Arts Crawl Coming to Downtown Fishers July 13
More Than 30 Artists Will Showcase Work Along 116th Street
Writer: Jocelyn Vare
Friday the 13th is a lucky day for art lovers in Fishers. The annual Arts Crawl is a celebration of local arts hosted by more than 20 businesses in the downtown Nickel Plate District. This year’s event will be Friday, July 13, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., rain or shine.
More than 30 artists and performers will be stationed along 116th Street from Blue Peppermint Boutique to The Wine Guy wine shop in Municipal Plaza and down Maple Street. The square-mile area becomes a bustling, family-friendly arts zone during the annual free event. Arts Crawl visitors will enjoy a wide variety of art and performances, presented by talented Fishers and Central Indiana residents.
Patty Klunzinger, a glass artist, is participating in Arts Crawl again this year and she is a favorite of many. Klunzinger performs safe, interactive glassblowing demonstrations throughout the evening. Visitors can see blown glass baubles come to life before their eyes. Her hand-crafted, fused glass items such as jewelry, plates, bowls and artwork are available for purchase.
Ann Craig-Cinnamon and John Cinnamon are a Fishers couple who will be presenting an exhibit of stunning travel photography for their first Arts Crawl. Their art captures their passion for travel and the 100 different countries they’ve experienced. Visitors will meet the people, landscapes and wildlife from Rwanda, Turkey, Bhutan, Cuba, Mount Everest and many more. The Cinnamons promise there will be more of the world to see as they will be back for a month-long photo exhibit at Fishers’ Art in City Hall in September.
Members of the Hamilton County Artists Association will welcome visitors to City Hall as they showcase their artwork during Arts Crawl on July 13. The HCAA is the only juried artists’ organization in Hamilton County and their Art in City Hall exhibit is a special opportunity for Fishers.
Rachel “SunRai” Sims is a Fishers author and photographer who will be debuting “When the Alien Tree People Came,” her new children’s book full of nature photographs of trees, bees and fungi. During Arts Crawl, Sims will be reading from her book, a story about life on the planet Earth.
Anyone who has been on 116th Street in the Nickel Plate District recently may have noticed some new bright yellow flowers there. Thankfully, these daffodils will stay in bloom all year long. They have been designed and hand-painted on a sidewalk electrical box by artist Jen Byler to brighten up the downtown streetscape. More of Byler’s colorful artwork, from her Gramma Indiana series, will be featured during Arts Crawl.
Craig Martin has also recently brightened up Fishers Nickel Plate District with art. Martin designed and painted a large, vibrant mural on a brick wall near the corner of 116th Street and Maple Street. Some say that his mural was placed in one of the most popular spots in the whole city – where the line forms to purchase Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt. On July 13, Martin will display his smaller artwork for Arts Crawl visitors.
If you’ve been wondering about Ignite Studio, your wait will soon be over. The new art maker space located in the lower level of Fishers library will be open to the public in just a few weeks. At Arts Crawl, Ignite Studio will be open for a special sneak preview. Check out the space, make some art and imagine all of the creativity that will be ignited here while you listen to music from Fishers Music Works ensembles.
As a perfect pairing, The Rays will be appearing at Four Day Ray during Arts Crawl. This entertaining band drew a large crowd to Four Day Ray at last year’s Arts Crawl. They are planning on bringing the house down again with their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, swing and country hits.
A new performer to Arts Crawl is the Highway 9 Blues Band. This electric blues band will treat visitors to cover tunes, blues standards and originals with both vintage and modern feels. They’ll be performing on Central Green, in the heart of the Nickel Plate District.
Arts Crawl visitors are encouraged to visit each spot on the self-guided circuit. However, there is so much to see, music to hear and art to purchase, that it is impossible to do it all.
Arts Crawl is a true community partnership. The event joins artists, performers and businesses together for an evening of art and entertainment for all. We are lucky to have the City of Fishers, Fishers Arts Council, Nickel Plate Arts and the Nickel Plate District Business Council present this special event to our community each year.