Visual Arts: Painting, Sculpture
“Interacting with something we see or feel develops an emotional relationship between that person and the object. I create what I create for the viewer to establish their own personal relationship with the piece. What I see in my own pieces should be different from what another viewer might notice. I push the overall aesthetic given to me by using the medium to the fullest.” Steven Wells
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Murals
It all began with a graffiti artist with an aggressive style and a passion for creating art. He broadened his skills with the use of different medias, including the airbrush. At that point he found a market for artwork on vehicles and motorcycles, so it only seemed right for him to try a different canvas. After employment at a small bodyshop in 2003, he began to learn how to prep parts, do bodywork, and eventually, lay down some sick paint. This all led up to the creation of WickedKolor.com, which has now grown to be a standout business.
With several awards and magazine appearances, WickedKolor is constantly creating some awesome pieces of art. We offer you a chance to be unique and create something that is yours. Stand Out. Get Wicked.
Check out our website www.wickedkolor.com, and view more of our gallery. And be sure to check out our partnered business, wickedkoncept.com at our website or on Faceook. We are always looking for the next biggest and baddest thing to get our hands on.
Kathleen Wenzel Biale
Visual Arts: Mixed Media
“I work in various media. The direction of each piece of my work expresses feeling, mood, color and subject matter.’ Kathleen Wenzel Biale
I started painting after my children were mostly raised. I paint mostly in oils, however I am doing more and more encaustic work. Encaustics came to my attention while visiting my daughter in Portland where we took a workshop. It is a challenging and rewarding medium.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word
My name is Eric “Young Man Royalty” Weston I’m from Campbell, CA. I’m laid back and full of a desire to love despite the basis. I’m 28 years of age and recently I’ve been on a writing spree, self-publishing book after book. I have over 8 books both chapters based and poetic.
Scott R Westphal
Visual Arts: Earthworks, Sculpture
DESIGN & FABRICATION
Small to large scale bronze, aluminum, and steel sculptures (1995 to present)
ARTS & BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Owner/Operator, The Great Frame Up – Indianapolis, Indiana (1976 to present)
2000 -2012 – Hoosier Salon – Juried Art Show
2000 – Hoosier Salon – Honorable Mention
2002 – Hoosier Salon – Indiana State Museum Permanent Collection – Purchase Award
2009 – Best Sculpture
2007 – Columbus Indiana Visitor Center, Columbus, Indiana
2011 – White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana
2012 – Hoosier Salon Broad Ripple Gallery “Form and Fresco”
Multiple exhibits in galleries and public spaces throughout Indiana
2012 Irvington Presents – The Helene Hibben Merit Prize for Work in Dimension
2009 Hoosier Salon – Best Sculpture
2008 IDADA Annual Juried Show – Best of Show
2002 Hoosier Salon Purchase Award, Indiana State Museum
2000 Hoosier Salon Honorable Mention
1998 American States Insurance Company Arts Competition, Third Place-Sculpture
1996 Arts Council of Indianapolis Calderfest poster (State) Competition, First Place
2011 – White River State Park, Indiana (National Competition)
Stella – Bronze – 16” X 24” X 120”
2010 – Community South Health Network, Indiana (RTKL Architects) –
Utopia – Bronze – 72” X 48” X 48”
2009 – The Great Frame Up
Facet – Stainless Steel – 48” X 16” X 120”
2008 – Community North Health Network, Indiana (RTKL Architects) –
Lineage – Bronze – 11” X 19” X 60”
2008 – Citizens Gas, Indianapolis
Parameters – Bronze – 6” X 12” X 37”
2007 – Community North Health Network, Indiana (RTKL Architects)
I-Drops – Bronze – 18” X 26 “ 144”
2007 – Columbus Indiana Visitor Center
Iris – Aluminum – 20” X 36 “ X 144”
2002 – Indiana State Museum – Permanent Collection –
Comps – Bronze – (2) pieces – 6- X 6” X 30”
2001 – Private Collection in a Public Space – Indianapolis Attorney –
Ripples – Aluminum – (3) pieces – 12” X 12” X 144”
1999 – Private Collection in a Public Space – Indianapolis Attorney –
Nana – Bronze – 8” X 8” X 12”
Media; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor
Tori Weyers is a fine artist and designer specializing in mixed media, screen printing, and abstract painting. She received her BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has a passion for creating work that engages and delights the viewer with rich visual narratives, strong composition and unique subject matter.
