Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Art students paint the town, and this is just the beginning

Hoping to “jumpstart a new theme of public art downtown,” Arthouse owner Kandi Jamieson and her students are working on a colorful public mural, located on the Girly Steel Studio building.

Jamieson had the opportunity to do a public mural while living in Boise, but said “I was intimidated and never did anything with it. I regret that.”

As luck would have it, after a previous Arthouse story was published, artist and welder Joanie Drizin of Girly Steel Studio mentioned to Jamieson that Billie Caldwell, owner of the Girly Steel Studio building, was interested in having a mural painted on it.

Caldwell even offered to supply all of the materials for the project.

Jamieson put together a mural painting class and enrolled ten students. The students collaborated on a design and made it come to life a few weeks ago when a string of nice days was conducive to starting the project.

“I have never done an outside public mural until this,” Jamieson said. The students hadn’t either, and they’ve enjoyed the process of watching their vision come to life. Jamieson plans to continue the mural painting with subsequent classes, and she has a couple more locations for public art already lined up. She’s been excited to see the enthusiastic response so far.

“There’s a lot of public art in Boise, a lot more art on the historic buildings, sculptures, fountains. We want a bigger arts district here in Noblesville.”

The mural, located at 336 S. 8th St, between Hannibal and Division, is about half done and will end up wrapping around the entire building.

Through the month of April, Arthouse has student works on display at the Hamilton County Public Library, and another session of classes begins this week. Visit or call 773-0038 for details about classes or the mural painting.

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