Fishers Arts Council and Conner Prairie are excited to bring Art on the Prairie back for its second year on Saturday, June 11 from 10am – 4pm. The team began working together early in the year to make sure that the event met the needs of the artists and patrons who had been part of the inaugural event. Andrew Bradford, Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer of Conner Prairie is part of that team. “We are thrilled to partner again with the Fishers Arts Council for Art on the Prairie. The opportunity to support our local artist community on the 1,046 acres of Conner Prairie represents our relentless commitment to inspire curiosity and foster learning for everyone in our community.”
Les Reinhardt, Executive Director of Fishers Arts Council can’t wait for June 11. “Conner Prairie has been so supportive of Art on the Prairie and all that Fishers Arts Council has been working to do to make this year better than the last. Our artists and artisans this year even include some of Conner Prairie’s own creative staff members. We’re excited to announce who is with us ‘on the prairie’ this year.”
This year’s event will take place on the Civil War Journey Field, which is easily accessible by following the signs on the grounds or taking a quick tram ride. Art on the Prairie is free for Conner Prairie members and also is included in general admission. Special discount tickets for Conner Prairie are available but you can only order them online, $10 for adults and $8 for kids. Visit FishersArtsCouncil.org for the direct link for discounted tickets for June 11.
Two new items will be part of the fair this year, a local author’s table featuring romance, history, poetry, historical fiction, mystery, and children’s books – all from Central Indiana authors and illustrators, including the Indiana Poet Laureate, Matthew Graham. “Spark! of Creativity”, one of Fishers Arts Council’s programs that focuses on “trying out a creative art form to see what sparks your creativity”, will feature a Musical Petting Zoo with Bach 2 Rock Fishers, Intro to Printmaking with Michelle Feeney, and Taste of Drawing with Jeannette Pomeroy Parssi. There is no cost to try any of these art forms, as Spark! of Creativity is sponsored this year by a Walmart Community Grant. “Craig Brockhaus, the store manager at the Walmart on Ambleside Drive, has been so helpful in making this Community Grant possible. We appreciate the support from our local Walmart in funding this creative experience for our community,” said Reinhardt. Reinhardt created the Spark! of Creativity program in 2020.
A few new faces grace the musical stage this year, this time located on The Porter Family Home porch, near the Civil War Journey Field. The musical line up is:
10:15am – 11am Mudsock Jazz Combo
11:30am – 12:15pm Emily Ann Thompson
12:45pm – 1:30pm The Klezmets
2:00 pm – 2:45pm Susie’s Kitchen Band
3:15pm – 4:00pm Indiana Folk Music Society
The artists and artisans for 2022 are:
Fine Art: Valerie Bielski, Ingrid Blount, Aimee Bruno, Stephanie Carignan, Dorinda Cassiday, Greg Clack, Mary Clouse, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Candy Ganzel, Critt Hunter, Mark Rouse, Christina Sprowl, Walt Thacker, Angee Walberry, Amy Wilson, Emily Winslow
Photography: Brenda Jalaie, Emily Nyman
Jewelry: Susan Abdelsalam, Christy Brocken, Tracy Gordon, Tyler Hamilton, Beverly Jerabek, Patty Klunzinger, Candace Lander
Home Décor, Bath, and Woodworking: Chris & Tanya Hayes, Gino Johnson, Anthony King, Patty Klunzinger, Jack Looper, Vicki Nelson-Spicklemire, Anita Strauss, Priyanka Zalpuri
Pottery, Ceramics, and Sculpture: Olivia Harris, Duane King, Tina Mangos, Deanna Poelsma, Nick Wilson
Fiber Arts (including Clothing, Accessories, and Toys): Kelly Maher, Janna Stafford-Waters, Lena Statsenko, Caroline Vogt, Teresa Wesley
Any questions about this year’s event can be directed to info@FishersArtsCouncil.org.