The Hamilton County Artists’ Association and other artists from Fishers to Tipton are joining together to host the first Nickel Plate Arts Weekend from June 3 to 5. The way the weekend works is pretty simple, and pretty special for arts lovers. All you have to do is pick from one or all of a series of arts-related events along the Nickel Plate Arts Trail, a 30-mile stretch from Fishers to Tipton that features the art and culture of six historic towns.
Perhaps the largest event of the Nickel Plate Arts Weekend is the 3rd Annual Gathering of Plein Air Painters. Sponsored by the Hamilton County Artist Association, The Plein Art Gathering invites artists to travel throughout Hamilton County to paint various outdoor scenes of the county’s landscape. Spectators are encouraged to interact with the artists during the competition, follow their progress, and discover their favorite new artist.
Last year, the Gathering of Plein Air Painters brought over 50 artists to Hamilton County, so there are plenty of artists to discover and follow. An awards ceremony for the competition will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, on the Noblesville Square. Immediately following the ceremony, artwork from the competition will be available for sale, as well as the artists’ previous work.
Some of the other Nickel Plate Arts Weekend events include:
- The Lion’s Club pork chop dinner at the Noblesville First Friday “Art is in the Air” Celebration, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Because even artists have to eat, right?
- A Piano Paint Out for the “I Am Piano” project in Fishers, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, sponsored by the Fishers Arts Council
- The Arcadia Arts Initiative will feature its own version of plein air with artists around town, street dancers, jewelry displays, and a violin woodworking project.
- You can ride the Great Towns Train to get from one event to another. The train runs a regular schedule from Noblesville to Tipton on Saturday, June 4.
For a complete list of Nickel Plate Arts Weekend activities, visit 8greattowns.com/np.