Weyers has been a featured artist in Art Journaling Magazine and she teaches mixed media, painting and printmaking at the Indianapolis Art Center as well many different workshops and classes online.
Weyers creates and shows work from her downtown Indianapolis studio in The Circle City Industrial Artists Complex as well as her home studio in Broad Ripple. You can learn more about Weyers and see her latest work by visiting her web page www.drawriot.com or by following @drawriot on Instagram.
Site-specific theatre/preformance art incorporating elements from contemporary dance, modern art and technology, popular culture, movement theartre, and traditional theatre text.
“My work is often described as bright and colorful abstract work containing some narrative imagery. Some works contain a series of symbols easily identified by most viewers. However, the composition, placement, and design of each work are quite different from one to the next. Figures, houses, water, and other symbols are repeated and serve as a language of familiar objects.”
Vicky Shaffer White
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
I have been painting for over 25 years, in Indianapolis, IN. I received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts in Painting from Herron School of Art. In the past year I served as the Executive Director of the Art Association of Henry County (AAHC) in New Castle IN. My goal was to bring more art accessibility to the community through our gallery, arts park, classes and events such as concerts and fund raisers. I held the office of President on the Herron Alumni Association from 2004 through 2006 and served on the board for 10 years. I am a member of the Stutz Artist Association, IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artist Association), Indianapolis Art Museum and listed on IndyArts.Org www.indyarts.org. I have participated in many local and regional juried shows and encourage the growth of the local arts. I am fortunate to have placed several of my paintings in the Mayor of Indianapolis executive offices, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Corporate offices, Circle Theater for the ISO, and the Indianapolis Zoo. My work can be seen across the country in California, Florida, Kansas, Wisconsin & Tennessee.
Herman Whitfield III
Performing Arts: Music
Herman Whitfield III, a Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music graduate is a mind-blowing pianist. Whitfield is a double- degree and triple-major student who studied piano with Takács, composition, and politics in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Visual Arts: Painting
Discovering the artist’s heart within me began at a young age while growing up in rural Pennsylvania and delving into watercolor painting and any kind of art I could get my child-size hands on. I quickly learned that I l-o-v-e color and lots of it. Whether the color is in perfect chromatic order or bright pops, it inspires, draws, excites, and brings my spirit to life. It’s what I see when I close my eyes and what I remember when I walk away. Color and texture across a canvas are the heart and soul of my love for visual art.
I am a woman of artistic variety, working in oils, acrylics and watercolors, and enjoy creating abstracts, realistic still-life’s and landscapes, murals and even fun patterns. Nature stirs me and while I may depict a minute detail of real-life in one painting, I will portray a nature-inspired abstract color combination in another. I want my work to showcase beauty, color, and in some cases, share a story.
Currently living and working in central Indiana, I draw inspiration from artists who use bold colors and shapes such as Wolf Kahn, Emily Mason, Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Georgia O’Keefe and Susan Hodgin.
I am a member and displaying artist at the CCA Gallery in Zionsville, IN
Visual Arts: Photography
My full name is Christopher Robert Whonsetler, friends call me Chris, and children in Guatemala call me WhonPhoto. Take your pick.
I’m a fairly sarcastic down to earth kind of guy with big ideas & ambitions. I will never be able to see enough of the world, I am always thinking about my next trip. A bit of a coffee snob, my favorite beans come from a friends family plantation in Guatemala. Treat me nice and I may give you a bag! I love to cook, am jealous of great painters and musicians, and most importantly love my wife Stephanie with all my heart!
