Event organizer Cynthia Walker could not have picked a more beautiful day to showcase some of the best female-created art in Indianapolis. Saturday afternoon, Indy residents were free to take a sunny stroll between 800 and 900 Massachusetts Ave. to peruse and participate in art-making.
Greeted by “The Wall of Expression,” visitors to the Women and the Arts festival could express themselves upon entering the event on one of six painted canvases, which represented themes of Time, Life, Nature, Movement, Energy and Color. Liz Bussard held down the fort at the Wall, helping visitors with idea cards for each canvas in order to prompt their creativity. Meanwhile, painter Jackie Stout described how the early, simple paintings she created blossomed as visitors added their art. Stout said of the canvas “Color,” “I began this painting as a way to vent anger I was feeling. As the day progressed, people took what they saw in the painting and added their expression, and it has become beautiful, tropical and floral, rather than angry.”
Continuing down the straightaway, visitors could look over and purchase jewelry, clothing and art from over 60 artists. Also participating were poets, who read from the Poet’s Corner, and performers on the Red Stage, including The Children’s Theatre Institute, much to the delight of many a rugrat in tow.
Artist Susan Hodgin, who presented paintings and collages, noted that the crowd had been slow throughout the day, but also remarked that “For a first-time festival, it’s doing pretty well.”
Walker expressed some of the same sentiment, but added she was “extremely pleased,” and said that she hopes to bring the event back next year, where she would like to display the canvases created at this year’s festival.