Zionsville Times Sentinel

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September 20, 2012

Taking a stroll down Main Street

Walking through the village on a sunny Saturday afternoon, in a rare moment of kidlessness, it occurred to me that many creative minds spanning many generations have provided Zionsville with a kaleidoscope of color and character that just can’t be reproduced or manufactured.

I had just left my daughter at a jewelry-making birthday party at A Space to Create, 65 E. Cedar St., a wonderland for my 4-year-old who not only appreciates pretty accessories, but also would much rather draw pictures or make a craft than play with dolls.

In less than one minute, I had passed two Cedar Street art galleries, and it would be not quite one minute more before I passed another. Several more Main Street galleries plus SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 205-225 W. Hawthorne St., are within earshot on a quiet night.

Intricate storefront signage, cheery murals on the outer walls of buildings maintained since the time of my great-great-great-grandparents, and the bold hues brightening gardens behind picket fence gates have blended together, been refined by time, and cultivated into purpose, creating an ambiance that inspires appreciation for all things lovely and quaint.

Zionsville’s arts and cultural community has developed organically, blossoming in tandem with the thriving Main Street area and broadening the worldview of locals and tourists alike.

See Wednesday’s Times Sentinel for the full story.

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