Growing up in Ohio, Jan Snyder always knew she would be an artist.  Influenced by her high school art teacher who stressed realism, and educated at Herron School of Art and the Indianapolis Art Center in Indianapolis, IN, Jan strives to create paintings that evoke......

Roseanne Crowell made it to the Winners’ Circle three times in the Drawing Category at the 2017 Indiana Wildlife Artists Fine Art Exhibit! She was awarded 2nd place for … “Waiting for Mom” White-Tailed Deer Fawn – Soft Pastel Third Place … “The Boss” African......

Nickel Plate Arts launched the Nickel Plate Arts Awards in 2016 to celebrate local leadership in the arts. We interact with incredible people every day who work very hard to keep creativity thriving in and shaping the Nickel Plate Region. We can do our part......

“When I think of home, it immediately takes me back to my childhood home and my family… it’s a feeling of love and belonging.” – Jill Broadhacker, Jillyjack Designs The concept of “home” conjures a variety of thoughts, feelings, and emotions for many. For some,......

Join the Hoosier Salon Carmel Gallery for a celebration of color this August as they feature the works of three local artist members: Beth Forst, Forrest Formsma, and Randall Scott Harden. Their exhibit, Poems in Paint, opens Saturday, August 12th and continues through September 2nd.......

The Hamilton County Artists’ Association (HCAA) is offering local artists the opportunity to display their work in Noblesville City Hall from October 4 through November 17, 2017. The exhibit, entitled “Our Creative Community”, will be a non-judged event featuring the varied and talented artistic endeavors......

This August will bring the artwork of Roseanne Crowell and Lynne Medsker to the main gallery area of ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Roseanne, a Studio Artist at Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, works primarily in soft pastels for her wildlife and custom pet portraits.......

Deadline for submissions ~ December 31, 2017 Have you ever had a dream or a nightmare so vivid that when you awake you aren’t sure if it really happened or not? Or have you ever watched a move and wondered, “I wonder if that was......

It’s clear to many that Bobbi K. Samples is the kind of woman who does what she wants. A local artist, entrepreneur, and renaissance woman, Bobbi has worn a variety of hats, including dancer, artist, teacher, realtor, and consultant, among others. After receiving her business......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist J. Rodney Reveal’s work will be featured in a solo exhibition this August at Inspire Studio Gallery in Carmel. His show, “Here and There,” will run from August 2 – 29 with a special Open House on Saturday, August 12th from......

We’re taking art out of the box and out-of-doors this summer with an exciting new artist showcase that celebrates Indiana’s native landscapes. Local artist Rachel Johnson will be exhibiting a collection of stone sculptures on the Nickel Plate Arts campus as part of a project......

Looking for a fun project that will also have an impact on young girls? Sarah Morin is a published local fantasy novelist and poet in search of an artist with a whimsical and wry style to illustrate her new 32-page book, “Rapunzel the Hairbrained,” for......

Each month, Nickel Plate Arts presents a showcase of artwork by a local artist or art group inside our Stephenson House Gallery. The exhibit is open to the public during regular business hours, Wednesday – Friday from noon – 5pm and Saturday from 10am –......

Christine Merchent knows golf and she knows photography. Nearly a decade ago, Merchent took up the art of photography and hasn’t looked back. Her work has been featured in PGA Golf Magazine, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Style & Clothing, From Photographer to Gallery Artist,......

The Fishers Arts Council is currently seeking 2D artists interested in participating in three specific exhibits in 2017 as part of Art in City Hall, an art gallery located in Fishers City Hall (One Municipal Drive). Exhibition themes include: July 7 – September 1: Night......

Can “fine art” be fun? Gold frames, precision-cut mats, and kid gloves are often the images that come to mind when we hear the words “fine art,” and understandably so. Artists often pour their heart, soul, time, money, and energy into their work, which culminates......

The wait is finally over!  Our latest edition of Comic Book in Day is finally here, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Join us for a comic book-themed outdoor party held in conjunction with the painting of a downtown Noblesville crosswalk – a public......

2017 NICE Creativity Workshop #1 for Harlem and Animal Farm We will focus on Harlem (Langston Hughes) and Animal Farm ~ A Fairy Story (George Orwell). Bring the tools of your creativity (any medium of art, music, writing, creating!) and join in our discussion and......

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to......

