A Natural Fit

By Julie Cope Saetre

» Two Franklin residents have combined efforts to open a new retail art gallery featuring the works of esteemed artists such as Salvador Dali. Located in downtown Indianapolis along the Cultural Trail, Gallery Forty-Two includes the street-level gallery and the upstairs SECOND FLOOR.

Curt Hunter, a partner of the gallery along with Nick Hunter, helped launch the endeavor as “a new family venture” after about two years of planning, preparation and property restoration. (The gallery’s home is the oldest commercial building in Indianapolis.)

A gallery seemed a natural fit, Curt said. “My parents (the owners of JHL Properties) traveled the world and visited different galleries, and they got me interested in the arts at a young age.”

The downstairs European-style gallery space focuses on classical figurative artwork in the traditional vein. The current featured artist, Boban Ilic, creates sculptures from flatware and also paints. Expect to find additional works from Dali, Frederick Hart, Tuan Nguyen and M.L. Snowden.

Upstairs, the SECOND FLOOR stands on its own, with sports- and entertainment-themed imagery. Its current featured artist, Mark Gray from San Jose, California, is known for his portraiture of sports, music and entertainment figures.

Together, the floors provide 2,500 square feet of space, which also hosts meetings, seminars, rehearsal dinners and other special events.

Gallery Forty-Two

42 E. Washington St., Indianapolis
(317) 822-4242, galleryfortytwo.com