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The Teal Canary

Local art studio provides a place to create Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Amy Payne Amy Hommell has been working on her craft since childhood and opened an art studio in downtown Greenwood to provide a bigger space to share her love and passion for art with the community. She opened Teal Canary in 2013 after giving private art lessons for several years in her home. “I’ve always painted, I’ve always drawn, I’ve always been an artist my whole life,” Hommell says. “When I opened, I envisioned it to be a space for me to do my art and ...

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Straight Shooter

Janet Holcomb talks art, entrepreneurship and becoming a gun safety instructor Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer Walking the grounds at the Penrod Arts Fair on #IndianasNicestDay, First Lady Janet Holcomb readily points out the artistic technique used by one of many talented artists. “This is encaustic painting, which involves a method of warming wax, adding colored pigments and applying on a specially treated canvas or wood,” Holcomb says. “It gives the painting depth.” A few feet behind us, the artist is encouraging other attendees to touch his painting, for it is approachable. The term “approachable” also describes ...

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Nickel Plate Arts Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Writer  /  Jane VanOsdol Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Nickel Plate Arts recently celebrated its five-year anniversary on September 16 with a look backward. The organization began in 2012 with the goal of “supporting, promoting and providing outstanding arts experiences along the 30-mile historic Nickel Plate Railroad in Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton.” Along the way, the focus shifted a bit as they found their footing, identifying the gaps in the art community in eastern Hamilton County and southern Tipton County. “We discovered what parts of the arts community were working well and what was missing,” says Aili McGill, ...

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40 Years In The Making

Woman preserves history by building replica of Williamsburg Governor’s Mansion Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photography provided It was a dream that was 40 years in the making, but last fall Mary Frost, just shy of her 98th birthday, saw it come to fruition when she put the finishing touches on her 5 ft. x 5 ft. dollhouse — a perfect replica of the Governor’s Mansion in Williamsburg, Virginia. “She was the quintessential mother, but she also loved both art and history,” says daughter, Mary Eckard, noting that raising seven children left little time for hobbies. After her children were grown, ...

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The Mind of Mason

Local Artist to Showcase Pieces at Gaslight Festival Writer  /  Heather Chastain Take a tour in the mind of Mason. Terrance Mason, local artist. A man filled with passion and artistic ingenuity. A private man who doesn’t want to reveal too much about his personal life, Mason says his art is an expression of his individuality. “I’ve been an artist my entire life, but I became a full-time artist in 2010 after a back injury kept me from staying in my current job,” Mason says. As a child, he first found his love for drawing after an exercise his dad ...

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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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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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Passion to Paint

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Stop Zionsville’s Chris Barr From Painting Writer & Photographer  /  Megan Jefferson Challenges are nothing new to Christopher Barr. He has cerebral palsy but has never let that stop him from doing the things he loves, and developing new skills, like painting. “We all have things we are good at and we all have challenges. Everyone can learn a skill as long as they really want to,” Barr says. Christopher has always been interested in painting. He grew up in Indianapolis, and like many kids, he remembers his first experience was painting with water colors when he was ...

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Veterans’ Tattoos Tell Story of Self

Writer  /  Haylee Brannon Walking down the halls of the Indianapolis Art Center, one can find many intriguing pieces of art sure to evoke a variety of emotions, but one exhibit on display right now is particularly soul catching. The exhibition named ‘The Things They Brought Home: Military Tattoos’ takes up its own gallery in one of the halls of the Art Center with photographs of veterans with tattoos. At first glance it would seem the focus of the exhibit are the tattoos, but after reading the stories attached to the photographs, you will notice a rather impactful theme. These ...

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Michelle Marocco Creating the Unexpected in Carmel

Writer / Lisa Mitchell Photos provided Unexpected. That’s the word that first comes to mind when entering the Marocco Jewelry & Fine Art showroom in Carmel. Their designs let people know they are in for a truly unique encounter – from diamonds on exotic leather and hand-cast bronze and silver elements artfully paired with rare gems to one-of-a-kind pieces that have been infused with the artist’s energy through the act of hand-creating each piece. All are beautiful pieces of art, or as Michelle Marocco, the artist who gave life to the pieces, may say, they are “pieces of her spirit ...

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