Woodruff 4th of July Photos

Woodruff 4th of July Photos

Wheelbarrow photo subjects: Ben Pidgeon (pushing) Ijah Robertson (riding). Caption: East Drive’s Ben Pidgeon makes a move for the inside corner during the annual Fourth of July wheelbarrow race in Woodruff Place.

Flag photo subjects: (Left to right, front): Kate Certo, Isabella Fuss, Lucy Certo
(Left to right, back): Peter Certo, Royal Lloyd-Hostetter, Odin Belsaas, Julian Hostetter
Not pictured: Liell Lloyd-Hostetter (signal caller)
Caption: Neighborhood kids participate in the annual raising of the American Flag at the Fourth of July ceremony at Town Hall.

Local Artist Loves Woodruff Place

Early on in my career as an artist, I realized with a mix of delight and sadness that I had been walking past so much beauty every day without noticing it. As I began to look closely at familiar places, I saw surprising color, nuance, texture, and light in the most mundane scenes – shadows on the snow in an alley near my house, speckles of light splashed on the roof of my house from the tree leaves above… even traffic lights glowing on wet, grey February afternoons. As I began to paint nearby scenes, I shared them with the local community through various shows in coffee shops.

Over and over local neighbors marveled with me at places so familiar to them, and some of my favorite conversations were when someone said, “I know that intersection!” or “I drive past that building every day on my way to work!” Inspired by conversations like these, my growing goal is to connect with my local community over the shared beauty of our neighborhoods. One of my favorite neighborhoods to paint has been Woodruff! Recently I started a collection of work painted on-site in Woodruff, and the collection can
be viewed here: www.aliciazanoni.com.

In addition to painting local landscapes, other frequent paintings I create are house commissions, like this one: (house commission photo) Even more than most historic neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Woodruff has houses bursting with life and nuance, and I love to reflect as much of those elements in a painting as possible. If you’re interested in commissioning a painting of your own house, you can write to me at aliciazanoniart@gmail.com.

National Night Out

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across
thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. Join your neighbors to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer. An ice cream bar or popsicle is in your

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Historic Woodruff Place Porch Party

Sally Cook hosted a porch party on June 5th for the Historic Woodruff Place Foundation so that they could gather and plan a new event. The group agreed upon Saturday, September 15th for an “Antiques Roadshow” type event to be held at the home of Jim and Deb Leich, featuring well-known appraiser J. Scott Keller. Watch for more information in the Woodruff Place e-newsletter. Porch-party attendees were Greg Staab and Missy Ellis, Jim Leich, Scott and Caran Keller, and Sally Cook.

Ducks and Blooms

Ducks and Blooms – Emily Tornquist

We have finally arrived. Buds have turned to full blown greenery and the flowers and lawns are in their prime throughout the neighborhood. We have also gained some new neighbors who appear to be ducks.

During a late April Sunday stroll with a friend and a solo cup of pink bubbly, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon a painter in the throws of capturing some magnolia magic at the end of April. I struck up a conversation with local artist Alicia Zanoni and learned that her love of Woodruff Place has inspired her to produce an art show featuring her paintings of our neighborhood in bloom.

I had been passively wondering what I would include in the next Urban Times issue given that June is seasonally quiet on the news front following the Flea Market. Just as any opportunist would do, I asked Alicia if I could include her work in our spread for the June issue of Urban times.

Not only did Alicia enthusiastically agree to contribute some of her work, she offered to do a portrait of the dueling ducks that have taken up residence on the East Drive fountain. While it is unclear who has won the title of Alpha Duck, neighbors have taken to observing their behavior and have accepted that the ducks have moved in.


Image: “Duck’s in the fountain” Illustration by Alicia Zanoni