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Jul

02

Fri
Fri, Jul 02, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Jul 02, 2021 9:00 PM @ The Murphy Arts Center

Join TJ Reynolds in a First Friday celebration of his new album release Drums & Strings Vol. I & II. There will be an open drum circle on the Woodlawn Ave. stage and and exhibit of art created for the album release in Studio 207 in the Murhpy Arts Building. Free and all ages!

Tags: TJ Reynolds, drums, Live Music, Art, First Fridays

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Jul

02

Fri
Fri, Jul 02, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Jul 02, 2021 9:00 PM @ Circle City Industrial Complex

July FIRST FRIDAY, July 2nd, 2021

The Circle City Industrial Complex Artists will host an in-person First Friday. As the CCIC follows state and county regulations, masks are no longer required for vaccinated visitors, but individual artist studios may continue to require masks within their space. The CCIC is a 500,000 square foot building, making social distancing somewhat easier than other venues, but the smaller studios may also maintain limitations on visitor numbers at times.

Various artists and galleries will have open doors during the evening, in accordance with their own schedules and comfort levels. The Schwitzer Gallery, on the second floor of the North Studios, will showcase “Vibe Check,” a collection of work by James Kane, Kat Spears, Meris Drew, Sara Yourist, and Kerrigan Clark. All are MFA candidates attending Indiana University’s Graduate Painting program, and will feature a wide range of styles, from abstract to figurative.

Open Studios and Galleries

Several studios and gallery spaces will be open throughout the building. This list is not all-encompassing; some artists may decide to open that night based on current information and comfort levels.
Arts & Images by Anthony Armstrong is located in Studio B11 of the South Studios. Armstrong presents a blend of new abstract painting highlighting bold colors and deep texture. Armstrong is a self-taught abstract painter and photographer. “Often times, we are moving through the day so quickly, we forget to look at our surroundings and how every beat creates the pulse of the city,” Armstrong said.
Bebito is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Rachel Hedges creates cute and quirky plush toys and soft sculptures from repurposed and upcycled textiles. She uses unusual combinations of textures and colors, along with original patterns and hand-dyed fabrics to make truly one-of-a-kind pieces that are loved by children and adults alike. Her toys are gift-able, collectable, and lovable!

Kent Brinkley will present new works, both in oil paint and mixed media, as an exploration of changing times. Kent Brinkley is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Lydia Burris Studio S-09, will have new works and a new issue of her magazine, “Darkness Dreaming: An Homage to Strangeness and Wonder,” titled “1,000 Dreams Deep.” Burris is a mixed media imaginer, combining the chaos of abstraction with the surreal elements of life’s mysteries. “I’ve started working with another new medium (encaustic) and I have moved into a new living situation,” Burris said. “At times like this, my art becomes a reflection of both my inner and outer worlds; a visual diary of my emotions and yearnings.” Lydia Burris is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Circle City Metal works is helmed by Dan Jones, who will be displaying a small sampling of products for sale from their large product line. “We offer over 300 different unique and artistic items on our website. We also do design and custom work. If you can dream it we can make it,” Jones said. Circle City Metalworks is located in the back corridor, near the South Studios, on the first floor of the building.
Daily Epiphany Studio: Michele Burns and Kurt Kriese, located in the South Studios. Showing new naturally luminous “Nightlight Art” paintings. Michele’s work is inspired by pattern, color, texture, and the mesmerizing fun of a second, luminous and sometimes very different composition when the lights go out. The glow comes from industrial-grade, OSHA-rated child-safe, super-bright photoluminescent minerals in paints that she makes herself. These are “excited” by any visible light, and shed light at different rates for each color, so compositions change through the night. These works are functional nightlights that glow for 12 to 20 hours, as well as beautiful paintings. Over the long COVID seclusion, Burns chucked frames and began working large. Kurt Kriese is working on abstract, richly colored and layered multimedia paintings on wood that draw viewers close to see the depth and complexity of what looks simple at first glance.

Darkroom Revelations is located on the first floor of the North Studios.

