Battle of the Bands
Located in the bistro area of the Greenwood/Bargersville Kroger supermarket, Battle of the Bands was designed by Andy Fry and painted by volunteers from the Greenwood and Bargersville communities. The mural was inspired by the importance of their marching bands to Greenwood Community High School and Center Grove High School: their awards records generate school pride and performances show off individual and group talent, and their musicianship is unquestioned. More importantly, though, the marching bands and color guards embody crucial values like persistence, teamwork, discipline, camaraderie, and tradition. One has only to visit Johnson County to recognize how important those values are to maintaining its fine community spirit.
Big Car Collaborative is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit arts organization and collective of artists that focuses on creative placemaking and socially engaged art. Their mission is to “bring art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to help communities thrive.” Among their many activities are projects that enable people to make art together, whether in the civic commons, in community spaces, or through their own facilities. Big Car was started in 2004 and currently works out of the Tube Factory Artspace in Indianapolis’ Garfield Park neighborhood. Read more about their work at http://www.bigcar.org
Color Me Fishers
Located in the bistro area of the Fishers Kroger supermarket, Color Me Fishers is a whimsical celebration of the rich history, vibrant culture and close community of the City of Fishers. Within the artwork, viewers can find icons such as the year Fishers was established, the Conner House, Geist Reservoir, Fishers Station and even the city flag. Food shapes unite the design, in the same way that food brings people together. The mural is made from individual pieces of painted wood, assembled as if it were a giant puzzle.
William Denton Ray is an Indianapolis native, a mixed-media painter, sculptor and designer working with a variety of forms and approaches. He attended the Columbus (OH) College of Art and Design where he majored in Advertising Design before transferring to the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI, to focus on painting and drawing. In 2009 Ray received a coveted Stutz Residency Award and has had solo exhibitions in Indianapolis and Boston as well as numerous group exhibitions throughout the U.S. Ray has executed several public art projects in Indianapolis. His work is in many public and private collections in Indianapolis and in the U.S., France, and Australia. He maintains studios at his home on Indianapolis’ Northside and at the Harrison Center for the Arts in downtown Indianapolis. Read more about Ray at http://www.whimsicalfunk.com/
Flight was installed in summer 2016 outside the newly-built Kroger store on US 31 in Franklin, IN. It was purchased directly from the artist. According to the artist, Flight was conceived while he was watching birds in flight, and is an expression of the patterns of swooping and diving that makes each bird’s airborne journey unique. Viewers have commented that the sculpture gives them a sense of hope and grace.
The artist, Bernard (Bernie) Carreño, is an Indianapolis-based sculptor. He was born in New York City and studied at the Pratt Institute in New York before serving in the Vietnam War and, upon his return, received both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee. After working for many years as a sculptor and an industrial designer, Carreño retired from GM/Delco in Indianapolis and turned full-time to his own artwork. He has exhibited widely in his long career, received numerous grants and awards, and his work is held in many public and private collections including locally the Indianapolis Art Center—where he served as the head of the Sculpture department from 2001 to 2011—the University of Indianapolis, and Community North Hospital. Read more about Carreño and his work at http://www.berniecarreno.net/
The Kroger Co. is honored to use the talents of local artists to create an uplifting experience in their stores. The company aspires to create a safe store environment that conveys a sense of connectedness to the communities within which they operate. The objective of Kroger’s commissioned art program is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. As a company, Kroger values honesty, diversity, inclusion, integrity, respect and safety. These values are expressed by the artwork commissioned for each store.
Kroger worked with the Arts Council of Indianapolis to identify the sculpture to purchase.
Pitch-In at Five Points
Kyle Ragsdale is a New Mexico native who studied art at Baylor University and Southern Methodist University. He started his career in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In 1992, he moved to Indianapolis where he began executing both commissioned and independent work, exhibiting in galleries around the country. He has a studio in the Harrison Center for the Arts where he is chief curator.
In this painting, Pitch-In at Five Points, friends and neighbors of all ages meet and eat under a bright-day sky, and in doing so invite the viewer to feel as if they are invited to this greater story in progress. The feeling of profound togetherness highlighted in the painting is characteristic of the area, with its old-fashioned charm and close-knit community.
Kyle’s first-ever visit to Indiana was for a Thanksgiving celebration with friends just a mile or so from this location. His idea of “home” is deeply intertwined with the virtue of hospitality, and to Ragsdale–an Indiana resident ever since that fateful Thanksgiving–being able to revisit his first impression of the area was a sincere pleasure.
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