Weekend Update: Art Museums Explode with Fabulous Exhibits

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.

Explore art this weekend at 3 fabulous art exhibits in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  1. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
    1. Exhibit: Missed Photography: Photographs of Prophetstown by Laura Hale
      1. Exhibit March 1, 2019-June 2, 2019, Open Daily 11-4pm

        Lauren Hale photography of The Farm at Prophetstown

      2. Laura Hale grew up in West Lafayette and spent many hours in the high school dark room, laying the groundwork for her love of photography. In 2016, she happened into the barn at The Farm at Prophetstown, coming face to face with a Hereford steer standing in the cold air. She took some photos of him and fell in love not only with photographing farm life, but Prophetstown State Park as well. Her approach to her photos is to look for things not usually noticed, taking time to wonder at the details of both farm life as well as the nature that surrounds it. Her photos are edited using just basic skills as she doesn’t want to over process the moment. It has to be a good photo to begin with in order to make it a better photo.
  2. Haan Museum of Indiana Art

    World’s Fair Vase at the Haan Museum

    1. Exhibit: St. Louis World’s Fair: Celebrating 115 Years
      1. Exhibit: January 26-April 20, 2019, Wednesday – Saturday, 1-4pm
      2. 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 chosen to hang 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. The Fair in St. Louis was the largest in history, covering 1200 acres.
  3. Robert L Ringel Gallery at Purdue University
    1. Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit 2019
      1. Exhibit: February 25- March 8, 2019, Monday – Saturday 10-7pm
      2. Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit 2019 exhibits a juried art show highlighting works from Purdue’s undergraduate students in art and design. All undergraduate students taking classes in the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance were invited to submit work to this juried show, with selections made by faculty in art and design. Students were eligible to submit work in all media and the exhibition features drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, photography, video and more.

        Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit

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

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

Walking Tour: Lions and Tigers & Bears (OH MY!)

IMG_6767Lions, Tigers and Bears (Oh My!) are taking over our cities! All throughout Downtown Lafayette and West Lafayette a menagerie of whimsical outdoor art are roaming around. The bears’ territory runs from the 9th Street entrance to the Art Museum through Downtown Lafayette to the top of State Street hill in West Lafayette. (Click here for a map!)  Also, the free app, “Art Museum of Greater Lafayette-Events,” provides a map and gallery.

The 40 “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!” are painted by local artists and brought to the community by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, the Bob Rohrman Auto Group and many local sponsors.

We thought the best way to showcase these amazing works of art is through photos! Share with us your favorites! (Please note this is only a small sampling!) If you have a favorite that is not included in this blog feel free to email it to us at serickson@homeofpurdue.com and we will post it on our social media sites! Enjoy!

IMG_6758 copyIMG_6763 copyIMG_6786IMG_6780IMG_6782IMG_6777The second group, called The Zoo – 30 award-winning life-size critters created by Detroit artist, Dale Teachout from recycled materials, are sponsored by the City of Lafayette and Regions Bank. They will join the herd on June 5 on the grounds of the historic Fowler House. An opening reception of The Zoo will take place June 5 from 4-6pm. Bring the family for free popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, beverages and live bluegrass music.

For more information about these exhibits and other activities in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com


Weekend Update: Artists’ Own Re:Open for the Re:Veal & Macaroni Kid Fest & Expo

Artists' Own Remodel

Artists’ Own Remodel

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.


Artists Own artists have been hard at work creating a new, beautiful space!

Artists Own artists have been hard at work creating a new, beautiful space!

Artists’ Own has been creatively working to bring you their brand new renovated space and this weekend we can celebrate during their Re:Open for the Re:Veal! The RE:NEW: 15 Year Anniversary Exhibit will include artwork from founding, past and current members. Check out this brand new decorated space and exhibit on Saturday, March 7 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The celebration will include refreshments, music, artwork giveaways every half hour and a special ribbon cutting at 4:15 p.m.  Don’t miss the fun and special reveal! (Here are some sneak peek photos!!)

rsz_macaroni_kid_fest_&_expoThis Saturday, March 7, bring the whole family to the Macaroni Kid Fest & Expo! This FREE Family Event will have games, pony rides, tractor rides (weather permitting), crafts, goodies, coupons & helpful information for families. Please join the fun from 2-5 PM at Wea Creek Orchard for a great time and bring some friends! They will be having over 20 giveaways, which include a FREE month at My Gym, Buccaneer Bay passes, and a Birthday Party at Chick-fil-A. Other giveaways are from LEGO Bricks, Monster Mini Golf, Little Bird Lane, Kona Ice, Ponies & Kids, Malones Gym, Devlin Baked Goods, Mary Kay & many MORE!

