Imagine all the different ways art can take shape.
Chances are you can find them all in downtown Franklin during the Ethos Arts Celebration.
Professional artists will exhibit their works of art for the enjoyment of the community, while your neighbors and friends will show off their own artistic abilities. Families can decorate the downtown sidewalks with chalk, while some of the area’s best-known artists will demonstrate their talents.
Creativity abounds this weekend, as the Ethos Celebration of the Arts emphasizes art of all kinds. From color-soaked 5K to artistic automobiles to a plethora of art exhibits, the whole weekend is all about showing off the talent that exists in the county.
And at the same time, the event will hopefully inspire people to paint, draw, sculpt or create something themselves.
Here’s a look at what to find during the celebration:
The shock of the canvas
Details: Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Place du Palais de Justice; franklindepartmentofpublicart.square.site
What: The weekend kicks off with a Friday night battle royale, as competing artists battle it out to create a piece within 20 minutes. Over three rounds of competition, the ultimate artist will rise to the top. Participants can vote for favorites, paying $ 1 for each vote. Beer and wine will be available, and music is programmed by Dean Martini. All proceeds go to Discover Downtown Franklin.
Homeview Color Bash 5K
Details: Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Province Park, 396, boul.
What: Turn your morning run into a work of art during this 5k Franklin Chamber of Commerce fundraiser. The race begins at the copper-top lookout in Province Park and winds along the Greenway Trail through Blue Heron Park and back. Along the way, the race features eight color stations in total to ensure participants are dyed from head to toe. Then, participants can enjoy snacks and refreshments after the race. To register, go to thehomeviewcolorbash5k.itsyourrace.com
Chalk the block
Details: Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Festival Country Indiana Visitor Center, 66 S. Water St.
What: For Ethos attendees, the day is all about seeing and experiencing the art that others have created. But Chalk the Block allows them to create something amazing on their own for all to see. People were able to register for a 3ft by 3ft chalk masterpiece in front of the Visitor Center, with the chance to win cash prizes. Those who haven’t registered can still enjoy the visions of color rendered on concrete along Water Street.
Community art exhibition
Details: Saturday noon to 3 p.m., Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St.
What: Recognize the best that local artists of all ages have to offer, when friends, family and neighbors submit their own artwork for the annual Community Art Show. Submitted pieces will be judged in categories such as two-dimensional, acrylic, mixed media, oil, photography, pottery, recycled materials and woodwork. Monetary prizes and ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place in each category.
Art fair with jury
Details: Saturday from noon to 7:30 p.m. Main Street North
What: The opportunity for professional artists, or those who want to be professional, can be hard to find. But at Ethos, creators will have the chance to exhibit their paintings, sculptures, glass and ironwork, multimedia pieces and many other art forms to the public. At the same time, they will compete for prizes decided by a jury. Even for those who don’t win, the chance to make sales and new fans is a win.
Live art demonstrations and show
Details: Saturday noon to 7:30 p.m., Génération Art et Cadre, 43 N. Main St.
What: Watch professional artists work in real time during demonstrations by watercolorist Luke Buck and scratch artist Patrick Norris, who will ply their trade inside Generation Art and Frame throughout the day on Saturday. In addition, over 30 local artists will exhibit their work and perform throughout the day. The store will also offer discounts and a prize for those who stop by.
Fair for period craftsmen
Details: Saturday noon to 7:30 p.m., downtown Franklin
What: Downtown Franklin has earned a reputation as a vintage shopper’s paradise, and throughout Ethos Celebration of the Arts, this distinction only grows stronger. Dozens of craft, antique, antique, craft, craft and art stalls will be set up, featuring eclectic, funky and unique items for sale.
Franklin Art to Finish Creative Council Art Exhibition
Details: Saturday noon to 7:30 p.m., downtown Franklin
What: On August 7, artists from across the region came together with a common mission: to create some kind of art in the space of five hours. Paintings, musical performances and spoken word were among the various submissions of the Art to Finish competition. The results of this wave of creativity will be on display for people to enjoy throughout the day.
Musical performances of the Franklin Symphonic Council
Details: Saturday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Franklin
What: Music art from around the world will serve as the soundtrack to the Ethos Celebration of the Arts, as a variety of unique groups have been lined up to perform during the day. Lose yourself in the incessant rhythm of Groit Drum Ensemble, a drumming group from sub-Saharan Africa, or in the music of the Middle East with Salaam Band. Adam Riviere will perform Aboriginal-style didgeridoo music, while Son de Esquina will set the tone with salsa, bolero and cumbia music. Other artists include Southern Indiana Taiko, a Japanese drum and rhythm group; Indianapolis Ceili Band playing Irish music and the traditional sound of the Shelbyville Community Band.
If you are going to
Ethos Celebration of the Arts
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Various locations in downtown Franklin
6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m .: Canvas Clash, courthouse square
8 a.m. to noon: Franklin Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m .: Color Bash 5K, Provincial Park
9 a.m. to 1 p.m .: Chalk the Walk, Festival Country Indiana Visitor Center
10 a.m. to 8 p.m .: Live art demonstrations and entertainment, downtown Franklin and downtown shopping
11 a.m. to 9 p.m .: Food vendors
12 p.m. to 3 p.m .: community art exhibit, Johnson County Museum of History
12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m .: Local art exhibition and live art demonstrations by Luke Buck and Patrick Norris, Generation Art and Frame
12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m .: Art fair with jury; fair for period craftsmen; Franklin Art to Finish Creative Council Art Exhibition
2 p.m .: Shelbyville Community Band, main stage
3 p.m .: Groit Drum Ensemble (drummers from sub-Saharan Africa), main stage
4 p.m .: Indianapolis Ceili Band (traditional Irish music), main stage
5 pm to 9 pm: Exhibition of vintage cars “Autos as Art”; beer and wine vendors start serving
5 p.m .: Salaam Band (Middle Eastern music), main stage
6 p.m .: Adam Rivière (Native-style didgeridoo music), main stage
7 to 9 p.m .: Dancing With the Johnson County Stars, Historic Artcraft Theater
7 p.m .: Southern Indiana Taiko (Japanese drum and rhythm), main stage
8 p.m .: Son de Esquina (salsa / bolero / cumbia), main stage