July 2016 Press Release

July 2016 Press Release

July at Nickel Plate Arts: It’s all about cultural exploration, encouraging kids to lie at Performing Arts Camp, regional studio tour, First Friday, Hamilton County Photographers Group

NOBLESVILLE, IND. — This July, unplug and create with Nickel Plate Arts in hipstoric Downtown Noblesville. See an exhibit, buy art, enjoy live music and become a card-carrying member. And it’s not too late to sign up for Performing Arts Camp, where kids will learn to tell a lie in preparation for the Aug. 5 eighth annual Liar’s Contest at the Indiana State Fair.

Exhibit: Melting Pot, July 1-30, Free

Throughout the month of July, Nickel Plate Arts explores Indiana’s evolving cultural heritage through visual and sculptural media. Who and what from Indiana’s past have shaped how we view the world, raise our children and treat others, and how will we as a society shape Indiana culture in the future? During the Melting Pot exhibit, we will attempt to answer these questions and others related to Indiana’s evolving cultural heritage through visual and sculptural media.

Art by a range of artists will be featured. The exhibit is part of Nickel Plate Arts’ year-long Bicentennial focus and is open to the public in the Judge Stone House Gallery during regular business hours (Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.), July 1-30; free admission. Most works will be for sale to the public. [JPEGs of Donna Arnold’s painting “Dancers” from the exhibit is available upon request.]

July First Friday, July 1, 6-9 p.m., Free

Cut loose at Nickel Plate Arts during our monthly First Friday events. Enjoy live music by local saxophonist Michael B. and enjoy scenes from the Belfry Theatre’s upcoming production of Aladdin, featuring young adults ages 13-20. Participate in a hands-on activity inspired by our exhibit and see what our studio artists have been up to. July’s First Friday is also the opening reception for the exhibit Melting Pot. 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!

NPArts Artist Showcase: Hamilton County Photographers Group, July 1-30, Free

The Hamilton County Photographers Group will showcase their photography in Nickel Plate Arts’ Stephenson House July 1-30. Jason Carroll, Sophie Doell, Peter Georges, Lisa Bell Jamison, Matt Leckrone, Paul Siktberg, Bill Wilson, Linda Wilson, and Sally Meyer Wolf will show a variety of photos, including portraits, landscapes and motorsports. The exhibit is open to the public in the during regular business hours (Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.); free admission.

Nickel Plate Region-Wide Studio Tour, July 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Artists in the Nickel Plate region are opening up their their working studios to the public during the first Nickel Plate Region-Wide Studio Tour on Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Presented by Nickel Plate Arts, the event is the first wide-scale tour of its kind in the community. Tourists have two options to participate:

DIY Driving Tour: Pick up or print out a map indicating a suggested route to visit all of the participating studios for free. The map will be available via download at nickelplatearts.org. Printed copies will be available at Nickel Plate Arts during regular business hours, and from area partners, artists and organizations throughout the Nickel Plate Region.

VIP Trolley Tour: The nostalgic and comfortable IndyTrolley will drive a limited number of VIPs to up to 10 studios. Tickets for this tour are $20 and include food and drinks. (Reserve your spot on the VIP Trolley Tour by registering.

NPArts Summer Performing Arts Camp, July 25-29

Give your young performer the venue and encouragement to take the stage! Nickel Plate Arts, in collaboration with Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Noblesville Parks and Recreation, presents its 2016 Summer Performing Arts Camp July 25-29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. During each one-week session, campers will take part in creative, engaging projects around improvisation, theater, music, and other performing arts, with a focus on storytelling. Storytelling Arts will instruct campers on how to “tell a lie” (short stories) using technique, story development, and originality right in time for the eighth annual Liar’s Contest at the Indiana State Fair on Aug. 5.

Camp will be held at the Noblesville Recreation Annex at Ivy Tech Community College (300 North 17th St., Noblesville) in partnership with Noblesville Parks & Recreation. Space is limited; kids ages 8-12 only. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is $195/camper for Noblesville residents; $225/camper for non-residents. Campers must bring their own sack lunches. Deadline for registration is July 8. Details and registration at nickelplatearts.org/classes/camps.

Curtis Honeycutt
choneycutt@nickelplatearts.org