Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is the brainchild of young musical visionary, Richard Trotman and was formed in June of ’08. Kb is an extension of the jazz/fusion semi-cover band, Acoustic Red (aR) and was created out of a need for Trotman to exercise his musical freedom and break away from the constraints and limitations of solely instrumental music. As a creative artistic collective, Kb plays original, stylized fusion music with influences from jazz, blues, neo-soul, hip hop, trip hop, electronica, & acid jazz. Kb is a band that expresses and encompasses the theoretical, emotional, and aesthetic qualities of music, while staying true to its form. Conceptually, Kool’s Bazaar (Kb) is just like any other band. There is a lead vocalist, a keyboardist, bassist, and drummer that makes up its core. However, when you peel back the layers, you find a mix of complex artist(s) who are thoughtful and intentional about the ways in which they create and think about music. Imagine, one unified machine on the outside and when you pry the machine open, you see an abundance of knobs, wires, cords, sockets, and gears all controlled by tiny entities that work in harmony to produce the sound that you hear. Kb engineers sound in such a way that propels the social messages (present in the songs) to a place that can be felt and internalized by the audience.
During Kb’s live performances, they work to captivate mesmerize, and enchant the audience. They want to leave them walking away repeating lyrics to songs that fill them with purpose, challenge t
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture
Mixed media scluptor from Indianapolis working mostly with found and repurposed material to form an art practice known as Ah Sum Blah.
Michael S. Beck
Performing Arts: Music, Vocal
Beck is the founder, principal songwriter, percussionist and drummer for the original music group Dog Talk. He is also a freelance drummer and percussionist for many styles of music and enjoys songwriting for various projects and jingles.
Visual Arts: Ceramics
Way back in 1995, I took a wheel throwing class in my last year as an undergrad. I loved it! But I didn’t get near another wheel all through graduate school or for the next decade as I built my career in conservation. Life was and continues to be crazy busy as I play with maps at work, get to travel for work and fun, garden, camp, play and dance with my wonderful husband and friends.
In 2011, I got back behind the wheel again. I was delighted to find wonderful little studio, Beech Grove Clayworks, that offered affordable pottery classes nearby. Since then, I’ve been a member of the studio and have been obsessively throwing pots ever since! I still take classes at the BGCW and help out at the studio. Then I spend all the extra hours I can kicking the wheel in my tiny studio tucked into the corner of my garage in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis.
Artist of Color; Black/African American; Ethnic Art; Graphic Arts; Portrait; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Murals, Painting
Tasha Beckwith is an Indianapolis-based visual artist. She studied painting and drawing at the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, but honed her skills in graphic design and digital art on her own. Her portrait-based work combines expressionism, realism, and surrealism and she cites science fiction, fantasy, and Afrocentric themes as her inspirations. Recent work includes billboards encouraging participation in the 2020 census, participation in an artistic campaign encouraging people to #MaskUpIndy, and the neighborhood history mural inside the brand-new Martindale-Brightwood branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Beckwith works in a variety of media including digital design, oil painting, and resin.
Performing Arts: Music, Vocal; Political Artist
Kayla Behforouz is a singer-songwriter from the Indianapolis area. A student-musician and Indiana University, she works in both the Indianapolis and Bloomington music scenes as a pianist, songwriter, composer, and vocal performer.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper; Cut Paper
Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Stephanie Beisel completed her BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and her MFA in Printmaking at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. She currently lives in Indianapolis.
Brad Ford Bell
Visual Arts: Photography
Bell’s photographic subjects range from the natural world abstracted through the artist’s eye to thoughtful portraits of people and animals. Bell describes his subjects as the type of things to which people often do not pay attention.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Film
My first published novel, Stacking in Rivertown, was purchased and edited in 1999 by Michael Korda, editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. It was released in 2000 and subsequently released in Australia and Israel.
