A10 Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009 Zionsville Times...

A10 Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
Zionsville Times Sentinel
CCA Gallery presents new exhibit
“American Woods,” a feature show of Woodturnings
by Lee Ellis and Paintings by Elaine C. Wolfe, will be
on display beginning Sept. 2.
All works by Ellis will be made on North American
wood varieties and all paintings by Wolfe will be land-
scapes depicting the beauty of American forests.
An opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4. All are welcome.
The artwork may be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Saturday through Sept. 30. The cost is
free. The CCA Gallery is located at 47 S. Main St. in the
Local business and art galleries:
Brick Street Mall.
• Innova Brands
A partnership of growth
• Earthborn
A community’s economic success is
Village, and you will find unique, inde-
in thousands of people who visit and dine
• Natural Planet Organics
dependent on many elements. Passion
pendent entrepreneurial type businesses
in our local businesses. As a result,
• Breeders Choice
and leadership must exist. Local business
where talented, creative people are work-
Zionsville has become a destination spot.
• Eagle/Wellness
must establish a strong market plan based
ing together to create a successful com-
Local artist and member of Art IN Hand
• Evangers
• ProPac
on the community’s demographic. It
munity every day. Zionsville Merchant’s
artist cooperative, Peg Neal, sees
• Nutrilife
must address local needs and successful
Association president Carol Marquiss
Zionsville as a visitor’s destination.
• So Bright
40 East Cedar Street
partnerships must exist.
believes that this evolved
“More and more I’ve noticed
• Sojo's
In his book, The Rise of
Zionsville is a destination. Some come
• and others.
the Creative Class: And
“All of our businesses
for the art. Others come for the dining.
How It’s Transforming
are independently owned,
Others come just to explore and enjoy the
entrepreneurs,” Marquiss
unique structures and merchant offer-
Community and Everyday
said. “Each business has its
ings,” Neal said. “Frequently we have
Local historian
Richard Florida
own personality.”
customers coming in because some other
states that “the key to eco-
This independence and
business has recommended us.”
Times Sentinel columnist
nomic growth lies not just
entrepreneurial spirit
Further, partnerships with local organ-
Joan Praed Lyons
in the ability to attract the
works well because collab-
izations such as the Greater Zionsville
creative class, but to trans-
oration between business-
Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, the
late that underlying
es has become a vital
Zionsville Merchants Association and the
advantage into creative
aspect of Zionsville’s suc-
Zionsville Arts Initiative have become a
art in zionsville
economic conditions in
cess. While some might
vital element for success in local events.
the form of new ideas,
distinguish an art gallery
Events such as the annual Brick Street
new high-tech businesses and regional
from a local business, they are all just
Gallery Walk, Country Market and even
ONLY $21.99
growth.” Florida defines the creative class
essentially retailers, but integrating art
the recent Street Dance, where approxi-
as “a fast growing, highly educated and
into these businesses has become an
mately 4,000 people visited Zionsville,
Available at the
well-paid segment of the workforce.”
essential marketing element for those
would not happen without these partner-
Sound like Zionsville? You bet.
businesses. One can find ceramic teapots
ships between the arts, local businesses
Times Sentinel
Zionsville is an affluent community.
on display at Serenity or original paint-
and organizations, and are just some of
(250 S. Elm St. Zionsville, IN)
The Town of Zionsville’s recent Annual
ings are display at The Cobblestone,
the ways to bring visitors to Zionsville,
Report found that median household
Zionsville Antiques and Lighting or
Cortopassi said.
income for Zionsville was close to
Lesley Jane. The artwork is part of the
“While closing the street can be tough,
$90,000. A large majority of residents
aesthetic of the business. Owner of Lesley
some merchants relish the opportunity and
have a college degree or better. Our cost of
Jane, a retail clothing store in Zionsville,
others dread it. But my explanation has
living index is 85.9 percent. Zionsville
Lesley Hunt believes that it helps her to
always been that you are bringing thou-
consumers are looking for something on
attract clientele to her business.
