Art Galleries Galore Downtown Lafayette

KL Art Gallery

Art abounds in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Explore galleries offering all types of exquisite fine art; from oil paintings and fine art prints to glass art, sculpture and contemporary pieces. Check out these art galleries as you delve into our diverse and eclectic art scene!

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Six galleries show continually changing art exhibitions, which change in September, December, March and May each year. A permanent collection of nearly 1,500 objects is maintained and selected works are always on exhibit in the Weil Gallery. Gallery talks and workshops are presented with many of the exhibitions. Friday Night Live features live music performances, in the galleries, on the last Friday of each month. Studio art classes are offered throughout the year in the Manya Fan Art Education Center and the Museum Shop offers works by artists in the permanent collection, the teaching faculty and current exhibit artists.

Live music performance at Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Artists’ Own: The Artists’ Own Gallery was conceived as a place where local artists would combine their art and talents in a friendly setting for both serious collectors and casual customers. The gallery has become a primary destination for both contemporary and traditional art lovers. Works in the gallery include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, furniture, pottery, fiber, glass, drawings, and much more.

Gallery Walk at Artists’ Own

China Art Gallery Antiques & Unique LLC.: This gallery brings culture to the downtown art scene. Immerse yourself in Asian culture as you stroll through the various rooms of vases, paintings, calligraphy, jewelry clothing and more.

KL Art Gallery: Established in 2004, KL Art Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette. It is open to the public and features original pieces in oil, watercolor, pastel and other media.

LE Originals

Le Originals: A group of local artists in one gallery like setting, who specialize in creating unique handmade gifts from pottery, paintings and sketches, woodwork, hair, body & skin care, glass jewelry & gifts, wearable art and fiber art.

Susie Gibbs Art Gallery: A fine arts gallery exhibiting original works in watercolor, oils, acrylic, glass, pottery, wood and limited edition prints and various other media. Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery offers a unique selection of artwork by area artists. Appropriate pieces for home and office settings. Great gifts for all occasions.

Susie Gibbs Art Gallery

Tippecanoe Arts Federation (Is closed until May of this year, but make sure you add it to your places to visit in the summer!): The building originally opened in 1927 as the Albert A. Wells Memorial Library. However, when the library outgrew the space and opened a new facility in 1989, it became the Wells Community Cultural Center. It is now home to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) which acts as an agency to promote many of the area’s cultural organizations and also sponsors the annual TASTE of Tippecanoe. The building  houses three galleries in which local artists’ works are displayed throughout the year.

For more information about these Downtown Lafayette Art Galleries and more art galleries around the area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Haan Mansion 115th Anniversary Celebration & Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Great Hall at the Haan Mansion

This Friday, January 25, experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum, as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building, and now houses major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited there by Weller Pottery, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold medal for the Arts, are always on display. You’ll also find works by T.C. Steele and Charles Conner that were on display in the Fine Arts Palace at the Fair. Featured paintings from the Indiana Building include works by William Forsyth, John Elwood Bundy and Frank Girardin. Other major Fair souvenirs in the exhibition include andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, a Majolica statue, a 1760 candle stand that was displayed in the building at the Fair, a blow gun, stereopticons, and a wide variety of smaller objects. The World’s Fair was where nations, states and companies showed off the very best products and technologies of the time. Enjoy free admission, music, and refreshments.

Purdue Convocations bring to its guests Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! this Sunday, January 27. Based on the #1 PBS Kids series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! has delighted audiences nationwide for years. Now, this grrrr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-new show featuring your favorite characters! In King for a Day, Daniel learns just what it takes to be the King of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. In this event filled with tiger-tastic fun, Daniel Tiger learns the importance of being a kind and helpful friend. Meanwhile, you can sing along to new songs, enjoy magical moments, and meet some surprise guests! Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!: King for a Day is a royally great time!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 2

Thanks for joining on my adventure beyond Purdue! On Monday, I shared our morning and early afternoon tour through Lafayette-West Lafayette.  But the day was stocked full of more fun through the afternoon. Check this out!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

So many great farmers market items - Weathered Plow!

So many great farmers market items – Weathered Plow!

