Alys found out about Nickel Plate Arts when it was first created. At the time she was a member of an artists’ co-op on the Noblesville Courthouse Square. She is a multidisciplinary disabled artist and writer. Her creative work includes: abstract and semi-abstract acrylic paintings, often with texture; 3D art, often with found materials; and fiction and nonfiction prose and poetry. She received her first commissioned work from Nickel Plate Arts when they had a callout for painted umbrellas. Nickel Plate Arts was the first space/venue outside the artists’ co-op where Alys exhibited any of her work. Those achievements made her feel more confident as a self-taught artist, and encouraged her to put my work “out there” publicly. She doubts she would have submitted to the 2012 jurying process of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association if she had not received encouragement from the then-staff at Nickel Plate Arts.
Since those early days, her relationship with Nickel Plate Arts has grown to include participating in many Nickel Plate Arts exhibits, many special events like Valentine’s, Day of the Dead, and Fairyville. Alys really likes the inclusive and supportive atmosphere of Nickel Plate Arts, and over the years, she has introduced several then-emerging artists to Nickel Plate Arts and encouraged them to submit to Nickel Plate Arts exhibits. All of these artists have become well-known and award-winning artists in our community and beyond.
Ongoing projects include volumes three and four of collections of her poetry and prose, and several series of paintings. She’s working on at least three “themed” series of paintings: Out Of The Box; Domestic Violence Trauma & Healing; and Gemini & Gypsy. Alys is currently painting in a 2×3-foot corner of her laundry room or on their dining room table. Her dream art project at the moment would be to build climate-controlled studio space at her home property or find free studio space very close by. Climate controlled space is a necessity due to her health problems, and as a disabled person, she can’t afford studio space rent.