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

Congrats to Artsy Fun Giveaway Contest 2014 Winner!

We have the winner of our 2014 Artsy Fun Giveaway Contest worth over $390! Congratulations to Glenna from Tolono, Illinois. She shares, “I was so excited to read that I was the winner of your Artsy Fun Contest! I can hardly wait to come and experience all that Lafayette-West Lafayette has to offer! It has been a very tough last month or so, due to the unexpected death of my son. This is just the thing to help me get out and about again, and take my mind off of my problems. Thank you so much for choosing me.”

Glenna answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was originally built for the St. Louis World’s Fair.  What STATE was it originally built to represent at the fair?

ANSWER: State of Connecticut

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November. It will be our big holiday shopping giveaway contest!

Choose Your “Canvas” at All Fired Up!

IMG_3553 IMG_3554 Purdue Student, Adi, shares her enjoyment at All Fired Up, a paint your own pottery studio in West Lafayette, Indiana.

With a wide array of pieces to choose from, weekly specials that offer something unique for all ages, and fun-filled summer camps, All Fired Up is the perfect destination for a great time this summer.

Kids, parents, couples, students and anyone with a creative urge can come to this paint your own pottery studio and have a great experience.  You start by selecting a piece of unfinished pottery; whether you want to create a cup, bowl, serving tray or decorative piece, All Fired Up has the pottery for you! After choosing your “canvas,” the studio has an incredible selection of over 100 beautiful paints and glazes, and even has idea books, stamps, sticks, stencils and other great tools to help create your masterpiece.  The staff there is always excited to help anyone with their creation and make it easy and fun to paint pottery!

Once your pottery is painted, the staff will coat the piece with a clear glaze and fire it in their studio. Within just one week, the piece will be ready for pick-up!

All Fired Up can even help you put on a great event. They host birthday parties and group outings of all kinds and can even assist in any fundraising efforts you may be putting on.

IMG_3556Don’t just take our word on it! Head down to the Wabash Landing Walkway in West Lafayette and experience the fun that is the All Fired Up experience!

For more information about this family fun attraction and more in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Memorial Day Weekend Update: Round the Fountain Art Fair & Trolley Tours

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAMemorial 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 24, 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!

It’s back again this summer! Trolley Time! At 9:40 am and 10:40 am this Saturday, May 24, the CityBus Trolley will be taking guests on complimentary rides throughout downtown Lafayette and West Lafayette. The tour departs from Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer guide will narrate a 50-minute fact-filled tour of our area!

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

Beautiful Art & More at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Gift Shop

GreaterLafArtMus2013.22 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Art Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many creative and unique art galleries and one that stands out and shines is the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. This museum not only has revolving exhibits throughout the year, but a gift shop that offers one of a kind gifts.

January in Indiana. What comes to your mind? I think snow, cold weather, indoors. I am always trying to think of fun, local activities that will get me to venture out of my nice, warm house! An afternoon visit to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette is one of the places that tantalizes my need to journey out where I can admire lovely artwork and as a bonus, shop at their amazing gift shop! We have many March birthdays in my family, and a trip to the gift shop is the perfect location to find gifts that my family members will enjoy.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette 2012.9JPGThe Art Museum of Greater Lafayette gift shop features works of art by over forty local artists. Jewelry, clothing, paintings, and housewares created by regional artists are for sale. When one walks into the gift shop their senses come alive as sunlight streams in through a wall full of windows highlighting all the great shopping finds. From colorful hand-painted vases to custom-made jewelry to photography of Indiana landscapes; it is impossible to leave without purchasing something!