Nickel Plate Arts partner Meyer-Najem has transformed the second story of their beautiful new Fishers building into a bright, modern, open space, perfect for featuring the contemporary works of our local artists. With a passion for supporting the local arts community, Meyer-Najem will host art......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist J. Rodney Reveal will have his work featured in Hoosier Salon’s “Chasing Daylight: New Work by Indiana Plein Air Painters.” Happening Saturday, April 8th from 5-9pm at the Carmel Hoosier Salon, Reveal’s work will be showcased along with 13 other......

Tuesday, May 2 & Thursdays, May 11-25, 6-9 p.m. (Please note that this class will now begin on Tuesday, May 2 due to an emergency that requires the artist instructor to be out of town on Thursday, May 4th. If you have any questions, please contact Anna.)......

  LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR, SPRING, 2017 Well, I’m finally doing it. I’m taking my own advice. After almost five years of cheerleading for artists, of gently pushing back when someone says they’re not artistic, of insisting that everyone has something beautiful and creative to......

Our local community is full of Makers producing one-of-a-kind items, and Nickel Plate Arts wants to highlight their impact in a brand-new initiative: Maker of the Month. In contemporary culture, a Maker can be anyone who uses their individual ingenuity to produce something, including artists,......

The Hamilton County Artist’s Association (HCAA) and its sponsors proudly present the HCAA annual Art Fair On The Square. The event is by invitation only, based on artist applications submitted for jurying. If you would like to be considered, please complete the application below and ensure......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Lesley Haflich will be the featured artist at the Speedway Center for the Arts for the months of March and April.  Haflich won the Nickel Plate Arts Artist of the year award in 2016 and has been featured in many......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist John Reynolds announces a new gallery connection.  Reynolds, who  carves small figurines and makes jewelry in addition to creating his award-winning oil paintings, is bringing some of his creations to Avalon Jewelry and Pens in Zionsville.  You can browse the......

Indiana’s premier art, food experience needs volunteers INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2017) – If you enjoy exceptional, one-of-a-kind Indiana art and artisan food and wine, you will want to volunteer for the seventh annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace, March 25-26 in the Exposition Hall at the Indiana......

The 2017 HCAA Visual Arts Major Scholarship guidelines and application form are now available! Two scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded in the Spring 2017, for school year 2017-2018. The 2017 scholarship awards are made possible by a generous gift from Ken Bloomhorst in memory of his wife Roberta “Birdie”......

No Spring Break plans? No problem! Be instantly transported to a variety of travel destinations through the captivating images of local photographer Michael Jack. From March 1st – March 31st, Michael will be filling our Stephenson House gallery space with new photography from his recent......

Here at Nickel Plate Arts, one of our core missions is to engage our local communities with great arts experiences. We especially love working with local organizations to bring outstanding art to unexpected places. To that end, our friends at Meyer-Najem Construction have partnered with......

Uncork your creativity for this artist opportunity that is sure to please your palate! Nickel Plate Arts and Blackhawk Winery & Vineyard are pleased to announce the inaugural Blackhawk Winery Wine Label Art Contest. One selected artist will be featured on the first edition art-themed wine label......

Artists: we want to hear from you! If you have ideas you’d like to share with us, things you’d like to see from us, or want more information about volunteering with us, please plan to attend our annual Artist Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th here at Nickel......

Artist Showcase, Feb. 1-25 It’s no surprise that many artists find inspiration in the natural world. From beautiful painted landscapes to stunning wildlife photography, nature is the motif that is most often represented in artistic form. Perhaps no practice connects so strongly with the natural......

Consider art’s role in your life and how Nickel Plate Arts can feed your need Food, water, shelter. We need those things. But do we really need art? We would argue with an emphatic “Yes!” not just because we are in the business of running......

Our November exhibit celebrates the Indiana Bicentennial with the best 2-d and 3-d works by some of Indiana’s top artists.   We invited Lindsey Lord, Public Art & Art Services Coordinator for the Indianapolis Arts Council, to help us judge our show.  Together, we selected......

The latest Nickel Plate Arts Guide is now available. Woo-hoo! Download it and connect with the people and places who are celebrating, making and advocating for the arts in your community. Download it now! Inside this issue: ARTS PARTNERS Collaboration Grows: Noblesville Arts Council Fishers......

Award-winning Showcase Artist  When J. Rodney Reveal is at work, it is most often just inside the Stephenson House on the Nickel Plate Arts campus facing Eighth Street inside his sunny studio. Through the month of November, he will allow his paintings to fill the......

