The artsy doors of Broad Ripple businesses - especially those whose buildings house creative treasures for perusal and purchase - will swing wide open well into the evening tonight for the annual Fall Gallery Tour. The Tour will feature artists on location at many of the galleries and shops participating in the self-guided art event that weaves it's away across the Village.
Tour locations range from the Indianapolis Art Center near Broad Ripple's northern boundary to Fine Estate Art & Rugs on the south end of the village. Fine Estate may be on the low end of town, but they work to provide the high end of what Indiana art collectors may be looking for. As you walk in, there are arrays of different paintings on the walls and stacks upon stacks of rugs on the floor.
- Fine Estate Art and Rugs will have a range of Indiana artwork on display.
"There are 250 pieces of artwork on the walls of our gallery," says Curt Churchman, owner of Fine Estate. "We focus on historical Indiana art, and we do not deal with living artists."
Walking around the gallery, there is plenty of vintage Indiana artwork including pieces showcasing familiar locals from Brown County and Indianapolis all the way to the Indiana Dunes. Keep an eye out there, too, for work from the Hoosier Group.
- The Bungalow will be showing work from Russian artist Sofiya Inger.
Closer to the canal, more shops participating in the tour include Artifacts, Chelsea's, Girly Chic Boutique and The Bungalow.
The Bungalow is divided into two different spaces with the front half is a shop offering art and craft-related merchandise and the back home to a painting, sculpture and fine furniture gallery that greets the visitor with splashes of vividness and wit. During the tour, The Bungalow will showcase feature artist Sofiya Inger, whose work invite the viewer to follow the currents and curves of nature and the body.
- Jennifer Berger specializes in handcrafted felt friends.
Every item has its own personality due to differences in fibers, design elements, knitting gauge and yarns and even the mixture of items in the load when felted. For the tour she will focus on creating small monsters made out of felt for the Halloween season and is anticipated to introduce a new Fairy God Monster especially for the gallery tour.
Other places to stop on the tour include The Gift Gallery at Ceramic Dreams, Sigman's Gallery, Girly Chic Boutique, Chelsea's, CLOTH, Indy Upcycle, Urban Optiks, Marigold Clothing, The Fur Bee, Inspire, Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art, The Potter's House, Hoosier Salon, The Thompson Collecion, and Ashland Gallery & Stu's Studio.