Can We Talk

before i die imageOn Friday, March 25, 5-9 p.m., the Stutz Artists Association will open its newest exhibit: “Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles, and the Power of Things Unsaid.” The art exhibit is the opening event for the Before I Die Festival – a part of a growing social movement to reflect on how we manage death and dying, by providing space and opportunities to talk and discuss end-of-life issues as individuals and as a society. The Stutz Artists Association is joining the conversation through artists’ interpretation of death and dying by hosting an art exhibit, poetry, a death café and more. All events are free and will be held at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in the Stutz Business and Arts Center, 212 W. 10th St., B110. For more information contact Leigh Dunnington-Jones, gallery director,, (317) 292-3200.

can we talk 3Friday, March 25, 5-9 p.m.: Opening reception of “Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles, and the Power of Things Unsaid.” In this exhibit, artists have produced art about living in the NOW–focusing on the realization that anyone can be gone in a split second. Artwork includes healing art for those of us who may live with the regret of ‘things unsaid’ and for works that help create opportunities for those of us who still have a chance at honest conversation. The Joan Rivers trademark question, ‘Can we Talk?’ gives us the levity to begin serious talk about important communication on tough subjects. Poets from the Indiana Writers Center will participate on the half hour, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

First Friday, April 1, 5-9 p.m.: Special reception. Meet some of the artists participating in “Can We Talk?” exhibit, view the creative and powerful artwork and learn more about the Before I Die Festival. Poets from the Indiana Writers Center will read poetry and facilitate discussions, from 6-8p.m..

Tuesday, April 5, 11 a.m.: Creative Writing Workshop: The Stutz Artists Association and the Indiana Writers Center are hosting a creative writing workshop for writers of all levels. Whether a beginner or an experienced scribe, this workshop gives participants a unique opportunity to hone their skills and put words to paper. The workshop is limited to 12 participants. RSVP to

Friday April 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Death Café: Death Cafes are group directed discussions of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. The Stutz Artists Association is joining the International Movement and the Before I Die Festival by hosting its own Death Cafe. The Death Cafes are discussion groups rather than a grief support or counseling session. Eat. Drink. Chat about death. No views are pushed, all points of view encouraged. RSVP to

These events are a part of the Before I Die Festival, presented by the IU School of Nursing and powered by Spirit & Place. The Before I Die Festival is a series of community-created events for the living about the dying, taking place April 15-17.

Life is But a Dream

jane knightJane Knight is one of several Stutz artists participating in “Passions Collide: Artists & Paddlers Meet” art exhibit at the Raymond James Stutz Gallery through March 18, benefiting Indy Survivors – Indiana’s only breast cancer dragon boat team. Her paddle art is on display in the Raymond James Stutz Gallery through March 18.

Here’s what she had to say about her paddle art:

I created this piece with the musical rhythm of the boat in mind
As each woman holds the paddle
Places it into the water
Moving the boat towards their goal
Guided by their strength and heart
Relying on each other
To stay in sync until the Dragon crosses the line
It is just like life….

My unique finger painting technique transforms the canvas into inspirational impressionistic/abstract images. In the paintings I incorporate innovative compositions; with emphasis on light and it’s changing qualities through the bold use of color. I love to paint! I find it is the most challenging yet relaxing thing in my life. When I travel I paint in plain air. There is nothing better than being in that moment of creating outside the studio. It is special because the light and color are unique for that moment. It’s a feeling of being given a gift to share small piece of time with others. How did I find Finger Painting? After over 20 years of painting I found myself frustrated with my brushes while painting in Italy and discovered finger painting when I returned. Since 2007 I have been painting with my fingers exclusively.

Join us for the free reception, silent auction and artist awards on Friday, March 18, 6-9 pm. Voting for peoples’ choice is on-going in the gallery. View and bid on paddles online here, or bid at the March 18 event.

