For the twentieth year, the historic former car factory that houses artists’ studios will come alive for a weekend in the spring. More than 70 artists will welcome visitors to their studios at the 20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 26 and 27.
The event began in 1993 when building owner Turner Woodard, an abstract painter himself, joined with a few other artists to host an open house. They threw some beer on ice in a plastic kids swimming pool and invited some friends.
Now, the event attracts 5,000 people every year, bringing to the historic Stutz building art lovers of all types who welcome the chance to wander through artists’ studios.
“Lots of people have been to art galleries and art fairs, but what’s different at the open house is that you get the chance to see where and how the work is created,” said Tom Potter, co-chair of the 2013 event.
The open house is an opportunity to see artwork in the settings where it’s created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. The event also offers a rare chance to see vintage cars on display in the historic Stutz car factory.
Friday night, the event includes live music, including electric violinist Cathy Morris, while Saturday afternoon features hands-on art activities, an exhibition of work by Saturday School students from the Herron School of Art and Design, and free ice cream beginning at 2 p.m. while supplies last.
Housing the largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest, the exterior of the yellow brick buildings that comprise the complex have changed little since the Stutz motor car was made here. Located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis, the interior of the 400,000-square-foot former car factory has been renovated into studios and office space.
Participating artists include:
Barbara Applegate-Jones, painting
John Bartlow, photography
JD Bills, paint & digital media
Faith Blackwell, photography
Linette Bledsoe, painting
JanettMarie Braun, painting
Susan D. Brewer, painting
Francie Broadie, jewelry
Vicki Broadie, painting
Emily Budd, sculpture/jewelry
Lydia Burris, mixed media
Martha Carlson, painting/photography
Shawn Causey, painting
Andy Chen, photography
Susan Christensen, painting/collage, jewelry
Katie Clayton, quilts/fabric
Cathy Cunningham, mixed
Anthony Dunne, photography
Camille Dunne, photography
Leigh Dunnington-Jones, metal & jewelry
Wendy Franklin, fiber
Bonnie Fillenwarth, painting
James Gerard, painting/drawing/sculpture
Victoria Gillieron, painting
Ritch Hanna, painting
Judy Hauth, metal/metal-clay/jewelry
Susan Hazer, jewelry & metalwork
Pete Howard, photography
Sarah Kercheval, photography
Amy Kirchner, painting
John Kirchner, woodwork
James Klosterman, encaustic painting
Jane Knight, finger painting
Lauren Kussro, sculpture/print-making
Laura LaForge, acrylic painting
Joe Leavell, photography/painting
Diane Lyon, painting
Terri McCatchie, painting
Mallory Marty, mixed
Bruce Moore, painting
Gayle Moore, photography
Sally Moore, fine art painting
Colleen Murphy, painting
Adam Noel, mixed media
Melissa Parrott-Quimby, sculpture/ceramics
Brian Phillips, collage/painting
Tom Potter, photography
Martha Sando, oil painting
Elise Schweitzer, painting
Constance Scopelitis, painting
David Joseph Sloma, silver resin jewelry
Taylor Anne Smith, painting
Rita Spalding, oil painting
Stewart Sparks, photography
Heather Stamenov, painting/photography/video
Ed Stewart, photography
Michael Swolsky, metal sculpture
Caroline Tabac-Shank, sculpture
Martha Vaught, painting/printmaking
Jack Wickes, photography
Julia Zollman Wickes, painting & drawing
Vicky Shaffer White, painting
Turner Woodard, painting
WHAT: 20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Stutz Business Center, 212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis
Enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th streets.
(Free event parking in designated lots and free on-street parking on Capitol and Senate avenues and 11th Street.)
COST: $10 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank branches and the Stutz Business Office; $14 at Eventbrite; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free
INFO: www.stutzartists.com, 317-503-6420
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at www.GottaGo.us and www.FoodDigital.com and catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published on www.Gottago.us, www.BroadwayWorld.com, an in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.