Interactive arts events happening this week



Bring your young artist to Nickel Plate Arts for a range of afternoon art projects during gallery hours from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 3-5. Each project is $10. Kids of all ages are welcome. Parents must accompany children while on campus. Each project takes about 30 minutes or less to complete. All materials and directions are provided for this drop-in art lab. Registration is not required.


Nourish your appetite for local culture during First Friday at Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. Eighth St., packed with local artists’ works and more from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 5. A cash bar is available featuring beer and wine from local producers. Explore the latest exhibit, Woven Together, which will showcase fabric and textile arts from a variety of established artists in our network. Live music will be provided by harpist Jennifer Midkiff, including a showcase of art by a local artist in the Stephenson House. This event is free.

Blanket by artist Jessica Madsen (Submitted photo)


Keep cozy in Nickel Plate Arts’ first exhibit of 2018, “Woven Together,” which will showcase fabric and textile arts from a variety of established artists. Quilts, blankets, scarves, hats, wall hangings, capes and more will fill the Judge Stone House gallery space at 107 S. Eighth St. from Jan. 5 to 27. Many works will be for sale. Nickel Plate Arts will host a special opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 5 with live music, refreshments, drinks and more, and the public is invited to attend. After the reception, the exhibit will be viewable during gallery hours, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Challenge yourself to create a landscape using only one color by learning about tints and shades to expand your painting repertoire. The free class is offered by Hamilton East Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 10, 17 and 18 and is taught by Debby Ellyn Studio. Registration is required by visiting


Join Hamilton East Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 9 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 or call the adult services department at 317-770-3215.


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