Local Artist Tammi Beck’s Creative Impact on the Community

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February/March 2024

Tammi Beck, an American artist and founder of True Pure Brave Art, is a Zionsville resident who excels in various artistic mediums such as sculpture, illustration, drawing, printmaking, photography and glass blowing.

I spoke with Beck about her passion for illustration and for teaching, which was the impetus behind the launch of her brand True Pure Brave Art. Beck illustrated the children’s book “Grit, Not Grits” by Lisa Cox. As a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers, Beck is dedicated to teaching children character through her artwork.

Local Artist Tammi Beck

An Inspired Artistic Journey

Beck graduated from Anderson University with a degree in graphic design, and her career spans the non-profit sector, crafting acclaimed logos and materials for organizations like the NCAA and Kiwanis International. Additionally, she has appeared as a background actress in popular TV shows and honed her photography skills at the International Center of Photography in NYC.

“I was a graphic designer [with the NCAA] and designed a couple of Final Four logos for the men’s Final Four and different [NCAA] programs,” Beck shared. “I loved doing that work, and I also worked as the global branding manager for Kiwanis [International]. Then my husband’s work took us out to New York City, and we went from the Midwest to the East Coast for six years.”

Beck continued, “I was interested in photography as well as background acting, and I took some classes at the International Center of Photography. I learned that it was very global there…they had a lot of international artists there and a lot of vintage types of art. I loved living there and felt very alive. I enjoyed the arts, culture and food. Everything just kind of came together as a melting pot for creativity. I learned a lot about the ‘big picture’ because there were so many things to see and take in. The biggest [takeaway] was that I realized that everybody has something unique to contribute. I saw so many things that were embraced [in NYC], and I saw how everything can be appreciated through different people, which gave me more confidence about putting my fine art out there.”

Local Artist Tammi Beck

Beyond her professional pursuits, Tammi cherishes family time with her husband, Ryan, and their two daughters, Jenna and Lauren. Throughout her journey, Beck encourages others to embrace their true selves and spread kindness.

“Creatively giving of yourself to others brings the most joy in life,” Beck stated. “A huge part of the [art] program is me talking about being true. I tell [my students] that wherever they travel, wherever they go, be who they are and be confident. I share with them [that] when I moved away, everything seemed foreign and different to me. I focused on who I was, and wherever [my family and I] went, my faith was very important to me. Life is short…focus on the present, believe in the future.”

Beck added, “When thinking about my [artistic] journey, I’m thankful for the support of my husband, daughters, parents and sisters. In my own home, I have two cats, two fish and a parakeet that help me to not take life so seriously.”

Learn to Experience Life in a True Pure Brave Way

From her space at COhatch on Main Street in downtown Zionsville, Beck taps into the inspiring flow of creativity that surrounds her.

“One of my biggest goals is that I want people to see everything around them,” Beck shared. “On my lunch breaks, I walk over to the parks [near Main Street] and see the nearby wildlife and nature. When I do my artwork, I try to take time to see the details and architecture, but I also imagine those animals that might be around here that we may not even see or that come out at nighttime. I spoke with the [Zionsville] nature center to find out what types of animals, reptiles and birds are around here, and I try to incorporate that into my art, making it a little more whimsical and fun.”

Beck will host summer art classes for children, sharing her life experiences and artistic expertise amidst the scenic beauty of Zionsville parks.

Local Artist Tammi Beck

“I enjoy getting the kids out in nature and away from their TVs and technology,” Beck said. “We’ll get out and breathe in the fresh air and look at the sky and look at the plants that are in the parks in the summer art programs. At the end, we’ll have a gallery opening at COhatch, and the kids will come and share with their families what they’ve created. It will be their time to be brave. It brings so much joy to see them give that part of themselves and not be afraid to do that.”

To view Beck’s fine art pieces, schedule an appointment by calling 646-246-3628 or emailing [email protected].

Additional information about True Pure Brave Art and registration for Beck’s summer art programs can be completed online at truepurebrave.com.

True Pure Brave Art … Creating Character

SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS (Ages 6-12)

Creating Character

June 11, 12, 13: Elm Street Green, Zionsville Park, IN – $60

True: Watercolor class

      Ages 6-8: 10-11 a.m.

      Ages 9-12: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

      Ages 6-8: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

      Ages 9-12: 1:45-2:45 p.m.

June 25, 26, 27: Mulberry Fields, Zionsville Park, IN – $60

Pure: Tempura painting class

      Ages 6-8: 10-11 a.m.

      Ages 9-12: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

      Ages 6-8: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

      Ages 9-12: 1:45-2:45 p.m.

July 9, 10, 11: Elm Street Green, Zionsville Park, IN – $60

Brave: Pencil, charcoal, pen and ink class

      Ages 6-8: 10-11 a.m.

      Ages 9-12: 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

July 13: 6-7 p.m. Gallery opening for all summer program participants.

(No additional fee) Pre-registration required.