Please enjoy our latest news, below:
Welcome to the historic
an old bank that has seen the passage of time, that we have proudly transformed over the years into something even more historical--an art gallery.
The history of the building and its current use mix to create a free-spirited atmosphere that warmly welcomes everyone. The multifaceted collection of art presented throughout our gallery is impressive in its variety. Whether you visit us on IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Second Friday, one of our many events during the month, or even on a regular weekday, you will have the opportunity to meet our professional artists for one-on-one conversation. Feel free to come visit us!
Welcome To The Art Bank
(Because that word hasn't been written quite enough just yet).
Downtown downtown downtown
And, of course, we have our own parking lot! The Art Bank lot is for our patrons only and is completely free for you to park. So if you live downtown or near downtown, or you're driving in from the suburbs, or even if you're Uber-bound at a convention, we've made it about as easy to get downtown as a downtown location can get.
Yup! We are so happy to have a beautiful bus stop right out our front door, with easy access to Routes 5, 11, 17 and 21, and we are just a short walk from Routes 2, 3, and 10.We are also right on the Mass Ave leg of the Cultural Trail and warmly welcome cyclists and dog walkers--if your bike or dog is friendly, they're welcome to come in too! (Although, we do have a nice bike rack out front as well, in case your bike prefers to stay outside).
And mark your calendars for April 10th--the Second Friday Family Night! We have brought back Artists' Choice, as part of the fundraising efforts for Burma's Dream Team. We will have art available for the flat price of $100, $50, or $25, from several artists. This is a great chance to get some fresh art for your walls, to bring in Spring, and to help out a great cause.
The Art Bank will also be premiering three new artists for April! We welcome Frances Samarripa, Timothy East, and James Hilaire, as well as new artist Amy Lucid. They are each of different styles and backgrounds, and bring plenty new to see to the Art Bank. Many of our current artists will be showcasing new work, as well, so there will be plenty to see.
Fine Oil Artist Parrish Cooper will be offering classes throughout April and May, focusing on oil paint or pastels, in a variety of subject matter. Classes will cost $285, with $150 as a non-refundable deposit. Participants will also be given a list of supplies to purchase and utilize.
Cooper will offer four
3-day workshops on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, running 9am-4pm each day: “Still
Life in Pastel” (April 6,7,8), “Large Florals in Oil—Georgia O’Keefe-style”
(April 13, 14, 15), “Portrait Painting in Oil—with live models” (April 20,
21,22), and “Animal Portraits in Pastel” (May 11, 12, 13).
Parrish Cooper joined the Art Bank in November 2014. Working in oils and focusing on human portraits (with the occasional animal portrait or abstract), Cooper has also begun hosting artist critiques at the Art Bank. She’s an award winning artist and a member of several local organizations. “What I most enjoy is having the opportunity to be of help to other artists,” said Cooper. “When I was a student at Herron School of Art & Design, I could see that the critiques that we participated in on a regular basis were of great help to all of the art students. When artists ‘complete’ an artwork, they are often temporarily blind to what might improve the work, but seeing it through the eyes of other artists is extremely helpful in becoming a better artist.”
The Art Bank is proud to be able to offer classes to artists and members of the community. “We have such a diverse group of artists at the Art Bank—a style here or there that can appeal to everyone,” said Joy Hernandez, Gallery Manager. “Parrish Cooper’s classes offer a chance for our patrons, art lovers, or artists wishing to expand their skills, to become part of the local art scene, part of the Art Bank, and all of the fun and camaraderie that goes along with that. This is a new opportunity for the Art Bank, and it’s very exciting.”
Fine Oil Artist Parrish Cooper will unveil a new, large-scale portrait, as part of the debut of her show, “Echoes of Change,” as the Art Bank Featured Artist, March 6th, as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. The event runs 6-9pm and admission is free. The unveiling will take place at 7:30pm. The subject of the non-commissioned portrait, a small boy named Zed, will be in the audience with his mother, not having seen the piece previously. The 60 in. x 40 in. portrait will be showcased along with other commissioned and non-commissioned portraits Cooper has painted during her art career.
“What I most enjoy is
having the opportunity to be of help to other artists,” said Cooper. “When I
was a student at Herron School of Art & Design, I could see that the
critiques that we participated in on a regular basis were of great help to all
of the art students. When artists ‘complete’ an artwork, they are often
temporarily blind to what might improve the work, but seeing it through the
eyes of other artists is extremely helpful in becoming a better artist.”
Cooper’s next critique will be March 18th, at the Art Bank. Space is limited, and Cooper asks that interested artists contact her directly, at (317) 771-8763.
Because of the impending storm, the Art Bank will be closed on Sunday, February 1st. We will reopen on our normal day, Wednesday, February 4th, and have an excellent new show featured, "Circles of Life" by Ann D. Luther, for the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, this Friday!Enjoy the Super Bowl and stay safe!
Admission is free, prizes will be rewarded, and we'd love to see a Happy Little Tree! Props are encouraged! Go all out and have fun, and we'll see you then!
Ross touched the lives of many of our artists, with his soothing show, "The Joy of Painting," in the 80's and 90's. We chilled out, watched him create "happy little trees," and turn "mistakes" into birds. Yup, birds.
On Second Friday Family Night, January 9th, come down to the Art Bank for our Bob Ross Look-Alike Contest, "like A Ross."
You've filled your tummy.
You've hit the mall.
Now it's time drop your money where it counts.
It's Small Business Saturday.
And artists are small businesses too.
Did you know that 73% of every dollar spent at a small business stays in your community? True story. For us? That means we, as artists, spend that money on more art supplies, but also are able to make ends meet, keep this gallery open, and keep bringing beauty to our community.
Sure, we aren't able to offer up the biggest, bestest deals. Sure, we aren't selling you the latest gizmos and high-def whatevers. But what we are selling are one-of-a-kind beauties, pieces of ourselves, that would look just great in your home, or maybe just great in that home of your loved one that you are having trouble finding *just the right gift* for.
We've got you covered.
For Small Business Saturday, Mass Ave comes alive, and many of our artists are offering up discounts on their work. Can we always afford to discount? No. We aren't Wal-Mart or Best Buy. But on this day? When we've just watch floods of people pour into local malls? We have to do something to catch your attention, and sometimes, jumping up and down, waving our arms and yelling "LOOKIT!!" is about all we can do.
So please. Lookit. We've got some neat things here.