Tom Potter, Nancy Frass, and Gayle Moore will continue to host Charles R. Yang, and “Asian Through Asian Eyes.” This is another opportunity to view these extraordinary images by Charles Yang. Over the last decade, Charles Yang has lived and traveled in Asia. His sensitive photographic eye focuses on socio-cultural street photography, depicting slices of Asian lives, and inviting viewers deep into Yang’s visual narratives. Yang is an extraordinary street photographer capturing images of great vision as to story, dynamic composition that exhibit “the decisive moment.”

The Full Circle Nine Gallery will feature Nathan Winship Smith and “Planter Banter,” an exhibition of plant containers containing as well funny narratives and commentary, each created by ceramicist Nathan Winship Smith. This exhibit celebrates growth and a sense of humor, bringing some much needed social therapy to visitors. “We have been charged morally and emotionally every day during the pandemic,” Winship Smith said. “The outside of each planter will be used as a canvas to explore and vent through jesting and joking, using the ‘garden’ as a metaphor for the individual and collective soul. Simultaneously, the ‘gardener’ will act as a metaphor for the individual and masses who tend to that collective-vessel-holding essence.” Full Circle Nine Gallery is located in the South Studios on the first floor of the building.
Glass Arts Indiana Inc. creates a collaborative glass community to support emerging and established artists; host fun, interesting and educational events; increase appreciation and understanding of the glass arts; and promote glass-related opportunities in Indiana and the U.S. Finished works are available and visitors will get to see glass-blowing in action. Glass Arts Indiana, Inc. is located on the first floor, in the corridor.

Sylvia Gray Art Studio is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Abstract and Fiber Artist Sylvia Gray creates largely using silk and various means to interpret her designs on the delicate fabric. “I love the freedom of painting on silk. My silk wearables and paintings will be on display. Hope you will enjoy my work as much as I have creating it,” Gray said.

HI Print Gallery

James Hubbard & Kurt Ihrig, Indianapolis print artists, will open up HI Print Gallery for the evening with plenty to see. HI Print Gallery is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Matt Hurdle Fine Art

Hurdle’s European style of landscape painting instills a sense of calm and serenity. New serene landscapes will be featured throughout July. Matt Hurdle Fine Art is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Larry Lad, LadArt

Larry Lad is a self-taught painter experimenting with a variety of media and surfaces, such as cigar boxes, recycled material, and unique surfaces. “While I start with a general idea of what I would like to create, I am learning to listen, to see, and to let the art tell me where to go next,” Lad said. “With COVID, we have been given the gift of time. It has allowed us to produce some new art and new poetry. It has also taught us patience.” Larry Lad, LadArt is located in the corridor on the first floor.

Nancy Lee, Nancy Lee Designs Studio is located on the first floor of the North Studios. Lee is known for her handmade sterling silver jewelry and will feature new silver and gold jewelry designs in her freshly updated gallery space. She has made custom work for clients in gold and silver for over a decade. She specializes in alternative wedding and engagement rings in a warm and inclusive environment. Her offerings also include kiln-fired enamel landscapes on copper substrates. These paintings show the same attention to detail with which Lee touches all of her work. “Details delight me, and I can easily get lost in them, whether in gold, silver, or enamel. You might say tiny things are my superpower!” Lee said. Nancy Lee is one of the original three artist pioneers who brought First Friday art openings to the Circle City Industrial Complex.

Wendell Lowe has a unique style of abstract expressionism finger painting. Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2009, Lowe’s style has evolved from detailed chalk pastel landscapes and photography to his current work. His work evolves from deep in his soul and documents his Parkinson’s journey. “My finger paintings deal with my Parkinson’s and my Parkinson’s Psychosis,” Lowe said of his work that sometimes combines his finger painting techniques with prints of his own photography. Wendell Lowe Fine Art is located on the second floor of the North Studios.
Ryan Mullin/The GhostYard is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Ryan Mullin paints abstract colors and shapes on many surfaces. Born and raised in Indianapolis IN and influenced by street art from his travels around the world, Mullin is an abstract painter and graffiti artist, preferring bright and contrasting colors, inspired by graffiti, urban life, and freight trains. He will have a section dedicated to photographs of freight trains and graffiti.

