Thursday, August 28, 2014

Columbus, Indiana Ya'll

We visited Columbus, Indiana this weekend for ArtFest. It was so great to see this place in the daylight!
We've visited Columbus on many occasions, usually at night on our way back from Bloomington, Nashville, or Indy. It's a great place to stop, and eat at one of the al fresco restaurants. One of our favorites has been the Columbus Bar, for late night treats and delicious brews. It's set in a building from 1890, and features a horseshoe bar, resembling a trolley, built in 1941. This bar carries a lot of history, and includes outdoor seating.

On this occasion, we spent two days running our booth at the Columbus ArtFest. It gave us an opportunity to take turns visiting the downtown. My absolute favorite was visiting The Commons. The name says it all, a common meeting space in downtown. It includes a kinetic sculpture titled, Chaos, situated in the center of a bi-level meeting area.
This photo only shows the top half of the piece. The second floor, (sorry no pics), has a staged meeting area, where, they apparently hold some kind of church service on Sunday, and is available to rent. But this is only half of The Commons. It also includes any child's envy of an indoor playground.
Also found in this common space is a Subway Deli, near the indoor playground, and a sit-down restaurant. On the outside of The Commons are an Italian, and Irish restaurants, both with al fresco seating.

We were given information about Columbus in our show packet. According to their city promo brochure, Columbus is ranked 6th in architectural design, by a poll of members of the American Institute of Architects; sandwiched between Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis. Crazy Huh? I have no idea if this is legit, but I will attest the architecture was interesting, but don't expect skyscrapers, expect more artsy, experimental -and amazing for the small size of the city.

Finally, I need mention Zaharakos, an ice cream parlor and museum. It claims to have been serving sodas, sundaes, and smiles for over a century. I'm pretty sure they offer more than sweet treats on the menu, but we never had the time to sample their wares. (For you old-school Louisvillians, it's everything Ferrall's wanted to be.)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

M. K. Amos now at Homespun: Modern Handmade

photo from Indieana Handicraft Exchange Facebook page
One of the coolest events I participated in this year, was the Indieana Handicraft Exchange, "a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies." This Exchange was that and so much more! It was held in conjunction with the Independent Music + Art Festival at the Harrison Center for the Arts, so the entire festival/exchange, (sorry is was only one day), featured over one hundred vendors, local food, local craft beer, live music by DJ Eric Salazar (inside), and twelve bands on two stages (outside). WOW!

Homespun: Modern Handmade, located in the northeastern end of Massachusetts Ave, are the wonderful people behind all the fun.
photo from Homespun webpage
I was luck enough to meet one of these visionaries, Amanda Taflinger, shop owner/exchange organizer, when she approached me after the show, about carrying my work in their shop. So my work will now be featured with the other 200+ artisans represented, from all over the U.S. and Canada. And this shop is diverse with the unexpected finds, like artisanal foods, bath & body products, as well as, jewelry, apparel, housewares, and more. 

Homespun is not only a boutique and gallery, but also hosts workshops. Some recent workshops include jewelry making, product photography, how to run an Etsy shop, and more. If you'd like to check out the fun:

Homespun: Modern Handmade is located at 869 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
(317) 351-0280 or check out their informative website at www.homespunindy.com
photo from webpage
If you want to see more pictures of this year's Indieana Handicraft Exchange, check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/INDIEanaHandicraftExchange