Weathered Plow Veggies, fruit, seasonings, bulk food, and deli sandwiches – all this and more at this local Farmers Market. Everything looked so fresh and organic! We walked through the aisles of the Weathered Plow wanting to buy everything! My coworker even purchased a Sweet Potato Succulent plant to decorate her home.

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

Downtown Lafayette There is so much to see and do in Downtown Lafayette. We have shops, restaurants, art galleries, everything to keep Lafayette residents and visitors entertained. There is art and jewelry to view and purchase at places like Artists’ Own and LE Originals. Enjoy candy and a soda from one of the oldest operating soda fountains in the Midwest at McCord Candies. Sample and purchase bottles of wine at Cellar 422. Stock up on your crafting supplies at River Knits! We loved strolling down the main streets of the downtown districts and taking in all that our city offers. I could go on and on about all of the things located downtown Lafayette.

Haan Mansion The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was one of our favorite sites of the day! The mansion has a rich history and was originally built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Today it is filled with important and rare art from Indiana artists such as T.C. Steele, as well as gorgeous antique furniture. Climb up the staircases draped in classic red carpet, and visit the uniquely furnished and decorated bedrooms. We had a wonderful time

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

viewing all of the art on the walls of the mansion and the pottery/ceramics. Campus life often lacks artistic activities and exhibitions, and I think that a visit here would definitely fill that need!

Columbian Park & Zoo Free to the public, this zoo is a great spot for students low on cash. It opened in 1908 and today it houses prairie dogs, otters, bald eagles, emus, wallabies, llamas, goats, and many other animals. Visitors and students can come here to take a break from work and school life and to see the great variety of exhibits housed at the Columbian Park Zoo. This will also give them an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation efforts. We had a great time on this warm day seeing all of the animals, even a wallaby with a baby still in her pouch!

Can you guess this animal?

Can you guess this animal?

Igloo Frozen Custard We finished the day off by enjoying frozen custard from the Igloo. The first Igloo opened in 1932 in Lafayette. They’ve been serving the community for decades and they sure know what they’re doing! It was refreshing and cooling after a long day in the sun.

I never knew how much the Lafayette area had to offer! Now that I have experienced just a sample of what happens in our community outside of campus, I know that I will have a richer and more fulfilling experience while studying here at Purdue. I hope by sharing the things I saw on this fun and exciting day, that I will encourage everyone to get off campus and see all that the Greater Lafayette area has to offer. Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Weekend Update: Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering & Haan Mansion Picnic on the Lawn

Fiddlers 2014.1Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend, June 23-25, do not miss the 45th Annual Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, located on the grounds of the historical Tippecanoe Battlefield. This event is a celebration of traditional music, food, crafts and continuous activities.  Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music.  This is an acoustic music festival that has featured some of the most famous musicians of our time! Performers in 2017 include the following: The Fretless, Bing Futch, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Charm City Junction, Cathy Barton & Dave Para, Spencer & Rains, Roger Netherton & Friends, Kountry Kernals, Bahler’s “Golden Age” Band, Tamara Loewentha and Mark Lyons.

Scott Greeson

Scott Greeson

Enjoy more music and entertainment this Saturday and Sunday at Haan Mansion during “Picnic on the Lawn” and “Theater in the Garden”. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs and come to the front lawn of the Haan Museum to listen to the music of Scott Greeson while the Civic Youth Theatre prepares to present their production of “Macbeth” by Shakespeare. The play is being presented in the Theater Garden behind the Museum following Scott’s musical performance.  

Theater in the Garden

Theater in the Garden

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Bing Davis Exhibit and Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Do not miss the last weekend to enjoy the Haan Mansion Museum of Art’s latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art Of Willis Bing Davis. Willis “Bing” Davis grew up in a neighborhood where there was a sense of community, where everyone knew who you were, and where great role models made a positive impact on the lives of its residents. While embracing his African-American heritage and culture, Davis creates thought provoking artwork that interweaves native patterns and fabrics and gives a new voice to found objects. Ceramic Ancestral Spirit Vases, masks, paintings and many other ceramic pieces showcase the talent and versatility of this prolific artist. Through his art, he inspires the viewer to explore their human potential and greatness.

IMG_4227Enjoy a hike through Prophetstown State Park during their Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks on Saturday, March 18. A walking stick can aid you in hiking because it takes pressure off your knees and back, and it can help you keep balance on uneven ground.  Walking sticks can be works of art too. The state park will have different methods of design for all ages (only older participants will be allowed to carve with a knife.)