My interest in photography started in late middle school after my mother encouraged me to take photo in 4H. I fell in love. My love for photography grew through High School and eventually through College. Since graduation I’ve been doing the solo freelance thing around the world. Photography is my way of revealing the way I see the world. Although photographers capture what already exists, how we choose to capture our subject matter stems from our personalities, and it is very evident in the images.
My goals as a photographer are to connect with businesses and help visually brand who they are, what they do, and where they do it. I love working with small business owners who aren’t afraid of doing things a little unorthodox. Together we will create images that scream your message and populate your marketing & advertising with the personality of your business.
Performing Arts: Music
The concept of Classic Modern came about with the music my mother loved blended with the singers and bands I gravitate around while on my musical journey.
The classics of all genres filled my childhood. Elvis, Kenny Rogers and Frank Sinatra to name a few. As a child, I wanted to be the next Elvis, without the unsavory consequences. In my teen years, Lawrence Welk and Bowser of Sha Na Na became important influences (we all have our weird side).
In my high school choir is where I initially found my place. Being part of the swing choir was a good experience, but I never felt comfortable around groups. I was extremely shy. Ironically, when I was asked to do a solo, I felt at “home”. Oddly, being on stage solo was less stressful than being in a group. I was very comfortable just being on my own out there.
I wanted to follow my passion in music when I was choosing a college, but my father didn’t want to raise a starving artist and encouraged me to go into engineering. I was accepted to both Rose-Hulman and Purdue, but chose Purdue because they had a stronger Glee Club.
Engineering didn’t suit me, so I became a Philosophy and Russian major. The demands of college was taking time away from my dream of following my first love, music. After a number of years, I left Purdue, went back to my home town of Anderson, Indiana to reassess my next steps and how to further my music.
I was still thinking about what my next steps should be when I joined local community theaters to keep my singing sharp. While singing in the Peter Pan production, a colleague thought I had a voice that was tailor made for opera and suggested I audition for the Opera Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. I had made a good enough impression to the Artistic Director that he recommended that I take some time to be trained by the Chorus Master, John Schmid. After training for a few months, John suggested that I was ready and audition for the Opera Chorus which I was cast for all of the operas the following season.
I was 24 at the time. From what I was told, this was quite an achievement for my age, since most Opera Chorus members were older and more experienced by the time they were allowed membership.
This was the true beginning of my passion and career. Though the Opera Chorus was a great experience, I still had the drive to sing solo and not with a group. The first hint of Classic Modern came about when I decided to do a recording in 1997. It was a mix of musical theatre, pop, country and
even Elvis. It was called Summon the Courage.
A friend of mine started the next phase of my journey. Steve Kitts had been living in New York City following his dream of becoming an opera singer. He encouraged me to go under the tutoring of Judy Natalucci. So, for over a year, I flew to New York every six weeks to study under her. From her, I studied under Michael Sylvester, well known as the tenor who sang Aida’s Radames at the MET more times than anyone during the 90’s.
This has lead me to this point. I realized that I can blend my love of classic music, regardless of genre, and my accidental path to being passionate about opera. Though I didn’t take a direct, traditional route to an opera career, the experiences, richness and the opportunity to learn from several masters has contributed to helping me to develop a style and approach that is uniquely me at the intersection of opera and popular classic music.
My hope that there is something here for all to enjoy and to hear favorites, old and new in a way that is unique, fresh and ultimately, classic modern.
Julia Zollman Wickes
Visual Arts: Painting
“Daily life sparks my imagination and puts a portrait in motion allowing me to weave my subjects’s life from everyday experiences. Real and imaginative elements combine to give the piece a life of its own – not static, but in progress and suggestive of humanity and the universal in all of us.” – Julia Zollman Wickes
Julia Zollman Wickes
Visual Arts: Painting
“Daily life sparks my imagination……”
In Bedford, Indiana, in the 1950’s, growing up seemed quiet. We knew most people in town and they knew us. Long, summer nights were spent sitting on the porch or in the yard watching people go by or visiting with neighbors, family and friends. When I sat with my grandmother, she talked to me about people and how she liked to study what and who they looked like.