You can view alll of the 2016 paddle art in our Photo Gallery

Local Artists Turn Boat Paddles Into Art to Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

oarsLocal artists painted, sculpted and carved boat paddles to benefit breast cancer survivors and the local nonprofit, Indy SurviveOars, as a special exhibit that will open March 4 at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery. “Passions Collide: Paddlers Meet Artists” will feature several Indy artists, including Stutz artists, who let their passion for art meet the SurviveOars passion for rowing to celebrate hope and inspiration. Artists were challenged to think outside the Pink Ribbon concept with artwork focused on dragon-boat racing, a dragon, the strong spirited paddlers or teamwork. The result is a beautiful, creative and innovative exhibit. The paddles will be on display in the Raymond James Stutz Gallery, judged and then sold by silent auction benefiting the Indy SurviveOars. The opening reception will take place Friday, March 4, 5-9 p.m., during IDADA’s First Friday. All paddles will be sold at a silent auction and special event at the Gallery on Friday, March 18. Both events are open and free to the public.

Open Studios: On Friday, March 4, more than a dozen Stutz artists will open their studios to visitors, giving them not only an opportunity to see where and how their work is created, but also the opportunity to purchase the art. Artwork ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, jewelry and furniture. A list of the artists can be found online:

Passions Collide: Paddlers Meet Artists Opening Reception and Artists’ Open Studios
The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110
Friday, March. 4, 5-9 pm



COST: All events are free and open to the public
CONTACT: Leigh Dunnington-Jones, Co-Director of the Gallery,, or (317) 292-3200

Artist Channeled Georgia O’Keefe for Her Latest Piece

001martha carlson“A while back I was working on a series entitled BOXED EMOTIONS, and the subject matter was rather disheartening. I started to look around and mull over ideas for something a little more abstract. I was paging through a book of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings and came across one in particular that spoke to me, ABSTRACTION BLUE, 1927. I wondered what her process was for doing the painting. Why she painted it the way she did? What was she thinking? I have always admired her, her paintings and her independent spirit. I thought maybe if I painted her painting I could channel some of her thoughts. It was so much fun. I felt very free to experiment with blue, make sweeping motions, blending colors carefully, trying to be true to her painting yet wanting to make it my own.”  – Stutz artist Martha Carlson

Martha is one of the Stutz artists participating in this month’s exhibition: The January Blues. Stop by and see her latest work during Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The January Blues – Creating Moods and Emotion Exhibition Opens January 8

001martha carlsonThe January Blues typically follow the holiday hoopla, which is why we’ve decided to throw a party on Friday, Jan. 8, 5-9 p.m. The opening reception of “The January Blues – Creating Moods and Emotion” will feature the creative works of nearly a dozen Stutz artists. Through photos, paintings and sculptures Stutz artists will help Hoosiers beat the January Blues. Visitors can meet the artists, shop the Stutz art store, and enjoy “bluesy” entertainment. Exhibition runs Jan. 8-29, Monday-Friday, 11a.m.- 2p.m.

WHAT:             The January Blues – Creating Moods and Emotion

WHEN:             Friday, January 8, 5-9 p.m.

WHERE:           The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110

COST:              Free and open to the public

CONTACT:        Leigh Dunnington-Jones, gallery director,, (317) 292-3200,

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So Many Reasons to Kick-off the Season at the Stutz Artists Holiday Open House

The Stutz Artists Association’s most festive holiday art showcase is set for Friday, December 4, 5-10 p.m. Here are just some of the many reasons we think you should kick-off the Holiday Season at our Holiday Open House:

