The Indy Art Districts

This city has a lot of great things to offer.  This weekend I visited Fountain Square and absolutely loved it! “Funky, Artsy, Retro!”  I agree.  This area of Indy is tucked away on the southeast side of downtown Indianapolis and is one of the six cultural districts.  There’s something for everyone in this eclectic area.  Great food, fabulous art, and fun entertainment.

See what’s happening this weekend in Fountain Square and join in on the fun.  Join us January 28th at the New Day MeaderyClick here to register.

Happy New Year!

We had an amazing 2011 and we have a feeling that 2012 is going to be even better.  For starters a new year and a newly updated website!  Come check out the changes.What are your new years resolutions?  We have already set a few goals for ourselves and are going to try our best to achieve each and every one of them.

The Paint Cellar’s Top 5 New Years Resolutions:

  1. Open a new studio

  2. Launch 4 new programs

  3. Exhibit at 3 art shows

  4. Participate in 6 service projects

  5. Reach 1000 Facebook fans


Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!





Plan A Ladies Night In!

How many times have you and your girlfriends all wanted to get together to just catch up or simply hang out and the dreaded question that never fails to get asked “what do you want to do?”  Then comes the typical responses…go to a movie, go to the club, go out to dinner.  Tired of doing the same old thing?  It’s about time to break the trend and do something different.  Host a paint party!  Paint parties are great for social gatherings with you and your girlfriends.  If you can gather a group of 8 or more girls or guys then this will be perfect for you.

We can do themed paint parties where you choose your theme and we come up with a piece of art that fits the party.  Paint parties go great with wine too!  Have your friends bring with them a bottle of their favorite wine to share and it can turn into a wine tasting as well.  The options are endless!  For more ideas visit our event page.


Indianapolis International Airport removes artwork to make space for LED panel

One of the signature artworks in the passenger terminal at Indianapolis International Airport came down last night to be replaced by a large LED screen showing both artistic videos and advertising.

The new video wall is expected to debut by Dec. 8 showing a video titled “Perm Press, The American Cycle,” a work by Indianapolis artist Artur Silva that includes animation, video and photography.

It will hang in the three-story glass atrium above the main stairway and escalator of the Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal building, where it will replace the sculptural painting “Chrysalis” by James Willie Faust.

Faust issued this statement by email this morning: “The act of removing Chrysalis by artist James Wille Faust at the Indianapolis International Airport in the middle of the night was a bypassing of the Mayor’s office, the City County Councilor’s office, the Arts community, and the Citizens of the City of Indianapolis who have strongly supported this artwork and not its removal. We believe this defiant and perceived underhanded action speaks for itself.”

The change was controversial in the Indianapolis art and culture community when proposed earlier this year. Faust said his work had been created specifically for the location in the architecturally enhanced terminal building, so he opposed moving the piece and refused to see it hung in the Indiana Convention Center or any other prominent location.

Airport officials said other options were studied, including moving the Faust artwork and moving the video wall. In the end, the decision is to install the video wall and put the art work in storage until another mutually agreed location can be found to display it.

“We regret that this process affected ‘Chrysalis,’ a much-admired piece that helped garner praise for our (airport art) program,” said John D. Clark III, executive director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. “However, art will continue to complement and strengthen the award-winning beauty of our terminal and concourses.”

Consultants from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, hired to advise the airport authority about the art to be displayed in and around the terminal, support the change to contemporary works.

There are about 2,000 art works of many types throughout the building, seen by more than 7 million air travelers a year.

But in a recessionary economy, the airport authority has been looking for every source of revenue including spots in the building for advertising. The screen is expected to produce several hundred thousand dollars a year to the airport’s budget.

The new video wall is a giant LED screen made by Sharp. The electronics manufacturer donated the $300,000 wall of light that measures 22 feet wide by 7.5 feet tall.

The computer-controlled display of images on the screen will show at least one art video and several advertising messages that will scroll continuously on a loop.

Silva’s inaugural video is 62 seconds long, just the time of a ride up or down the escalator between the Civic Plaza and the lower level baggage claim area.

“Perm Press” is about the Brazilian-born artist’s fascination with American history and his interest in the way history repeats itself. The images in the video jump between the past and present, showing a mixture of familiar American icons such as pictures of Abraham Lincoln and the ferris wheel at the Indiana State Fair.

The commissioned art videos will be changed about twice a year.

The second to debut next June will feature a selection of photographs by Nina Katchadourian, an artist and a frequent flyer who has taken the pictures during her travels.




Kickstarter Project

Helllloooo Kickstarter!  We did it!  We blew the Kickstarter team away with our proposal and they were kind enough to accept us.  Ok so maybe it didn’t happen like that but we’ll just pretend that it did.  Kickstarter give us new creative startup projects a chance.  We’re given the opportunity to share our story with the world and receive pledges in return for rewards.  All of our rewards that we offer can in no way shape or form promote or offer any return on investment.  We’ve posted a great list, hint hint.  When you’re searching their site you’ll find all sorts of projects.  Anything from music, art, theater, dance, and so much more.  Discover new projects in your area and around the US.