In 2006, I teamed up with co-director Anna Lorentzon to create the feature documentary, Graphic Sexual Horror, about the shocking porn website Insex.com and how it was shut down through the use of the Patriot Act. Screening to sold-out audiences at Slamdance in 2009, it went on to screen at HotDocs Toronto, FantasiaFest Montreal, and many respected film festivals in Canada, Europe, and South America. Cinetic Rights Management purchased worldwied digital rights. Synapse Films purchased DVD rights.
Amazon.com released Graphic Sexual Horror in March 2010 for digital download and streaming. However, because of its use of highly controversial content, Amazon removed the movie from its listings within seven days. DVD released by Synapse Films Aug 10, 2010 was also censored, but the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAA) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) worked with Amazon to relist the title. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Toe Tag and other DVD websites. In 2015, IndieFlix will release the documentary on July 28.
The first 3 chapters of my most recent novel, Line of Battle, are available on my website, www.barbarabell.com, where you can also purchase my CD “The Bull is Blind.” Local artist Gordon Bonham and Gordon’s band are featured on the CD.
mp3’s of my songs can also be found at CDBaby, amazon.com, iTunes, and other distributors of music.
I am presently working on a novel, finishing a screenplay, and putting together a multi-media blog called crib in a crackhood that chronicles life in one of the poorer sections of Indianapolis.
Performing Arts: Music
Mac Bellner is a professional performer of folk music, focusing on traditional style music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. She was born in a two room, tin roofed shack on a cotton farm in Louisiana and grew up in Mississippi and west Texas, cutting her musical teeth on Stamps-Baxter gospel and spiritual music as well as classic juke box country music.
But she discovered her main musical niche in folk music.
In addition to solo work, Mac regularly performs with Hogeye Navvy (www.hogeyenavvy.com) Celtic/North American folk band, with whom she has released 9 albums, and is a Teaching Artist with Arts For Learning of Indiana as part of the May Apple duo. In addition to touring in Ireland and Scotland with Hogeye Navvy, Mac has performed throughout the United States, in England, and South Africa.
Mac also is a teacher/caller for traditional American barn dance, English country dance, and Irish and Scottish ceilidh dance. She has called dances at festivals, for wedding receptions, and for school, public, church, and Scout events. The dances she calls have involved participants from pre-school age to elderly adults, as well as people with physical challenges. Among her favorite people to teach are those who are beginners and have never experienced traditional dancing before. Her repertoire includes traditional squares and circles, play-party dances, and contra/line set dances, all accompanied by live music. Many of the dances have interesting historical and cultural connections, which Mac shares as she introduces each one.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Mixed Media, Painting
The process of my technique is that of obscuring images through a multitude of painted and varnished surfaces, collage materials and layers. The image is destroyed, obscured and then reactivated, thus suggesting the cycle and eroding power of time.
I am unconcerned about the explanation or easily extracted meaning of my work.
By not being immediately understandable, the content forces the viewer to participate in deciphering meaning for themselves.
Thus this way of seeing the act of creating has allowed my work to come to a place that does not simply deal with the reconstruction of an object for its own sake, but rather the mystifying and abstracting of personal meaning and symbolism.
Media; Visual Arts: Photography, Printmaking
Cary Benbow is a writer, editor, and photographer based in Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating with a BFA in photography from Ball State University, he worked in higher-education publishing for a dozen years before changing careers.
His articles, interviews, and book reviews have been published in a number of online and print magazines, and his photography has been widely exhibited. Cary is a staff writer for F-Stop Magazine, a contributor to YIELD Magazine, LensCulture, Photomachina, and is the publisher of Wobneb Magazine.
Visual Arts: Glasswork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
Driven by the process Influenced by tradition was an emphasis on craftsmanship inspired by the glass itself there truly is nothing like working with hot glass .
