Food + art = winning combination

Patty Mac Innis and her still life of the Matteo's interior. (Photo by Mark Johnson)

Patty Mac Innis and her still life of the Matteo’s interior. (Photo by Mark Johnson)

Food and art. An unusual duo? Perhaps, few people would consider those two items a noteworthy combination. Yet, for the Hamilton County Arts Association, food and art are adding up to a winning combination.

On Friday, the HCAA will open its annual “Bon Appétit” Art Show and Noblesville Restaurant Art Demonstration. As artist Patty Mac Innis explained, this year’s show is a major step forward.

“This is the first year that the restaurants will be involved,” she said. “All the restaurant owners have been great. They’ve put up miniaturized posters advertising the show and they have really helped to promote it.”

This year’s “Bon Appétit” opening is part of Noblesville Main Street’s lead off First Friday for the 2013 season. “Bon Appétit” showcases art that have food or food related themes. This year, 18 artists will participate in the show. Each artist will have painting demonstrations at or around 12 of Noblesville’s restaurants.

An open house will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, with a free art shuttle bus providing transportation to two places on the square and the Judge Stone House parking lot. The shuttle will then return to the HCAA Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St. Artists will paint from 5 to 7:45 p.m.

Patrons will be able to bid on the paintings in a silent auction at the Birdie Gallery. Bids will be closed at 8:45 p.m.

“There are three goals of the show,” Mac Innis said. “We want to promote the restaurants, educate people on the arts, and have a fundraiser for the HCAA.”

Indeed, in a show of deep commitment to the arts and the artistic community, each artist will donate 50 percent of the sale of the painting back to the HCAA.

“We are looking forward to a large, excellent show,” Mac Innis said.

For more on “Bon Appétit” or the artist/restaurant information, visit


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