Our latest Annual Report and our Summer Arts Guide is now available!  This issue includes information about our 2016 accomplishments, a look back at the notable milestones during our five years of existence, and great stories about artists and art supporters who make a big......

As the first certified B Corp in Indiana, the Bohlsen Group uses “the power of business for good.” The full-service marketing firm pledges in-kind services to its nonprofit partners in the form of a 10 percent services discount of their overall fees. In its most......

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,......

Bryan Glover represents the third generation of Glover family ownership of Mr. G’s Liquors, founded in 1977 and co-owned by Bryan’s uncle Myron Glover. As a Level 1 sponsor of Nickel Plate Arts, Mr. G’s often provides wine and spirits for several of our events......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here! Meyer-Najem Showcase Exhibit: Alys Caviness-Gober June 1 – 30, viewing Monday – Friday during business......

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......

  “It was an opportunity to support an organization that encourages art at all levels,” says manager Brian Short of Prizm: the Artists Supply Store regarding the store’s relationship with Nickel Plate Arts. Students enrolled in NPArts classes including the popular Monday Drawing Class wield......

Being a supporter of Nickel Plate Arts’ is about much more than raising funds. With the City of Noblesville, we are working in tandem to make our home base a great city to live, work and visit. Steve Cooke, Deputy Mayor of the City of......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here! Meyer-Najem Showcase: Tom Slack May 1 – 31, viewing Monday – Friday during 8am –......

Bob Burnett is Regional Services Director for the Indiana Arts Commission, a Premium Level sponsor of Nickel Plate Arts. He works with people, organizations and municipalities in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Shelby counties to help carry out the IAC’s mission to positively......

It’s fair to say Church Church Hittle + Antrim was on the ground floor of Nickel Plate Arts. The Hamilton County law firm’s early support has helped us grow and evolve to make an greater impact in our shared community. Firm leader and partner Doug......

“All you need is faith, dust, and a little pixie dust.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan If you think you’ve seen tiny houses, just wait. In just a few short weeks, Nickel Plate Arts will open its doors to the fairy folk of Hamilton County......

This year’s HeART of Tipton Art Festival will take place Saturday, May 13th from 10am – 4pm.  The Tipton Art Guild will have members and non-members showing, demonstrating, and selling art downtown as part of the many festivities going on that day.  Tent spaces are......

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......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here! Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Thomas Howie April 1-30, Fri.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. Noblesville Visitor’s Center FREE!......

When most of us hear the word “maker”, we tend to think of woodworkers, blacksmiths, or other jobs involving sweat, grit, and dirty hands. While sewing certainly doesn’t conjure up such images, it is very much a creative endeavor with a product that can be......

The Equine Art Guild was formed in 2016 after a group of artists met at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo.  Bonding over their love for art and horses, they realized that few venues cater to equine artists, which would more than likely mean that......

  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”......

Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Thomas Howie April 1-30, Fri.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. Noblesville Visitor’s Center FREE! HCAA is sponsoring monthly exhibits of selected member’s work to be on display at the Noblesville Visitors Center. Thomas Howie is the featured artist for April. Tomas started drawing......

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......

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......

The Belfry Theatre proudly announces auditions for The Foreigner by Larry Shue A wildly funny comedy that will keep the audience laughing – and rooting for the shy gentleman who has had the role of the “exotic foreigner” thrust upon him. This high-energy comedy centers......

Funding Will Fuel Arts Programs For Underserved Residents NOBLESVILLE, IND. — Nickel Plate Arts has received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support community-building efforts in Hamilton County’s Jackson Township. The funding will help the organization invest in the creative economies of......

Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel is seeking artwork for its exhibit, Nature’s Inspirations. Artwork depicting nature, wildlife, or “nature-scapes” are eligible for submission to the show and can be represented in both 2-D and 3-D media. Nature’s Inspirations will run from February 18th –......

When you become a member of Nickel Plate Arts, you are doing more than signing up for our mailing list and getting a cool window cling: you’re investing in everything that we are. As we started the new year, we analyzed our revenue streams in......

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......

The ADDYS (American Advertising Awards), is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local American Advertising Federation (AAF) Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of......

Want to make a lasting impression in support of a downtown business? As many of you may know, local children’s bookstore The Wild is under new management. New owner John Bellmore is looking to the local creative community for help in decorating this downtown fixture.......