My love affair with art started with the discovery of Vincent Van Gogh. He painted what and who he saw everyday. Later, I discovered the photographer, Walker Evans. HIs photos of people living their everyday lives paints a picture of America. I find this commonality of people, no matter where they are from, one of life’s most fascinating characteristics. Subject matter for my work continually reflects this. I find myself especially interested in older people. I am curious as to how they find the joy, the enthusiasm for life in spite of the ups and downs–or what makes the spark go out. Everyone has a story. I don’t want to tell the story, but make the viewer wonder what the story might be or make the viewer see his own story. Color–the use of complimentary colors against each other–and abstraction inform my compositions and my style direction.
Today the slow and quiet is gone. While I miss it at times, I enjoy the noisy and busy–the crowded cafe, the full subway, the busy coffee show. The constant-people! But now my grandmother is me and I am the one who studies who and what people look like and what story I feel about them and then, I paint.
Julia Zollman Wickes
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress
Wilcher has been a performer with ComedySportz Indianapolis since 2004, and is a member of the Three Dollar Bill Comedy Company. She is a veteran theatre performer around Indianapolis, with three encore awards for her performances. In addition to performing, she has taught acting classes with Acting Up Productions, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and Wayne Township Education Foundation.
“The focus of my artwork is the natural world, because it provides miraculous and complex subject matter. I depict it in both realistic and imaginary ways, my main goal being to entice the viewer to pause and closely examine the subject matter, to wonder and reflect on its detail. I want to create a sense of fulfillment and a recognition of magic, so that the beauty of this world might be better appreciated. Conservation of our natural surroundings is essential, and inspiration is a vital part of this process. I work mainly in ink and watercolor, and because I also enjoy studying art history, design elements from various artistic movements, as well as those from other cultures, sometimes appear in my work.”
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Textiles
I am currently delighting myself, and aiming to delight others, through the production of multiple art forms, particularly painting, drawing, and fabric sculpture. My art is a release of energy and humor, and I use interests, observations, and experiences to inform my compositions. Color, humor, and biological themes can be discovered throughout the body of my work, and often all three are represented in a single piece. I get excited about color, the way three dierent hues of blue melt when you wear them in layers. Consider electric pink toenails and construction spray paint on public sidewalks. Since color found in such ordinary contexts can be so stimulating, I’ve decided to start compositions initially about color, then let them develop as I go. The most delightful aspect of this process is that the piece usually develops into a composition about more than color, but about love, life, line, or a variety of things. I’ve recently poured myself into a series of drawings and paintings that are inspired by intestinal shapes and forms. They are playful and abstract, and they beg you to confront the reality of your digestive system in a light hearted manner. I’ve always been interested in anatomy, histology, and cell biology so these interests are a constant source of creative inspiration.
Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Music
Brenda Williams is a dynamic and vivacious singer and actress based in the Indianapolis area. Equally impressive to her voice and talent is her resume, which includes performing for 3 United States Presidents. Ms. Williams gained recognition in the Indianapolis area with her award-winning performances in the American Cabaret Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Ms. Williams’ national recognition packs much star power. She has been the opening act for headliners such as Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, Chuck Mangione, and Meryl Streep. She has been spotlighted by the Indianapolis Woman Magazine for their Local Female Musician Choice Award, recognized by the Indianapolis Star as one of the Top People To Watch, and Second Runner-Up to the Mrs. America Title. Ms. Williams has built a large fan base in Central Indiana over the years through her ability to perform a wide variety of settings in her own defining style. Whether performing in the theatre with Broadway tunes, singing ballads in a Supper Club, or swinging away in a Jazz Room, she is able to energetically communicate with her audience.
Visual Arts: Functional and/or Decorative, Textiles
As a person who loves beauty, creativity and uniqueness, Arnita has a passion for designing leather purses and portfolios. She holds a B.A. degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. Arnita states: “Of all my experiences, career and business ventures, leather designing is my gift…my passion…my self-expression.”
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