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A10 Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009
Zionsville Times Sentinel
Art Classes offered
Bill Pattison, an award-winning artist, will be conducting art classes in the Zionsville area.
He has been recently reatured on WIPB-PBS. He teaches all mediums and skill levels.
Contact Kathleen Norton at (765) 362-1348 or e-mail kathleenjnorton@hotmail.com.
First Fridays are back
The Zionsvile art galleries, artists’ studies and art venues are pleased to announce that they
are open late for First Fridays gallery walk nights, continuing every month, all year round. The
next date is Friday, Dec. 4. Galleries will be open late from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will offer spe-
cial meet the artist events, music and refreshments.
First Fridays are free and open to the public and there is always free parking.
Contact Bob Salem by phone or e-mail at 733-2040, salemartgallery@sbcglobal.net or Lolly
Schoonover by phone or e-mail at 796-8354, LMSCreative@aol.com for more information.
Indiana Artisan
program growing
The term “going local” is
Center where Art Center
the latest buzz word and has
Director Cynthia Young cre-
been used repeatedly to tout
ated the SullivanMunce
the advantages of local serv-
Artisan Boutique. In the bou-
ices and products. But before
tique she features local arti-
the Industrial Revolution,
san products and artwork.
going local was the natural
For the holidays, the art cen-
state of local economies.
ter will devote the entire cen-
Items used for everyday
ter to their Artisan Holiday
usage were crafted by hand
Boutique on Dec. 5 to 23.
and sold directly to the com-
Local artists like Janet Cohen,
munity. In fact, artisans were
Suzi Rizzo, Janet Goar, Tara
art in zionsville
the leading producers of
Bender and other artists will
goods during that age. A hier-
offer their works for unique
archy of artisans existed. If
downtown Indianapolis. For
holiday purchases.
one owned his own business,
Freeman, it is not the recipe
The Indiana Artisan pro-
he was considered a master.
that matters the most, but the
gram is open to all Indiana
A person who would work
ingredients and production of
artists and food artisans.
for a master was considered a
those products.
Artists/artisans must fill out
journeyman or apprentice. An
“We are looking for busi-
an online application, then
apprentice or journeyman
nesses that do small batches
must show their actual prod-
would work a certain amount
in production. We do not ask
uct to a pre-selected arts and
of time learning their craft
for the recipe, but we do
food jury, who will then
by actually creating
check the ingredients
determine if the product
products that
to see if they are
meets the Indiana Artisan cri-
were necessary
sourced from
teria. The jury must be able
for the local
I n d i a n a , ”
to see, feel, taste and smell
economy. But
Freeman said.
what is being presented
once the
“ Tw e n t y - f i v e
before they make any deci-
I n d u s t r i a l
percent of our cri-
sion. And while this process
Revolution came
teria are focused on
seems simple, criteria is
and stayed, these
whether Hoosier her-
tough, with only 17 percent
titles slowly fell away so
itage is integral to the prod-
of all artists who apply being
that now the term “artisan”
uct. We want the work to be
accepted into the program.
generally applies to a person
specific to Indiana.”
The program has juried in
who uses manual and creative
Because Freeman sees eco-
three Boone County Indiana
skills to create unique items
nomic development as a key
Artisans: watercolorist Joyce
with local resources.
feature of the program, IAP
K. Jensen, ceramist Peg Neal
Now states are finding that
also concentrates on smaller
of Art IN Hand and stone
these old ideas have currency
rural areas where artists/arti-
carver Chris Quigley. The
even in today’s marketplace.
sans may not have the eco-
work of all three artists is
Only a few states have artisan
nomic opportunities to make
now on display in a special
programs. One of the oldest
their product available to a
exhibit, “Off the Wall,” at the
programs, Kentucky Crafted,
larger marketplace. One of
Indiana State Museum
has been in existence for 29
the main goals of the program
through Jan. 31, 2010. For
years and is one of the most
is to help the artisan expand
each of these three artists, the
successful programs in the
their business so that they can
Indiana Artisan Program not
United States, annually hold-
stay in county to continue to
only connects them statewide
ing its Kentucky Crafted
produce their wares.
with other artisans trying to
show, which last year raised
Freeman calls it place-based
sell their product, but also
over a half million in retail
asset development.
provides them with an oppor-
and wholesale dollars. In
“Our main goal is to help
tunity to get their work into a
January 2008, Lt. Gov. Becky
the artisan expand their busi-
wider statewide marketplace.