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  • It’s a FREE event!
  • 50+ artists will open their studios to visitors, giving them an opportunity to see where and how their work is created.
  • View and buy exceptional art – including smaller works, great for unique and heartfelt holiday gift giving.
  • Browse and purchase works by many artists in a variety of media – from jewelry to paintings, metal sculptures to photography, fine furniture to wearable art, and much more.
  • Free parking is available on the street or in the lot on Capital north of 11th St. Enter through Bearcat Alley from 10th St. and 11th St. between Capital and Senate.
  • Ride the free trolley to and from the Stutz Business Center, Harrison Center, Indiana Landmarks and Gallery 924 throughout the event, thanks to The Indianapolis Foundation.
  • hoh 2Visit The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery – where they have “decked the walls” with featured artwork from many of the 90+ Stutz artists who have captured the spirit of the holidays.
  • Enjoy festive holiday food trucks.
  • Listen to live music.
  • Be a part of IDADA’s First Friday.
  • Support and shop local artists!

Artist Shares How Bad Dreams and a Farmer’s Dream Inspired Her

Artist Ann D. Luther has been sewing since she was nine years old. She started quilting in 1994. Art quilts are her true passion. For Ann, they combine color, texture and design together. Her designs are original or reworked traditional. She loves color and her work clearly shows that. Ann’s work will be displayed in November’s “Make Your Mark: Dream” exhibit, opening Friday, Nov. 6 at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery.

About Stormy Weather

LutherA_StormyEvery time I would close my eyes all I could envision were storm clouds rolling in to bring yet another round of storms. It felt like a bad dream. No pool time and no outdoor activities – we had to stay huddled under our roofs or umbrellas. I remember the summer of 2015 had relentless rain, breaking all previous records. Stormy Weather captures the dark gray skies that brought all the rain. The raindrops are depicted by the large purple and pink stuffed elements. The elements are attached with beads for some shimmer. They are also highlighted with glass beads that provide reflection like drops that have caught the sun, whenever it showed up. The black to light gray are from two pieces of ombre fabric. I drafted the pattern to provide the radiating spokes with the dark at the top left. The darker fabric was quilted in a soft scallop pattern with two different rayon threads; one is variegated black to light gray and the other is light gray to white. The gray fabric was quilted with a metallic silver thread in a zig-zag type pattern. All the quilting was free motion.

About Green Pastures

LutherA_Stormydtt2Indiana is an agriculture state with vast fields of corn and soy beans. Our economy and food supply depend on these crops. A farmer’s dream is rain in the spring followed by dry weather with lots of heat, the perfect condition for growing. Summer 2015’s rain has wreaked havoc with farm fields and gardens everywhere. Green Pastures pays homage to farmers that work fields from spring to fall. I drafted the pattern (same as Stormy Weather) and used two green ombre fabrics that go from dark to light. The dark green represents how our fields should look. The light green depicts crops that have had too much rain; they lose their rich green and fade to a yellow. The dark blue curly-ques with the beads represent the rain. Additional blue beads were added because I could not help myself. The darker green was quilted in a scallop pattern with variegated rayon thread that goes from bright to light green. The lighter green fabric was quilted in a zig-zag type pattern with a metallic variegated thread that goes from green through orange to pink. All the quilting was free motion.

Ann’s work will be displayed at the Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery Nov. 6-20. The opening reception will take place Friday, Nov. 6, 5-9 p.m.

“Make Your Mark: Dream” Opens Friday, Nov. 6

WarnerJ_WhenFiber artists are “making their mark” in a special exhibit at The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, featuring art that represents “dream.” The exhibit features a unique show of wall art, sculpture and other fine arts made from various types of fibers, including some highly technical pieces. “Make Your Mark” features a textile piece created to represent shag tree bark, a 3D dimensional piece suspended from the ceiling, felting with silk and roving creatively mounted that gives way to let your imagination run free, and much more. Fiber artists are often known to push the envelope with everyday materials and make them appear completely different than how they were intended originally – and this exhibit proves just that. This exhibition celebrates the distinctive marks of several uniquely individual artists and works that represent “dreams” to them. The Nov. 6 opening reception is a part of IDADA First Friday Art Tour.

