January 2016 Press Release

January 2016 Press Release

Twelve months of Bicentennial-inspired art exhibits and new kids’ class series kick off 2016 at Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville

NOBLESVILLE, IND.— Nickel Plate Arts is jumping into 2016 with both feet with a new series of kids’ classes, exhibits celebrating Indiana’s statehood and more in hipstoric downtown Noblesville. Unplug and create with us!

2016 MONTHLY BICENTENNIAL EXHIBITS

To mark Indiana’s 200 years of statehood, each of Nickel Plate Arts’ 2016 exhibits will explore our rich history, promising present and glittering future. Some of our exhibits will connect themes we have explored in the past to the Bicentennial, while others will be entirely new.

The Healing Power of Art, Jan. 2-30

From Jan. 2 to 30, we will celebrate art’s powerfully therapeutic qualities during The Healing Power of Art, an exhibition of art, in all mediums, that has an emotional significance to the artist and/or represents a healing journey. The Healing Power of Art will be open every Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

By exploring the healing powers of art through the eyes of local Indiana artists, we will take a closer look at how 200 years of history have included many ups and downs for the Hoosier state, during which art has served as a salve or solution. Relying on art’s healing power can better equip us for our future in Indiana and provide an opportunity for self-reflection and therapy.

As part of the show, local art therapist Gina Baird will provide an interactive art assemblage. The community is encouraged to participate in Baird’s project during a reception on Friday, Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m., when we invite the public to bring small items (charms, beads, material/fabric, copies of photos, obituaries, poems, etc.) that are symbolic to them and that they associate with fortitude: the act of courage and bravery. The collaborative assemblage will become part of the exhibit and can be viewed and interacted with through Jan. 30.

January “First” Friday: Our typical First Friday is being postponed one week due to the New Year’s Day holiday. Join us Friday, Jan. 8, 6-9 p.m., for the opening reception for The Healing Power of Art. Cash bar is available, with proceeds supporting Nickel Plate Arts’ programs.

Hoosier Heart-Land, Feb. 5-27

Nickel Plate Arts’ February exhibit 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 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. Our 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.

February First Friday: Join us to see and celebrate Hoosier Heart-Land on Feb. 5, 6-9 p.m., with a First Friday reception in the Judge Stone House. Cash bar is available, with proceeds supporting Nickel Plate Arts’ programs.

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

ADVENTURES IN ART, 2016 CLASSES FOR KIDS

Visitors to Nickel Plate Arts said they wanted more kids’ classes, and we heard listened! In 2016, Nickel Plate Arts presents Adventures in Art, classes for children to learn about and develop skills in art history, aesthetics, art-making and art criticism. First up is Lettering for Little Rebels.

Lettering for Little Rebels, Tuesdays, Jan. 5-Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m.

Budding graphic designers, crafters, architects, comic illustrators and artists (age 8 and up) will love blazing their own type trail through the art of hand lettering and calligraphy. Students will apply these new skills to create their own font or calligraphic alphabet to use in a final project. This class is presented on conjunction with Noblesville Parks and Recreation. Location: Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Noblesville. Price: $95/student for Noblesville residents; $109/student for non-residents.

FEBRUARY LOOK AHEAD

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.

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

Make this the most creative stop on your Valentine’s Day evening! Enjoy

artist-led art projects for couples, live performances, and wander through our “Hoosier Heart-Land” exhibit. We will also have adult beverages and decadent nibbles. A creative way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other, for girl’s night out, or even a mother-daughter night on the town! $10/pair for each activity; buy 4 activities get 1 free. Check nickelplatearts.org for details or to sign up.

Family Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1-5 p.m.

There’s no sweeter way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with your family! Bring the kiddos to Nickel Plate Arts for children’s activities, crafts ($5 each) and sweet treats. Admission is free throughout the day.

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