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Welcome to the historic
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!
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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.
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.
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 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.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."
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.
Rest in peace, Henry Aldridge; your windows have opened and now you fly.
February 4th, 1954 - January 6th, 2016
The show will be open through April 1st.
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.”
*Our stop on the IDADA First Friday Art Tour runs 6-9pm, admission is free and parking is available. Make a night of it!*
Happy New Year from the artists at the Art Bank!
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!
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.
Happy Holidays from the artists at the Art Bank!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
“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 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.”