JEFFERSONVILLE – On Saturday afternoon the culmination of art and community that Jeffersonville has focused on for several years came to life.
Residents and visitors alike flocked to The Depot on Michigan Avenue, a new food / music / art venue in the heart of the NoCo Arts and Cultural District. Some carried lawn chairs to watch the Crashers play. Others lined up in front of the food trucks and bar, or made their way through the brightly colored shipping containers where local artists showed off their craft.
The new space is celebrating its opening with festivals like this one for the next three Saturdays. Each week will bring new music and local visual artists.
“I’m tickled to death,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, who was there with his wife and neighbors. “I see a lot of smiles here, people of all ages. I know everyone is excited to see the Crashers. We enjoyed browsing and looking at the art exhibits.”
The opening of the rand also coincided with another special project – the painting of the NoCo Mural Mile. More than 170 people participated in the painting of 1,800 linear feet of sidewalk that leads from the base of the Big 4 Bridge to the Arts District. It was originally scheduled for June but had to be postponed several times due to the rain.
âI think it’s really encouraging to see community members actively wanting to shape what their community is like and being so excited,â said Emilie Dippie, Jeffersonville Public Arts Administrator. âThere was such an amazing feeling in the air as people paint in their sections and collaborate and work together and try to do something really beautiful. It’s just kind of a really beautiful expression of what it’s like. is the community. “
She said it was the same day The Depot opened “is so special,” she said. “It’s a true celebration of what we’ve tried to do in the NoCo Arts and Culture District, which is to activate the arts in Jeffersonville, engage our community in art and connect artists to the community. So I think for a lot of people we see a lot of dreams come true today. “
Jennifer Hammond and Jessica Mosqueda were among the artists Dippie invited to take part in this first show. Mosqueda painted in front of the glass wall of the shipping container space the two shared as event attendees watched. Hammond exhibited the art she creates using salvaged glass, which she covers with resin.
âI use bottles and plates, light fixtures, vases and whatever else I can get my hands on,â she said, adding that she thought the event and The Depot itself were “a really cool setup”.
Kay Magula, who works at the First Savings Bank which is sponsoring the events, observed the activities from one of the shipping container platforms.
“Love it, it’s going to be great for this region,” she said.