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A Heart for Art

Joyce Sommers Reflects on Career as Indianapolis Art Center Executive Director Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer / Brian Brosmer The professional career of Joyce Sommers, former executive director of the Indianapolis Art Center, can be traced back to a single, serendipitous moment. At age 35, a friend convinced Sommers to join her for drawing classes at a non-profit operation known at the time as the Indianapolis Art League on 31st Street. An art novice at the time, Sommers became a regular and eventually struck up friendships with some of the instructors and fellow students at the facility, which was founded ...

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City Councilor Colleen Fanning Talks Broad Ripple Developments

Writer & Photographer  /  Stephanie Duncan Colleen Fanning, one of our city councilors that represent District 2 of Indianapolis, is one of 25 members that make up the Indianapolis city council. She is also a Broad Ripple resident. Recently, there have been some major and exciting developments in Broad Ripple, and Fanning is here to make sure everyone gets up to speed. “As a resident of Broad Ripple, I’m passionate about Broad Ripple since it’s my home neighborhood,” Fanning says when asked about what motivates her as a city council member. “It’s just such a unique cultural district in the ...

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Genesis Sports Performance: Local Go-to For Athletic Training

Bishop Chatard Alum, Graham Wilkerson, is Experiencing Fast Growth with New Training Complex Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The fitness industry has become rather competitive in recent years with Crossfit, Pilates and 24-hour gym facilities sprouting up like clockwork. Nevertheless, Graham Wilkerson, owner of Genesis Sports Performance on North Tacoma Avenue, took the industry by storm less than three years out of college. In 2012, after pursuing a history degree at DePauw University where he lettered in football during all four of his undergraduate years, Wilkerson took a job selling medical devices. A long-time athlete and fitness enthusiast, ...

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Year After Year, Perennials Keep Coming Back!

Writer / Carrie Petty This is the time of year to plant flowers! Flowers bring extra beauty and happiness into our world, and the best kind of flowering plant is the kind that keeps coming back year after year — the perennial. Growing perennials is one of the easiest ways to garden. I have more than 40 varieties of perennials in my yard, I just love them because they give me a great ‘cutting’ selection all growing season long in which to make beautiful floral arrangements. In the summer months, entertaining and gardening life go hand in hand. Purchasing Perennials ...

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Case Design/Remodeling of Indianapolis Opens Second Area Location

Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Design Studio to Serve Residents of Meridian Kessler and Surrounding Areas. Case Design/Remodeling of Indy is thrilled to announce the opening of their second Greater Indianapolis location, in Meridian Kessler.  Case’s original location, which serves as the company headquarters and remodeling showroom, is located in Carmel. Case has been serving homeowners in the greater Indianapolis area for over 13 years providing full scale residential remodeling services including kitchens, bathrooms, additions, whole house remodels, interiors and outdoor spaces. “The plans to open a second location have been in the works for about a year, and we are so ...

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Musical Excellence: The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Ed Stewart Founded in 1990, The Indianapolis Men’s Chorus (IMC) has evolved over its nearly three decades of existence. Originally part of the Crossroads Performing Arts, the IMC spun out as its own nonprofit a year ago. Created to entertain, educate and promote inclusive community through musical excellence, the IMC is made up entirely of volunteers with a shared passion for their mission. “I am really proud of being part of a group that is committed to artistic excellence and social responsibility,” says Greg Sanders, IMC Artistic Director. “We pride ourselves in having a ...

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Butler Bound

Broad Ripple High School Senior Receives Full-Ride to Butler Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer When Broad Ripple High School senior Ty Brown learned that he had been accepted to Butler University last November, the news came as a pleasant surprise. However, a bigger shock was still to come some three months later. After becoming accepted, Brown had been nominated for a full tuition scholarship to Butler along with a few other accepted applicants and sat for an interview with school officials. A few weeks later in February, he was called to the front offices of BRHS in ...

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Meet Mayor Joe Hogsett: Indy’s Mayor talks Gun Violence, Indy Mini and the 500

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Indianapolis has always been the “place to be” during the month of May. It’s tradition for the 12th largest city in the country to host the largest sporting event on the planet. When asked if he’s a race fan, Mayor Joe Hogsett smiles and states, “Of course.” Mayor Joe, as he is known, grew up in Rushville. His father was a WWII veteran who naturally inspired his son with a strong sense of serving. Since being elected Secretary of State, Mayor Joe practiced law but remained active within the Democratic party. Prior ...

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Back by Popular Demand: It’s Time for Yacht Rock Revue

Writer / Jessica Lollino The “Greatest Band on Surf”, Yacht Rock Revue (YRR), is docking at the Vogue Theater in April to soothe the always sold-out crowd into swooning Midwest surfers. One part tribute band and one part comedic act, crowds are filled with nautical fare and many, many captain hats. YRR’s jokey demeanor and fun, on-stage antics bring a bit of flare to the somewhat cheesy, but also classic, music they play from the 70’s and 80’s. It must be catching on because Yacht Rock Review plays all over the country. It seems everyone enjoys the escape. I had ...

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An Artist’s Journey for Creative Renewal

Writer & Photographer / Megan Jefferson Corey Jefferson is currently a ceramic artist and Senior Lecturer at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. Jefferson had been yearning to explore new imagery in the form of boats and learn techniques that would deepen his understanding of design and clay, inspire his future work, and pass this knowledge onto his students. The support he needed to study and explore his new ideas and gain new skills came from a fellowship. He was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program is a two-year grant program that awards ...

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