March 2016 Press Release

March 2016 Press Release

March Gets Creative at Nickel Plate Arts

Make First Friday special, revel in the #loveHC and Young Artists exhibits, take a class, sign up for Spring Break Camp and more in hipstoric Noblesville

NOBLESVILLE, IND.— There are only 12 “first Fridays” in 2016. Nickel Plate Arts doesn’t want art fans to waste one doing something forgettable. Starting Friday, March 4, and continuing through the month, mix, mingle, and see and try art on our hipstoric Downtown Noblesville campus. Unplug and create with Nickel Plate Arts!

March “First” Friday

Join us Friday, March 4, 6-9 p.m., for the opening of the Young Artists Exhibit in the Judge Stone House gallery and check out Hannah Lindgren’s curated #loveHC photography exhibit inside the Stephenson House gallery. 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.

Young Artists Exhibit

Approximately 500 student artists in grades K-5 from all seven Noblesville Schools public elementary schools will have works to show off during the Young Artists Exhibit at Nickel Plate Arts, March 3-25. Two-D and 3-D works will be on display made from a variety of materials. Expect to see family tree collages, before-and-after self-portraits, sculpture and much more.

“The children in Noblesville Schools have worked hard to learn about the elements and principles of art using a variety of media, techniques and subject matter. We hope you enjoy the show,” says Darlene Patterson, art teacher at Promise Road Elementary who is helping organize the exhibit.

A student reception will take place Thursday, March 3, 5:30-7 p.m. The public gets their first chance to see the exhibits during First Friday, March 4, 6-9 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public for free March 4-25 during regular business hours (Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.).

#loveHC Artist Showcase

Instagram, Hamilton County and crowdsourcing collide in a most loving way during the March Artist Showcase exhibit March 2-31, curated by the multifaceted Hannah Lindgren. The #loveHC exhibit will fill the walls of our historic Stephenson House with photos showing the sights, people, foods and more we love in Hamilton County.

Lindgren, photographer and founder of Deliberate Media video production in downtown Noblesville, rallied Instagram and smartphone users in Hamilton County to tag and submit images for #loveHC.

Attendees to the #loveHC opening reception can get in on the exhibit’s visual conversation by writing what they love about Hamilton County and picking up a crayon to color a Hamilton County image designed by artist Kate Foster during the exhibit’s opening reception on Friday, March 4, 6-9 p.m., First Friday at Nickel Plate Arts.

Art of Business: Financial Tips, Tricks and Tools for Artists

Just in time for tax season the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and Nickel Plate Arts team up to offer a tax-related Art of Business class on March 16, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Noblesville Library.

Artists have many of the same financial challenges other self-employed small business owners do, including paying self-employment tax and quarterly sales tax. But artists also have unique financial requirements and challenges. During the Art of Business: Financial Tips, Tricks and Tools for Artists training session, artists will get answers to questions such as, “Which IRS forms do I need to fill out?” “How should I track and value inventory?” and “How do I claim business expenses?”

Cost is $5 admission; Level 2 Artist Members admitted free. Register at nickelplatearts.org.

Nickel Plate SMART Series: Pechakucha Launch

The new Nickel Plate Arts membership appreciation series is designed to give our members a chance to dig more deeply into the arts in every way. The series launches March 24, 6:30-8 p.m., at Nickel Plate Arts with a book-themed Pechakucha.

What’s a Pechakucha? We’re putting our own spin on this Japanese event — originally, Pechakuchas were evenings where emerging designers could present themselves and their work. In our version, emerging authors and bookmakers will mingle with members and guests, and then inspire attendees with a five-minute presentation.

Every member of Nickel Plate Arts gets in for free and can bring one guest for free. For everyone else, the cost is $10. People can sign up to become a member for $50 and register for the event at nickelplatearts.org.

PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

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

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. Registration deadline is March 18, 5 p.m.

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. Register online at nickelplatearts.org.

Adventures in Art: Natural Born Artists class

Nature is one of the most popular subjects explored by our local artists, and the springtime offers all kinds of colorful, artistic inspiration. 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.

Kids will learn techniques such as sun printing, plein air painting and leaf printing, and how to use natural and recycled materials in their art. Students will keep a sketchbook during the session to brainstorm ideas, practice and revisit to see how they’ve grown.

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