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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, 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!

Please enjoy our latest news, below:

VOTE! Because We Love You!

posted Jul 27, 2015, 8:42 PM by Art Bank

We are so proud and happy to have been nominated again this year as part of the Nuvo Best of Indy awards!
Last year, we came in third behind some great local art powerhouses, and we are thrilled to wave our "Little Gallery That Could" flag!

Please vote for us at the Art Bank, for Best Gallery, and please spread the word. We love you!
Thank you for nominating us!

Bring Out Your Sharpies!

posted Jul 27, 2015, 8:30 PM by Art Bank

August Featured Artist and iPhonographer, Catherine Howie, has announced a SHARPIE marker collection drive to benefit the Emma Donnan School, as part of her “Hudsonian” show at the Art Bank. SHARPIE marker donations will be accepted throughout the month, but drive will also be the main focus of Second Friday Family Night, August 14th, 6-9pm. Admission is free.

“For three years I have been involved in Garfield Park Neighborhood Ministry. Building community and working with children are some of our foundational goals, so partnering with Emma Donnan School is an obvious choice for the Second Friday event at the Art Bank for me,” said Howie. “The art program at Emma Donnan needs black fine and extra fine SHARPIE markers. If every Art Bank patron donated 4-6 SHARPIES during August the school would have enough for an entire school year.”

Emma Donnan Elementary and Middle School is located on the south side of Indianapolis.  Over 80% of its students are in low-income households. Focusing on positive results, “this year at Emma Donnan our students will learn to consider themselves artists. We set our achievement goals high; however, with the constrained school budget, we often have to restructure our lesson plans to work with our limited art supplies,” stated the school’s art teacher, Andrea Jandernoa. SHARPIE markers will give students a tool “to create contrast, show line-work, capture emotion, and teach permanence.”

Catherine Howie has structured her Featured Show, “Hudsonian,” to also be child-friendly. She has created a “treasure hunt,” designed to engage young patrons by finding interesting aspects in her work. Children can turn in a completed treasure hunt form for an immediate candy prize, and to enter a drawing with an iTunes card as a prize.

Blue Skies are Shining!

posted Jul 26, 2015, 4:58 PM by Art Bank

We, the Artists of the Art Bank, always appreciate media attention, especially since we are a smaller venue, and one of the few galleries remaining on Mass Ave. We love that people don't forget that we are here, and all of the support we've had from our patrons and fans over the years.

Shelby Roby, from Sky Blue Window, recently did this neat write-up about the Art Bank, and it was great! Sky Blue Window does a really great job of getting around to as many different venues as possible and staying up on the latest IDADA First Friday Art Tour locations as possible, so we wanted to give them a nod of appreciation.

So, please! Check out their full article here.

Whimsical Menagerie

posted Jun 20, 2015, 5:56 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Jun 20, 2015, 5:57 PM ]

Pop painter Kerry Jackson will be the featured artist at the Art Bank for July. His show, “Whimsical Menagerie,” will premiere in the Feature Room on July 3rd, as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Admission is free. “People are always telling me that my art is ‘all over the place,’ meaning I have many styles and thematic interpretations.  They are correct, and I enjoy my variety.  So, I decided to just celebrate it and let her fly!” says Jackson. 

Jackson insists that his show will be all about the smiles and encourages patrons to chat with him and relate just what it was that brought a smile to their faces. “For many years, I focused my work in a semi-traditional manner... playing around with landscapes, realistic scenes, etc. However, recently I've been moving toward a more simplistic and 'graphic novel' approach to my art. I'm trying to be intentional in helping the viewer enjoy life and a possible trip down memory lane,” says Jackson. “I consider myself to have a unique sense of humor.  It's now manifesting itself in my art.”

Kerry Jackson was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi.  Recent transplants to Indianapolis, Kerry and his wife, Twyla, Art Bank Assistant Manager, are the founders of the Circle City Canvas Church, with the aim to reach those in the arts, and in the downtown area. Jackson has a degree in Painting from Mississippi State University, as well as a Masters of Communications Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. He is also the President of Drawing to the Rock Ministries, Inc., and travels the world creating commissioned speed-painting art as performance art during church services. "Art is a natural expression of my life and faith.  Through my drawing, painting, sculpture, and performance art, I have always tried to explore creativity in unique and powerful ways.  It is my desire that all who view my art will be intrigued and challenged to examine their hearts and their own spirituality."

New Downtown Art Supply Store

posted Jun 10, 2015, 11:03 AM by Art Bank

The Art Bank is happy to announce the grand opening of Strumento, the downtown area’s only art supply store. Located on the second floor of the Art Bank, Strumento will have various supplies in stock, as well as the ability to order specific supplies upon request. Strumento’s grand opening will be celebrated as part of the Art Bank’s Second Friday, June 12th, 6-9pm.

