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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, 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!
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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."
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
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.
We are also proudly participating in Mass Ave's Tour De Tire, so don't miss "Frogger" across the street in the green space!
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!
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.
(Because that word hasn't been written quite enough just yet).
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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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
“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.