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 annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House.
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.
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.
Organizers are planning for new, creative and entertaining opportunities to engage families, art lovers and visitors simply looking for a weekend event to enjoy in downtown Indianapolis. The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 70+ local artists in one place at one time, it’s an opportunity to see where and how the work is created. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. In addition to being a great place to buy one-of-a-kind gifts with artwork prices from $12 to $10,000- the event offers a rare chance to see vintage cars in the historic Stutz car factory. Visitors will also enjoy special activities such as painting with Wine and Canvas, demonstrations, acoustic music and food vendors.
Families bringing children are encouraged to attend Saturday, 2-7 pm, where they will enjoy family-friendly musical guests, hands-on art activities, youth art scavenger hunt, free ice cream from Raymond James, and more. New this year on Saturday will be demonstrations by Stutz artists.
Can Kerry Jackson really create a live painting to music in under 15 minutes? Can Myra Perrin make metal move? What does Cheryl Anne Lorance mean when she says she does egg tempera painting? Find out the answers to these - and more during this year's open house!
For the first time, Stutz artists will conduct various demonstrations on Saturday, April 25, 2:30-6 pm.
Friday, 5:30-10 pm: Andra Faye and the Rays, Celtica, Finest Grain, Cara Jean Marcy and Grover Parido, The Dapper Music, Midwest Contraband, Dave Petty, Marvelous Marvin, Chicago George, with special guest Jay Thompson.
Saturday, 2:30-6 pm: Andra Faye and the Rays, il Troubadore, DNA and Delta Duo, Heart 2 Heart, Davis Harlow Project, Bill Price, Salvador Dalai Llama Farm, Gordon Bonham.
Cost: $12-$15; children 12 and under, free. Tickets are valid for both days.