Midwest Living Review
Complimentary wine and cheese in artists' studios and live music in the halls combine to make the annual two-day Stutz Artists Association Open House much more about celebrating (and selling) art than quietly contemplating it. But you probably won't mind. The mood starts happy and gets happier as old friends meet and greet, artists chat with interested fans and buyers, and the industrial concrete hallways of the converted car factory in downtown Indianapolis quickly fill up with echo-y laughter and music. By the end of the first evening of the 2011 event, some art fans had taken to dancing in the halls, something probably never seen in the earlier life of this Art Deco building that was originally the manufacturing site of the early-20th-century Stutz Bearcat automobile. Renovated a decade ago, the 400,000-square-foot, four-story building occupies an entire city block and is home to about 100 working artists. The open house lets visitors explore its vast expanse as they admire paintings, crafts, jewelry, sculpture, photography and much more. You can buy a functional pair of handmade wooden eyeglasses, 3-D wall hangings, even arrange to get a tattoo. The event usually takes place in late April.