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TTK: Art Factory 

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From 1911 to 1935, the Stutz Motor Company made more than 35,000 luxury vehicles in its Indianapolis factory. The 40,000 square-foot yellow brick building once housed workers assembling Bearcats and Vertical Bs before the first iteration of the company closed up shop during the Depression. Today, the building at Capital & 10th Street is home to artist studios and office space for a variety of professional creative types - advertisers, marketers, designers and the like and this weekend you have a chance to see inside.

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 70 local artists will throw open the doors to their Stutz studios at the 20th annual Raymond James Stutz Artist Open House. The event is a highlight for the Indy arts scene and typically draws around 5,000 art fans who check out paintings, drawings, prints, jewelry, sculpture and more. They'll also have the chance to see some restored classic Stutz cars that wouldn't be out of place in a Great Gatsby adaption. Musicians will perform Friday night, which is typically a bustling, busy experience. On Saturday, there will be a kid-focused hands-on art area.

The products of the Stutz have always drawn a diverse crowd. While Stutz cars were always pricey, they also had a wide fan base - everyone from Elvis to Le Mans racecar drivers. You might find a similar spread this weekend.

1914 Stutz Bearcat
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