Fishers exhibit celebrates county bicentennial

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The Fishers Arts Council October exhibit showcases the history of Fishers and is part of the 2023 Hamilton County Bicentennial celebration.

On Oct. 13 at the Collaboration Hub Gallery, 11810 Technology Dr. in Fishers, the arts council, with the Hamilton County Community Foundation and the Fishers Historical Society, hosted a reception for the exhibit, “Fishers and Small Town Indiana,” which highlights key aspects of Fishers’ history.

Les Reinhardt, FAC executive director, said each month the FAC curates an exhibit showcasing local artists and their artwork, with a “Second Friday” reception to bring the public and artists together. This month, the organization partnered with artist and Fishers Historical Society Vice President Mark Rouse to celebrate the area’s history.

“By connecting with Mark and being able to reach other artists throughout Hamilton County, it helps bring all of Hamilton County into Fishers,” Reinhardt said.

Rouse contributed historical pieces from the FHS collection to the exhibit and chose 14 local artists to feature.

Art has had a significant impact on Hamilton County the past two centuries, Rouse said.

“One of the reasons that I’m an artist is because my grandmother had paintings by a number of Hamilton County artists in her house,” Rouse said.

The celebration also featured musical performances by students and teachers from Bach to Rock Fishers, a local music school. The Conner Prairie Youth Spinners also joined the reception, demonstrating the traditional art form of spinning yarn.

The “Fishers and Small Town Indiana” exhibit is open to the public through Nov. 3, available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and by appointment throught the Fishers Arts Council on Fridays.

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