Indiana Artisan store to open May 1


Carmel photographer Ken Rabbers is best known for his landscape photography.

But he has a passion for auto racing, too.

“I’ve been a car guy since I was 3 years old,” said Rabbers, a retired civil engineer.

Rabbers is one of the 12 to 13 Indiana Artisans who will work in the Indiana Artisan store, which is set to open May 1 at 22 Range Line Road, in the former home of Hoosier Salon.

Rabbers’ photo of Jimmy Clark’s Lotus racecar is one of his photos on display.

Indiana Artisan closed in October 2018 after 11 months in its previous spot on 111 Main St. in Carmel.

“We couldn’t come to terms on a new lease. I think we were destined to have this. This is much more space than we had,” Indiana Artisan Director Rosalyn Demaree said. “Indiana Artisans never really had a home, and we can nest here.”

The store will feature gifts and art made by more than 100 visual and food artists whose work has been determined to be among the best in the state. About 15 will work in the store, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and Mondays by chance or appointment.

The May 11 grand opening, set in conjunction with Meet Me on Main, will feature New Carlisle potter Steven Skinner demonstrating how he makes his brilliantly glazed, functional stoneware that includes serving pieces, bread crucibles and ramekins. A Meet the Artist reception with Larry Hampton, a former racecar driver from Evansville whose watercolor and color pencil work primarily focuses on cars and transportation.

Demaree said Hampton will have the first solo show in the North Gallery at the store. Reception treats will include wine truffles made by artisan Linda Armes of Bloomington Chocolate Company.

Other Indiana Artisans who will regularly be in the store are Sylvia Gray, Westfield, fiber arts, and Carol Bell, Noblesville, pottery.

Indiana Artisan is a nonprofit that searches for and fosters Hoosier-made arts, crafts, foods and beverages. All artists must be juried into the organization.

Demaree said the store will play host to a show by a single artist every month.

“We can’t think of a better pairing than selling one-of-a-kind work by talented Indiana painters, potters, chocolatiers, wood and glass artists, jewelry designers, painters and photographers, leather crafters, beekeepers, sauce makers and more in one of the state’s premier arts districts,” Demaree said.

There also is an Indiana Artisan store inside the French Lick Resort.

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