Stephenson House gallery to hold 40 years’ worth of work in pottery Dan Howell sees more in a piece of clay than most of us ever will, a skill he has honed for four decades as an artist. His clay work began when he was a young......

Conner Prairie is looking for local talent to round out their historical experiences this fall:   Follow the North Star Needed: Two men, 20s/30s Must be available for some weekend nights, and weekdays between: November 1-3, 7-11, 15-18  (approximately 8:30-2:00) November 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 (approximately......

  Corporate citizenship focused on the arts On a chilly spring day in May, Cynthia Tucker found herself in the studio of Kevin Huff. The sculptor had been commissioned by Meyer Najem to create a large piece of art on the grounds of the construction......

Couple brings travel bug to Stephenson House gallery John Cinnamon and Ann Craig-Cinnamon have spent three decades speaking into a microphone, sending their voices and travel experiences over the radio waves. Ann hosted morning shows at several area stations, while John did mid-days and mornings.......

The Arts of Ball State Alumni As a student, it can be easy to let go of a creative habit if you aren’t involved in a class or working toward a degree, but there are plenty of college graduates — perhaps particularly Ball State University......

Purdue University is requesting artist proposals for a painted mural to be installed on a concrete wall in a car tunnel that travels under a train bridge. The selected mural will be a colorful installation with an emphasis on honoring Anderson, Indiana innovation. Plant 3......

Myart in Noblesville is looking for a part-time teacher to teach one night a week at our Noblesville studio and teach an after school enrichment Myart class at a Noblesville Elementary School.  Also a possibility is the opportunity to teach at a Community Montessori School.......

To take advantage of what festival organizers say is always the most beautiful weekend of the summer, the Plein Air Paint Out sponsors, Hamilton County Artists’ Association and Nickel Plate Arts, agreed that June 16-18 would be the best week for their event as well.......

Lesley Ackman studied music at Indiana University and had a career in finance and accounting, but she found her true passion in photography in 2008. At that time, she was traveling a lot and enjoyed taking photos, but wanted to improve her skills. She took......

Meet and join the Hamilton County Photography group The Hamilton County Photography group meets monthly to share experiences, learn from each other and advance the art of photography. The open group includes amateur, professional, retired and beginning photographers. (Featured image of barn shown here by......

Shawn Deitch, an artist living and working in Carmel, Ind., will showcase her oil paintings in Nickel Plate Arts’ Stephenson House in May. She draws inspiration from nature and has a special interest in Indiana wetlands and lakes as well as seasonal landscapes and cityscapes.......

If you came to our First Friday in March this year, you most likely would have met Kat Ho, a Noblesville artist, graduate of the Herron School of Art, and Art Director for the Boys & Girls club in Noblesville (her artwork appears in the......

Eric moved back to Central Indiana from Washington, DC with his wife to be an American Sign Language interpreter.  The couple had plans to buy a tiny house to help pay down debt and have settled into the renovated garage behind his father Leroy’s home. ......

A retired firefighter, Leroy works primarily in watercolor, painting in impressionistic and realistic styles. He has an affinity for old barns and architecture from the past.  O’Dell moved to Noblesville in the 1960s from Los Angeles. He has been a member of the Hamilton County......

Here is the electronic version of our Arts Guide magazine for Mar-May of 2016.  Read about our upcoming events, classes, and about the people who make the Nickel Plate Arts region so great!  Call 317-452-3690 if you would like to receive a hard copy of......

Art of Business ‘Gearing up for Art Fair’ Class, May 18, 2016 Art fairs can be the backbone of many artists’ business plans, but it’s not always easy to get started. They often require a lot of money up front and can be very competitive,......

Charity Counts and Maxwell Hopkins are sharing the spotlight as our April Showcase Artists. Counts is the associate vice president of exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and Hopkins, age 5, is in junior kindergarten at St. Louis de Montfort in Fishers. The mother......

Learn to make strong abstract designs that will serve as a foundation for a creative painting. Create stamps and papers that allow endless opportunities for painting with wonderful colors and interesting textures. Classes led by HCAA artist Donna Arnold....

Video storyteller and artist Hannah Lindgren “I was mad,” she says. During Hannah Lindgren’s sophomore year at Lawrence North High School, she got shut out of the photography class she desperately wanted to take. Instead, she got stuck in a video course. “By the end......

