Art Bank Virtual Tour

Welcome to the historic
Art Bank,

 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, or 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!

Please enjoy our latest news, below:

Parrish Cooper, “The Great Puzzlement,” to be May Feature at the Art Bank

posted Apr 10, 2016, 2:34 PM by Art Bank

Indianapolis oil artist Parrish Cooper, and her show, “The Great Puzzlement” will be featured for the May IDADA First Friday Art Tour, May 6th, 6-9pm. Admission is free. Cooper will offer cheese and wine will be donated by the Rural Inn. Known for hosting critiques in Indianapolis, Cooper will showcase her own abstract and representational work, often inspired by music, always inspired by curiosity, so that patrons can join her in her artistic journey. “Many of my artworks are about our relationship with modern technology, scientific thinking, and humanity’s place in the universe. Intagliation and process are essential for me,” says Cooper. “During the journey, I am excited and apprehensive, placid and enraged, encouraged and temporarily defeated until it is ‘good.’ When my artwork is ‘good,’ it is unforgettable! When it is unforgettable, I am satisfied.”

Parrish Cooper received her BFA in Painting from Indiana University, Herron School of Art & Design in 2009. Since then, she’s received one-on-one training with Master Portrait Artist Daniel Greene, of New Salem, New York, and has been an Indiana State Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America since 2011. She is known throughout the city for her artist-to-artist critiques, which she offers free, several times annually. Parrish Cooper also offers private art lessons at her own studio.

“Some artists claim they paint only for themselves—perhaps they do, but I want to share the journey as I can. I enjoy risk taking and consider each artwork to be an adventure,” says Cooper. “When I am lucky, the canvas speaks to me. When I am not, I must endure her cruel reticence until she is ready. When she breaks the silence, I hear the colors that she needs and feel the lines and shapes she demands.”

Third Thursday Watercolor Classes Offered at the Art Bank

posted Mar 27, 2016, 8:32 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Mar 27, 2016, 8:33 PM ]

Shelbyville-based watercolorist, Rebecca Campbell, will be offering watercolor classes every Third Thursday, starting April 21st. Classes will run from 10am to 5pm, with a 30-45 minute lunch break. The class fee is $50 and participants can bring their own supplies or rent supplies for a $5 fee, payment for either will be required at least 7 days before the class. Class size is limited to 10 students. Campbell will lead a beginning and intermediate level workshop that will focus on technique. Although Campbell promotes a relaxed and fun atmosphere in class, this class is geared toward learning and improvement of skills as a watercolorist.  Anyone interested in registering or needing a supply list should call 317-364-1745, or they can visit Rebecca Campbell’s Facebook page:

“Each class teaches a different technique, or approach to subject matter,” said Campbell. “Whether your desire is to pain in an abstract, representational, or impressionistic manner, the skills you learn in this class will translate to any style that you wish to use in your personal artistic endeavors.

Rebecca Campbell grew up on the near-southside of Indianapolis, attending Herron School of art and has several years of instruction from the Southside Art League, from Beverly Mathis and Dave Tipton. Working primarily in watercolors, Rebecca has a wide variety of interests in subject matter and style. She started devoting her study of paintings in a more serious manner in 2012 and has been busy experimenting with papers, color, style, and subject. She also writes a monthly column about art for Hometown Living, Shelby County, and is a founding member of the Shelby County Professional Artists Association.   

“I seek after beauty in my art,” said Campbell. “I prefer to paint shapes that flow, fluctuate, and present a sense of calm. My paintings on Yupo paper allow what I call free-range painting, with a sense of reality. I also enjoy feeling the strength that is portrayed in architecture, rocks, and nature. I paint scenes and objects that I don’t want to forget, colors that catch my breath, flowers that make me sigh, and food that I love to eat.”

Kimberly Ewing, “NO JOKE,” to be April Feature at the Art Bank

posted Mar 27, 2016, 6:32 PM by Art Bank

Indianapolis photographer Kimberly Ewing, and her show, “NO JOKE” will be featured for the April IDADA First Friday Art Tour, April 1 st , 6-9pm. Admission is free. Ewing will be promoting Breast Cancer Awareness, a personal issue for her. “It’s a group show, celebrating the life and the people we love, reflecting on our own lives, and the ones that are no longer with us,” said Ewing. “Keeping their memory alive with Art, Music, and Love.”

Kimberly Ewing lost her mother, Burma Ewing, to breast cancer in 2009. Since then, she’s been an active supporter of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, as well as other aspects of breast cancer research support, through her fundraising team, Burma’s Dream Team. Donations will also be collected for this cause during the opening night. In 2015, Ewing’s fundraising efforts won the Art Bank the title of “Business Winner” for “Paint the Town Pink,” as part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. While “NO JOKE” will be a group show, Ewing will also showcase her own work, including imagery of and around Indianapolis, and the color pink will be a prevailing theme.

