‘Art as Therapy’ show leads month-long focus on healing at Nickel Plate Arts


Is the endless winter putting you in a funk? Find artistic healing throughout March at Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. Eighth St., Noblesville. Hands-on projects and gallery show offer opportunities to unplug and create.

Art as Therapy, March 6-21

The Judge Stone House will be filled with art that has an emotional significance to the artist and/or represents a healing journey. Works in Art as Therapy represent a variety of mediums and are by local artists.


Gina Baird, a Fishers artist and board certified therapist, is a featured artist of the show. She has been practicing art therapy for more than 19 years. Baird has most recently specialized in working with women and children who have a history of trauma.

The opening night of Art as Therapy is 6 to 9 p.m. March 6. Throughout the evening, Baird will lead a “healing stones” community art activity using glass stones and collage materials. She and other artists will be available to discuss their works and how art creates therapeutic experiences. Admission is free; cash bar with local beer and wine available for sale.

The show is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Medicine Bag Workshop, March 12

Noblesville artist Kandi Jamieson of Arthouse will ask, “What do you need to bring on your journey?” during a reflective Project Party from 6 to 9 p.m. In Native American cultures, medicine men or shaman of some tribes commonly use medicine bags. During the Medicine Bag Workshop, adult participants will put a modern, Western-medicine twist on the tradition by filling an IV bag with items of healing. Tangible symbols, scraps of stories, or personal keepsakes bring life to these life-saving IV bags. Cost is $30. Register at nickelplatearts.org.

Fairy Home Show, applications due March 23

During last year’s Welcome to Fairyville April celebration, dozens of artists representing themselves, organizations or businesses designed beautiful fairy houses made of natural materials. The third annual Welcome to Fairyville celebration is April 22 through 25, and applications to enter the Fairy Home Show are due March 23; finished houses due April 20. Stretch your whimsical, creative muscle by building a fairy house to be displayed along the Fairyville Trail and inside our gallery. Details and the application are found at nickelplatearts.org.

For more information, visit nickelplatearts.org or call 452-3690.