INDIANAPOLIS — For the twentieth year, the historic former car factory that houses artists’ studios will come alive for a weekend in the spring. More than 70 artists will welcome visitors to their studios at the 20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 26 and 27.
The event began in 1993 when building owner Turner Woodard, an abstract painter himself, joined with a few other artists to host an open house. They threw some beer on ice in a plastic kids swimming pool and invited some friends.
Now, the event attracts 5,000 people every year, bringing to the historic Stutz building art lovers of all types who welcome the chance to wander through artists’ studios.
“Lots of people have been to art galleries and art fairs, but what’s different at the open house is that you get the chance to see where and how the work is created,” said Tom Potter, co-chair of the 2013 event.
The open house is an opportunity to see artwork in the settings where it’s created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. The event also offers a rare chance to see vintage cars on display in the historic Stutz car factory.
On Friday night, the event includes live music, including electric violinist Cathy Morris, while Saturday afternoon features hands-on art activities, an exhibition of work by Saturday School students from the Herron School of Art and Design, and free ice cream beginning at 2 p.m. while supplies last.
Housing the largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest, the exterior of the yellow brick buildings that comprise the complex have changed little since the Stutz motor car was made here. Located on an entire city block in downtown Indianapolis, the interior of the 400,000-square-foot former car factory has been renovated into studios and office space.
Hours are Friday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Stutz Business Center is located at 212 W. 10th St. (enter Bearcat Alley from 10th or 11th streets).Free event parking is available in designated lots and free on-street parking on Capitol and Senate avenues and 11th Street.
Tickets are $10 advanced sale tickets at select Old National Bank branches and the Stutz Business Office; $14 at Eventbrite; $15 at the gate; children 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.stutzartists.com or call 317-503-6420.