Skillman started the Indiana
ness,” Freeman said. “That’s
For stone carver and
Artisan program, which now
why we reach out to rural
Zionsville native,
recognizes 138 artisans from
areas, because it helps devel-
Quigley, this is an opportuni-
46 Indiana counties. The
op rural economies without
ty to get excited about.
growing program is a joint
bringing in the smokestacks.
“It is a great idea, espe-
venture between the Indiana
It also helps the artisan stay
cially for someone like me
Office of Community and
in the county and he doesn’t
who lives out in the country
Rural Affairs, the Indiana
have to move. We help them
and who can’t get their foot
Office of Tourism
connect to other retail busi-
in the door in mainstream art
Development, the Indiana
nesses through the state.”
Quigley said.
State Department of
Other ways that the IAP
“Their main idea is to bring
Agriculture and the Indiana
helps expand local
business to Indiana. The
Arts Commission. But in all
economies is through the
Artisan program has no
of these programs, one dis-
development of local Artisan
strings attached. No political
tinctive feature, the use of
Trails where artisan busi-
affiliations are necessary.
locally-sourced ingredients,
nesses and studios can be sit-
They are strictly looking at
products and services pro-
uated in a central location
your work and you are
duced by a local craftsman in
such as nature trail. The pro-
judged on your work.”
small batches is what distin-
gram also plans a statewide
Peg Neal agrees. For her,
guishes an artisan from an
artisan fair for February
the recognition and network-
artist. Eric Freeman, program
2011 which will be based on
ing that comes with the
director for the Indiana
the success of the Kentucky
Indiana Artisan designation
Artisan Program, says that
Crafted Show. To develop
is critical.
making the distinction
the IAP, Freeman spends
“It will offer the artists as
between an artist and artisan
much of his time working
well as the public good
was a deliberate choice for
with local economic devel-
exposure to our work,” Neal
the Indiana program.
opment commissions, talk-
said. “I hope that the public
“We purposely selected the
ing to them about how they
will appreciate and recog-
word, ‘artisan’ because there
can develop artisan business-
nize that this is work from
are two sides to this program:
es locally.
arts and food,” Freeman said.
“A town can take an unde-
For Joyce K. Jensen, her ulti-
“Secondary, we are looking
veloped storefront and use
mate hope is that the program
for work in this program that
the Indiana Artisan Program
will help her become more
is truly artisanal. By that, we
as part of that puzzle,”
known as an Indiana artist.
mean it is made by hand in
Freeman said. “The IAP can
“The artisan program has
small batches by the artist.”
then come in, fill half the
definitely helped. Being in the
The Indiana Artisan
store with Indiana Artisans
State Museum in a show
Program is open to all arti-
and help promote it through
where my work really stands
sans and artists in Indiana. It
the Indiana Office of
out, the exhibit is beautiful,”
is also open to small busi-
Tourism Development. The
Jensen said. “The Artisan pro-
nesses who produce unique
town can staff it, fill it the
gram is a terrific idea. It has
products that are created in
other half with local artwork
been a very positive and excit-
small batches like the hand-
and make money off of it.
ing experience for me.”
dipped truffles by
Any town can do this.”
Next month I will profile all
Chocolatier Elizabeth
One place that has devel-
three Boone County artists
Garber, owner of The Best
oped store space for artisans
and explore how their work
Chocolates in Town on
has been the local
makes them uniquely
Massachusetts Avenue in
SullivanMunce Cultural
Hoosier and artisan in nature.