Hendricks County, Indiana, offers some great places to support local artists. I continue to be amazed at the places I've found local art -- both outside and inside.
While there are official places to view local art such as the Gallery on the Square in Danville, I wanted to point out a few of my favorite places to discover great local art in more unexpected places throughout our county.
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library
The Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library is another great spot to find local art. It's a little more conventional but still an unexpected place to find art on display.
The Gallery is located on the second floor, and there is a new art exhibit each month. Information on their current exhibits can be found on their website, and there is also a place for artists to submit a form to host an exhibit.
Libraries benefit the local communities in so many ways, and I love that the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library provides a space specifically to display art!
Copper Top Customs
While many of the items may not fall into my typical idea of 'art,' there are some really neat items for sale that would make for great finds for myself or as a gift.
They do have some artwork for sale, and they've even sold some work by Laura Appleby, a local artist. If you're looking to purchase items or just looking for a fun store to find some unique treasures, Copper Top has you covered.
A good time to check them out comes this Saturday during their annual Copper Top Farmer's Market on Sept. 24. They'll have food and craft vendors as well as other fun activities.
You can find more information on their Facebook page.
Mandy's Ice Cream
I was pleasantly surprised to see the walls of Mandy's Ice Cream shop in Brownsburg covered in art.
The current art on the wall is part of a school project from two local elementary classes.
The project, funded by The Brownsburg Education Foundation, is a 5th grade unit on art that states canvases can be found throughout Brownsburg and shared on social media using the hashtag #ImpactedByArt.
It's fun to see local businesses support local schools and give a platform for young artists to share their work.
Murals and More
Hendricks County has many places where visitors can find great art. There are lots of outdoor art spaces, too, including sculptures and murals as showcased by another Hendricks County Insider. I've also seen great murals at The Shops of Perry Crossing and throughout downtown Danville.
Even the B&O Trail showcases murals by local artists.
The Hendricks County Arts Council has a great list of official galleries, and is also working with ASH Interactive to create an outdoor mural space called The Spot. The Spot is set to open in the fall of 2022 and will showcase local artists on the outside wall space of ASH Interactive in Brownsburg.
Have you found some unexpected art while you've been out exploring? Comment below with the places where you've discovered local art!