By Desiree Williams
If you’ve ever wanted to see where the magic happens, you’re in luck. Nickel Plate Arts will present a region-wide studio tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 23.
“We have some studio spaces in our region that are so unique and off the beaten trail and are places that anyone who loves the arts are going to really enjoy,” said Aili McGill, executive director.
For the last four years, Nickel Plate Arts has provided exposure to artistic talent in Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton through different arts projects. The studio tour is a new project that will be added to the summer arts festival.
McGill gave credit to another artist for the idea, though. After seeing various successful examples of studio tours in other locations, Nick Roudebush decided to bring that experience to a local audience.
“A lot of inspiration for the work comes from the place where the work is made, so (people) get to experience that,” Roudebush said.
His shop in Noblesville, Roudebush Pottery, is one stop along the tour. Visitors will be able to stroll through the studio, watch the baking process and purchase finished pieces. However, Roudebush said he wants this to be more about the space rather than sales.
“I hope people can learn a little bit about where things come from, how it works and how art functions in our society,” he said.
Aside from Roudebush Pottery, there will be 12 other stops along the tour. Those interested in attending can purchase a VIP ticket online for $20 or drive the tour themselves by printing out the map. VIP ticket holders get to ride the trolley to all stops, and will be treated to food and drinks.
To download the map or purchase tickets, visit nickelplatearts.org.