Ewing is also a motivational speaker through her company, KDE Motivates. She specializes in anti-bullying platforms, and frequently brings her message to Indiana students. She also works in leadership and diversity.

Vote for us! Because we love you!

posted Mar 14, 2016, 8:41 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Mar 14, 2016, 8:44 PM ]
The Art Bank has been nominated for Best Art Gallery, for the 2016 Indy A-List!
We made it to second place in the 2014 Indy A-List (there wasn't a 2015), and we'd love to bring home first!
We are a small gallery, offering a home for established artists and emerging artists alike, with a little bit of something for everyone, as far as our patrons are concerned. Please support us as one of the few remaining galleries on Mass Ave, our Arts and Design District. While you're voting, Strumento, the Downtown's only art supply shop, located on the second floor of the Art Bank, is in the running for Best Arts and Crafts, under the Shopping category. Please vote Strumento, too!

We even made it easy for you: Click the image on this post and be taken right to our listing!

Henry Aldridge, “Pictorial Pageant,” to be March Feature at the Art Bank

posted Feb 14, 2016, 7:53 PM by Art Bank

The late p
hotographer Henry Aldridge will be the Featured Artist for March at the Art Bank, with his show, “Pictorial Pageant,” opening as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, on Friday, March 4th, 6-9pm. Admission is free. Henry Aldridge had signed on to be the March Featured Artist back in December, before unexpectedly passing away on January 6th. Working with his widow, Jan Aldridge, and the rest of Henry’s family, the Art Bank is proud to present this Feature as a memorial to a staple of First Fridays at the Art Bank. “I hope that patrons walk away with a sense of awe,” says Jan Aldridge. “A sense that they haven’t seen anything quite like this. A sense of Henry’s inclination not to follow the crowd, but to march to his own drum with his camera.”

Henry Aldridge was born in Shelby County, Indiana. He was inspired by his Aunt Eleanor, a painter, and her work drove him to try to replicate the feel of her paintings with his camera lens.  He studied art at the University of Evansville and graduated from the Cincinnati Art School, and he held great joy in sharing his art with others. As an adult, Henry became a surveyor, working for INDOT; the natural sights he saw often worked their way into his photography. “It is interesting that two of Henry’s passions—photography and surveying—necessitated that he look through the lens of an instrument,” says Jan Aldridge. “Surveying is an extremely exacting science. Henry carried this challenging exactness over into his photographs. Every photograph entailed hours.”

When he wasn’t looking through a lens, Henry could be found on a Frisbee Golf course. He was an avid Frisbee golfer, and played every course in Indiana, as well as quite a few in neighboring states and on his travels. He also used his knowledge of land to lay out the basket arrangement for new golf courses.

This IDADA First Friday, we hope to encourage art patrons to leave their everyday cares behind for a moment and lose themselves in Henry’s pictures, as we remember a cherished member of the Art Bank.

In Memorial: Art Bank Artist Henry Aldridge

posted Jan 30, 2016, 8:26 PM by Art Bank

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Art Bank Artist Henry Aldridge.

Henry had been a member of the Art Bank since 2011, showcasing his altered photography, often highlighting nature, automobiles, or architecture that he encountered in his life. He was a professional photographer and the owner and operator of Photographic Impressions.

Henry was with us for the first First Friday of 2016, on New Years Day, before passing away on January 6th, 2016. His funeral was January 11th, at the Cornerstone Christian Church, where he was a member. The family had requested in lieu of flowers, that contributions could be made to Sheltering Wings, a domestic violence shelter in Danville, Indiana.

Outside of the Art Bank, Henry was a surveyor for the Indiana Department of Transportation and an avid disc golf player. He was a founding member of the Indianapolis Disc Golf Club, and, according to their website, a "primary designer of the city's two most popular courses at Washington Park and Brookside Park."

He is survived by his wife, Jan Aldridge; stepsons Jeffry Gee and Eric Utt; brother Ray Aldridge; sister Ida Cox; and grandsons Jeremy Gee and Christopher Gee.

Henry was
slated to be the Art Bank's March Featured Artist, and Jan wishes to continue his feature. His memorial show will premiere as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour on Friday, March 4th and be on display throughout the month in the Feature Room. His artwork will remain on his current wall at the Art Bank, as the entry to the Teller Room. Henry's "Windows with a View" were last featured in November, 2014, and March's show will be a time capsule of his work from that time, as well as his most recent pieces.

Jan Aldridge says that Henry was always so excited for First Fridays, and truly enjoyed the conversations he had with patrons, as well as with his friends at the Art Bank. He looked forward to the events every month and came home sharing happy stories. It is our honor to be able to be such a fun part of Henry's life, and to be able to continue the expression of his work. He will be missed by so many.

