Runs through May 28
The “Furnishing” Touch tells a history of American home furnishings in miniature. Home furnishing styles were influenced by functional demands, means of production, and lifestyle behavior of the time. The exhibit traces styles beginning with The Mannerist style (1600-1700) that was popular with English settlers in America and ending with the Colonial Revival style that started in the 1870s and is still found in popular home trends today.
This exhibit is supported by a Indiana Humanities Initiative grant that also allows the museum to host three speakers who will deliver presentations on furniture and domestic life.
Noon, free admission
Author Sydney Scrogham will read passages from her book, Chase, published by Koehler Books in August 2015. Sydney loves creating happy endings. She started writing when she was 12. When she’s not writing, she’s at the barn with her horse Snowdy or catching up on reruns of the best TV shows ever - Castle. She is a new resident to the Indianapolis area and is thinking of having one of her books take place in Indianapolis. To learn more, visit her web site at sswriter.com.
Kristina Oliver, experimental abstract artist, presents her work in acrylic, oil pastels and alcohol inks. Kristina is a juried member of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association and a member of the Hoosier Salon.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enjoy the Breyer horses in our permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real horsehair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders suiting each type of horse. Paint your own Breyer 4-inch “Stablemate” horse with materials provided. Take home your hand-painted horse and goodies from Breyer as souvenirs.
Artist Al Hopkins presents his artwork, which is no larger than 8" x 12". Hopkins is a lifelong resident of Indiana. He is a self-taught artist who is best known for his still-life painting. Hopkins work has been juried, accepted and won awards numerous times in the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition and Indiana Heritage Art Annual Exhibition. Hopkins works from his studio in Carmel and his paintings are held in both private and public collections.
Opening reception for the Minumental exhibit, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Museum of Miniature Houses hosts winners of the 12th annual Carmel High School Art Department Minumental Competition. Department chair Jennifer Bubp explained, “This year’s theme is ‘Celebrity Icons’ so we expect to see some fun work. Students from Carmel High School were challenged to create works of art no bigger than 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, in any medium, to illustrate the theme.” The exhibit will run until May.
Rosaleen Crowley is an Irish-born Carmel resident who is passionate about art and poetry and inspired by her Irish heritage. Her book Point of Connection, published in 2016, prints her paintings and their accompanying poems. Rosaleen wants the person viewing her art to look on the “point of connection,” to use one’s imagination and draw on one’s own story to interpret that connection.
Lecture on furniture styles and domestic architecture coinciding with “Furnishing” Touch exhibit, 6:30 p.m., free admission
In connection with the “Furnishing” Touch exhibit, Kristin Barry from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University will speak on the Gothic Revival in domestic architecture and furniture, especially as an extension of the morality movement of the time as driven by AWN Pugin, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Catherine Beecher, and Andrew Jackson Downing. The lecture is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Humanities Initiative and is organized in conjunction with Carmel Clay Historical Society.
Lecture on 19th Century furniture design and production coinciding with “Furnishing” Touch exhibit, 6:30 p.m., free admission
In connection with the “Furnishing” Touch exhibit, Elizabeth Brand Monroe, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at IUPUI, will talk about The Early Industrial Age in America and Furniture Design and Production. The lecture is made possible by a grant from the Indiana Humanities Initiative and is organized in conjunction with Carmel Clay Historical Society.
Alys Caviness-Gober is a disabled artist and writer from Noblesville, Indiana, whose paintings are primarily abstract and semi-abstract. She is self-taught, and has been exhibiting and selling artwork for three years. She has had solo exhibits at Noblesville City Hall and Gallery 116. She is a juried Member in the Hamilton County Artists Association: painting (juried 2015) and photography (juried 2013). Alys’ health plays a large part in her artistic process, particularly as her vision fails: using texture helps her “see,” through touch, what she wants to paint.
Hear songs performed by Jamie Nichole, a singer-songwriter from Martinsville, Indiana. Jamie has been a singer her whole life, and self-taught guitarist and songwriter for the past 14 years. Her music is a warm blend of Americana, folk, and alternative country.
Jamie is currently recording songs for a new album. She travels around Indiana, and throughout the Midwest playing venues such as wineries, festivals, songwriter showcases, and restaurant/pubs. Visit her on www.reverbnation.com/jamienichole to see a full list of upcoming performances and stream music.
Carmel Lion’s Club, 141 East Main Street and Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 East Main Street, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Great opportunity to buy miniature accessories, craft supplies, and special gifts. This year’s sale includes a large selection of miniature furniture, accessories, dolls, dollhouses, kits, and supplies. More items can also be found on sale at the Museum, so plan to stop in at both locations!
Visitors of any age are invited to bring their doll(s) and share stories about them. Enjoy our collection of dolls, which at any time may include Gene Marshall 14" fashion dolls, kachinas, hand-crocheted Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs each the size of a thumbnail, and others.
Heidi Mandich, member of CCA Gallery, will show off her soldering skills and silver jewelry.
Eighteen-year-old award winning singer and songwriter, Maria Diebolt, performs. Her recent projects include several co-writing and recording collaborations with LA based producer Alex Cantrall and Indianapolis based artists and producers. Her largest crowd was the Circle of Lights Christmas tree lighting celebration in Indianapolis, performing for over 100,000 people as well as a live TV audience.
Sue Payne, textile artist, demonstrates how she works on a loom.
Artist statement: I was born into a family of artists: writers, quilters, graphic artists, and illustrators. I took art lessons at John Herron as a kid for years and was an art major at Ball State. I was drawn to spinning and weaving and purchased my first wheel when I was in college.
For a long time I have worked at Conner Prairie and in 1997, I was invited into the Textile Department to officially help plan and create Conner Prairie’s textile reproductions that you see all over the grounds.
I am a juried 3-d artist member of the Hamilton County Art Association and co-vice president of the HCAA and in charge of the Indiana State Fair “Sheep to Shawl” contest.
Create Your Own Mini Art. All ages are welcome to come and create a visualization of something in the Museum that inspires them. Materials and instruction will be provided. Works will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page with permission.
Andrew Moore is a musical performer and composer from Indianapolis who specializes in percussion and the steel pan, the instrument born in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He has recorded jazzy Christmas songs utilizing the incredible instrument, entitled A Panoramic Christmas. Moore is the bandleader for the band Circle City Steel. You can find information about the band at www.CircleCitySteel.com.
In conjunction with Second Saturday Gallery Walk in the Arts & Design District.
Rare opportunity to see the Museum of Miniature Houses at night. Enjoy our collection of fine scale miniatures, holiday decorations, and special holiday exhibits. Carolers will visit throughout the evening.