February 2016 Press Release

February 2016 Press Release

Find love during Valentine’s Day for All events, Hoosier Heart-Land exhibit, upcoming camp and more from Nickel Plate Arts

NOBLESVILLE, IND.— Nickel Plate Arts is giving art lovers what they really love during our most unconventional Valentine’s Day events. Plus, check out February exhibits, spring break camp and more in hipstoric downtown Noblesville. Unplug and create with us!


Valentine’s Day at Nickel Plate Arts is no typical “Hallmark holiday.” Art-infused events and activities for singles, couples, children and groups go way beyond candy hearts and red roses during Valentine’s Day for All.

Valentine’s Date Night, Feb. 12 and 13, 6-9 p.m.

Make this the most creative stop on your Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy a range of artist-led art projects for couples, live performances, snacks, and our wine and beer bar. The Hoosier Heart-Land art exhibit and sale will also be open. Stop by before or after your romantic downtown Noblesville plans.

Six artists will lead art activity stations for couples to work on creative projects together and create artwork to take home. One artist-led activity: $10 (for two people). Or visit each art station! Buy 5 activities, and get 1 free: $50 (for two people). Make your reservation for Valentine’s Date Night at nickelplatearts.org.

Family Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1-5 P.M.

There’s no sweeter way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with your family! Make this year’s holiday an artsy one. Bring the kiddos to Nickel Plate Arts for children’s activities, crafts ($5 each) and sweet treats. Admission is free throughout the day. Come and go as you please! 

February First Friday, Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m.

First Fridays at Nickel Plate Arts are like the superfoods of local culture — packed with essential arts nutrients and stuff to make you happy inside and out. On Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m., visitors will see what our artists love about Indiana in our Hoosier Heart-Land exhibit as they mingle with local artists, and enjoy live music by local musicians. They can also try their hand at an art activity inspired by the exhibit and Valentine’s Day. Beer and wine, among other refreshments, offer people a chance to unwind on a Friday night, with proceeds supporting Nickel Plate Arts’ programs. Registration is not required. Just come on out and enjoy.

Hoosier Heart-Land, Feb. 5-27

Nickel Plate Arts’ February exhibit puts a sense-of-place spin on its 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 Hoosier state. The Hoosier Heart-Land exhibit is meant to serve as a visual love letter to our state, commemorating the people, places and things that make Indiana what it is today.

Nickel Plate Arts’ goal is to create an exhibit that can lift up your spirits on even the coldest, dreariest of February days and encourage you to marvel at what a complex, vibrant place Indiana has become over the past 200 years. Hoosier Heart-Land will be open every Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Media: For information on the remaining Bicentennial exhibits scheduled for 2016, please contact Aili McGill at amcgill@nickelplatearts.org.

Adventures In Art Spring Break Camp, March 28-April 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Noblesville High School

We want kids to get their hands dirty and keep thinking creatively over spring break. Nickel Plate Arts presents its inaugural spring break camp March 28-April 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., as part of our Adventures in Art Camp series.

In conjunction with Noblesville High School, Nickel Plate Arts invites kids ages 8-12 to explore the arts in a variety of mediums working individually and collaboratively. This weeklong “art lab experiment” will help kids develop and hone their artistic skills by exploring a variety of mediums in the visual arts.

Campers will create original artwork in both 2-D and 3-D mediums, ranging from painting to sculpture and everything in-between. Kids will also learn about art history, aesthetics, art production, and art criticism through these projects. At the end of the week, they will take home individual projects including a sketchbook documenting their growth — and adventures — throughout the week. Parents will be invited to a casual Friday art show on April 1.

Price is $195/camper. Space is limited. Registration deadline March 18, 5 p.m. Register online at nickelplatearts.org.

Showcase Artist Michael Jack, Feb. 1-29

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, Feb. 20, 5-8 p.m.

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