About the Artist

Hirschten performing a children's story at the U.U. Church of Indianapolis in 2012

Hirschten performing a children's story at the U.U. Church of Indianapolis in 2012

Artist Addie Hirschten is a contemporary visionary expressionist painter, author and public speaker. Hirschten teaches painting at the Studio Alchemy Gallery.

For many years Hirschten signed her paintings simply with the letter A.  More recently she began using the signature "Azhir" which is a combination of her initials and the name of a three headed dragon found in Zoroastrian mythology.

Hirschten in her painting studio

Hirschten in her painting studio

Hirschten earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Appalachian State University graduating in the year 2000.  After working for a number of years as a children's librarian, she went on to earn a Master of Library Science at Indiana University.  When Hirschten moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2011 she began conducting performances for children with her company, Fantastic Fables, as well as presenting sermons for Unitarian Universalist churches.  During the same time period she started painting daily and posting new paintings on her prolific blog.  Over the years, the style and purpose behind her paintings has changed drastically from abstract expressionist work, that focuses on art therapy influences; to impressionism, that reveres the sacred beauty of the natural world. 

While working as an art teacher, Hirschten began compiling the book "The Alchemy of Art: Stories for the Classroom" combining her love of storytelling with the visual arts. The book includes fifty folktales and true stories about artists.  Inspired by the book Hirschten hosts the podcast "The Alchemy of Art" sharing art stories and philosophy with artists around the world. 

Other books include "The Alchemy of Painting: Developing Your Style and Purpose,"  "The Happy Kite" and "Denis and His American Trunk."

Alchemy of Art Podcast

On the “Alchemy of Art” podcast we interview artists from a wide variety of mediums about their creative process and art philosophy.   Each episode includes artist interviews and stories about artists to inspire you and keep you going. Hosted by Addie Hirschten, a contemporary impressionist painter, art teacher, author and public speaker.

Past guests on the show include Megan Jefferson, Caravan Classes, Bobbie Lancaster, Paula Scott-Frantz, Kyle Herrington, Tori Weyers, Rebecca Berdel, Laura Lohmann, Sharon Vargo, Cara Moczygemba, Bianca Dudeck-Mandity, Randal David Tipton, Elizabeth Duvivier, Danny Gregory, David Gallup, Pam Newell, Carrie Schmitt, Dianne de Las Casas, Sofiya Inger, Trisha Adams, Jessica Kaufman, Sonja Brooks, Dan Fifer, Dima Kroma, Jason Adams, Richard Brendan, Jude Odell, Jessica Green, Flora Bowley and more...

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Hirschten speaking with Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman upon being honored for her painting "6pm on the Canal" at the Indiana State Capitol in 2013.

Hirschten speaking with Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman upon being honored for her painting "6pm on the Canal" at the Indiana State Capitol in 2013.

Past Painting Exhibitions:

  • Studio Alchemy Monthly Second Saturday Shows, August 2018-June 2019

  • “Together We Can” Show, Women of Indianapolis Arts hosted by the Circle City Complex, Nov 2018

  • “Dreaming of Spring” Solo Show, Mass Ave Wine, June 2019

  • Indianapolis Art Center Faculty Exhibit August 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Painting the Sky, Fletcher Place Arts, February 2018

  • Mish Mash Collage Exhibit, Indianapolis Art Center, Spring 2018

  • Patachou Downtown, Solo Show New Abstract Works, March 2018

  • New Landscapes Solo Show, Legend of Irvington, December 2017

  • SoBro Cafe Ongoing Exhibit 2017-2018

  • Solo Show All Souls Church of Indianapolis, November 2017

  • Solo Show at Monon Coffee Company "Scenes of Broad Ripple" November 2017

  • "19 Stars of Indiana" Exhibit, First Place Teacher Award, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2016

  • Broad Ripple Art Fair 2018

  • Penrod Art Fair 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • "Petal Pushers" Show, Harrison Center for the Arts, April 2017