Founded by Art Bank Artist Gina Soo Golden and Brendon Entwistle, Strumento fills a need in the downtown area, as more artists than ever settle in the area, and as Indianapolis champions walkability/bike-ability, and, with that, retail needs closer to the vibrant and growing area.

Strumento is a boutique which stocks supplies suggested by the downtown artist clientele, and their inventory continues to mount. Golden and Entwistle will also search for requested items that are unusual or hard to find, at a good price, and will assemble class materials packages. The duo knows what it’s like to manage many aspects of an arts career, and will facilitate artists’ schedules by accepting afterhours appointments.

Current hours of operation will mirror the Art Bank’s: Wednesday through Friday, 1-8pm, Saturday, 1-9pm, and Sunday, 1-4pm. Strumento can also be reached at 317-227-9485, or through their website, www.StrumentoArt.com


The Darkness of Color

posted May 15, 2015, 9:21 PM by Art Bank

Abstract painter Terrence Loftus will be the featured artist at the Art Bank for June. His show, “The Darkness of Color,” will premiere in the Feature Room on June 5th, as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour. Admission is free. “My show is designed to explore the wide range of visual concepts my paintings present, as well as the affects colors can have on one’s emotions and ideas. Some people see eyeballs and oceans; others see galaxies and endless tunnels,” says Loftus. 

Loftus will debut 18 new pieces, in his distinctive abstract style, focusing on bright colors contrasting against dark swirls and hints of shapes. “My approach to my artwork has always been, ‘what can I do with what I’ve got?’ I have found a way to combine my graphic-detailed pen drawings and my love for bright, bold, colorful paintings into what I currently do,” says Loftus. “The list of miscellaneous items used in my paintings include perfumes, colognes, rubbing alcohol, spray paint, candlewax, chunks of dried paint that sticks to my fingers while I’m painting, polyurethane, aquarium stones, and metal shavings.”

Terrence Loftus is originally from the Chicago area, but has made Indianapolis his home. He has participated in several RAW: Natural Born Artists shows in Indianapolis, Chicago, and in Columbus, Ohio. He has also participated in several shows around the Indianapolis area, including the 5547 Project Gallery, Fountain Square Brewing Company and Two Deep Brewing Company, while making the Art Bank his full-time home. He prides himself on a ‘winging it’ nature to his art, painting with whatever he can find, or whatever is at hand, lending an unexpected nature to the outcome of his work. “In its truest form, my paintings are exactly what you want to see. There’s a lot going on in every piece I do, the harder you look, the longer you look, the more you’ll see and the deeper you’ll fall. I want my work to pull you in so much so that you don’t want to leave without it,” says Loftus.

Happy First Friday!

posted May 1, 2015, 12:17 PM by Art Bank   [ updated May 1, 2015, 12:33 PM ]

It's May!

May means so much in Indy, and with beautiful weather, it's a great day to explore the IDADA First Friday Art Tour.

We will be offering up a one-room tour of Indy from the perspective of photographer Barbara Heywood-Chasey. She has a great eye for all that this city has to offer, and she's brought it all forward for everyone to enjoy.

So before you carbo-load for tomorrow's mini, or if you're in town to support your friends, come check out "Celebrating Indianapolis," and enjoy the weather and this city!

We are also proudly participating in Mass Ave's Tour De Tire, so don't miss "Frogger" across the street in the green space!

Rolling Rolling Rolling

posted Apr 8, 2015, 7:53 PM by Art Bank

Did you know that the Art Bank is in a prime location for Indianapolis' public bus system, IndyGo?

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, 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.

Downtown downtown downtown
(Because that word hasn't been written quite enough just yet).

It's Spring!

posted Mar 30, 2015, 10:19 AM by Art Bank

It's Spring! And time for the April IDADA First Friday Art Tour!

We have Kimberly Ewing featured, and she's got a grand goal: She's working to raise $3,000 for Burma's Dream Team, a team named for her mother, as part of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. April is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Feature Room will be going pink! Kimberly's show will feature her own work, as her tie to Breast Cancer Awareness is personal--she lost her mother, Burma, to breast cancer in 2009. It will also be a group show, with other artists contributing to the show and the fundraising. A portion of sales will go to Burma's Dream Team and that $3,000 goal.

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.

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.

Classes Offered at the Art Bank!

posted Mar 19, 2015, 12:23 PM by Art Bank

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).

Cooper will also offer 3 hour classes that run in 6 week sessions. “Abstract Drawing in Pastel” will be on Thursday evenings, 6-9pm, running April 2nd through May 7th. “Portrait Painting in Oil (with live models) will be on Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm, April 4th through May 16th.

Participants wishing to enroll can email parrish.cooper.art@gmail.com or call 317-771-8763.

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.”


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