  When Braden Business Systems moves its headquarters to the downtown Fishers Nickel Plate District in 2017, you can expect to see some kind of public art — a painting in the lobby, sculpture on the grounds or mural on a façade, perhaps — on......

Noblesville Arts Council’s cultural arts district plans and its vision for the city Alaina Shonkwiler, the City of Noblesville’s economic development assistant director and convener of the Noblesville Arts Council, introduces us to the work of this exciting organization. What’s the Noblesville Arts Council all......

It’s a safe bet that you know an artist — professional or hobbyist — living within a few blocks of your home. We want to know them, too, and The Artist Next Door exhibit in January is a great place for all of us to......

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 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......

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......

The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and Nickel Plate Arts team up to offer The Art of Business: workshops taught by local business leaders designed to help artists build their business savvy. Each workshop will cover a new topic, including tax preparation, building a marketing plan,......

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......

WE NEED YOU TO HELP US PREPARE FOR IMMINENT COMMUNITY CHANGES A shift is underway. As the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, Millennials are beginning to influence not just urban areas but also smaller and more suburban communities such as Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero,......

Nickel Plate Arts launched the Nickel Plate Arts Awards in 2016 as a way to celebrate local leadership in the arts. We interact with incredible people every day who are working so very hard to keep creativity thriving in the Nickel Plate Arts region, and......

Building community in Atlanta, one train car at a time Since 2012, people have gathered at Mr. Muffin’s Trains to hear the whiz of the trains going past, to marvel at the wall of brightly colored cars and to share in the model train craze.......

I am so very excited to announce that we will be launching to operational independence from Hamilton County Tourism on Jan. 1, 2017.  We will be our own, stand-alone institution with both the freedom and the responsibility to set our own trajectory and manage our......

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......

  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......

We are excited to announce that we are the recipient of an Arts Operating Support grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.  This is the second year in a row that we have been recognized by the commission, and we are so very grateful for their......

Conner Prairie is participating in the Indiana Association of United Ways bicentennial celebration, titled “Bison-tennial Public Art Project.” The museum has a 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison with base. To mark Indiana’s 200th year of statehood, Conner Prairie seeks to commission a central Indiana artist to decorate......

Kids classes, camps and other programming at Nickel Plate Arts are true adventures. We’d love to see your young artists take a study break and get their creative juices flowing. Join us! FREE Visual Arts Camp July 19-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (1-hr sessions organized by......

Starting in June, the Nickel Plate Arts Festival celebrates artists and arts experiences in the six towns along the Nickel Plate Railroad: Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Check out these art-filled June 2016 events with dates, descriptions and links to more info. Get going!......

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......

Art-centric summer can last all year The Nickel Plate Arts Festival is not a one-day event. Is it not about just fine art, just music or just growing community. It is not about one venue, one organization or one town. The Nickel Plate Arts Festival......

Our next issue of Arts Guide, which covers June-Aug, is HERE!  Click on the link below to read the latest stories about our arts community. June-Aug16NPArtsGuideFINALLo-Res   There are SO many events planned for June-August that we couldn’t contain them in this issue.  Our Events......

We’re happy to announce our new and improved membership program!  After testing membership levels and benefits in 2015, we’ve zeroed in on the levels that offer outstanding levels of engagement for Individuals, Artists, Nonprofits, and Businesses. Your membership not only gives you the opportunity to......

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......

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......

The Fishers Arts Council leads the charge to enrich city culture “Where there’s culture, there’s commerce. When you have the two, the city will thrive.” This quote appears on the Fishers Arts Council’s 2016 Operations Plan and at the top of every board meeting agenda.......

At 93, Bob Arbuckle takes graceful steps to back his community It takes many threads to weave together the fabric of a community. Bob Arbuckle lends his creative thread as a Nickel Plate Arts member, dancer and advocate for the arts. Six days a week,......

Art is fundamental to who we are and who we were, as individuals and as a state. During the Creating Indiana Together exhibit April 1-30, we are celebrating collaborative efforts among artists and how banding together and leveraging each other’s ingenuity can inspire us to......

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......

We are holding a book-themed membership appreciation event on March 24th, from 6:30-8 pm and we are looking for up to 12 local authors and/or book makers to participate.         This event will be marketed directly to our members, as well as......

