February 2021 Have you stopped into Village Mattress\u2019 newly expanded space featuring Village Sofa and Design Center? If not, you may want to pop in and see for yourself what Village Mattress\u2019 owner Chris Plopper has been up to these last couple of months! We recently featured Plopper\u2019s 4,000-square-foot showroom that brilliantly displays a couple of the industry\u2019s most trusted, high-quality stationary and reclining furniture manufacturers: England and Southern Motion. When choosing one\u2019s level of comfort and when deciding on what type of fabric and colors to bring a room\u2019s decor all together, Plopper and his highly trained staff are happy to help their customers in the design center. Local Supporting Local In addition to furnishings for your home, Plopper is adding to his home accessories collection. He is excited to announce his partnership with Zionsville resident and artist Rob Schaefer. Schaefer is a member of the board of directors of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center and former owner\/photographer at Schaefer\u2019s Studio in Zionsville. Plopper shared that he met Schaefer when he first opened Village Mattress, and the two have developed a friendship over the years. \u201cI called Rob up and said, \u2018Hey, I see you've got all this art, and I've got a home for it if you want to bring it in,\u2019 and it all came together," Plopper said. "Additionally, I\u2019m working with a central Indiana resident who\u2019s doing some tables with solid slabs of walnut and resin. We just commissioned him to produce some pieces for us. I\u2019m trying to get some local people involved as much as I possibly can.\u201d Embellish Your Home or Office With Local Art Adorning the walls of Plopper\u2019s showroom are a little over 20 pieces of Schaefer\u2019s original art. \u201cRob does quality work,\u201d Plopper expressed. \u201cMost of what he\u2019s brought in is impressionistic work, and they\u2019re really cool pieces that will fit any decor and any taste. Art is so individual, and people appreciate different things, so hopefully this will resonate well with my clients and they will buy lots of Rob\u2019s pieces.\u201d Schaefer added, \u201cI'm not a huge fan of super-realistic art just because we have cameras for that type of thing. And you know, I did a lot of that for a long time. Even though I can appreciate that , when I paint, I want to infuse it with some emotion, motion and psychological messages.\u201d I asked Schaefer to explain what this particular collection of his art means to him and to share what inspires him to create with this medium of art. Anyone familiar with his photography from back in the day is already familiar with his thought and emotion-evoking creations. \u201cFor me, it\u2019s the holistic Catholic idea of being a little grain of sand on the beach and being a tiny part of something that\u2019s bigger than ourselves," Schaefer expressed. "I\u2019m really trying to use this chapter to continue that idea and help local businesses like Chris\u2019 and help organizations like the Boone County Humane Society, the Alzheimer\u2019s organization and the Parkinson\u2019s foundation by reaching out and donating myself or my art.\u201d Schaefer concluded, \u201cIf there\u2019s any type of group\u2014especially a hyperlocal group\u2014that needs fundraising help, I\u2019d be willing to use my art and connections to help them out.\u201d So, again, if you have not already stopped into Village Mattress to see all that\u2019s new\u2014take some time to peruse Plopper\u2019s showroom and a sampling of Schaefer\u2019s exquisite original paintings. Be sure to follow Schaefer on Facebook and Instagram at RSchaeferArt and visit his website at rschaeferart.com. For more information on Village Mattress, its remarkable collections of home furnishing and hours of operation, visit villagemattress.net.