September: New Paintings by Jonathan McAfee


We’ve got a great show lined up for September’s first Friday!  Jonathan McAfee will be sharing a collection of all new portraits.  Come and see us at the opening reception on Sept. 5th from 6-9 pm. We’ll have snacks, beverages, and music by DJ Ryan Lee.  This is one that you won’t want to miss!


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

AIDS Candlelight Memorial Event–May 18th

Give Hope, Fight Poverty is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster philanthropy domestically by designing service-learning programs that engage US students and professionals with communities abroad and work together to educate, empower and lift orphaned and vulnerable children out of poverty. They are hosting an International AIDS Candlelight Memorial event May 18th from 9pm-midnight. You can find out more details and RSVP on their facebook event page.

First Friday–May 3rd!

First Friday is tomorrow and we have a wonderfully talented featured arts for May: Michelle Pendergrass. Through the use of mixed media and acrylics, Michelle is able to process life through her creativity. “Ugly and beautiful intersect on canvas as I work through figuring out who I am and what’s left of me as I dig through the layers to unearth that which I thought was dead. The loss is extravagant. The Grace is sufficient.” –From Michelle’s artist statement. You can find more information about Michelle and her art on her website.

Join us tomorrow evening, May 3rd, from 6-9PM to meet the artist and check out her work.