By Beth Clark
What else might an Old National Bank offer an artist, except a loan? The opportunity to exhibit and advertise, are especially desirable if the bank is connected to a Starbucks coffee shop in a busy locale.
The ONB branch at 8997 E. 116 St. near the I-69 interchange in Fishers provides a unique space for arts groups to promote upcoming shows and for young artists to display their work. The bank accommodates the seating area of the neighboring Starbucks. The businesses have their own entryways, but two venues become one inside thanks to an open floor plan with ample wall space for artwork.
Recently, branch manager Geoff Thompson launched two arts initiatives at the bank. First is a monthly rotating exhibit of student work in collaboration with Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School visual arts departments. Second is the installation of a large 4-foot-by-9-foot corkboard dedicated to advertising arts events in Fishers and Hamilton County. The corkboard has been designed to attractively display event flyers and artist information and is managed and updated by the Fishers Arts Council.
“The idea for supporting local art and artists at this bank came after an ONB in Zionsville began exhibiting works by professional artists,” Thompson stated. “I approached Lisa Sirkin-Vielee, member of the Fishers Arts Council Board of Directors, to help us become a central location for art and arts information. She and I developed the plan for student participation and the corkboard.”
“We are currently on our third student exhibition, work by HSE senior and photographer Evan Booth,” Thompson continued. “When the kids are out of school in December, we will show work by local artist Danielle LeRosa and we have plans to exhibit more work by Fishers residents this summer.”
After patrons have viewed the striking photographs by Booth, in particular a beautiful composition of a subject underwater, they can gather information on other events around town. Events include the Art in Town Hall exhibit featuring work by award-winning local watercolor artist Jean Smith, on view now through Dec. 19, and “A Christmas Extravaganza” concert presented by the Fishers Chamber Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church.
“The corkboard is updated with new information almost every week,” said Thompson. “I am glad to see that art is a priority for Fishers growth and happy ONB can be a part of that.”