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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, 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:

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


Ambiguscapes

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!

Synesthesia--Music as Art

posted Nov 27, 2015, 9:01 PM by Art Bank

The Art Bank Artists will present “Synesthesia—Music as Art,” premiering as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Friday, December 4th, 6-9pm, in the Feature Room of the Art Bank. With over 30 artists participating, each inspired by a song, much like its name, this group show will satisfy the senses. Admission is free. “Synesthesia—the way that one of our senses affects another—is always involved in the creation of art,” said artist Andrew Koeling. “The way things smell, sound, or taste influence how a piece of work will turn out. This show takes that concept and elevates it, making it central, and gives viewers a new perspective with how to approach a particular work.”

Some of the Art Bank Artists identify as synesthetes, and some not. The purpose of the show, though, whether the artist had synesthesia or not, was to celebrate the concept of music through the visual avenue of art. Each artist has selected a song and will interpret that song into their art. Given that the Art Bank houses photographers, painters, and sculptors, each interpretation will still contain the artist’s voice, blended in with the song of choice. 

The Art Bank chooses the month of December as the Group Show month in order to celebrate
the community the artists have created through their affiliation with the Art Bank. At a time of the year when families tend to come together, the Art Bank Artists feel the connection to their fellow artists, and wish to celebrate each artist’s uniqueness, point-of-view, and voice.

Columbus and the Columbia Club

posted Nov 11, 2015, 10:10 AM by Art Bank   [ updated Dec 6, 2015, 7:28 PM ]

Art Bank Artist John Strickland will be presenting Recent Abstracts at the Columbus Museum of Art & Design through December, with an opening reception on Friday, November 13th, 6:00-7:30pm. As described in the CMAD's invitation, "Strickland has been painting, teaching English, and playing jazz most of his life. His paintings are included in collections in Edinburgh Scotland, London, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Indianapolis, Cambridge Massachusetts, New York, Barbaste France, and Corpus Christie Texas. American Art Resources commissioned three works to be displayed at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis. His work has been included in the Midwest National Abstract Art Exhibition in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Strickland's bold and abstract work is a favorite among the Columbus community as work has graced the walls of Tre Bicchieri for many years."

We are proud that John Strickland's work has been a staple of the Art Bank in our Main Lobby area for many years. If you're in the Columbus area, be sure to check out this show!


Art Bank Artist Andrew Koeling will be showcasing his ink and resin work at the Columbia Club, in downtown Indianapolis, through November and December. Per their announcement: "His art is heavily influenced by his background as a DNA analyst, and much of his work feels as if it is being viewed through a microscope or telescope, resulting in a somewhat ethereal feel. He often paints with layers of paint and epoxy resin to create a 3D effect. Andrew is a Ball State graduate who had dedicated himself to art, in addition to science, as an outlet to express a side of him he felt was being lost in the grind of the ever-common 9 to 5. Andrew states, 'Science teaches us how to understand the world around us but art allows us to experience it.' Andrew's art is now on display on the second floor of the library."


Andrew Koeling's work is located in the Currency Room of the Art Bank and we are so happy for him for this opportunity!




“Synesthesia—Music as Art” to be December Group Show at the Art Bank

posted Nov 6, 2015, 9:03 PM by Art Bank

The Art Bank Artists will present “Synesthesia—Music as Art,” premiering as part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour, Friday, December 4th, 6-9pm, in the Feature Room of the Art Bank. With over 30 artists participating, each inspired by a song, much like its name, this group show will satisfy the senses. Admission is free. “Synesthesia—the way that one of our senses affects another—is always involved in the creation of art,” said artist Andrew Koeling. “The way things smell, sound, or taste influence how a piece of work will turn out. This show takes that concept and elevates it, making it central, and gives viewers a new perspective with how to approach a particular work.

Some of the Art Bank Artists identify as synesthetes, and some not. The purpose of the show, though, whether the artist had synesthesia or not, was to celebrate the concept of music through the visual avenue of art. Each artist has selected a song and will interpret that song into their art. Given that the Art Bank houses photographers, painters, and sculptors, each interpretation will still contain the artist’s voice, blended in with the song of choice.  

The Art Bank chooses the month of December as the Group Show month in order to celebrate the community the artists have created through their affiliation with the Art Bank. At a time of the year when families tend to come together, the Art Bank Artists feel the connection to their fellow artists, and wish to celebrate each artist’s uniqueness, point-of-view, and voice.

“Artscapes by Steve” Whitlock to be November Feature at the Art Bank

posted Nov 2, 2015, 10:58 PM by Art Bank

Multi-faceted artist Steve Whitlock will present his “Artscapes by Steve,” as the October Featured Artist at the Art Bank. The show will open November 6th as part of the IDADA First Fride Art Tour. Admission is free. “I wanted to share the breath of my interest in various media,” said Whitlock. “By showing a diversity of styles and subject matter, I hope to engage the patron and invite them to explore their own creativity. The process can be an exciting and enriching experience.”

“As a young boy, and on through my school years and working years, I somehow always did some art,” said Whitlock. “Most of my work were given as gifts to family and friends. My primary work through the years was doing ‘just about everything’ related to the sport of gymnastics. In 2003, I was hospitalized in intensive care due to kidney problems. During my recovery, I decided that I needed to slow down in some areas and move forward with more attention to the things that I love – art, skiing, travel, music, and more.”

In his retirement, Steve Whitlock has been active in his community, including Indiana Youth Group, IDADA, the Indianapolis Mens Chorus, and has been a member of the Art Bank for nearly five years. His work varies from meticulous pen and ink compositions to abstract or representative acrylics. He also will showcase a 20-family tradition of hand-painted plaster Christmas villages. This year, he will be up to 15 buildings as gifts for his growing extended family, and will offer some additional buildings for sale to the art-loving community.

Indianapolis' Local Favorite 2015

posted Oct 11, 2015, 8:17 PM by Art Bank   [ updated Oct 11, 2015, 8:18 PM ]

The Art Bank Gallery has been awarded
Indianapolis' Local Favorite 2015 Award by theCultureTrip.com. Previously, the Art Bank had been named by the website one of Indianapolis’ 10 Best Contemporary Galleries, and are thrilled to be included in a listing representing some of the best art in Indianapolis. “We knew about the Top 10 listing,” said manager Joy Hernandez, “but this award certainly came as a surprise. We are so glad the art patrons of Indianapolis have us on their Favorites list.”

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