatly optimizes the use and utilization of its space. Here you have a dwelling with 3,000 square feet of living space on a lot no bigger than 40×90.

It’s readily apparent that a lot of thought and preparation went into the design and execution of this building project. And it’s just the first of about ten such houses to come in the Indianapolis area in the next year or so.

“The use of space is about: How do we use it? Who do we use it with? How long do we use it? What do we do next? How many purposes can a space define? What new possibilities are available?” said Karamanski.

“The Indy Smart House is purposefully designed to enhance and encourage the free flowing functions of your space.”

This inaugural smart house, located at 1964 North Park Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, is right across the street from MLK Park and the Peace Memorial on the corner of 20th Street and Park Avenue in a quiet, residential area that showcases the neighborhood’s revitalization efforts. Here’s a photo:

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It features four bedrooms (the master has a 16-foot ceiling and an optional balcony outside the window!), three or possibly four full baths, a huge balcony deck accessible only from inside the house, a two-car garage with 12-foot ceilings and plenty of storage room, a terrace patio in between the kitchen and the garage, and can this be right–two laundry rooms?

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It even has a full basement (that’s where you’ll find the 4th bedroom) with a huge space that just cries out for the ultimate man cave!

When it comes to technology, many areas of functionality can be controlled from at home and remotely from your phone: security cameras, door locks, climate control, lighting and power, audio, and more.

I can visualize a hot tub, BBQ grill, deck furniture, and any number of other outdoor accessories on that big balcony deck, and it has great views of the city park and the Indianapolis skyline. Want to invite your friends over for the evening? According to Karamanski, the balcony deck is strong enough to support up to 200 visitors!

This house is ideal for millennials with a growing family, in my opinion. Here’s a photo on today’s snowy Monday afternoon:

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And one of the features that most impressed me was the unique design of a stair-step entrance into the 4th bedroom through the window (!). The window can be opened to gain carry-in access to bring large items into the house.

This particular house has already been sold and will be turned over to its occupants at the end of March. But you can still take an Open House tour of this property for the next two Sundays, March 19 and 26, 2017, from 1 to 4 pm each Sunday. See http://aroundindy.com/openhouses.php.

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A duplicate of this smart house is also planned for the vacant lot directly across the street on the northwest corner of 20th and Park, and other locations are forthcoming.

All-in-all, I was impressed. And just to be clear, there is no conflict of interest here. John and I are social media friends and he wanted to show me his project. Simple as that. No money changed hands, I didn’t receive any goods or services in exchange for this blog post, and no quid pro quo exists. He didn’t buy me lunch or pay for my gas or anything. I simply went and took a tour of the house, same as you can.

If you’re in the market for a new home, I recommend a visit to this property this Sunday or next. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am. It’s a very cool concept!

For more information, visit http://indysmarthouse.com/, call 317-590-3367, or visit https://facebook.com/indysmarthouse.

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

March 9, 2017 Leave a 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.

24th Annual Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 29-30, 2016

March 25, 2016 Leave a comment
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Stutz Business Center in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all right reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

The largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.

The Open House is set to take place April 29-30, 2016, at the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. The Open House, which began in 1993, attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square-foot former car factory.

This is an entertainment opportunity to engage families, art lovers and visitors alike looking for a weekend event to enjoy in downtown Indianapolis. 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 the artwork 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.

New this year, the Grand Tour of Artisan Autos is an opportunity to see and learn about the 28 vintage and collectible cars owned by Turner Woodard which are on display in this former Stutz Motor Car factory during the Open House.

Locations and descriptions of the cars, including the 1914 Stutz Bearcat, will be available at the event entrances. Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, art demonstrations, live music and food vendors.

The Warehouse, this year’s music partner, is an intimate live listening room music venue in Carmel, which will bring excellent regional and local entertainment to the Open House.

The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery on the first floor will feature FIRST STOP, an exhibition with sample work from many of the Stutz artists and the recommended first stop for experiencing the Open House.

Families with children are encouraged to attend on Saturday, April 30 from 2-7 p.m. This family-friendly event will include hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, free cookies from Raymond James, and more.

WHAT:
Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

WHEN:
Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 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 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank locations, the Stutz Business and Arts Center office (1060 N. Capitol Ave. C200) and atwww.stutzartists.com; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free. Tickets are valid for both days.

INFO:
Cathi Wineland, director@stutzartists.com, www.stutzartists.com or (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.

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

April 19, 2015 Leave a comment
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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

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

February 27, 2015 Leave a comment
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Stutz Business Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kelly Young
On behalf of Stutz Artists

Planning is well underway for the Stutz Artists Association’s largest art event, set to take place April 24-25, 2015 at the historic Stutz Building in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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.

Organizers are planning for new, creative and entertaining opportunities to engage families, art lovers and visitors simply looking for a weekend event to enjoy in downtown Indianapolis.

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.

Families bringing children are encouraged to attend Saturday, 2-7 p.m., where they will enjoy family-friendly musical guests, hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, free ice cream from Raymond James, and more. New this year on Saturday will be demonstrations by Stutz artists.

WHAT:
Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

WHEN:
Friday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

COST:
$12 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank locations and the Stutz Business Office (1060 N. Capitol Ave C200.); $15 at Eventbrite; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free. Tickets are valid for both days.

INFO:
Cathi Wineland, http://www.stutzartists.com/ or 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.