Ryan L Bennett
Literary Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Theatre, Vocal; Visual Arts: Film, Performance Art, Performers and Writers, Photography
Artist, Activist, and Visionary, this New Generation Renaissance Man is an alumnus and long time supporter of Asante Children’s Theatre. Recently named one of four Indianapolis Arts Council Art & Soul 2018 Featured Artist. Ryan is an Onyx Festival veteran and Playwrite. He is the Creative Executive Officer of Kai Entertainment, established in March of 2011, whose motto is “Media that Matters”. Mr. Bennett is also the Business Manager of Act A Foo Improv Crew, “Un-Scripted, Un-Rehearsed, and Un-Believably Funny”. At the age of 16, Ryan produced the 10-year news Magazine style show 360 Degrees through Indiana Black Expo’s flagship youth program Youth Video Institute. A graduate from Full Sail University with a degree in recording engendering; Ryan is an internationally published photographer, producer, director, and Academy Award-winning crew-member. He has worked with television and film companies in Los Angeles, California, the Senior Producer of Globalvison, a documentary company in New York City, New York, producing Barack Obama: The People’s President and The Battle of Durban II: Israel, Palestine & the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In his soul he believes that LOVE CONQUERS ALL; and it is his mission to spread love and knowledge to the world.
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Printmaking, Sculpture, Works on paper
McKayla Bensheimer is a sculptor and printmaker. She was raised in Franklin, Indiana and currently resides in Indianapolis, where she attends Herron School of Art and Design as a BFA candidate for sculpture. Bensheimer is interested in depicting the human experience through figural sculpture and portraiture in a variety of materials such as clay, steel, bronze, and two-dimensional mediums. Bensheimer has shown her work around the Indianapolis area. Her public works include a collaboration for a walkway mosaic installed in front of the Irvington Public Library.
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting
Born and raised in Ohio, and the moving to Indiana when I just began high school, drawing has always been a passion of mine.
Visual Arts: Photography, Portrait
Dale Bernstein is an experienced photographer specializing in commercial photography and the historic Wet Plate Collodion process. Throughout his early days he has worked for some of the most influential photographers in modern history including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, and others. Needless to say the knowledge Dale gained from working with these incredible artists has greatly influenced his own work. Dale is also known to be one of the leaders in the Wet Plate Collodion process. A historic photographic process dating back to the 1850’s. Now on the rise again by younger photographers, Dale has proven his technique having worked with the process since the 1990s.
Katherine Musser Berry
Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Painting
My name is Katherine Musser Berry, but my friends and family mostly all call me Kally. I have been sketching and messing with paints for as long as I can remember, but have been selling paintings and working with The Art Bank Gallery since the summer of 2009. I love to create. My paintings are almost always acrylic or oil on canvas, but occassionally I mess around with watercolors and mixed media.
I grew up in Fishers, started school at St. Mary of the Woods College, then moved downtown Indianapolis to attend school at IUPUI. I ended up graduating with a B.A. in Communication Studies, and a Minor in Psychology. My husband and I have renovated two houses on the Near-West side, and I really have a heart for the change and growth the Near-West side of Indianapolis is experiencing. Painting is a hobby for me, however, since I gave birth to my son, William, I have been able to devote a lot more time to painting.
Visual Arts: Constructions/Collage, Painting, Works on paper
Pauline Beuke has been a business owner and artist for 30 years, running Pro-Art Gallery as a sole proprietor in Greenwood, IN. Pauline enjoys experimenting in many mediums, such as water color, oils and acrylics. Her signature is to utilize unusual fetish items within her art such as copper, crushed colored glass, found objects and jewelry. Some of her latest pieces can be seen hanging in the entrance of the new Stone Creek restaurant in Noblesville, IN. She has done hundreds of commission pieces for both commercial spaces and private residences. Pauline feels that it is a gift and a blessing to be able to do what she loves for a living and enjoys creating and experimenting with new techniques.
Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper
I first came to Indiana through the U.S. Army. I was stationed at Ft. Harrison teaching Television Graphics and Audio Visual Techniques to public relations students at the Defense Information School. While there, I also became the painting and drawing instructor for the Harrison Arts and Craft Center. During this time, I also became the illustrator and designer for a couple of post publications and my graphic arts career continued as I chose to remain in Indiana after my military service. From 1973 to 2006, I have held positions as illustrator, designer, screen printer, freelance artist, and art instructor, all while raising a family of five girls with my wonderful wife. I am currently doing commission work and limited edition prints of my art through my own marketing name I call Limited Expressions. Much of my inspiration comes from personal experiences with family and friends out of an expression of love and caring for those individuals, which I try to convey through my commission work as well.
Performing Arts: Music
“We’re just trying to keep the twang alive.” Shirtless Biddles (Brad Powers, Rob Jenkins, Brandon Lytle)
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Painting, Works on paper
My art is about oppositional forces. A combination of the real and the surreal comprise the subjects and settings of my work. I work in both painterly and draughtsman-like techniques, and use these seemingly contrasting approaches to lend visual tension to each piece. Finished pieces tend to still appear raw and uncompromising, as I try to show the thought processes and hypotheses that I’ve struggled with throughout the piece, presenting the research as the finished product.
I view the piece as a working equation, as my thought processes and experimentation combined to create a visual solution. By utilizing internal conflict, juxtaposing medium, scale, and subject, I force the viewer to not only view, but to think. By contrasting scale within one particular piece, I’ve taken a subtle surface of an everyday object and transformed it into the environment of a distant and alien world. In another piece, I’ve reinvented a classic religious motif and icon for modern times. In my work, I like to leave the viewer with more questions than answers, which keeps the work fresh and intriguing, inspiring a unique outlook from each viewer. Most recently, exploring the ideas of transhumanism and technological progress has come to the forefront of my work. I draw inspiration from these elements, and form artwork for a technologically obsessed modern society, progressing and multiplying at breakneck speed.
Big Car Collaborative
Big Car brings art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to transform communities.
As an adaptive and flexible cultural organization, Big Car draws together people of all backgrounds to promote and perpetuate creativity, invigorate public places, and support better neighborhoods. Big Car is a creative community builder working to boost urban livability from an engagement-based arts and design perspective.
Visual Arts: Mixed Media, Textiles, Works on paper
The circle element is constant in my work, it is a representative of the never ending cycle of life that we all experience. Taking a serendipitous approach by utilizing this spherical element allows me to experiment with color and movement to represent this sacred mark as a whole. Strong intentional movement creates a muscular tension reminiscent of the sacred spirals found in architecture, forests, and religious and spiritual entities throughout time.
Fabric as a medium has always been a strong voice in my work. Utilizing hand dyed fabrics or batiks combined with polymers allows for a depth to become luminescent. Color, emotion, and movement play intuitively in my creations.
My current series, “Tempest”, explores the churning, the unknown, the continuous cycle of movement and the culmination of color and textures to create a balance of emotion, movement and beauty in the upheaval that storms of all kinds can bring.
Graphic Arts; Media; Multi Arts; Visual Arts: Architectural Illustration, Constructions/Collage, Functional and/or Decorative, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Media and Visual Communications, Mixed Media, Murals, New Media/Technology, Painting, Printmaking, Visual Arts Instructor, Works on paper
Mural and commission based painter
B.A. from Herron School of Art & Design
Sara B. Biniecki
Visual Arts: Jewelry
Inspired and driven by natural history and earthly beauty, I create one-of-a-kind sterling silver jewelry featuring gemstones, fossils, and nature’s curiosities. My unique pieces are constructed by hand using traditional metalsmithing techniques and tools with skills I have acquired over years of devoted practice and self-teaching. My intent is to design modern heirlooms for creative-minded collectors in search of original and timeless pieces; rare jewelry for the wearer to cherish in the present and hand down through the generations.
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