25 May June 2016 Press Release
June at Nickel Plate Arts: 4th Annual Nickel Plate Arts Festival, the “Nonument,” First Friday shenanigans, “In the Name of Progress” exhibit, Ackman photography and more
NOBLESVILLE, IND. —Nickel Plate Arts’ biggest month of the year is here! This June, we kick off our fourth annual arts festival, a celebration of “one summer, six towns and a whole lotta art.” Unplug and create with Nickel Plate Arts in hipstoric Downtown Noblesville.
SUMMER 2016 NICKEL PLATE ARTS FESTIVAL
The fourth annual Nickel Plate Arts Festival shines a shared spotlight on hidden gems throughout Noblesville, Fishers, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Bringing together a range of organizations and events under the umbrella of the Nickel Plate Arts Festival gives the collective group more visibility and support. Nickel Plate Arts works to help develop, promote and/or execute dozens of arts events during June and on into August, including the following seven happenings in June:
- Festival Kickoff: Mountain of Clay Anniversary, June 4, 12-5 p.m., Noblesville Library (Free)
Celebrate the launch of the 2016 Nickel Plate Arts Festival with the one-year anniversary of Mountain of Clay, a 2015 event that featured 1,000 pounds of clay community members shaped into pots and vessels. William Jamieson sculpted these into a single public artwork entitled “Nonument.” Now housed in the Noblesville Library, the sculpture is loosely based off the historic Noblesville Granary. On June 4, the public can bring “seeds” that represent the past, present and future of our community to commemorate the state’s Bicentennial. These symbols will be stored in the Nonument sculpture. Visitors can create “seeds” at a craft station and enjoy a large-scale collaborative painting project called “Trails” guided by artist Doug Arnholter. Enjoy live music from the Emily Ann Thompson Band and her fiddle students, and much, much more!
- Paint A Plow, June 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fishers City Hall (Free)
Add your artistic touch to two Fishers snowplow blades and you might see your handiwork come winter. The plows will be located behind Fishers City Hall during the Farmers Market and Strawberry Festival. A local artist will be on hand to assist children, but adults are welcome to paint a plow, too.
- “Food First” Screening, June 16, 6:30-9 p.m., 10 West, Cicero
Deliberate Media in downtown Noblesville will present its feature-length documentary through Nickel Plate Arts as part of a series of six screenings throughout the Central Indiana area. “Food First” looks at how growing quality food, supporting local, and increasing access and education are impacting Indianapolis. A “Community Conversation” discussion will follow the 70-minute film, including a panel of local food experts from Hamilton County and audience participation. (Tickets are $10; $5 for NPArts members)
- 38th St. Michael’s Strawberry Festival, June 17, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and June 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Noblesville Courthouse Square
Get your strawberry shortcakes with all the fixins! Tickets are $7 on festival day, $5 presale. More info is available at StMichaelsEpiscopalChurch.org.
- 8th Annual Gathering of Plein Air Painters, June 16-18, Noblesville Courthouse Square and beyond
Prior to event: Get in touch with Nickel Plate Arts to commission a work or become a “Patron.” As a “Patron,” your $300 gets you first dibs on artwork. June 16 & 17: Look for artists stationed all around Noblesville and the surrounding area. June 18: Painting continues through 11 a.m. “Patron” purchasers choose their painting, 12-2 p.m. Public can view and purchase paintings, 2-6 p.m.
- Chalk Art Festival, June 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hamilton Town Center (Free)
Professional and amateur artists line the village streets of Hamilton Town Center with works of art drawn with chalk. Guests to the Chalk Art Festival will enjoy free kids’ activities including bounce houses, face painting and balloon artists. Sun King Brewery and Harmony Winery will also be onsite, as well as vendor booths and players from the Indiana Pacers. Event attendees may vote for their favorite works of art, and the winners of Chalk Art will receive prizes.
- HeART of Tipton, June 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Tipton
The third annual HeART of Tipton festival will showcase local artists’ works on display and for sale. Enjoy a hands-on program on mosaic art presented by Tipton native and artist Jeff Stapleton. New this year will be “Authorama” (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), an author fair celebrating and showcasing Central Indiana authors including Tipton natives Kurt Meyer and Janis Thornton, and Indiana Historian Ray Boomhower, ghost hunter Nichole Kobrowski. The Tipton Library will have events for families, including face painting, Popsicle stick art, photo contest, sidewalk chalk, Quilter’s Roundtable demo and sale, and a self-guided tour of artwork from Brown County Art Colony artists. Tipton Community Theatre will provide live entertainment. Tipton Farmer & Artisan Market offers food a half-block away.
ALSO THIS MONTH AT NICKEL PLATE ARTS
June Artist Showcase: Lesley Ackman, June 1-30, Free
Photographer Lesley Ackman will showcase her photography in Nickel Plate Arts’ Stephenson House through June 30, 2016. Meet her during a free reception on Saturday, June 18, 3-6 p.m. Ackman had a career in finance and accounting before discovering her true passion in photography in 2008. She took some photography classes and joined the long-running Riviera Camera Club in Indianapolis, which changed her perspective on the world around her. “I could see details in architecture that I had missed before, began to see how the light could affect the mood, and saw new patterns in nature that I had missed.” [Download a JPEG of Ackman’s work here. This photo is from a recent trip to Cuba.]
June First Friday, June 3, 6-9 p.m., Free
June’s First Friday is the opening reception for the exhibit In the Name of Progress. It also marks the beginning of our month-long Nickel Plate Arts Festival, which is cause for celebration! Come out and participate in a large-scale collaborative painting project called “Trails” guided by local artist Doug Arnholter. “Trails” is a community-created canvas celebrating the layers and vibrancy of the people and community along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad in Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Jam out to live music from popular local band, Noble Roots. Beer and wine offer a chance to unwind on a summer night.
Hands-on activities, live music, food and drink (wine/beer available for purchase) offer you a chance to unwind on a Friday night. Registration is not required. Just come on out and enjoy!
Exhibit: In the Name of Progress, June 3-25, Free
Change can be good, hard, fraught with uncertainty or filled with hope. During the In the Name of Progress exhibit, we are celebrating the evolving landscape, architecture, values and potential throughout the Nickel Plate Arts region — through art. Stop by the Judge Stone House Gallery and see artwork that focuses on the changes Indiana has experienced in the last 200 years.
See the exhibit June 3-25, 2016, during regular business hours (Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Most works will be for sale to the public. Join us for the exhibit’s opening reception during First Friday, June 3, 6-9 p.m. [JPEGs of art from the exhibit are available upon request.]
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.