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Things to do in Indianapolis, Apr. 21-27, 2014

April 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Indiana State Fair Coliseum

Indiana State Fair Coliseum. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. THU: Coliseum Grand Re-Opening at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  2. SAT: 64th Running of the Men’s Little 500 Bike Race at Indiana University
  3. FRI-SAT: 22nd Annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
  4. SAT-SUN: 2014 Decorator’s Show House and Gardens in Indianapolis
  5. SUN: ‘Music, Marketing and Technology in the Midwest’ at the Rathskeller
  6. FRI-SUN: 45th Annual Wakarusa Maple Syrup Festival in Elkhart County
  7. FRI-SAT: ‘Follow the North Star’ at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  8. MON, SAT-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  9. MON: Il Divo Live at the Old National Centre
  10. FRI-SUN: ‘Cinderella’ by Butler Ballet at Clowes Memorial Hall
  11. SAT-SUN: Orleans Dogwood Festival in Orange County
  12. SAT-SUN: WTHR Health and Fitness Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
  13. SUN: Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at Scottish Rite Cathedral
  14. TUE: Indiana Pacers NBA Playoff Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. SUN: Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis at Pike Performing Arts Center

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Stutz Artists Open House, Apr. 25-26

April 7, 2014 Leave a comment
Jim Gerard Studio at Stutz Business Center

Jim Gerard Studio at Stutz Business Center.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

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
Mark Timmis
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; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free

INFO:, 317-503-6420

Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Oct. 14-20, 2013

October 13, 2013 Leave a comment

BAGI Home-a-Rama at the Village of West Clay in Carmel

October 9, 2013 Leave a comment
BAGI Home-a-Rama in Carmel

A previous BAGI Home-a-Rama home in Carmel. staff photo.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis (BAGI) presents the annual Home-a-Rama this month at the Village of West Clay in Carmel, Indiana, showcasing Indy’s best builders and designers.

The Home-a-Rama features four custom built, fully decorated and landscaped homes that will be open to the public for tours on Oct. 10-13, 17-20, and 24-27. The Home-a-Rama will be open 12-8 pm each of those days (ticket sales stop at 7 pm).

The Village of West Clay is located near 126th Street and Towne Road, just north of Coxhall Gardens. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the gate (under 12 free).

A preview party is scheduled this evening from 7-9 pm (advance reservations closed in September).

For more information, visit, or call 317-222-6635.

Red Skelton Museum Grand Opening, July 18

Red Skelton Museum in Vincennes, Indiana.

Press Release
Vincennes/Knox County CVB

The grand opening of the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes, Indiana, is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Red Skelton is the native Hoosier actor, entertainer, and comedian who endeared himself to a generation of Americans in the 1950’s and 1960’s with his comic TV skits centered around an unforgettable cast of characters including Freddie the Freeloader, Gertrude and Heathcliff (two seagulls), Clem Kadiddlehopper, San Fernando Red, George Appleby, Deadeye, Cauliflower McPugg, and others. The Red Skelton Hour aired on national television for 672 episodes over 20 seasons.

Here’s the schedule for the grand opening activities, July 18-20:

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Grand Opening Celebration.  Three ticket prices:

$100 – VIP includes reception with appetizers and wine prior to the show, commemorative pin and premier seating and dessert reception after the show and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening

$50 – Patron includes commemorative pin, priority seating and dessert reception after the show and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening

$30 – General Admission includes general seating and dessert reception after the show and self-guided tours of the museum throughout the evening

Evening Time Schedule

5:30 Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

6:00 PM Museum open for tours…Tours will continue until 10:00 PM except during the show time.

6:00 PM-VIP ticket holder Cocktail reception with Lothian. Skelton Includes appetizers and wine for VIP ticket holders

7:00 PM Theater doors open for seating.

7:30 PM- Birthday Celebration begins in the beautiful Red Skelton Theater, performers include Red’s close friend, actor Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H fame, Red Skelton impersonator Tom Mullica, and musical guests Sally Harmon and Frank Gruner and of course, Lothian Skelton.

8:30 PM- Dessert reception on the outside circle patio on the walkway side of the building

8:30 PM- Museum tours continue until 10:00 PM

Friday, July 19, 2013
Senior Day- free entrance to museum for anyone over 60 years old.  Will include special events for seniors including taping a video blog of “Red Stories” that people can add to the collection.

Saturday, July 20, 2013
Family Day All Kids 18 and under get in free when accompanied by a parent.

Special kids events in the Museum featuring hands-on activities about comedy, humor and laughter.

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy is located on the campus of Vincennes University, at 20 Red Skelton Blvd., in Knox County in southwestern Indiana. For more information, contact Anne Pratt at 812-888-2105, or email