New project turns town hall into gallery

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Fishers Town Hall will soon be sporting a new, more artistic look courtesy of the Art in Town Hall exhibit, which will turn the building into a permanent gallery for local artists.

Officially opened Thursday with an exhibition by award-winning local artist Pamela Newell, the gallery will feature rotating exhibits of up to 60 works of visual art. The gallery will be open during the town hall’s normal business hours on weekdays and on periodic Saturdays. Admission is free and children are welcome with adult supervision.

The gallery’s inaugural artist, Newell, specializes in impressionistic landscapes, gardens and still life. One of her paintings, “In the Heartland,” hands in the statehouse office of Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman.

Newell

“My objective is to tell a story, and capture a mood or a moment in time. I strive to describe only the essence of a scene, leaving out unnecessary details, inviting the viewer to interpret the art through their own experience,” Newell said. “I wish to create an emotional connection through the subject matter that resonates, and when that happens, it’s magic!”

Newell’s work will be on display at Art in Town Hall from Jan. 12 – Feb. 10.

Art in Town Hall is presented by the Fishers Arts Council, which helped create the public art project, “I am Piano, Play Me!” last summer and Art in the Park, a juried art fair held in Fishers each September. Art in Town Hall, established through a new priority of the Town of Fishers’ Parks & Recreation Department to enhance art and culture in the Fishers community, is the second recent partnership between the town and the arts council.

The schedule of artists participating in Art in Town Hall will be managed by the Fishers Arts Council. Adult artists who live or work in Fishers are welcome to apply. All applications will be reviewed by a jury selected by the Fishers Arts Council and the Town of Fishers. The council’s Web site provides information about Art in Town Hall for visitors and artists at http://www.fishersartscouncil.org.

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