April 2016 Press Release

April 2016 Press Release

Fourth Annual ‘Welcome to Fairyville’ Event Alights in April

Embrace the fairy whimsy at Nickel Plate Arts, plus April Fool’s First Friday, two new exhibits featuring local artists, and kids’ class and camp

NOBLESVILLE, IND. —Nickel Plate Arts is flying high with a packed April of arts-related activities, including the fourth annual four-day Welcome to Fairyville festival of fairies. Unplug and create with Nickel Plate Arts in hipstoric Downtown Noblesville!

WELCOME TO FAIRYVILLE

The fairies are back and they’re smaller than ever! The 4th Annual Welcome to Fairyville event alights on the Nickel Plate Arts campus April 20-23, 2016, with most events free. See the most whimsical abodes during the Fairy Home Show, create fancy fairy crafts, attend a Fairy Tea Party and more.

Winged Weekdays, April 20-22, 12-5 p.m.

Sprite Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fairy Home Show, April 20-22: On our campus, see fairy houses built by area residents, organizations and businesses. Vote on your favorite fairy house in our Fairy Home Show contest.

Fairyville Trail, April 22-23: We’re moving the Fairy Home Show houses into their natural habitat. Take a self-guided walking tour from Nickel Plate Arts, through downtown Noblesville, over the White River pedestrian bridge and along the Forest Park trail — it’s the Fairyville Trail! Keep your eyes open for fairy houses built especially for the Fairy Home Show.

Fancy Fairy Crafts, April 20-23: Children will get creative with whimsical crafts to make and take home. Enjoy fancy fairy crafts ($5 each) during regular business hours (10-5 p.m.).

Fairy Tea Parties, April 20-23: Reserve your spot at a Fairy Tea Party. Reserve your toadstool for April 20-22, 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; or April 23, 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for NPArts members/$10 for non-members. Spaces are limited (only 20 “toadstools” per tea party time). Sign up online or call 317-452-3690. (Please note: NPArts members must call to get discount.)

Fairy Friday, April 22, 6-9 p.m.

Nickel Plate Arts kicks off the winged weekend during Fairy Friday with live entertainment, storytelling fairies and more fairy shenanigans. As the conclusion to the Fairy Home Show contest, the winning fairy houses will be announced.

Storytelling Arts of Indiana presents fairy stories told by local storyteller Stephanie Holman, who will provide engaging fairy-themed stories for adults and children throughout the evening (6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.).

MORE AT NICKEL PLATE ARTS

April First Friday, April 1, 6-9 p.m.

Join us on April Fools Day, April 1, 6-9 p.m., to unwind and check out our latest exhibit, Creating Indiana Together. Local band McHalo, purveyors of fine folk-blues-roots-Americana music, will provide the live entertainment. Meet the artists exhibiting at Creating Indiana Together and enjoy a drink from Barley Island Brewing Co. or Mr. G’s Liquors — and maybe even a prank or two! First Friday is free, with purchase proceeds supporting Nickel Plate Arts’ programs. Registration is not required. Just come on out and enjoy. First Friday events at Nickel Plate Arts are sponsored by Brannon Sowers & Cracraft.

Exhibit: Creating Indiana Together, April 1-30

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, Nickel Plate Arts is celebrating collaborative efforts among artists and how banding together and leveraging each other’s ingenuity can inspire us to think, see and grow in new ways.

Exhibit visitors can expect to see artworks blending a range of mediums and different art styles from artist pairs, a community tile project and more. During this year of Bicentennial-related art exhibits at Nickel Plate Arts, Creating Indiana Together will features pieces with an emphasis on how art has shaped and continues to shape Indiana.

The exhibit is open to the public for free April 1-30 during regular business hours (Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

April Artist Showcase: Art by Two, April 1-30

Mother-son duo Charity Counts and Maxwell Hopkins share 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 pair have been collaborating on art projects for most of Max’s young life.

“I think he’s been making art since he could lift a pencil,” Counts says. “But only in the last year, I would say, has he started to call it ‘art’ or refer to himself as an ‘artist.’ I think he’s simply curious and observant … an essential set of qualities for an artist in my opinion.”

The “Art by Two” show runs April 1-30. See their works in the Stephenson House during regular business hours. Meet the artists at a reception on April 16 from 2-5 p.m.

PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

Adventures In Art Spring Break Camp, March 28-April 1

It’s not too late to register! We want kids to get their hands dirty and keep thinking creatively over spring break. Nickel Plate Arts presents its inaugural Adventures In Art Spring Break Camp March 28-April 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Noblesville High School.

In conjunction with Noblesville High School, Nickel Plate Arts invites kids ages 8-12 to explore the arts in a variety of mediums. Price is $195/camper. Registration deadline extended to March 23, 5 p.m. Register online at nickelplatearts.org.

Adventures in Art: Natural Born Artists class, April 12-May 17

During Natural Born Artists class, kids ages 8-12 will experience their natural landscape and environment in a whole new way. This six-week Tuesday night series presented through a partnership with Noblesville Parks and Recreation takes place April 12-May 17, 5-6:30 p.m., at the Forest Park Lodge in Noblesville.

Price is $95/student for Noblesville residents; $109/student for non-residents. To register, visit cityofnoblesville.org/parks (Youth Annex Programs) or call Noblesville Parks at (317) 770-5750.

All events held at Nickel Plate Arts are sponsored by the City of Noblesville and Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim. First Friday events at Nickel Plate Arts are sponsored by Brannon Sowers & Cracraft. Nickel Plate Arts’ Judge Stone House Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For many more events supported by Nickel Plate Arts, visit nickelplatearts.org.

Nickel Plate Arts is an umbrella nonprofit organization that creates and coordinates arts and cultural experiences across communities to improve the quality of life for residents, strengthen local economies and enrich experiences for visitors. Nickel Plate Arts is a project of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. The Nickel Plate Arts Trail extends 30 miles through Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Visit us at 107 S. 8th Street in Noblesville, online at nickelplatearts.org or call 317-452-3690.

Curtis Honeycutt
choneycutt@nickelplatearts.org