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Bright, Shiny Holiday Open House

Visit the circle City Industrial Complex and me this Friday, December 3, from 6-9 PM for our festive First Friday Open House. I’ll have lots of new jewelry for you to see, including anew line of 14 karat yellow gold and white gold jewelry, and a new line of “you choose it” enameled copper pendants with your choice of leather cords in 28″ and 30″ lengths. 


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Enter building via G5, Indy Fused Glass, to start your tour to visit me. Proceed to Nancy Lee Designs next door, then visit dozens of artists open studios, the Schweitzer Gallery upstairs, Eight Day Distillery, the Meadery Tap Room, Sochatti Chocolatier, and Center Point Brewing all under our 800,000 square foot industrial warehouse. Alternatively, you can enter through the door closest to the blue US Postal Service mailbox and I’m on the main floor, the second door on the right.

Free parking, free event!

The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC)

Art studios at CCIC exhibit a wide variety of art mediums: paintings, watercolor, pottery, string art, metal sculpture, metal jewelry, enamel, collage, assemblage, fiber art, photography, and much more. Check out 8th Day Distillery at the north end of the building, Center Point Brewing at the south end, New Day Meadery and Sochatti Chocolate in the middle. Come on out and see for yourself why Indianapolis Monthly denoted Nancy Lee Designs as a “Must See” stop on your First Friday art tour, and visit and support all the talented CCIC artists!

CCIC offers free parking directly across the street from my entrance, which is the door immediately to the left of G5/Indy Fused Glass and the blue US mailbox. A newly installed list of suites is on the exterior wall to the right of the entrance door – look for Nancy Lee Designs along with many other art studios and businesses, which will be open this week for June First Friday. Each artist/studio keeps their own hours, so check with them to find out schedules. 

COVID Guidelines for First Friday in December, 2021: CCIC will remain in compliance with all state and local mandates relating to COVID-19. Currently, Marion County is designated as an orange advisory level. You can see the most recent advisory level here. Visitors (even fully vaccinated people) are encouraged to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines while inside the building. Numbers of people in each studio may be limited to accomplish distancing between parties/pods. Different studios will have different requests. My space is so small that it can fill quickly and there’s little room to create distance between guests, so please wear a mask.

Commencement, 2020-Style

Graduation-ish News: I’ve been attending college for three years, after a forty-year hiatus. I was a college dropout, but now I’m on the verge of receiving my diploma in the mail. In May, due to COVID, our college held a virtual commencement.

Attending my May 2020 virtual commencement ceremony was gratifying and a bit strange! While I envisioned walking across a stage to claim my diploma in a stadium full of cheering fans, instead I virtually heard my favorite professors say nice things about me while my parents and sisters watched via ZOOM and my hubby sat by my side. The IUPUI virtual ceremony included videos that we students uploaded. I wanted mine to be lighthearted, so my husband, Rad, and I wore Groucho glasses with big noses. We made the video in a little park near our house while standing on a bridge over a tiny stream. We walked there hand in hand, laughing and spitting out fake Groucho mustache hairs. I wore Honors cords and a medal – which was an act of kindness in itself, made possible by the dean of the Honor’s College. As Rad and I walked, neighbors yelled their congratulations from cars and front porches.

A couple of weeks later, I had a very small drive-by graduation party in our front yard. I told Rad I wanted balloons. The day of the party, I woke up to two huge balloon bouquets staked in the front yard, one of a graduation cap and one pink unicorn balloon (which is still alive and well in my office – I’m looking at her as I type!). For the party, I bought some decorations at the dollar store and some champagne on ice and we were a go! Friends and my favorite professors stopped by for a brief, socially distanced hello. Was it the graduation and celebration I envisioned? Was it the image that kept me going at 2 am while writing papers on deadline for three years? Did it warm my bones as I walked to school in the snow for three winters, uphill both ways (that one is for my parents)? Nope. But what I received was a much richer, more intimate, and more meaningful experience than anything in my imagination.

It is this life lesson that now keeps me going: sometimes the dream you chase isn’t the one you get, but something different comes along to show you the deepest richness of positive possibility.

What positive possibility has come to you during the coronavirus challenge we are all facing?

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