We’re getting new neighbors. Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development plans to redevelop the partially demolished grain elevator site in downtown Noblesville, just northeast of Nickel Plate Arts, to build the Elevator and Lofts — an arts-focused business incubator and affordable housing project. The Granary is......

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......

If you missed our Annual Meeting on January 13th, here’s your chance to catch up!  Our Director Aili McGill shared this 2016 Annual Meeting presentation and our Board of Directors was on hand to meet, greet, and share their passion for the arts in the Nickel Plate region.......

Featuring Fishers January 11-February 26, 2016 One Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN The first exhibit of the 2016 Art in City Hall season features four local artists who are making a splash on the Indy art scene. View artwork created by  Von Biggs, DeMaris Gaunt, Jessica......

We love to sing the praises and celebrate the accomplishments of any groups that promote local arts and artists. Our official partner groups are each doing a wonderful job of building community around the arts in our region. Here’s the scoop on two this winter!......

Larry Sweazy’s latest mystery novel, A Thousand Falling Crows (Seventh Street Books), releases on January 5. This is a standalone novel that takes place in 1933 Texas. The Library Journal gave the book a starred review and made it their Mystery Pick of the Month......

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......

Getting up close and personal with the arts John Gilmore is the Kevin Costner — think “Field of Dreams” — of Noblesville’s arts community, but instead of building a venue that lures ghosts of the past, Gilmore’s Logan Street Sanctuary draws performers, artists and audiences......

Join us for our annual meeting, as we briefly review our 2015 accomplishments and confirm new board members. Our annual meeting will be immediately followed by a celebratory kick-off of Indiana’s Bicentennial, hosted by Visit Hamilton County and featuring bicentennial-themed beers made by local breweries.......

Boost Children’s Well-Being, Now and in the Future Is your child interested in the arts? Kavita Singh, our own Program Coordinator at Nickel Plate Arts, shares how her childhood dream of becoming an artist came true. “When I grow up, I want to be….” How......

The latest issue of Arts Guide, our membership magazine is at the printer, but you can get a sneak-preview here!  This quarter, we:      look at the past year at Nickel Plate Arts by the numbers      highlight the importance of arts education......

The artistic superpowers of an Indy illustrator Stuart Sayger heard the siren call of superheroes early. A professional illustrator and comic book creator based in Indianapolis, he has loved reading and drawing comics his entire life. As you flip through the large portfolios of his art......

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......

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......

Community Creates The Hamilton County Artists’ Association invites you to start creating for its annual Community Art Competition. Non professional and professional artists are welcome to submit work, with entry forms due Oct. 9. Pertinent Dates Oct. 17: Drop off artwork at the Birdie Gallery......

Law firm shows deep appreciation and support of the arts When Doug Church was in the eighth grade, he made a palm tree out of copper wire and Popsicle sticks. His teacher, Miss Beulah Book, told young Doug that she would give him a passing......

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......

Meyer Najem’s Investment in Public Art If you’ve driven through downtown Fishers lately, you have probably noticed lots of changes in the scenery, including the new Meyer Najem building just off of Lantern Road and Commercial Drive. This new office space will be the home......

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......

A New Strategic Plan Lays Out a Clear Vision and Bold Steps for Arts Organization The Hamilton County Artists’ Association has been around for more than 60 years and has weathered countless shifts in culture, the economic climate, and makeup of the local community. HCAA’s......

Three Organizations Collaborate for one BIG Fine Arts Event Randall Scott Harden had a bold idea. The Noblesville native, well known regionally for his impressionist works, suggested that his hometown host a fine arts exhibition or fair on the historic Noblesville Courthouse Square. The Noblesville......

Monday Night Drawing Class Creates Community and Boosts Skills Diane Adams-Hilger is like a lot of people who visit Nickel Plate Arts. She loved art growing up, but her life and career took her another direction. Now retired from her teaching job, she’s in a......

You can have the greatest idea, product or service in the world, but if you don’t have the business savvy to build it, promote it and sell it, it’s virtually impossible to be successful. In the same sense, mingling arts and business is critical to......

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.......

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......

A Painting Becomes Part of Beth Miller’s Therapeutic Journey When a friend of Beth Miller’s invited her to the opening night of the Art as Therapy show on March 6 at Nickel Plate Arts, she kindly declined, but when the night arrived she had a......