November- Manifest Destiny: Paintings by Jeff Litsey

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Join us on Friday, November 7th from 6-9 pm at the gallery as we present a collection of brand new paintings by Indianapolis artist Jeff Litsey!  This is the second installment of pieces in Jeff’s “Manifest Destiny” series and it will explore the complex relationship between nature, native peoples and modern society.

The event is free and open to all ages.  Snacks and beverages will be provided and Jeff will be on hand to answer questions about his work. Mark your calendars!

October: “Coffee & Community” Exhibit

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Many of you know that our neighbors across the street at Calvin Fletcher’s Coffee Company operate as a non-profit organization.  They strive to provide high quality, ethical products and have worked very hard to become a place where the community can gather and feel at home.  One of the shop’s upcoming projects is to purchase a coffee roaster and begin sourcing and roasting their own beans.

That’s where we come in!  On Friday, October 3rd the gallery will host an art exhibit that will feature work from lots of talented local artists.  All of the pieces will be for sale and there will be options to suit a variety of budgets.  The proceeds from this exhibit will go entirely to Calvin Fletcher’s so they can get closer to their goal of purchasing a roaster.  If you have always wanted to invest in a piece of local artwork and would like to help a great local organization, please join us next Friday!

Changing Seasons

As we move into the spring season, there are some transitions taking place at Fletcher Place Arts & Books. If you’ve stopped by recently, you may have noticed that the space has gotten a tune-up and a new paint job thanks to some wonderful volunteers! We have also experienced some transitions in leadership. Julia Phoebus has decided to step down as gallery director to pursue other projects. We are SO grateful to her for the energy, passion and vision that she brought to Fletcher Place Arts & Books! Julia and former director Christie McNabb laid a strong foundation of organization and programming that we hope to build upon as we move forward.

Since the space serves many purposes, we have decided to split the gallery director role into two separate positions.  This will help distribute the workload and allow for more creative collaboration.

Emily Litsey will be our art coordinator. Her responsibilities include reviewing applications for art exhibits, meeting with and selecting artists for monthly exhibits, assisting artists with the installation process and overseeing First Friday events.

Sarah Pederson will be our events coordinator. Her responsibilities include managing the schedule of community events and assisting patrons who are interested in renting the space.

You can reach Sarah and Emily by e-mail at

We look forward to facilitating many more events that celebrate art and community!

Looking for something fun to learn about? Try Aromatherapy!

Leslie Thompson, a Fletcher Place neighbor, will be teaching a 3 part series on Aromatherapy. If you’ve been curious about how to use natural products, this is a great low key place to learn.

Here are the details:
The class will be at Fletcher Place Arts and Books on January 18th, February 15th and March 15th (all 3rd Saturdays) at 10AM and will last 2 hours.
Class 1 (Jan 18th)
Aromatherapy: Basics and Housekeeping Uses
Class 2 (Feb 15th)
Aromatherapy: Head to Toe
Class 3 (March 15th)
Aromatherapy: Gardeners and Basic First Aid Uses

Each class you will learn about the topic covered and leave with the item you created.

Cost: $20 per class, or $50 for all when you sign up by the 1st class. Cost covers the supplies you get to keep!


Under the Radar–Live Music May 31st

Under the Radar will be presenting Brooklyn indie band Hawk and Dove at the end of May. Hawk and Dove has been described as “the loudest quiet band you have ever heard.” The band released their debut album last year entitled This Yesterday Will Never End. Steven and the Savvy is a collective of musicians based out of Bloomington with an eclectic style of indie rock. Ryan Puett is a local Indianapolis singer-songwriter that does a variety of folk-inspired music. Check out all of this great music for $5! Doors open at 8pm with music starting at 9pm. Check out details here