Cane & Abel - End of a LineageMake Your Mark: Dream – Opening Reception

Friday, Nov. 6, 5-9 pm | Exhibit runs through Nov. 20, Monday-Friday 11 am – 2 pm

The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, 212 W. 10th St., B110

Free and open to the public

Leigh Dunnington-Jones, gallery director,, (317) 292-3200

A Stutz Painter Uses Canvas, Color and Lines to “Change the Story”

Vicky Shaffer White Headshot 09 2015Stutz artist Vicky Shaffer White is an ‘abstract naturalist’ exploring the layers of life with acrylic washes and ink on canvas. She has been painting for more than 25 years. Her art is about color and shapes and having a positive attitude toward life. She’s one of the several artists participating in October’s “Changing the Story” exhibit. For Vicky, creating art gives her energy and satisfies an urge she has to explore what’s on her mind.

“I love the challenge between me and my canvas, color and lines,” shared Vicky.

Although unfamiliar with College Mentors for Kids, Vicky seized the opportunity to participate in this exhibit. She was anxious to learn more. She will join 10 visual artists who spent the summer creating art that encourages, depicts, and helps change the story and misperceptions of children living in challenging situations.

College Mentors for Kids asked Vicky if she thought whether or not visual art could make a difference in solving child poverty. She responded: “Visual Art gives one permission to dream and experiment. Reality can be pretty harsh but if one can imagine a better place or idea it makes you happier and less stressed. Sometimes these ideas lead to real life changes for the good.”

On Friday, October 2, The Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery, in collaboration with College Mentors for Kids, will celebrate the opening of “Changing the Story” — a multi-faceted exhibit that demonstrates the emotional lives of kids living in challenging circumstances. 

About Vicky Shaffer White:  Vicky received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Herron School of Art. She is a member of the Stutz Artist Association and IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artist Association). She served as the Executive Director of the Art Association of Henry County (AAHC) in New Castle, IN. She has participated in many local and regional juried shows and encourages the growth of the local arts. Her work can be seen in the Mayor of Indianapolis’ executive offices, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Corporate offices, Circle Theater for the ISO, and the Indianapolis Zoo, as well as across the country in California, Florida, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.

Stutz Artists Association Stutz Studio Residency Winners Announced

Local artists Kristy Hughes and Jessica Springman have been selected as Residents in the 2015 Stutz Studio Residency Program. As the 2015 Stutz Residency winners, Kristy and Jessica have been awarded free studio space and utilities in the Stutz Business and Arts Center for one year, from October 2015 through September 2016. The residency is one of the largest grants to an individual artist in the state. Funding for the residency program comes from proceeds from the association’s annual Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House in April. Since its inaugural year in 1996, the residency program has provided in-kind contributions of more than $135,000 to 27 local artists.

kristy hughesKristy Hughes is an artist and printmaker. Recently, she was a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow at Butler University where she taught relief printmaking, drawing, and art for non-majors. She received her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University in 2014, MA in Printmaking and Drawing from Eastern Illinois University in 2011, and BA in Printmaking from Eastern Illinois University in 2010. Kristy has exhibited her work at venues nationally and internationally over the past several years, including juried and group shows in Albuquerque, NM, San Francisco, CA, Lexington, KY, Clifton Springs, NY, Pittsburg, PA, Colombia, MO, Boise, ID, El Minia, Egypt, and Kerikeri, New Zealand, among others.

jessicaJessica Springman graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster College of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1998, with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and Art.  Jessica moved from Utah to Indiana in 1997 to further her career in analytics and data science. Her first professional fine art exhibition was “The Self Portrait Show” at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis in June 2013.  Since then, Jessica has exhibited in 11 galleries throughout Central Indiana, has participated in 18 group shows and three solo shows. Her artwork is currently installed as window murals on the façade of Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis through May 2016.  Jessica is a member artist at the CCA Gallery in Carmel; director of artist services for the Oasis Gallery in Indianapolis, and the marketing and public relations chairwoman for the Fishers Renaissance Faire.