One thing we love here at PATTERN is connection in the Indianapolis art community. In the past few months, the opportunities for face-to-face connection have been slim to none. Luckily our readers and friends are always interested in ways to support local artists. One event we’ve been loving is A Fence of Art, an outdoor art market located in the parking lot next to Wildwood Market in Fountain Square.
Every Sunday from 3-7 pm, local artists set up their work on the fence space provided and anyone can stroll through to view and purchase their art. The event itself is free. The artists and makers involved do not have to pay any entry or space fees, so 100 percent of their profits remain with them. New Hands, Inc. is the nonprofit organization backing the event. Tad Aschliman, Heather Mathes, Pixie White, and Paige Wind are the creators of the event and are involved with New Hands, Inc.
“Essentially the main goal of the nonprofit is to connect artists and musicians in our community with opportunities,” Pixie says.
Heather came up with the idea for A Fence of Art. It was a thought that came from Jackson Square in New Orleans, where they have a fence around the square and artists show up every day.
“When I saw the Wildwood fence, I thought, why don’t we do that there,” Heather says. She then collaborated with Tad to form the event. The art market has ‘booths’ from Henna tattoos to work from Fountain Square Bonsai. There are also paintings, pottery, jewelry, photos, live music and much more to check out. For artists looking to sign up, Heather and Pixie suggest heading to A Fence of Art’s Instagram for guidelines, rules, and sign up information. It is a first come first serve basis, and they have lots of room for artists and makers wanting to sell their work.
A Fence of Art will be happening as long as the weather is nice, which could be up to November depending on how Indiana weather decides to behave this year. The team plans to continue the event in the spring as well. Come support local artists and enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Fountain Square, and don’t forget to stop by local restaurants and shops on your way!
Follow A Fence of Art on Instagram. The event takes place at 1015 Virginia Ave.