Inspire Studio Gallery owner will take over arts advisor role

Catherine Bauder. (Photo by Adam Aasen)
Catherine Bauder. (Photo by Adam Aasen)

Catherine Bauder, artist and owner of Inspire Studio Gallery, will take over as the city’s arts advisor after Jerry Points stepped down in December due to his health.

Bauder, a painter herself, has seen immediate success since she first opened up shop in the Carmel Arts & Design District. In February 2014, she first opened her doors at 15 E. Main St. next to Carmel Couture Boutique. Right away, she sold a painting and was commissioned for several more.

Later that year, Mary and Martha’s Exceedingly Chic Boutique moved to Zionsville and Bauder was able to move into that larger space at 111 W. Main Street.

City leaders say they noticed her success with several art classes offered every week and an enthusiasm to participate in growing the area.

“I think I’m the right person because they think I’m the right person,” Bauder said. “I’m very flattered. I do want to make the Arts District the best that it can be. I love the Arts District. I think Mayor Jim Brainard has the right vision for Carmel and this area downtown, compared to what it was years ago, it’s so different. It’s just light years in terms of development and I think the arts play a huge role in that.”

The role of arts advisor is to help facilitate arts-related events, such as gallery walks – offered every second Saturday – or the Carmel on Canvas Paint Out, which Points started. The advisor also helps attract new galleries to open in the city and give advice to new galleries starting out.

Bauder received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Western Michigan University with a major in Painting. She has also taught drawing and painting classes through IUPUI’s Continuing Education program and at the Sullivan Munce Art Center in Zionsville. Bauder has produced hundreds of portraits on commission – with oil painting as her primary medium – and won awards for paintings and drawings at art shows and competitions primarily in Michigan.

Points, owner of the now-closed Eye on Art Gallery, had to relinquish the role after less than a year because he is ill with shingles and his wife has been suffering with Parkinson’s. Prior to Points, Evan Lurie, owner of his own eponymous gallery on Main Street, served as arts advisor to the city.