sands to Zionsville — many who have
the high end of the scale, says Ray
“I see a tie-in to my store,” Hunt said. “I
never been here,” Cortopassi said. “I truly
Cortopassi, executive director of the
think if a person appreciates artwork, they
believe that they return and when they
Greater Zionsville Chamber of
appreciate unique clothing, which is what
return they come to enjoy an experience
I sell so I always participate in the gallery
by spending time in a restaurant or a
“It’s no secret that folks here have more
walk and art events.”
means to buy higher investment products
This integration of art and business is
Keeping an open mind and a willing-
and services,” Cortopassi said. “Our mer-
unique because it is an intentional, long
ness to work together is vital, says Lolly
chants try to meet these needs and so we
term strategy, says Zionsville artist main-
Schoonover, owner of the Kellar
see high number of “want” businesses
stay Edie Kellar Mahaney.
Mahaney Gallery.
rather than functional businesses. Our
“In the early 1970s when I became
“The partnerships between the arts
businesses — even with lean times and
involved in the arts in Zionsville, there
community and local businesses have
negative growth — are, by large, doing
was a strong interest in the
always been here in Zionsville,”
quite well.”
Williamsburg style of art and design.
Schoonover said. “They will continue to
On Main Street, these higher-end
Committees were formed to improve
grow and improve as long as all involved
investment products and services translate
the look, style and the ambiance of the
come to the table with an open-minded-
into a variety of businesses from jewelers
town in general and Main Street in par-
ness that furthers collaboration.”
to restaurants to art galleries. Businesses
Kellar Mahaney said.
This open mindedness or diversity of
on Main Street mainly satisfy us for what
“Following that decade came the cre-
thought, as Florida says, is a “fundamen-
we “want” as consumers rather than for
ation of the Munce Art Center and two
tal marker of creative class values.” This
what we need. So the question becomes,
art galleries on Main Street. It took the
new dependence on people, especially
in a community the size of Zionsville,
interest and cooperation of the business
creative people, Florida insists, fuels
what does it take to make it work when
community to complete the Munce Art
growth in an age where using financial
what you are selling is that higher-end,
Center project and the business commu-
incentives for growth is no longer as
“luxury” type item like artwork?
nity continues to serve on boards for the
viable as it once was. And in Zionsville,
Florida would argue that it takes a “cre-
arts, give endless gifts for fundraisers,
it will be these people, whether they are
ative class” to create this synergy, which
and invited local artists to exhibit.”
from local businesses, art galleries or local
is exactly what we can see happening in
This collaboration extends to Main
organizations, that will be the incentive for
Zionsville — go to Main Street or Boone
Street and beyond, to events which bring
continued growth. You can bet on it.
Staff report
Zionsville artist Joyce
K. Jensen received third
place in the Professional
Watercolor division at the
2009 Indiana State Fair.
The award-winning paint-
ing, “Tomato on Red and
Gold,” honors the fair’s
theme “Year of Tomatoes.”
“The Indiana State Fair
is a wonderful venue for
art,” Jensen said. “The
crowds are huge, and it’s
an honor to exhibit along-
side so many artists whose
work I admire. My family
has attended the fair for
decades, and the profes-
sional art in the Home and
Family Arts Building is
always our first destina-
In the last four years,
Jensen has received seven
Photo submitted
awards from the fair.
“Tomato on Red and Gold” by Joyce K. Jensen
She has three watercol-
ors, an oil painting and a drawing on display.
Jensen also had a painting selected for the Paint the Parks “Top 100,” an exhibition of paintings of America’s national
parks. The show travels for a year to venues across the country. Jensen’s painting is from the George Rogers Clark National
Historical Park in Vincennes.
The show will be in Indiana from March 15 until May 1, 2010, at the Indiana Dunes National Park.
This summer and fall, Jensen will have paintings on display in Roswell, Ga.; Steamboat Springs, Co.; Marshfield, Wisc.;
and at the Bosque Art Center in Clifton, Texas.
In September, her work will be part of a three-person show at the Hoosier Salon Broad Ripple Gallery in Indianapolis,
with award-winning artists J. Rodney Reveal and Gail Overpeck.