  • "Vanitas" Solo Show, Harrison Center for the Arts, November 2015

  • Solo Show Indy Reads Bookstore September 2015

  • Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibit 2015

  • "Paintings of Fall" Nov. 2015, "Art In Bloom" April 2015, and "Spring Show" April 2017 Petrov's Gallery, Indianapolis, IN

  • "Love, Lust and Poetry" Exhibition, Nickle Plate Arts, Noblesville, IN February 2015

  • "Magnificent Amber" Exhibition, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN December 2014

  • "Gathering Light" Solo Show, Gallery Two, Indianapolis, IN August 2014

  • "Roses are Red" Solo Show April 2014, "Painting Springtime" February 2016, and "New Impressionist Paintings" April 2017 Patachou Restaurant Indianapolis, IN

  • "Scenes of Indiana" Solo Show, Monon Coffee Company, Indianapolis, IN March 2014

  • "Wanderlust" Exhibition, Indiana University Art Gallery, Kokomo, IN March 2014

  • "Portraits of Passion" Solo Show, The Sanctuary, Indianapolis, IN July 2013

  • Hoosier Women Artist Award and Exhibition, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Indiana State House, 2013

  • Annual Women's Exhibit, Indiana Interchurch Center Gallery, 2013, 2014 and 2015

  • "Put a Bird on It" Show, Harrison Center for the Arts, March 2012

  • "Reflections" Exhibition, Fletcher Place Art and Books, Indianapolis 2012

  • Day of the Dead Installation, Indianapolis Art Center 2011


Past Performance Art and Public Speaking Venues:

  • Art and Soul Retreat, Virginia Beach 2016

  • Kentucky Storytelling Conference 2015, Burkesville, KY

  • Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN

  • Northwest IN Reading Council Young Author's Conference

  • Women's Department Club, The Propylaeum, Indianapolis

  • Oaklandon Unitarian Universalist Church

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington

  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kokomo

  • Willard Public Library, Evansville, IN

  • Aurora Public Library, Aurora, IN

  • Brown County Public Library, Nashville, IN

  • Avon-Washington Township Public Library, Avon, IN

  • IPS School 58, Indianapolis, IN

  • IPS School 84, Indianapolis, IN

  • Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

  • Kokomo-Howard Public Library, IN

  • Sullivan County Public Library, IN

  • Nora Elementary School, Indianapolis

  • West Washington Elementary, Campbellsburg IN

  • Girl Scout Camp Dellwood, Indianapolis, IN

  • West Asheville Public Library, Asheville, NC

  • Enka-Candler Public Library, Asheville, NC

  • Monroe County Public Library, Bloomington, IN

  • Attica Public Library, IN

  • Walton-Tipton Public Library, IN

  • Bloomfield-Eastern Green County Public Library, IN

  • Children's Choice Learning Center, Indianapolis, IN

  • Greensburg/Decatur Public Library, IN

  • Hamilton Public Library, IN

  • Marion Public Library, IN

  • Owen County Public Library, IN

  • Benton County Public Library, IN

  • Earl Park Public Library, IN

  • Rockville Public Library, IN

  • Beech Grove Public Library, IN

  • Oxford Public Library, IN

  • Learning Time Preschool, Indianapolis, IN

  • Spring Valley Elementary School, French Lick, IN

  • Monroe County YMCA Literacy Night, Bloomington, IN

  • Indiana University Back to School Literacy Program, Bloomington, IN

  • Bloomington Storyteller's Guild, Festival of Ghost Stories 2009, 2010, Wintertelling 2010, IN

  • "Stories Coming Round the Mountain" Wake County Library Festival 2004, 2005, 2006 (Recorded for Public Television)

  • "Preschooler's We Love You" Program, Pack Library, Asheville, NC 2006, 2007 (Recorded for Public Television)

  • Host of the Indiana Storyteller's Workshop and Retreat 2011, 2012, 2015