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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:

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.”

 

Parrish Cooper to Unveil Large-scale Portrait During IDADA First Friday

posted Feb 17, 2015, 12:07 PM by Art Bank

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.  
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.

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.

Join us! Resistance is Futile!

posted Feb 7, 2015, 6:30 PM by Art Bank


Triple F! February First Friday!

posted Feb 6, 2015, 8:52 AM by Art Bank

Tonight, we showcase the "Circles of Life" with our Featured Artist Ann D. Luther, a wonderful textile artist.

We will also play host to a Random Act of Music around 8pm! What is this, you ask? Well, you'll just have to come see and find out!

Let It Snow!

posted Jan 31, 2015, 10:17 AM by Art Bank   [ updated Jan 31, 2015, 10:17 AM ]

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!

LIKE A ROSS

posted Dec 10, 2014, 9:50 AM by Art Bank



On Second Friday Family Night, January 9th, come down to the Art Bank for our Bob Ross Look-Alike Contest, "like A Ross."

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.

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!


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