Monday, February 26, 2007

Care to Volunteer at an Artists' Open House?

The Stutz Artists Association is looking for volunteers for the 14th annual Stutz Artists Open House on 27 and 28 April at the historic Stutz Business Center, 1060 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis.

Volunteers who work at least one three-hour shift will receive a free T-shirt and admission to the two-day event In addition to enjoying the art and atmosphere of one of the city’s premier cultural events, volunteers may help sell tickets, give directions, assist artists in their studios, run the historic elevators or help entertainers move equipment. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and will be asked to attend a one-hour training session.

At the event, more than 60 artists will be in their studios showing work that ranges from paintings, drawings and photography, to sculpture, installations and fabric. Hours are from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, 27 April, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 28 April, at the Stutz Business Center at 10th and Senate streets on the northern edge of downtown Indianapolis.

Friday night’s atmosphere is geared toward adults and features special gallery opening activities such as acoustic music, food vendors and wine tasting. Children are welcome and encouraged on Saturday afternoon, when there will be art activities, and admission for those 16 and under is free.

Admission is $12 for the two-day event, and ticket proceeds support the Stutz Residency Program, a scholarship that provides free studio space and utilities for emerging local artists. It is one of the largest grants to individual artists in the state. The volunteer coordinator for the event is Kate Oberreich, an artist who is one of the two current Stutz Residency Program scholarship recipients.

For more information or to complete a volunteer application, visit the website. Applications are due 6 April.

The Stutz Artists Association is the largest association of working artists in Indiana.

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