November 2015 Press Release

November 2015 Press Release

Day of the Dead, Fishers artist showcase, handcrafted holiday gifts and more at Nickel Plate Arts, Oct. 31-Nov. 28

NOBLESVILLE, IND.— Starting on Halloween and continuing through November, Nickel Plate Arts is packed with arts opportunities for costumed kids, DIY’ers, arts lovers, expert gift shoppers and more in hipstoric downtown Noblesville. Unplug and create with us!

Day of the Dead: Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Join in the revelry on the Nickel Plate Arts campus. The $10 admission fee includes a hot drink, snacks, crafts, face painting, costume contest, entertainment and activities including storytelling, live music and piñata smashing.

NEW THIS YEAR: Teens and adults can stick around for a nighttime walking graveyard tour, starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the graveyard tour, and spots are limited, so you must register in advance on our website. The tour will include goosebump-inducing ghost stories and true tales of historic horrors that took place in Hamilton County. We dare you to stay the whole time!

FAMILIES & FRIENDS: All day long, we will explore Mexican art and culture by learning about the holiday’s traditions, including the creation of altars, laying out offerings, and sharing food, music and stories with loved ones. Our celebration will put an artsy spin on these popular traditions. View handmade altars created by local artists on display in the Judge Stone House gallery. Vote for your favorite altar and even create your own.

Dress to impress and test out your Halloween costume on our campus by entering our annual costume contest. We’ll take your picture and post it to our social media; visitors on campus, as well as our social media followers, will vote on their favorite costumes. Winners in adult and kid’s categories will receive fun prizes (winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m.).

Families with young children can enjoy hands-on activities for all ages, include crafting your own mini altars, designing a skull, creating your own piñata and more. We will break open a pinata every hour — help smash it and discover what’s inside! Get your face painted like a calavera, a decorative Mexican skull typically made with sugar or clay. Enjoy live music and themed food to get you in the spirit.

In Mexican culture, family members often gather around and share stories of their deceased loved ones. We’ll have storytellers posted at our campfire throughout the afternoon to share stories, both scary and silly. You’ll be able to warm up at our fire, or with a cup of hot apple cider or Mexican hot chocolate, a sweet and spicy Mexican drink that will warm you up from head to toe.


November First Friday: Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m., FREE

Fishers artists are the feature attraction during our November First Friday! Enjoy “Featuring Fishers,” an exhibit of the talents of Von Biggs, DeMaris Gaunt, Anya Simpson, Jessica Springman and Lauren Wallace. Next door, see artist Bobbi Samples’ larger-than-life oil paintings. Hands-on activities and performances will ensure that this a great night out! Beer and wine available for purchase. First Friday events sponsored by Brannon Sowers & Cracraft.

Learn to Letter workshop, Nov. 12, 6-9 p.m., $30

Add an artistic touch to your handmade gifts this holiday season! Tori Weyers leads this hand-lettering workshop. Impress loved ones with artistic lettering applied to any handmade product, from greeting cards to artsy prints! (All supplies, artist instruction, snacks and beverages included in $30 fee.)

GIFTED III: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday, Nov. 27 & 28

Avoid the maddening crowd and discover locally made, handcrafted gifts during “GIFTED III,” our own holiday boutique and art exhibit in one. Shop Black Friday, Nov. 27, 12-5 p.m., or Saturday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cherry-pick handmade crafts, artwork and one-of-a-kind pieces at reasonable prices. (Stop by to see/shop “Gifted III” through Dec. 26.)

Showcase Artist Bobbi Samples, Nov. 27, 3-6 p.m., FREE

Celebrate local artist Bobbi Samples’ exhibit of angel paintings during a free reception. “The Poetry of Angels” event will include a poetry reading by Samples.

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

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 or call 317-452-3690.


High Resolution Photos Available Upon Request:

–Day of the Dead photos (face painting, costumed woman)

–Learn to Letter instructor Tori Weyers

–Nickel Plate Arts exteriors/interiors

Ailithir McGill