The University of Indianapolis and Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) collaborated to create the Wheeler Arts Community in Historic Fountain Square. The building offers live-and-work spaces for visual artists and their families and is a venue for theater performances and visual art exhibitions, in addition to programs and courses presented by the University of Indianapolis. The 60,000-square-foot building, once a vacant factory, has been completely renovated in a contemporary style that maximizes its industrial character.
With the joint vision and efforts of the Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) and artist/entrepreneur Philip Campbell, the former G.C. Murphy department store was converted into a gathering place for all things visual art. The building now has new owners, but remains home to numerous galleries and artist studios. The artists in the Murphy are among the most established in the city. The building hosts several open studio nights a year in addition to independent gallery openings.
Art gallery, photography ‚ and live music on occasion, too.
This space is operated jointly as a partnership between Mt. Comfort (curated by Austin Radcliffe) and the nonprofit arts organization Primary Colours. That is, Primary Colours and Mt. Comfort hold art openings here on a rotating monthly basis. The work that Primary exhibits is progressive and contemporary with an emphasis on local artists. Radcliffe also likes the cutting edge, and is not averse to taking chances with artist/curator collaborations on his walls. Whoever’s in charge, you’ll likely find a happy medium in this gallery space on the line where the accessible and the cutting edge meet.
Located in the heart of Fountain Square, New Day Meadery continues to offer an interesting and fun combination of meads, hard ciders and cocktails. The hard ciders are good (especially the seasonal hot mulled hard cider), but New Day really shines with its meads, including the nicely tart Shelby Blue Ribbon, flavored with rhubarb and strawberry. Ingredients are locally sourced, including honey from the Anderson-based Wildflower Ridge and apples grown in Wabash. The food here is a nice complement to the drinks, including meats and cheeses from Goose the Market and truffles from the Best Chocolate in Town.
These are the artistic creations of Melodie Y Ramey brought forth from a lifetime of imagination
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