Interactive arts events happening this week



Nickel Plate Arts will host it’s May First Friday event from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at its campus at 107 S. Eighth St. Enjoy the “May Flowers” exhibit, photographer Christine Merchent’s showcase and live music by duo Marty Jean, along with refreshments and a cash bar.


Wine down your week at Federal Hill Commons with its new “Wine Down & Art” series to enjoy local artwork, wine and a meal from area food trucks from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month through September. The next event will take place May 4.


Each month, Nickel Plate Arts presents a showcase of artwork by a local artist or art group inside its Stephenson House Gallery. For the month of May, the arts organization will feature the works of Christine Merchent. Her work has been featured in PGA Golf Magazine, The Smart Woman’s Guide to Style & Clothing, From Photographer to Gallery Artist, the iTunes “What’s Hot” list and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. The free exhibit is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. A reception for the exhibit will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 with refreshments, music and more.


“May Flowers,” Nickel Plate Arts’ May 2018 exhibit, features floral-themed artwork in all mediums by artists of all backgrounds in the Nickel Plate region. The exhibit will be on display in the Judge Stone House gallery space at 107 S. Eighth St. from May 4-26 with most works for sale. A special opening reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 with live music by local musical duo Marty Jean, refreshments, drinks and more. The free exhibit is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.


Beginning May 4 and lasting through June 1, the Noblesville Visitor’s Center, 839 Conner St., will feature the artwork of Walt Thacker, from noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is free.


Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St., holds its drumming circle on the first and third Sunday of each month. The next session is May 6. 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.


Beginning April 12 and lasting through May 25, Hamilton County Artists’ Association will present its “All of Our Best” judged exhibit of juried artists’ work at The Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St. A reception is set for 6:30 p.m. May 4. The exhibit will be open weekly from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.


The Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s Birdie Gallery, 195 S. Fifth St., is open from 1 to 3 p.m. each Thursday for the public to take part in an open studio session. All are welcome, from novice to experienced, at no cost. Come with your supplies, and create in the company of others. For more, visit


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