2017 Art & Home Tours

Showcasing the art and architecture of our Indianapolis neighbors

You’ve probably driven past them! Now is your opportunity to explore some of the most unique, dramatic and resuscitated homes in town. Check out the homeowners’ personal art collections, studios and gardens – all while supporting inclusive arts programming for individuals with disabilities.


Thursday, June 22, 6-8 p.m.

Hosts Joe and Julie Whitsett

1520 N Alabama Street

Please join Joe and Julie Whitsett for wine and hors d’oeuvres as you tour their unique historic home and courtyard garden which once functioned as industrial sites on the Old North Side of Indianapolis. Experience their passion for restoration and urban renewal, using repurposed materials from humble and grand abandoned buildings from around the country. Their collection of Indiana art by artists living and deceased will be on display.

Randall Scott Harden, Venetian Boats – 30″ x 40″ Oil on Canvas

Thursday, August 17, 6-8 p.m.

Host Emily West

332 N East Street

Longtime Hoosier Salon board member Emily West invites you for a tasty nosh of wine and hors d’oeuvres to enjoy while touring her home and garden in downtown’s historic Lockerbie neighborhood. Emily bought her first painting at the age of 15, and has been adding to her art collection ever since with pieces acquired both in Indiana and abroad. Her collection embodies her eclectic tastes and covers a range from representational to abstract, and plein air to pop art – a mixed variety of media.

*This home is not fully accessible. Guests using wheelchairs are encouraged to contact Kathy Pataluch at 317-974-4123 before making reservations for this home tour. 

Dorothy Stites Alig, Golden Morning – 24″ x 18″ Mixed Media on Washi Paper

Thursday, September 21, 6-8 p.m.

Hosts Dorothy Stites Alig, Dennis Benge and Tony Davey

3959 N Central Avenue

Built in 1915, this building served as a telephone switching station to the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood. Our hosts Dennis Benge and Tony Davey purchased the building in 2013 and began renovation, making the third floor their residence. The original paneling, beamed ceiling and fireplace dictated the apartment’s design. Local artist Dorothy Stites Alig moved her painting and printmaking studio from Broad Ripple to the second floor in 2016. In addition to viewing Dorothy’s finished and in-progress works, you’ll see Dennis and Tony’s art collection of local artists.


The best way to enjoy the Art & Home Tours is to select the “Package” and save $25 to attend all three. If you can only attend one or two, please register for each separately below. You will receive confirmation and event details for each Tour closer to the event.

Thank you to our Home Tour Sponsors!




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