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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!
Welcome To The Art Bank
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!
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.”
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
We have the choice to come alive and ignite what is in our true self,” said Bowen. “This show is about encouraging this current generation through symbolical sculptures, having this reminder that they can do more instead of accepting their current state and changing it with persistence.”
“Being intentionally different is the key for
me. There is only one you. You have to be true to yourself in order for many to
benefit,” said Sam Bowen, of his work. He can often be found creating at the
Art Bank, working with wood, metal, epoxy, and various types of wire and other
mixed media, to create symbolical sculptures that are projections of his own
mind, with the intention of creating positive messages. “Encouragement is the
word I stand for. In this day in age we need more influences to empower this
generation and the next. Everyone needs a positive influence in day to day
life,” said Bowen. He hopes to inspire patrons to look for new doors of
opportunity and to walk away inspired with positivity and hopes that they can
accomplish their dreams.
The more I photographed the landscapes, the more I appreciated the forms and colors wrought by time, water, and wind, so much so that at times I feel I need to smack my head to make sure that what I'm seeing is real. Naturally, after so many years collecting them I feel compelled to share them,” said Price. He hopes visitors leave his show with a deeper appreciation of how the world formed and came to be, via time, and will be rotating his show halfway through the month to offer more of his beautiful world tour.
Drawn to the representation of time that the natural landscapes offer, Robert Price tries to present his photographs as realistically as possible, often waiting hours until his environment (such as a stream he may be standing in) accepts his presence. If an image is too large for his camera to fully capture, he will painstakingly stitch several images together, until he can offer his patrons the full vista that he experienced on location.
“Every natural scene
on this Earth that is presented to your eyes throughout your whole life is a
convolution of the effects of light, water, and the passage of time,” said
Price. “Water and the passage of time are the creators and light is the
illuminator of the shapes and forms of the life and rocks that we see. And while
we can see water almost everywhere if we just wait a while most of us do not
think about the passage of time implicit in the creation and metamorphosis of
the world in front of our eyes.”
She will be painting her heart out every weekday evening, and throughout each weekend of the fair, August 7th-23rd. She's got the skills and we are so proud of her opportunity to show them off!
Indiana and Indianapolis is home to so many great artists, so take a moment to take in all of the art on display in that same building!
Thank you for nominating us!
Please vote for us at the Art Bank, for Best Gallery, and please spread the word. We love you!
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!