CANstruction – Creativity for a Cause

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I love when art and creativity have the opportunity to pair for a cause.  I just discovered CANstruction a few years ago and it’s now an event that I look forward to each year. The CANstruction displays are a blend of purpose and art.

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The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

When I found out that there was a free park that combined nature and art, I knew that I had to add a visit to the The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres to my list for my next visit.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

The boys and I made it out last stop after a sightseeing trip to Indianapolis.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

We pulled in the Indianapolis Musuem of Art parking lot first but discovered that it was better to park a little closer to the trail. I still had to get a few pictures of the museum.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

Our visit to the trail started with a sculpture that I’ve seen on instagram and it was an instant hit with my boys.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

 

Located on 100 acres adjacent to the Museum’s main campus, The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake. 100 Acres is one of the largest museum art parks in the country and one of only a few to feature ongoing commissions of temporary, site-responsive artworks. 

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

The park has a lot of sculptures that you can interact with.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

There are 12 sculptures that you can discover along the trail around the lake.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

There are lots of areas where you can stop and admire the beauty around you.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

We had a limited amount of time to visit the park and it had started to rain during our visit or we defintiely would have stayed longer.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

 

We visited the art park toward the end of November but I would love to come back and visit at the peak of fall or during spring.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres -Exploring the Indianapolis Art Trail

You can find out more about The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres from their website.

100 Acres is open daily from dawn to dusk.

 

The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres is located at 4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208

“Fireworks of Glass” – A 43 ft. Glass Tower at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

"Fireworks of Glass" - A 43 ft glass tower at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

During a visit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I was in awe of one of the displays.  I loved the 43 ft Glass Tower “Fireworks of Glass” so much that I decided that it would be better to dedicate one blog post to showcase all of my pictures of it.

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Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art is one of Cincinnati’s hidden gems. During the holiday season you can see an amazing collection of Christmas decorations that date all the way back to the late 1800’s in their “Antique Christmas” exhibit.

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LEGO Fun at BRICKmas at Newport on the Levee

BRICKmas at Newport on the Levee

BRICKmas is an exhibit for anyone who enjoys creativity and fun. The OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Lego User’s Group) have put together another incredible display that will amaze audiences young and old.

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5 Reasons to Bring your Boys to the Ballet

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I recently took my boys to their first full ballet performance to see Peter Pan by the Cincinnati Ballet. I didn’t give them a lot of notice of our upcoming adventure in case they decided to give a lot of resistance to the idea. My kids are pretty used to trying different experiences all the time so they were not too shocked when I told them our evening plans.

Peter Pan was probably the perfect 1st performance for them because there was flying, lots of actions scenes and humor. My younger son was a little confused in beginning and asked why no one was speaking. It helped that they already had a general idea of the storyline too.

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Transfigurations at Wexner Center for the Arts

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My family visited the Wexner Center for Arts this fall during a trip to Columbus. It was our first visit to the art museum. I was really interested in checking out the current exhibit because a very large collection of pieces from the artist Pablo Picasso would be on display.

Here is a little more about the exhibit.

“A collection of this caliber and magnitude requires rare discipline, passion and discernment,” says Storr, who further notes, “Those who take the opportunity to view and absorb this exhibition will count themselves incredibly lucky to have looked over the shoulder of such avid collectors.” Transfigurations will be complemented by lectures and symposia featuring preeminent art historians, critics/cultural commentators, and contemporary artists.

Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin notes, “Presenting the exquisitely focused Wexner family collection allows us to offer audiences—especially university students and scholars—an unparalleled look at some of the pioneering artists whose work in the first half of the 20th century transformed the cultural landscape of their time, and continues to resonate in our own.

We are so grateful to Leslie and Abigail Wexner for providing this singular opportunity to illuminate the creative continuum between early 20th-century masters and contemporary artistic practice.”

“This is the ideal moment to celebrate the profound and continuing impact of the WexnerCenter, a multidisciplinary laboratory for new ideas, creativity, and freedom of expression purposefully situated at the gateway of The Ohio State University—a great land grant institution and my alma mater,” says Leslie H. Wexner, Wexner Center Foundation chair and chairman and founder of the Limited Brands.

“Abigail and I are happy to share the collection that we have the privilege and pleasure to live with every day. We are so grateful to the Columbus community forits generous support of the center over 25 years. At the same time, the exhibition creates an opportunity for Ohio State to be an incubator for new scholarship and critical dialogue surrounding these remarkable artists, their work, and their influence.”

“The art center represents a unique public/private partnership that directly links a major research university with the world’s most creative innovators in arts and culture,” notes Wexner. “It serves as both a local and global hub that connects with virtually every academic department and student association on this campus. The Wexner Center for the Arts serves as an important portal to the university, with a presence and impact felt the world over.”

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*No photography is allowed while you are visiting the exhibit but there is a book that you can purchase in the bookstore that showcases the artwork that you see.

It’s one thing to learn about the art in school and it’s another experience to see it in real life. I was really glad that my kids and I had the opportunity to see the works of such a famous artist. It’s really interesting to learn about the history behind the work of art and the artist who created it.

Transfigurations Exhibit will be on display from September 21–December 31, 2014

Admission

Student FREE

OSU Faculty & Staff $6

Adult $8

Member FREE

Senior $6

**Free for visitors on Thursdays after 4 PM and on the firstSunday of each month

(must be reserved in advance). 

*All Transfigurations tickets are timed and must be purchased or reserved in advance

The Wexner Center for the Arts is located at 1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH

You can find out more from the Wexner Center for the Arts website. 

Disclosure: I was given admission for my family for review purposes. All opinions are my own.