INDIANAPOLIS — A local Indianapolis artist is hoping to get out of his comfort zone and inspire people by showcasing his artwork in a yard art sale.
Jay Davis is a local musician and artist who was looking to push himself out of his comfort zone.
“My art was something I didn’t really want to show that much. I decided I wanted to get myself out there to grow. Because of that, I was able to show my art to people,” Davis said.
This is the third summer in a row that he has set his artwork up in his front yard and sell it “yard sale” style. Every once in a while, his nephews join him as well.
“I do this for fun and to get my art out there. I want to inspire the community because art is life. Art is a beautiful thing,” Davis said.
Original music that Davis and his nephews made can be heard in the background of the yard sale.
Davis says he comes from a musical family, and he and his nephews are hoping to keep the musical gene alive by experimenting with beats.
“One of the musical groups from my family is the Ink Spots, which a lot of the older generations will know. That really is an honor for me because it’s like I’m carrying on the family legacy,” Davis said.
It’s a family legacy that can be traced back to one of the original founding members of the Ink Spots, Jerry Daniels. Daniels was the first cousin of Davis' maternal grandmother, Virginia Mae Daniels.
Jerry Daniels talked about the origins of the Ink Spots with WRTV reporter Barbara Boyd in May 1986.
“We started in Indianapolis,” Daniels said. “We were all local boys, and we just picked up and started playing.”
Every other Saturday Davis is set up in his front yard located on Boulevard Place near Butler-Tarkington.
For more information on Davis or to view and purchase his artwork, visit his Instagram page.