Another aspect I love about going to the art museum is to enjoy the exhibit that is on display. Currently, the exhibit that is running through March 2, is Painting Indiana III: Heritage of Place. This exhibition features works created en plein aire, French for “out of doors” by members of IPAPA and is the third in a series of successful exhibit/book projects.  One hundred works by Indiana plein air painters are on display. The book featuring all the art projects is available for sale in the gift shop. This book is on my shopping list to give my aunt who loves art!

For more information about this art museum and other art galleries in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Holiday Shopping – Unique Finds at Something Special of Lafayette

Can you read braille?  These necklaces read " Hello" (top) and "Lovely" (Bottom)

Can you read braille? These necklaces read ” Hello” (top) and “Lovely” (Bottom)

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about holiday shopping and finding the perfect gift to give a loved one over the holiday season.  We are heading downtown to Something Special of Lafayette, where hand crafted jewelry, beautiful paintings, unique photography, and lotions/soaps can be admired and purchased!  A group of local artists who specialize in their own special artistic craft have come together to create Something Special.

Necklaces with emblazened photos....beautiful!

Necklaces with emblazened photos….beautiful!

Linda Elmore is one of the artists at Something Special and she is usually the person you will greet when arriving at this business.  She is one sweet woman who is so passionate about her art that it makes me envy her enthusiasm and magical ability to take a piece of glass and make it into something beautiful! There is one item on my Christmas list this year that is a must-have from Something Special. Linda makes these beautiful necklaces – a small glass pendant with a family photo emblazoned on it.  I am going to get two of these made for my mother and mother in-law for Christmas with a photo of our daughter who was born in July.  They are going to be ecstatic!

Encaustic work- Layers of beeswax--Isn't this absolutely beautiful!  And only $195!

Encaustic work- Layers of beeswax–Isn’t this absolutely beautiful! And only $195!

Something Special doesn’t just offer creative glass pieces, but also, encaustic work (layers of beeswax- see photos to the left), photography and watercolor, oil and collage art. The gallery is filled with unique photos taken locally and from all over the world.  I have found that every person is different in the way we enjoy art.  Some of us love to fill our homes with artwork that is right in our own backyard where as others enjoy the beauty of faraway places.  Personally, I love it all!  In my own home, we have an oil-based painting of Paris that is the centerpiece of our living room and in another room we have photos of Mackey Arena and local Lafayette destinations.  It makes me appreciate where I live and to dream of traveling to romantic destinations.

During Third Fridays and other festivals and events downtown, Something Special usually hosts artistic demonstrations.  An example is during Dickens of Christmas, Jim Mailloux did a watercolors demonstration during the day.  Visitors could enjoy watching, talking and learning from him during this special event.

Photography collage!

Photography collage!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this gallery and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Artists’ Own – “headquarters” for artists

DT Shopping 2You can’t say you know the art district in Downtown Lafayette without having visited Artists’ Own Gallery. Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase. Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output. Pieces include (but are not limited to) drawings, painting, sculptures, photography, jewelry, furniture, fiber, textiles, glass, pottery and the list goes on! It’s like an exhibit, shop, and inspiration hub all rolled into one. The absolute-perfect-place to find local, hand-crafted works of art to fill your home with beauty or to find that unique one-of-a-kind-gift for that special someone.

Located at 518 Main Street, this artist cooperative is a truly irreplaceable artifact in the downtown area. Artists’ Own frequently holds events and they’ve always got plenty of new exhibits circulating. From now until November 30th the gallery is proudly home to the “Decomposed to Composed” exhibit featuring work by Andrea Wellnitz and
Temre Stanchfield. This exhibit beautifully invokes a feeling of rebirth and decay through various stages of plant life. An appropriate exhibit as we transition into these colder months, wouldn’t you say?

artistownArtists’ Own puts the “art” in “heart” and we know you’ll enjoy getting to know this gallery as much as we did. Visit http://www.artists-own.com/index.php to check out Artists’ Own Gallery before making your next trip to Downtown Lafayette!

Written by Visitor Information Specialist, Kristine.