Rest in peace, Henry Aldridge; your windows have opened and now you fly.

Henry Aldridge
February 4th, 1954 - January 6th, 2016


posted Jan 20, 2016, 2:44 PM by Art Bank

Thursday, January 28th, be sure to catch the opening of Art Bank Artist John Strickland's Ambiguscapes. The opening reception will be 5-7:30pm that evening, at the Indiana Design Center, in Carmel, Indiana. Strickland's various Ambiguscapes have graced his wall at the Art Bank off and on over the years, and to see them all collected into such a facility will be a real treat! Colorful and abstract, the eye will dance across his collection, and each glance will catch a new feature.

The show will be open through April 1st.

“Perception Predilection,” to be February Feature at the Art Bank

posted Jan 9, 2016, 7:59 PM by Art Bank

Photographer and illustrator Deane Sagehorn will be the Featured Artist for February at the Art Bank, with her show, “Perception Predilection,” opening as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, on Friday, February 5th, 6-9pm. Admission is free. “My inspiration came from wanting to share what I have been doing for years with my drawings and photography, to give others a chance to view and think about it, what thoughts they get from seeing what I create,” says Sagehorn.

Deane Sagehorn is a self-taught artist, inspired by nature, including its symmetry, colors, and patterns. Her work can swing humorous, but can also be calming and meditative, a resting point for the eye, refreshing in its simplicity. “My style of drawing and photography shows very much who I am as a person: Minimal, simple, quiet,” says Sagehorn. “My work almost becomes a meditation for myself: Over-consumed with other aspects of life, I can escape into the details of my drawings and photographs. It takes patience, determination, and solitude, and I do what I do solely for myself. It all evolved over time as something I enjoy, and I can honestly say I love it.”

Some Days, It's All About the Process

posted Dec 26, 2015, 8:27 PM by Art Bank

We all have our own motivations for making art--to sell it, to scratch that creative itch, to give visual birth, to just have fun...Some artists are all about the "how" of it all. Enter Hilaire.

Hilaire has taken a traditional 2D fixture, the canvas, and made it the basis for 3D art. His pieces are abstract in nature, gobs of acrylic piled into a deep texture, usually tending toward horizontal bright bands contrasting against dark, but then he builds his canvases into his art. Hilaire will attach hinges and other connectors to his canvases, so that they are joined. The typical triptych becomes a 3D three-peat off the wall. A canvas pyramid towering like a bookcase (look closely and there's an airplane hanging out in the middle). Often without even titles, Hilaire wants patrons to take in his art, to lay their own story over his, to see what direction it'll go. What does he get out of it? He wants to see what you get out of it.

This New Year's Day, join us for our IDADA First Friday Art Tour opening, featuring Hilaire's "Abstract Art Dynamics," and take a look at it from a new angle. New Year, new angle, still great fun at the Art Bank. You're still on your holiday, come spend it with us!

Happy New Year from the artists at the Art Bank!

*Our stop on the IDADA First Friday Art Tour runs 6-9pm, admission is free and parking is available. Make a night of it!*

Yeah, We Got That

posted Dec 20, 2015, 7:14 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Dec 20, 2015, 8:37 PM ]

In need of some last minute gifts?

The Art Bank has you covered: Give the gift of art!

Many of our artists have "stocking stuffer"-sized art and some are offering holiday deals. Parrish Cooper is offering "Buy one print, get one free" on her "Pieces of Parrish" series.  Others, such as Joy Hernandez, Terrence Loftus and Andrew Koeling, offer smaller-sized originals, while artists like Kimberly Ewing, Rob Price, Katherine Musser Berry and Faith Blackwell have cards depicting their art.  And don't forget Leo Ware, Barbara Heywood-Chasey, Catherine Howie, and Gina Soo Golden have an array of prints. And let's not forget Von Biggs' hand-dyed silk scarves!

And then there's Green Glam. Do you know Green Glam? You should! Debra Gindhart Dragoo has made 'green' her life and has repurposed found objects and baubles into jewelry. She has necklaces, earrings, all colors, any variety, and no two are the same!

We have nearly 40 artists in this old bank building, with so much more art than this article could describe, so you'll just have to come see for yourself!

The Art Bank is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we will be open on Wednesday, December 23rd, during our normal hours of 1-8pm.

We will reopen after the holiday, on December 26th, 1-9pm. What a better way to spend Boxing Day, than to take in the Cultural Trail and the last weekend of Synesthesia--Music as Art, in our Feature Room.

And, just because we can't get enough of the holiday season, we will be open and ready to go on New Year's Day, celebrating the IDADA First Friday Art Tour with Hilaire in our Feature Room!

Happy Holidays from the artists at the Art Bank!

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