Apr 17, 2012

2012 Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House

I would like to formally invite you to the Annual 2012 Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.  Below are some questions and answers about this event. For more information please visit www.stutzartists.com.

What is the Stutz Open house?
The Stutz Open House is an annual event held every April. This event is a fundraiser for the Stutz Artist Association Residency Program in order to give free studios to a few emerging artists for an entire year.  It started out a few years ago with just a few artists inviting their friends and patrons over for a small party and has now grown into a two day event with around seven thousand people attending every year.  This year there will be over eighty artists participating as well as many businesses.

What are the dates and times for the open house?
This year the open house will be Friday April the 27th and Saturday the 28th.  The doors open Friday at 5:30PM and close at 10:30PM.  On Saturday doors open at 2:00PM and close at 7:00PM.

Where and what is the Stutz Building?
The historic Stutz Building is located in downtown Indianapolis at 1060 N. Capital Ave.   The building is so huge it takes up a whole city block.  It is between 10th and 11th Streets and Capital and Senate Avenues. 
The Stutz building is a historic car factory in downtown Indianapolis.  The Stutz Motor company produced many different types of cars including racing cars at could be seen during the Indianapolis 500.  Today many businesses and artists call the building home.  However, there is quite the car collection that fills up a special car room on the second floor as well as scattered throughout the building.

What all is there to see and do at the Open house?
There are over 80 artists who will have their studios all neat and tidy with artwork on display for purchase.  There will also be musical entertainment throughout the building including jazz musician Cynthia Lane.  There will also be some activities for the kids on Saturday.
In the StutzArtSpace Gallery on the first floor of the building there will be the “One Peek Show” which is an art exhibition that features on piece of artwork from every artist participating in the open house. The “One Peek Show” Opens on April 6th from 5:00 to 9:00PM and runs through the end of the month and it will also be open during the open house.  This is a great way to preview which artists you would like to visit first.

What kind of artwork will there be?
The Stutz building houses the most artists in one location in the Midwest.  This means there will be lots of art and lots of different kinds of art.  There are painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelry makers, textile and fabric artists, artists who work with steel and other heavy duty metal, furniture makers, and many more.   Prices of artwork can range from $10 to $10,000.

Where is your studio?
My studio is E-340 on the third floor right in the middle of the E building.  Upon entry to the open house you will receive a map of the entire building with the location of all the artists’ studios and businesses.  It is a very big building and lots to see and there will be many volunteers placed throughout the building to help you find what you are looking for.

What will you have new this year?
I have been busy creating some smaller works on paper and on canvas this year.  To get a preview of my work please visit my website www.bonniefillenwarth.com.  You can also see my works in progress on my blog bonniefillenwarth.blogspot.com . And if that is not enough, you can like me on Facebook and follow me on twitter @BonnieStzE340.

How much does it Cost?
Tickets cost $12 the day of the event.  They are $10 in advance form Old National Banking Centers or the Stutz Business Center Office (317)488-7373. On Saturday, kids twelve and under will receive free admission with a paying adult. Also, Saturday re-entry is $8 with the previous day’s ticket stub.

Will there be parking?
There will be plenty of parking available.  There is street parking all the way around the building and specially marked lots for this huge event, and best of all it’s FREE!

                                                                                                Can’t wait to see you there, 

                                                                                                Bonnie Fillenwarth

Can’t make it this year?
I have opened a shop on Etsy this year.  Etsy is an online marketplace for people selling handmade items.  This is a great way to keep up with my newest works and make easy purchases through Paypal. www.etsy.com/shop/bonniefillenwarth

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