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And In The OTHER Cultural Districts... - Casey Jo Ailes
posted: Apr. 16, 2010
It's that time of year again when the smell of spring is everywhere. City employees have been hard at work planting pansies all around the cultural districts, construction workers are out in the East End of the Mass Ave Cultural District working on the Cultural Trail, and freshly painted canvases can be found at the 17th Annual Stutz Artists Open House. Every year, the halls are jammed packed with art lovers, squeezing by each other as they pass from one studio to the next. With over 70 local artist studios all under one roof, this is a prime location to steal a chance to see where and how the work is created. The artwork ranges from drawings to sculptures and the price ranges from $10 to $10,000. While you are searching for that perfect match for your wall, Cynthia Layne will be enticing your ears with some musical performances on the first floor both days. If you are reading this, chances are you have not only heard of the Stutz but you probably have visited the old yellow brick 400,000 square foot former car factory that now is home to many creative working professionals who will open up their studios for all to see for two days this month. Gayla Hodson is just one of the many artists that will invite patrons into her studio for the weekend to see her latest creations inspired by botanical. The Open House is Friday, April 23rd, from 5:30-10:30 pm and again on Saturday the 24th from 2 pm to 7 pm. (1060 N. Capitol Avenue) Tickets are $10 in advance at Old National Bank or $12 at the gate. For more information on this event visit www.stutzartists.com.
Is art gazing not your ideal way to spend the weekend? May I suggest checking out other entertainment in our cultural districts, such as a baseball game? In between our cultural districts we have one of the nicest minor league baseball stadiums in the country and for the past month the Indianapolis Indians have been counting down to Opening Night, Friday April 16th. The Indians are stepping into their 15th season and they have taken the opportunity to unveil something new everyday in the 15 days leading up to the home opener. They open up against the Toledo Mud Hens @ 7:15 pm and for the first time in Indianapolis Indians history, the tribe will televise all 72 home games. Along with a new left field video board, the Indians will also have a new website design and free business day parking shuttle, just a few of the new changes one can enjoy at the stadium this season. For more information visit www.indyindians.com.
Casey Jo Ailes holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Herron School of Art and teaches at the Indianapolis Art Center. She is an award winning artist and focuses on photography and painting. Casey has been published nation wide and shows her work locally. Contact her at casey@BroadRippleGazette.com