Interactive arts events happening this week

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GRASSROOTS MUSIC OPEN JAM

Join Hamilton East Public Library staff from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 for an acoustic, family friendly open jam session. Guests will play folk, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, pop or anything else that appeals. Bring your instrument, prepare to sing or just drop in and listen. Registration is not required for this free event but will help determine seating. For more, visit hepl.lib.in.us, or call the adult services department at 317-770-3215.

Nickel Plate Arts will host a Valentine’s Day Date Night for all Feb. 14-16. (Submitted photo)

VALENTINE’S DAY DATE NIGHT

From 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, 15 and 16, Nickel Plate Arts will host date nights at its Noblesville campus, 107 S. Eighth St. Projects for couples, friends, mothers and daughters, double dates groups and girls nights out can be done anytime during these three-hour events, which include live performances by local musicians, writers and performers, a wine/beer bar, hors d’oeuvres and more. Cost is $10 per activity for two. Special discounts are available on an all-inclusive package. Visit nickelplatearts.org/signature-events/valentines-day to sign up.

MAKE IT/TAKE IT CRAFT: WOOD YOU NAME IT?

Join Hamilton East Public Library staff to make a customized wooden plaque with the first or last name of your choice from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15. Guests of this make it/take it craft program can specify the name they want on their plaque when they register, as staff will prepare the template ahead of time. The class is free for those 18 and older, and registration is required. For more, visit hepl.lib.in.us.

‘100 DAYS OF ABSTRACTS’

Each month, Nickel Plate Arts presents a showcase of artwork by a local artist or art group inside our Stephenson House Gallery, 107 S. Eighth St. For February, the arts organization welcomes Tori Weyers’ “100 Days of Abstracts” exhibit, a collection of the artist’s works formed during her personal project described in the show title. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17, and the public is invited to attend. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular business hours, from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through the month. For more on Weyers and her work, visit drawriot.com.

DRUMMING CIRCLE SERIES

Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St., holds its drumming circle on the first and third Sundays of each month. The next session is Feb. 18. Everyone is welcome, and no prior drumming experience is required. Guests are encouraged to bring their own handheld percussion instrument. Each session runs from 2 to 4 p.m., and the group will learn drumming basics. For more, visit the Logan Street Sanctuary Facebook page.

JEWELRY-MAKING INTRODUCTION

Learn to make your own jewelry using beads from around the world. Guests of this Hamilton East Public Library craft program, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20, will take home a finished piece at the end of the evening. This class is taught by Emily Wasonga of Love’s Hangover. Registration is required at hepl.lib.in.us.

‘PAINT THE TOWN RED’

Red is the color of love, among many things, so Nickel Plate Arts thought it only appropriate to devote its February exhibit to exploring the color. The “Paint the Town Red” exhibit will showcase the works of Community Artists from the area. Artists from a wide variety of backgrounds and styles will display works in a range of mediums that showcase different shades of red through Feb. 24. The exhibit will be on display during normal gallery hours, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

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