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home : columnists : columnists August 21, 2017

8/3/2017 4:00:00 AM
Art is more than Fair on Square

By Betsy Reason

If you think that the Htamilton County Artists' Association is a bunch of creative types painting and doing their own thing, it is, and so much more.

The Artists' Association is one of the county's best-hidden gems.

Juried members make up the group, a nonprofit that is based out of a former First Baptist Church at 195 S. Fifth St., in Noblesville. The church was originally known as the First Colored Missionary Baptist Church built in 1875 and rich in history.

The Association's Birdie Gallery is named after artist, Roberta "Birdie" Bloomhorst, the late wife of longtime member Ken Bloomhorst. She loved art, and so her husband founded a trust fund in her memory. That money is awarded each spring to two Visual Arts Major Scholarship winners, who receive $1,000 each.

The Birdie Gallery is just a little more than a block south of Conner Street, next to Riverside Cemetery which overlooks the White River in downtown Noblesville.

On Wednesday mornings, juried artists gather there to paint together. And they invite anyone in the community who wants to join them.

Every summer, the Association offers a weeklong art camp for kids and do a lot of cool stuff.

Throughout the year, the group hosts an array of events. And every month, the public can meet the Association's juried artists and watch an art demonstration. This month, it's photographer Michael Jack, who'll lead the demonstration at 7 p.m. Aug. 9. There is also an artist of the month, Nicole Tredup of Fishers, who has her work on display at the Noblesville Visitors Center on the south side of the Square.

Last weekend, the Association had a callout for 3-D artwork, and will showcase that art beginning today, with a reception open to the public from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

And this Saturday, the nonprofit will present the annual Art Fair on the Square, a downtown tradition that began many years ago and, for a decade, was created and coordinated by the Noblesvillle Cultural Arts Commission as Summer Art Fair on the Square. The Art Fair is open to the community from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with free admission.

The Art Fair vendors are by invitation only, based on artists' applications and high standards. All work must be original with signed and numbered prints allowed. Every year, the Fair draws some of the most talented artists from near and far, with awards for Best of Show and People's Choice.

Want to join the group and become a juried artist? Learn more at www.hcaa-in.org/. Or just come to the Art Fair on the Square.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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