December 2016 Press Release

December 2016 Press Release

Buy, Make, Love Locally Made Art for the Holidays

NOBLESVILLE, IND. — The holiday season at Nickel Plate Arts offers you chances to create, shop and revel in the winter arts magic. Stop by for one-of-a-kind arts gifts at a range of price points. Don’t miss the “Handmade in Indiana” exhibit with art for sale, “Cookies and Canvas” class for kids, Holiday Date Night, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday happenings, and more!

NPAGiftedPhotoBLACK FRIDAY Nov. 25, 12-5 p.m.

Make Nickel Plate Arts your one-stop shop for gift giving. Be first and wait in no lines to cherry-pick handmade crafts and artwork in our Handmade in Indiana exhibit (see full details below) preview on Black Friday, Nov. 25. Free admission.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Shop local on Small Business Saturday. Find one-of-a-kind pieces at reasonable prices while sipping hot chocolate and nibbling cookies. Wow your family, friends or coworkers with a thoughtful, artful sentiment. Best of all, you — and your gift recipient — will be supporting local artists and Nickel Plate Arts. Plus, with our free gift-wrapping station, you can check wrapping presents off your list!

New this year: HOLIDAY ART BAR ($5 suggested donation). Create greeting cards, gift tags and more to personalize your gifts. Get artsy yourself, and add a personalized touch to your one-of-a-kind gifts!

New this year: HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOP with The Boys and Girls Club’s Teen Art Club Gift prices range $1-$15 with proceeds going to arts field trips for the Club. Luxury bath kits available for purchase, including bath bombs, scrubs, body butter, and more made by kids in the Teen Art Club. Also available: holiday cards and ornaments made by Club members.

First FridayDRAFTbluegreenFIRST FRIDAY Dec. 2, 6-9 p.m.

Don’t miss this exciting night of downtown Noblesville holiday action! Nickel Plate Arts will be one of many shops near the Courthouse Square offering special holiday opportunities. First Friday admission is always free; beer and wine (available for purchase). See and shop the art of Handmade in Indiana. Enjoy live music, hands-on crafts, and free gift wrapping, too. The First Friday tradition at Nickel Plate Arts is a wonderful chance to shop, connect, support and enjoy. Join us!

SANTA’S WORKSHOP: COOKIES & CANVAS Dec. 3 and 10, 12-5 p.m.

What’s a family holiday season without cookies, milk and holiday entertainment? Bring your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews to spend some quality time at Nickel Plate Arts and hear fun holiday stories. Get artsy with your Christmas celebration by participating in the kid’s version of a “wine and canvas” event and enjoy sweet treats while working on an art project. Cookies & Canvas will feature hour-long classes for young artists, little artists, and mini artists; classes are grouped by age. This family holiday event is sure to be magical for artists of all ages. Cost is $10/participant and includes all supplies. Times for each session follow:

  • Mini Artists (ages 4-6): 12-1 p.m.
  • Little Artists (ages 7-9): 2-3 p.m.
  • Young Artists (ages 10-12): 4-5 p.m.

Register online (nickelplatearts.org/signature events/holiday-events) or call us at 317-452-3690. Questions? Contact Kavita: ksingh@nickelplatearts.org

12096490_758622540932350_6823653943851400663_nHOLIDAY DATE NIGHT Dec. 17, 6-9 p.m.

Come to Holiday Date Night to enjoy a range of artist-led art projects for adult couples and friends. As a couple or small group, make the most personal holiday gifts for your girlfriends, parents or bffs! Enjoy live performances, snacks, and our wine and beer bar. Cost is $10/artist-led activity (for two people) or $30 for all 4 activities (for two people). Register online (nickelplatearts.org/ signature-events/holiday-events) or call us at 317-452-3690.

HOLIDAY DROP-IN CLASSES Dec. 21-23, 12-5 p.m.; and Dec. 28-30, 12-5 p.m.

Getting a little stir-crazy in the house? Bring your young artist to Nickel Plate Arts for a range of awesome afternoon art projects. Just $10 per project. Kids of all ages are welcome. Parents must accompany their children during the class. Each project takes about one hour or less to complete. All materials and guided instruction provided by NPArts staff and volunteers. No need to register — just drop in and ring in the new year with us!

Handmade in Indiana

You can shop a big-box store to find a lot of things loved ones have on their holiday wish lists. But what about those things they didn’t ask for? You know, those things that are truly holiday surprises — the kind that makes mouths fall open and eyes widen.

Those are the one-of-a-kind prizes you’ll find at Handmade in Indiana, Nickel Plate Arts’ annual holiday shop and exhibit, Nov. 25-Dec. 31, inside the Judge Stone House gallery on our campus.

Formerly titled “Gifted,” the sprawling Handmade in Indiana exhibit feels more like a curated gift shop than a gallery show. Expect to see pottery, paper products, books by local authors, wearable and decorative textiles, jewelry, paintings and much more — all created by local artists.

“This is the closest we get to showing the work of all of the creatives in Noblesville and the Nickel Plate Region. It doesn’t have to be fine art in a gold frame. It can be something very practical or funky or just fun,” says Rachael O’Dell, Artist Liaison and Exhibit Coordinator at NPArts.

Fortville native O’Dell comes to Nickel Plate Arts after working most recently at Homespun, the boutique/gallery/ workshop hybrid in downtown Indianapolis devoted to contemporary handmade goods. There she cut her teeth on retail and merchandising.

“For someone scared of jumping willynilly into art collecting, this is a great first step into buying art,” says Kavita Singh, NPArts Program Coordinator. Shop for truly one-of-a-kind art gifts in a range of price points. Singh and O’Dell worked together to develop the exhibit and programming to complement one another, bringing another dimension to the experiences of shopping and creating art. While Singh is more classically schooled in the arts, O’Dell is a self-taught dabbler in crafts and has been very into the craft movement for several years. In fact, she co-founded NoMa, the Noblesville Maker Meet-Up group. The exhibit is part of Nickel Plate Arts’ year-long Bicentennial focus.

Handmade in Indiana — Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 31 (Wednesday-Friday 12-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; open additional hours during First Friday). Free admission.

Casey Kenley
casey@caseykenley.com