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to the historic
Art Bank, once, allegedly, the daring site of a robbery by
the Depression-era gangster John Dillinger. We have proudly transformed over
the years into something even more historical--an art gallery.
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!
It's all right. Our Featured Artist for March, Zuimeng Cao, is inspired by the winter, and, importantly, the melt. A newcomer to the United States, Cao practices a traditional Chinese painting technique, but with a twist: He focuses on the melt of snow on branches and landscape (something pretty difficult to master!). His work is amazing, his story and journey is amazing, and together, it all makes for a First Friday you don't want to miss. Or a Second Friday not to be missed--Cao will be gracing us with a demonstration of his technique on March 14th. We won't shy from it, this winter was tough on everyone, but especially on smaller businesses, and, those of us, like artists, that depend on people wanting to slog through some snow to see us. It's been rough. We are thankful, though, that everyone stayed safe, even if it was at home, and we are thankful for the frigid beauty this winter gifted to us.
Phew! That was a long, cold, lonely winter!We missed you! Each and every one of you, our patrons, the smiling faces we see each First Friday (and, sometimes, on Second Friday).
We'll see you Friday, when forecasters are promising us 50 degrees. But, until then, enjoy this happy video.
(She in the second segment, about halfway through). And we didn't stop there. If you missed Art Bank Artist Barbara Mangus-Hopkins on WFYI 90.1's Art of the Matter, guess what? This Friday, we will be hosting a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and you're all invited! There will be music by Ghosts of Kin, and Art Bank Artist Sarah Boutwell will be on hand to show how you can help the cause!
Here's a link, so you can hear it for yourself!
We'll see you later this week, when we thaw out at a balmy projected 36 degrees, just in time for our Second Friday Celebration on the East End, this month presenting IDADA and collecting art supplies for Key Learning Community school. (HEY! That's a thought: While you're home, staying toasty, look around for some extra supplies you'd like to donate. It will make the next generation of artists very happy!) The Art Bank will be closed on Sunday, January 5th, and the start of the "Creative Life" Creative Group with Artist Kerry Jackson has been postponed until NEXT Sunday, January 12th, again at 5-7pm. We are normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and will be closed on those days this week as well, because, it's just TOO COLD for any of that kind of thing. We want you to stay home, too, to drink some cocoa, catch up on your soaps, stay off the roads, and drip your pipes so they won't freeze. No really, it is. (It might even be snowing. Right. Now.) If you've watched local weather reports, picked up a paper, or checked your social media feeds at any point in the last three days, you know we're in for some fun. And, we understand, if, in your mad rush for French toast supplies, you won't exactly be able to get around to the Art Bank. In fact, we want you to stay home.
The Art Bank has been a flurry of activity over the holidays! (Well, the skies were clear, so we had to have flurries somewhere, this is still winter). And we've been watching the weather forecast, too. Next week, we will all be frozen, but this week, it's just our art! January's IDADA First Friday Gallery Walk will mark the grand opening of the Art Bank's first group show: "Frozen Frames: An Art Bank Night at the Movies." Our artists have come up with unique and special pieces, each in our own voice, and each marking a movie we love.
We will also begin collecting donations of art supplies for the Key Learning Community school, so we can boost up the next generation of artists.
So yeah, it's cold. But come see us. We'll have popcorn.
So here's to a Wonderful New Year! We are excited, looking ahead into the New Year. Our Featured Artist list continues to shape and grow, and promises some wonderful art. We keep adding to our ranks, premiering new artists all the time, it seems, and our current artists are always unveiling new work. It's never the same Art Bank twice. We will also be collecting art supplies for the Key Learning Community IPS Magnet School, throughout the month of January. So on any night, or day, stop by with some supplies in hand! The next generation will be grateful for your support. 2013 has been a fun ride, and, as it comes to a close, we begin looking ahead. 2014 will bring our first group show as our January Feature: "Frozen Frames: An Art Bank Night at the Movies." First Friday, January 4th, we will open our show with a little bit of movie love for everyone. We, the Artists of the Art Bank, would like to thank you, our wonderful Patrons and Supporters, for your support, friendship, and encouragement over this last year, in years past, and continued in the years to come. We wouldn't be the same without you! Merry Christmas! And Happy Hanukkah! Feliz Navidad, Sunny Solstice, and an Agreeable Festivus for the rest of you.
The fun continues into the next week, with our Second Friday Celebration on the East End of Mass Ave. It's not just us, now, it's the East End, continuing to evolve with some great businesses, eateries, and wonderful ways you can show love for the creative spirit of the area. Our Second Friday Celebration offering is an all-out 'movie premiere' night, benefiting IDADA, the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association. Are you a fellow artist, gallery, or friend of the arts that would like more information on IDADA? This night would be your night!
The month of November has been an exciting month at the AB.
Since the start of the month, the Art Bank has welcomed an exhibit entitled ‘Vital
Threat’, an artistic exploration of the harm that mankind has done to our
oceans and waterways by Rachel Illingworth. Using untraditional materials like
plastic bags, broken glass, and motor oil, Rachel has laid out a tapestry in
our feature gallery that tells a story about the impact that humans have had on
the world around them, as well as solutions to the damage we have caused. From
installation pieces to paintings, Rachel hopes that any and all who view this
exhibit will be moved to take action before it is becomes too late for us all
to do so. Her re-purposed materials exemplifies the idea of reducing usage,
reusing non-environmentally friendly materials, and recycling items (in this
case, as a series of imminent art that shows both beauty and gives us a foreboding
warning for our future if we don’t revisit our consumer culture). ‘Vital Threat’
remains on exhibit until the end of November – see it before it disappears!
Coming up on Saturday, November 30th is ‘Small
Business Saturday’. We at the AB invite everyone to come see new artwork by the
resident artists, and welcome all to support independent artists and their
pursuits – Mass Ave is a fantastic place to stroll and peruse local artisans
and gifts and is perfect to pick up something special for the ones you love,
and don’t forget to stop in while you stroll the Ave!
If you haven't had a chance to catch Rachel Illingworth's Featured exhibition, "Vital Threat," her environmentally minded work will be up until the end of the month.
Download your IDADA First Friday Gallery Map here, in our News Releases section, and we'll see you then! And, as always, the latest work by all of our 30+ artists! We will also begin collecting baby supplies for the Craine House, our Featured Charity.
First Friday is nearly upon us! This month, we offer John Muncy's exquisite (and self-taught...can you believe it?) oil paintings, "Trees," just in time for Fall.
The Grand Return of Robbing The Bank (tm) is only a short two weeks away! This year, we have expanded programming in the form of Bohemian Nights! Mark your calendars accordingly, this year will not disappoint. Here's the latest info:
Did you miss First Friday? Here's a video interview with Featured Artist Brinton Farrand. His show will be up until the end of the month, in the Feature Room, and we will be continuing to collect elbow macaroni and spaghetti noodles for his selected Feature Charity, Second Helpings.