Indianapolis Art Center Showcases Indianapolis Artists This Spring

The Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple Village offers an pleasant home to many Indianapolis artists. Whether through studio space, Indianapolis art classes or their Indianapolis art galleries, the Indianapolis Art Center is always sharing with the Indianapolis art community.

Currently the Indianapolis Art Center is showcasing the work of a number of Indianapolis artists through June 6, 2010 in an various spring exhibitions. The work offers a wide range of perspectives, which all find root in the Midwest in one way or another. This Indianapolis event is open to all Indianapolis people through June 6 in the Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village.

Freaky Forests: Works by Casey Roberts

Casey Roberts lives and works in Indianapolis as an artist and graphic designer. He attended IUPUI‘s Herron School of Art and Design, where he majored in printmaking. Lately, Roberts work has leaned towards a process called cyanotype, a Civil War era process that dates back to 1850. This process of painting that yields vibrant blue images that appear as a luscious wash on first glance, but reveal a deep emotional quality on further inspection. Roberts paints with light sensitive liquid solution, that when exposed to sunlight and then washed out with water leaves an extremely rich blue color. As he continues her work on these paintings, he uses baking soda or a mild bleach solution to lighten the original blue, drawing out tones of yellow and green.

An extremely “folksy” process, the outcome of Roberts work is a rich antique quality that sharply contrasts his environmentally themed paintings. Roberts expertly creates a wide range of colors and textures in this process, all through controlled chemical reactions. The process repeats many times, adding layer upon layer until the image is fully realized, often finished with watercolor painting or collage.

This Saturday, May 1, 2010, Roberts gives a three hour workshop teaching his intricate and historic process. The cost is $25.00. Visit the Indianapolis Art Center website (listed below) to register.

18th Annual Michael A. Carrol ArtReach Exhibit

ArtReach at the Indianapolis Art Center is a neighborhood based Indianapolis education program focuses on the engaging Indianapolis kids ages five to eighteen living in under-served areas in art. For more than two decades, ArtReach has worked in Indianapolis schools, churches and housing cooperatives with year round art instruction facilitated by Indianapolis artists. In three semester, students have a chance to learn a variety of techniques, giving them expressive tools.

Students from each partner site exhibit their work each Spring in the Annual Michael A. Carrol ArtReach Exhibit at the Indianapolis Art Center. This chance to share their work with the larger Indianapolis community, to see their art displayed in public, gives these burgeoning artists a full sense in pride and confidence in their individual artistic expression, hopefully propelling them to further express themselves in a myriad of artistic avenues. Support the work of these young Indianapolis artists this Spring at the Indianapolis Art Center.

The Encoded Landscape: Works by Guy Benson and Nichole Murray

Both Guy Benson of Evanston, Illinois and Nichole Murray of Kalamazoo, Michigan explore the idea of nature and landscape in their work. And though their art looks nothing alike, the ideas about how to view the world around them provide interesting perspectives. Guy Benson explores hieroglyphic like symbols through intimate, small scale paintings and drawings. Nichole Murray explores repetition in her process through mixed media printmaking. Shown in the Frank M. Basile Exhibition hall, this Indianapolis art show, featuring the work of Midwest artists, promises to be an affective showing.

Bi-Annual Exhibition of Works by Clients from St. Vincent Hospital

The Indianapolis Art Center pairs with St. Vincents Hospital’s New Hope program to engage patients who have experienced severe brain trauma with art. This Creative Connection between an Indianapolis health service and an Indianapolis nonprofit arts organization allows adults with traumatic brain and spinal injuries or developmentally disabled patients to participate in regularly scheduled art classes at the Marilyn K. Glick School of Art at the Indianapolis Art Center.

Their work at the Art Center is a therapeutic addition to their normal rehabilitation routine. Specially trained assistants help these students participate and express themselves through a myriad of different art forms. More often than not, their work tends to be some of the most penetratingly honest that is produced at the Indianapolis Art Center. Support this incredibly noble program with a walk through the Ruth Lilly Library, where their work will be displayed.

It’s All Relative: Mixed Media Oils by John Finch Edwards

Science meets art in the mind of artist Jon Finch Edwards, who shares his latest exhibit in the Studio Shop Gallery of the Indianapolis Art Center. His process focuses on the importance of all things big and small, infinite and microscopic. Finch sees the natural world as connected to a network that supports and creates all life. As humans, Finch would argue, we are only a minuscule part of this gigantic network. His cosmic and spiritual views are expressed through mixed media and oils on canvas, as he explores the equality of these vastly different aspects of life.

Indianapolis Art Center

Located in the hip Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, the Indianapolis Art Center is the perfect afternoon adventure destination. After you enjoy these thought provoking Spring exhibits, enjoy the beautiful weather in the ArtsPark or the Cultural Complex on the grounds of the Indianapolis Art Center. Or head to any of the nearby boutiques and Indianapolis businesses for some Indianapolis shopping that make Broad Ripple an Indianapolis culture hot spot.

After you have worked up an appetite enjoying Indianapolis art, head to any of the various Indianapolis restaurants in Broad Ripple for a bite to eat. Or better yet, discuss the art over drinks at any of the refreshing Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

Indianapolis Art Center Spring Exhibits
Now through June 1, 2010

Indianapolis Art Center
820 E 67th St
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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