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When you participate in the July 14 Arts Crawl, not only will you get to see and hear great art, but you can meet the artists. Here is a more information about some of the artists, who will be featured during the Arts Crawl.

Celestine Bloomfield is a natural born storyteller, who’ll bring her stories to The Well during Fishers Arts Crawl. A native of Gary, she worked 37 years as a media specialist, then retired to be a full-time story teller. She says she’s been “telling stories since King Kong was a baby monkey.”

 

Bongo Boy Drums will bring 20 students to the pocket park along 116th Street for a lively drum circle throughout the Arts Crawl.

 

 

Sam Bowen will showcase his metal works at The Depot. Bowen is a returning artist to Fishers Arts Crawl. He uses different medias including acrylic, aerosol, metal wire, aluminum and wood in his work and often takes on challenging projects to exceed the limits of traditional art. His philosophy: “Always push the boundaries for your personal creative greatness.” A self-taught artist, he works from his studio at the Art Bank on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

 Sharon (Jiskra) Brooks will bring her oil and acrylic works of rural and landscapes to Jeanette Kassebaum‘s law office. The Chicago native, who now calls Indy home, creates works that embrace the city and rural life that surrounds her. She has a graphic design degree from Ball State University.

 

Aimee Bruno won her first art award in ninth grade at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That set her on an artistic journey. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she studied fine arts at Indiana University. While she’s a project manager during the day, she’s an artist on her free time in her home studio where she works in mixed media. Her work will be featured at Dahlia’s.

Roseanne Crowell will bring her pastels to Archer’s Meats & Catering. She’s had an interest in art since her earliest years with crayons and paints, but she didn’t began seriously focusing on art until her three children were grown. Now the Noblesville artist focuses on pastels, oil and watercolor with subjects ranging from pets and people to floral and nature scenes. She is a member of the Hoosier Salon, the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, the Madison Art Club, and Indiana Wildlife Artists. She is represented by ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel and her work can be viewed at her studio at the Nickel Plate Arts Campus in Noblesville.

Jeff Day has been playing in the Indianapolis area for over 10 years. His style is acoustic rock featuring intricate finger picking and soulful vocals. He’s a respiratory therapist by day and a musician at night. He will be playing at The Switch in the Fishers Arts Council booth.

Marianne Glick will open her exhibit, “Joy in Nature,” at Meyer Najem at Fishers Arts Crawl. An Indianapolis artist and philanthropist, Glick will transform the second story of the building with approximately 30 paintings that showcase the colors of nature. She will donate 25 percent of all sales to United Way of Central Indiana. Glick began painting in 2005. It’s her first time to be part of Fishers Arts Crawl. Her exhibit will remain at Meyer Najem throughout July.

Becky Heimann will showcase color reduction and wood block prints in the Citizens State Bank and Carpenter Realtors booth on Central Green. Heimann is an Indianapolis printmaker and book maker, who is passionate about the environment, and her work often celebrates the breathless beauty of our world. She takes inspiration from fairy tales and folk tales and is currently working on a book series that reimagines the visual elements of tales from around the world. She graduated from Ball State University in 2007 with a Bachelors in Fine Art and an emphasis in printmaking and books arts. This is Heimann’s first time at Fishers Arts Crawl.

Tomas Howie of Fishers started drawing and painting before 10. Through both formal education and the school of life, he has become a full-time artist and musician. He will display his art at The Well, and is a first-timer at Fishers Arts Crawl. He says, “it is not the job of the artist to tell the audience what that image says, but to introduce the viewer to the image, so that they can speak to each other.” His works are on display in galleries and private collections in many states.

Kenyetta’ Dance Company has aspired to be one of Indiana’s most diverse and versatile dance companies, and you’ll be able to see performances beginning at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. inside Source Yoga. This is the first time the modern dance company has performed at Fishers Arts Crawl, but it has performed in New York City’s International Association of Blacks in Dance Youth Showcase and received rave reviews. The choreographic works and artistic direction of Nicholas and Vanessa Owens examine the power of the human spirit through the concepts of strength and agility. When the bodies move, your mind and spirit will soar.

Patty Klunzinger is a glass artist and Owner of Glass Utopia in Indianapolis. She will display her and be doing demonstrations at Lily and Sparrow. Klunzinger began with traditional stained glass and mosaics. She has expanded to include fused jewelry, plate designing, decorative artwork, shelves, corporate installations, sinks and more. She finds combing molten glass in a 1,700-degree kiln to be exciting and fascinating.

Amy Lucid of Fishers discovered her love of photography when she was just 11, when she got her first camera. She enjoys landscape and still life photography especially ocean and the beach, as she’s made several trips to North Carolina and South Carolina coasts. She is returning to Fishers Arts Crawl at Grapevine Cottage. She has participated in exhibits at the Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel and at the Artville Exhibit in the Stutz Gallery in Indianapolis. Lucid joined Fine Art America in 2013 and is a former RAW Artist (an independent arts organization) and exhibited her landscape photographs at the Indianapolis RAW Artists Spectrum Exhibit.

Mudsock Jazz Combo will perform inside City Hall, so you can listen to great music as you view the new Night & Day exhibit a City Hall. The Mudsock Jazz Combo is part of Fishers Music Works, a nonprofit that sponsors professional and semi-professional musicians in performances in Fishers. The Jazz combo formed in 2013 and performs Great American Songbook standards, Dixieland and pop material.

William Denton Ray, a native of Indianapolis, is a senior designer and as a professional artist, who is almost always doodling and drawing, creating whimsical worlds and characters. You can see him in action at the Fishers Arts Council booth inside The Switch. He describes his work as ““Whimsical Funk.” It’s a bit Tim Burton meets Dr. Suess with a touch of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Stanley Mouse, all of whom have had an influence on his work. He is also inspired by graffiti art, skateboarding culture, popular music, fashion and witty humor. He creates his artwork and illustrations at his home studio as well as his studio at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis. He attended the Columbus College of Art and Design and Herron School of Art and Design. This will be his first time at Fishers Arts Crawl.

Bob Sander is a full-time Indianapolis storyteller and lifelong Hoosier, who will tell a short story during Fishers Arts Crawl at The Well. He tells folktales from around the world, historical stories, personal and family stories and often incorporates music. He is co-founder of Storytelling Arts of Indiana and has worked with students through Arts For Learning for more than 20 years. Sander has been the recipient of the Frank Basile Emerging Stories Grant and the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Grant, and he spent 13 years as the resident storyteller for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Brett Wiscons may be a little harder to track down during the Fishers Arts Crawl, but just listen for the music. He’ll be playing guitar while riding – and maybe even pedaling – on the Pint Cycle. For the first time at Arts Crawl, the Pint Cycle is offering free rides, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and then make drop offs at Four Day Ray and Meyer Najem. Wiscons will entertain throughout the evening with his unique mélange of music ranging from vocal powerhouses Sade and Edwin McCain to rock bands Pearl Jam, the Eagles and Hootie & the Blowfish. He says, “Growing up (in Plymouth, Ind), I always heard the vocals first. That’s what drew me in to music to begin with – killer, and in some cases, haunting vocal melodies and lyrics.” His latest recording project – The Heineken Sessions Deluxe (HSD) released on his own label, MAD Diamond Entertainment. For it, Wiscons paired up with two-time GRAMMY-winning producer, guitarist, and songwriter Mark Bryan in Awendaw, SC. (Bryan is a founding member of rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.) Containing 10 tracks running the gamut from Americana to pop to rock to alt-country.

 

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