Hoosier Salon resumes inquiry into possible Carmel location
By Pete Smith
It appears the city of Carmel’s flirtations with the Hoosier Salon art gallery did not go unrequited.
The 90-year-old art gallery currently located in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis is now reconsidering a possible move to Carmel after a snub three months prior.
In October of 2013 the board of the Hoosier Salon decided not to relocate the prominent art gallery from Broad Ripple to Carmel.
In a statement, the board said at the time, “Like many arts organizations, Hoosier Salon has just emerged from a turbulent financial time. Our board decided it was more important for Hoosier Salon’s long-term viability to take a few years to stabilize its finances and build up additional financial reserves before contemplating a new gallery location.”
But with the new year comes a new makeup of the board’s members and a new willingness to ask for help in securing affordable rent.
In September, the Hoosier Salon tested the waters during an Arts & Design District Gallery Walk at the vacant storefront at 20 N. Range Line Road. At the time it was deemed a success.
“We had more than 400 people that Friday and Saturday and sold a painting which is very, very good,” Hoosier Salon Executive Director Donnae Dole said at the time.
And the Hoosier Salon would like to locate to that same space. It has approached the Carmel City Center Community Development Corporation about securing a lease for the building and then subletting the site to the art gallery at a discount.
The 4CDC board tasked its lawyer, State Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Fishers), with negotiating the lease.
Although the negotiations are ongoing, the initial offer from landlord Curtis Butcher was for $3,000 monthly rent. The 4CDC has offered an introductory 6-month rent subsidy of $1,250 per month.
A final decision will likely be made at the next 4CDC board meeting Feb. 11.