Hoosier Salon nixes plan to move to Carmel

 This vacant building on Range Line Road north of Main Street will not be the new home of the Hoosier Salon art gallery.

This vacant building on Range Line Road north of Main Street will not be the new home of the Hoosier Salon art gallery.

By Pete Smith

The board of the Hoosier Salon has decided not to relocate the prominent art gallery from Broad Ripple to Carmel.

In a statement, the board said, “Like many arts organizations, Hoosier Salon has just emerged from a turbulent financial time. Our board decided it was more important for Hoosier Salon’s long-term viability to take a few years to stabilize its finances and build up additional financial reserves before contemplating a new gallery location.”

The statement did express gratitude “to the City of Carmel for its generous offer of financial support and its promotion for Hoosier Salon’s temporary exhibits in the space this fall.”

The offer of financial support refers to a proposed offer from the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation that would have helped to subsidize the cost of the rent at the proposed gallery site at 20 N. Range Line Rd., said Hoosier Salon Executive Director Donnae Dole.

The owner of the Carmel gallery building, Curtis Butcher, declined to reveal the rent for the building.

4CDC board member Ron Carter declined to reveal the amount of the subsidy that Carmel had prepared to offer.

But in the end, the issue of relocation may have played a larger factor than money.

“We are working with our (current) landlord to make additional improvements to our Broad Ripple gallery,” the board said in a statement. “In 2014 we will implement new business and marketing plans, begin a dynamic fundraising campaign and celebrate our 90th anniversary.”

Said Dole, “We’re picking up the pieces and moving forward the best we can right here in Broad Ripple.”

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