Nickel Plate Arts will celebrate planes, trains, automobiles and all of the other ways we have traveled across Indiana history. We are seeking artwork, in all mediums, that celebrates 200 Years of Indiana Transportation. From horse drawn carriages to race cars, to hot air balloons......

Our Love Runs Deep February 5-27, 2016 The Nickel Plate Arts February exhibit, Feb. 5-27, puts a sense-of-place spin on our annual Love, Lust and Poetry exhibition. In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, this year’s “Valentine’s” exhibit features works that depict what artists love about the......

Artist Q-&-A: Photographer Michael Jack Is Back! Lose yourself in the rich colors and details of artist Michael Jack’s photographs Feb 1-29, when we will fill the walls of the Stephenson House with his works. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday,......

After three years of operation, it’s now time for Nickel Plate Arts to dream big. We exist in the land of possibilities. We need your help to fill in the details of those possibilities and make them come true! Let us know about your vision......

See the exhibit and add your symbol of fortitude, January 2-30, 2016 To kick off our 2016 Indiana Bicentennial-themed exhibits, we are exploring the healing powers of art through the eyes of Indiana artists. Two hundred years of history have included many ups and downs......

From January 2-30, Nickel Plate Arts will celebrate art’s powerfully therapeutic qualities during The Healing Power of Art, an exhibition of art that has an emotional significance to the artist and/or represents a healing journey.  We selected the painting Fortitude, by local art therapist Gina......

Artist Tori Weyers knew from the age of 3 that she wanted to be an artist, although she wasn’t sure exactly what that meant. Growing up, she would see shapes, creatures and patterns in the world around her and constantly point them out to her......

Celebrate local artist Bobbi K. Samples’ exhibit of oil paintings during a free reception in the Stephenson House. “The Poetry of Angels” event will include new angel paintings and a reading of Zona C. Samples’ poems & prose by Bobbi K’s father-in-law John C. Samples,......

Color-blind photographer sees gift James E. Anderson retired from a 35-year career working in information technology at Herff Jones in 2012. That’s when he discovered the creek and rediscovered his artistic eye. Anderson had lived by Buffalo Creek for 34 years, but says he never......

Welding Artists featured in August Show Some art is delicate: a bow moving gently across violin strings, the sweep of a watercolor brush, the beatific expression on a young actor’s face. An art that combines open flames, heavy metal and plenty of warning labels doesn’t......

Meet Nickel Plate Arts’ August Showcase Artist Jessica Springman was born an artist, but it took decades for her to find balance where the artist and analyst in her could co-exist and surface as her defining art style. The mother of two worked as a......

Shooting for Defining Elements in Nature, Architecture and Automobiles The luminous photography of Michael Jack, our July Showcase Artist, filled the Stephenson House in July. His photos concentrate on landscapes, architecture and automobiles. In each area he tries to draw the viewer into the scene.......

Born in southern Indiana, John Reynolds started drawing and painting at an early age.  After high school, he attended Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1973.  He continued his art studies and teaching at the......

J. Rodney Reveal was born and raised in Noblesville, Indiana, granted a full painting and sculpture scholarship to the California College of Arts in Oakland, California, and returned to Indianapolis John Herron School of Art to continue his studies. Rodney was also a builder/designer of......

Originally from New York, Roseanne has lived in several states, but has been an Indiana resident for over 20 years.  She has always had an interest in art, from her earliest years with crayons and paint sets, to decorating grade school classrooms, but she seriously......

About Mike: Michael Janosky is a Resident Studio Artist at Nickel Plate Arts and a juried artist member of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association (HCAA) in Noblesville and the CCA Gallery in Carmel. In 2015, Michael’s work was juried into the Hoosier Salon’s Annual Exhibition......

About Lesley With vibrant strokes of color and energy, Lesley Haflich lends contemporary flair to classic icons of our world. Her timeless oil paintings will be a welcome accent to any décor. Lesley has a degree in fine art from Purdue University and is a......

Many of Beth Forst’s life experiences have lead her to become an influential artist and plein air painter. A sales career in the graphic arts/printing field enhanced her knowledge of the arts before she began working as a mural painter and sketch artist in the......

Art Therapist Gina Baird on the Healing Power of Creating and Sharing Art As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist, Gina Baird works one-on-one with individuals to help them tackle difficult experiences and start to heal psychological wounds. Her......