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Update: Summer Potters Market & Haan Mansion Tours

Arts Galore! Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Celebrate art while browsing and shopping at the Summer Potters Market on Saturday, August 20 at the YWCA. Explore handmade pottery by local clay artists. Art pieces include functional, sculptural, traditional, contemporary, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, and more! Have fun!

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

Art and history come alive this weekend during the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Tours on August 20 and 21. The Haan Museum is housed in an impressive Classical Revival mansion that served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, with many hand carved components taken from a 1760 mansion from Norwich, CT. The Museum features massive museum-quality American antiques and an exceptional collection of paintings by important Indiana artists, including some of the finest works by TC Steele and other Hoosier Group members. Important items from the Fair include three Weller vases ranging from 53″ to 81″, the largest of which won the Gold Medal for the Arts at the Fair. Limited tour size allows guests to visit each room and hear about the mansion and its contents.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Round the Fountain Art Fair & Lafayette Citizens Band Memorial Day Concert

Round the Fountain

Round the Fountain

Memorial Day Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Art, art, art! Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette prides our self on being an arts community! We have local artists who specialize in glass, watercolor, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and much more.  This Saturday, May 28, explore a gallery of color and expression at the Round the Fountain Art Fair! This fair actually takes places around our historic courthouse. It is a day to bring the family to discover our majestic downtown and explore the arts like never before!

Lafayette Citizens Band 2007.6jpgBring the family for an evening of lovely music on Monday, May 30, for the Lafayette Citizens Band Memorial Day Concert.  Expert conductor William D. Kisinger will lead the band in wonderful music played by local musicians.  Bring your lawn chair, find your spot around Riehle Plaza, and enjoy this night of music. Also, don’t forget your dancing shoes, if the mood strikes and you want to dance!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Update: Tour Haan Mansion & Wolf Park Howl Night

Ada Shulz Washday at Haan Mansion

Ada Shulz Washday at Haan Mansion

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

On March 19 and 20 tour Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! The Haan Museum is housed in an impressive Classical Revival mansion that served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, with many hand carved components taken from a 1760 mansion from Norwich, CT. The Museum features massive museum-quality American antiques and an exceptional collection of paintings by important Indiana artists, including some of the finest works by TC Steele and other Hoosier Group members. Important items from the Fair include three Weller vases ranging from 53″ to 81″, the largest of which won the Gold Medal for the Arts at the Fair.

On Saturday evening, visit Wolf Park, and see the animals in a whole new light during “Howl Nights”. As the night falls and the air cools, the wolves get frisky. Guests will have an opportunity to hear a more in-depth discussion of the wolf’s “trademark” behavior — the howl. They will have front row seats to a sing-along as Wolf Park’s expert wolf handlers enter the enclosure and interact with the main pack of wolves. Guests will be encouraged several times during the performance to howl, and will be able to see and hear the wolves return the call.

Kanti Running on the Pond

Kanti Running on the Pond

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: The Dixie Swim Club & Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy a night of laughter and camaraderie at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 during the play, The Dixie Swim Club. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Visitors will laugh at this hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

It’s the event we have been waiting for all fall season; the Indiana Ceramics Celebration at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2. An amazing array of ceramics will be displayed, including about 50 pieces over 20 inches and several more over 4 feet tall. There’s a huge variety of ceramic forms, including tables, a rocking chair, a saddle, figural work, buildings, and much more. You’ll find teapots, platters, and assorted vessels in a wide array of styles. Featured artists include Marvin Bartel, Bing Davis, George Debikey, Lenny Dowhie, Scott Frankenberger, David Gamble, Bill Griffith, Dick Hay, Bill Kremer, Dick Lehman, Les Miley and many other nationally known artists with Indiana connections. Glass works by Lisa Pelo, Sharon Owens and Kokomo Opalescent Glass are also part of the exhibition. Deceased potters represented in the collection include Laura Fry, Karl Martz, The Overbeck sisters, Richard Peeler, Paul Soldner, Richard Tuck and others. Works by important Japanese potters (some of whom are Japanese Living National Treasures) who influenced the work of current clay artists will also be shown.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.