This Friday from 6 to 9 pm, art gallery 5547 Project, located in Irvington, will be opening an Earth Day themed event for 18 local and emerging artists. These artists will get a chance to reveal their perspective of our planet Earth and share them with the world.
The all-age and pet friendly art show is a free event which will include live musical performances from Thea and Thieves, Wesley Moore and Katie Garringer. Along with live music, there will be a fire dancing show put on by Haley Challies and Sarah Hoffman. The event will also feature local businesses from Beast Irvington who will provide free appetizers, and free beer tasting from BIMP(Beer Is My Passion). Another local business, Smokey Meat Sweats will have food for purchase. And our team from Indy Mojo will be at the opening reception as well to promote Mojo Mongrels, their Humane Society Mutt Strut team. Puppy chow will be available for purchase.
5547 Project is a unique art gallery that has been open for about a year. The garage-turned-gallery has a coffee shop inside, Coal Yard Coffee – your one stop shop for a daily fix of caffeine and art all in one! The gallery’s comfortable atmosphere allows anyone to come in, look, discuss, and purchase artwork to support local artists and businesses any day of the week. 5547 Project wants to be all about the artist and do not receive commission for displayed work. After renting out a wall, the artist will receive all of their profit.
In addition to First Friday art exhibitions at the 5547 Project, Coal Yard Coffee hosts different events every Friday which include comedy, spoken word and open mic night. Come out and support your local artists and businesses in Irvington!
5547 Project (5547 Bonna Ave 46219)
Friday April 3, 6 – 9 PM
Hidden in the heart of Irvington on an unassuming side street, The 5547 Project is Indy’s newest haven for those seeking local art and music. Void of the pretentiousness of formal art galleries (and lofty price tags on the art), The 5547 Project puts arts-based community learning first.
Continuing in the tradition of Irvington’s strong communal mindset, the gallery aims to be a place where children can come to learn about art, artists and musicians. On top of investing in the next generation of creative souls, it’s a place for residents of Indianapolis to gather and admire art over a good cup of coffee and great conversation.
Project 5547 has the same raw, industrial vibe as the large commercial building at 24th & Illinois that used to be home to Oranje, but makes it uniquely its own with shrewd use of a small, intimate space and an eclectic collection of avant garde art and repurposed objects.
Artville & Art Town
To kick off 2015, The 5547 Project partnered with The Stutz Gallery downtown to hold a Second Saturday showing in January, due to the fact that January’s first Friday fell right after the New Year. Free limo rides gave patrons a safe way to get to both events, seamlessly connecting Art Town in Irvington and Artville at The Stutz.
The change of scenery gave attendees the chance to hop from the cozy, intimate, DIY vibes of The 5547 Project to the more prim and conservative space at The Stutz. Both locations featured a variety of live music, but the most interesting performance I found was at Artville. Performing under the moniker Duck Trash, experimental singer/songwriter and cellist Hannah Groves turned conventional acoustic songs into beautifully bizarre, layered productions using nothing but her voice, a small handful of stringed instruments, and a loop machine.
February is shaping up to be just as exciting as January with a variety of events on the calendar – the first of which, titled “Love Lives Here,” will take place on February 6th and feature performances from Kayla Jo and Emily Myren, in addition to tons of local artists’ work on the walls. They’re also working on special, interactive events for both singles (February 7th) and couples (February 14th) in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Looking further into the future, The 5547 Project will focus on local pop art in March and, like the rest of us, they’re anticipating warm weather when they can open their garage doors and hold outdoor events.