You-review-it Monday: Broad Ripple Art Fair and more

May 21, 2012
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When you can complain about the heat and no other weather problem at the Broad Ripple Art Fair, you know it was a good year. Serving on the jury this year meant taking a look at every booth--and then being sequestered inside for some pretty fierce debate. Unlike our fellows in D.C., however, we understood that compromise is part of the process. The true winners, of course, were those patrons who went home with art that they love. And those who got a chance to enjoy the Indianapolis Art Center and its grounds.

In other weekend activity, I completed the third leg of the Theban trilogy, "Antigone," at the Indianapolis Art Museum and caught a much newer theater piece, "Forever Sung," at the Phoenix Theatre.

What about you? What A&E did you get to this weekend?

  • Out of town comments
    I certainly am not an unbiased commenter, but I talked to about 180 of the 225 visiting artists who exhibited over the weekend. Many come Canada, California and Florida because we are ranked in the top 25 of U.S. Art Fairs. They cover the country for fairs and said that this is one of the best ones anywhere commenting on the excellent organization and quality of the other artist. They were also very impressed with Broad Ripple village and the entire city and we love sharing that
  • Really well done
    I hadn't been to the BR Art Fair for several years, so decided to give it a try. From the online (print it yourself) advance ticket sales to the abundance of porta-potties so much was done so well. My two friends and I were amazed at how artists from all over the US (New Hampsire, Florida, New York, Georgia, Misouri, etc.) participated. Lots of food and entertainment options too. Only one suggestion: find more shady areas to provide a place to eat or just rest out of the sun. Otherwise, great job.
  • ISB Russian Treasures
    This weekend the Indianapolis School of Ballet performed Russian Treasures at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater for huge, enthusiastic crowds. This group of young people, returning students and young guest artists did fantastic performances of Balanchine's Valse-Fantaisie, Swan Lake Act II, Raymonda Act III and Allegro Vivace. I was blown away by the professionalism and energy of this school, which is on the caliber with most professional companies. If you're looking for great dancing and production value, this downtown venue is worth seeing and supporting.
    • Please state affiliation
      Thanks for the comments. One request: If you are affiliated with an organization you are touting, please make those connections clear. Carter: Thanks for stating your bias.
    • Cottage Home tour
      Cottage Home Neighborhood's Home and Garden tour was fantastic, totally biased review from an actual Cottage Home resident. The creativity of the gardening and the decorating of the homes was inspiring. New construction was also featured, very exciting!

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