Apr 23, 2014

2014 Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House



I would like to formally invite you to the 21st Annual 2014 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. The open house is a fundraiser for the Stutz Artist Association Residency Program which gives free studios to a few emerging artists for an entire year.  The open house started out 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 seventy 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 25th and Saturday, April 26th.  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 vintage car collection that fills up a room on the second floor and also scattered throughout the building.

What all is there to see and do at the Open house?
There are over seventy 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 as well as many food vendors.  This year there will be hands-on activities thanks to Wine and Canvas (Cookies and Canvas for the kiddos). 
In the Stutz Art Gallery on the first floor of the building, there will be “First Look” which is an art exhibition that features at least one piece of artwork from every artist participating in the open house. The exhibition opens on April 4th from 5:00 to 9:00PM and runs through the end of the month.  The gallery is open 1-5PM Thursday and Friday and 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 building 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 with lots to see, and there will be many volunteers placed throughout the building to help you find what you are looking for.  Many art lovers attend both days to make sure they don’t miss anything.

What will you have new this year?
I have been busy creating work inspired from women throughout history this year. I also have some limited edition prints available this year. To get a preview of my work please visit my website bonniefillenwarth.com.  You can also see my works in progress on my blog bonniefillenwarth.blogspot.com.  And if that is not enough, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram.
 If you would like to purchase artwork prior to the open house, I still have my Etsy shop up and running.  Etsy is an online marketplace for artisans selling handmade items.  This is a great way to make easy purchases through Paypal.  www.etsy.com/shop/bonniefillenwarth

How much does it cost?
Tickets cost $15 the day of the event.  They are $10 in advance form Old National Banking Centers or the Stutz Business Center Office (317)488-7373. You can also purchase tickets online for $14 at www.stutzartists.com. Children twelve and under will receive free admission with a paying adult.  Saturday re-entry is free 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 parking in specially marked lots for this huge event, and best of all it is free.


                                                                                                Hope to see you this year, 

                                                                                                Bonnie Fillenwarth

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