Katrina J. Murray Studio and Gallery will feature ceramic sculpture and collage work. Murray considers all of her works to be a form of collage. Educated at the Herron School of Art and Design and Ivy Tech, Katrina Murray studied art history in Italy and lived for a time in Germany. A native of Brown County, Indiana, Murray now makes her home in Indianapolis and has held a longtime studio at the CCIC. Katrina J. Murray Studio and Gallery is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Shaun M. Niles returns from the COVID hiatus with a bigger better beard and new work from his Beneath It All project, a photographic exhibition illustrating a contemporary perspective on art nudes and figure studies styled after those of the 1930’s through the 1960’s. In the last year, Niles exhibited work in the 12th annual NUDE exhibition at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, partnered with Travis S. Little in their Schwitzer Gallery collaborative show, “By Two Hands,” and hosted a solo exhibition at the Forever Gallery in Carmel. He was recently published in NUDE2021, the 9th edition of an annual publication highlighting the world’s best artistic nude photographers, published by Productions Hors Cadre Inc. of Montréal, Canada. Shaun M. Niles is located on the second floor of the North Studios.

Thomas Mendenhall at Soundspace

Open Mic Night @ Soundspace: Hosted by Thomas Mendenhall. Share a song or poem—or improvise one—with fellow artists in a musical safe space. Soundspace will provide the PA, and masks are required. Soundspace Beta is a music coworking, rehearsal, producing, and recording facility. “We exist to erase the barriers to a professional music career, so you can afford to be a musician. We do that by providing unlimited access to fully equipped rehearsal and recording space, cultivating growth through collaboration, and empowering the artist through industrial innovation.” Soundspace is located on the south end of the CCIC, next to Centerpoint Brewing.

The CCIC is also open during regular business hours, with the Schwitzer Gallery accessible throughout the week. Several artists and galleries will remain open for their regular ‘retail’ hours, usually on weekends, and posted on their own websites and social media. Some studios will also be open by appointment.

The Circle City Industrial Complex has become a destination for art appreciators and supporters of local work, with the total number of artists working within the CCIC at topping 100. Just northeast of the Mass Ave. Art and Theatre Cultural District, at 1125 Brookside Ave., the CCIC Artists First Friday programming is a must-see stop, while events and viewable hours continue throughout the month.
The Main Entrance of the building (identified by its black marble façade) provides easy access to both the South Studios and the North Studios (with a wheelchair accessible ramp and elevator). Maps of the building are also available in several locations to help visitors find all that the building has to offer.

For more listings and event updates please visit https://ccicindyartists.wordpress.com, or the CCIC Artists Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ccicartists

About the Circle City Industrial Complex Artists

The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) is a nearly half-million square foot industrial building, located at 1125 Brookside Ave., and was formerly home to the Schwitzer automotive company. Its industrial appeal remains and artists and artisans have made the space their home, carving cozy studio, work, and show spaces from the concrete and steel structure, and the CCIC Artists have grown in number to over 50 galleries, individual artists and artisans. The main artist entries are the North Studios entrance and the South Studios entrance, each marked with signage along Brookside Avenue. The CCIC provides free parking in a large lot, and is accessible by the Pogue’s Run Trail, connecting to the Monon Trail and the downtown Cultural Trail system. The complex also offers other art-supporting destinations such as the Centerpoint Brewery, Lick Ice Cream, and Eighth Day Distillery and The Fowling Warehouse.

For more information on the building, please visit: http://circlecityind.com

For more information on the artists please visit: https://ccicindyartists.wordpress.com/

Tags: Art, First Fridays, Circle City Industrial Complex

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Jun

04

Fri
Fri, Jun 04, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Jun 04, 2021 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

Life-sized, sprawling canvases house images of animals that learned to live in new worlds, in habitats created by humans. Vidger’s painted canvases are aged with natural elements to move away from traditional, romanticized landscapes. She removes the animals from their environments, from their homes so we see them in this state of limbo, wondering where they go next. “By utilizing natural pigments to age my canvases, I present an alternative landscape that expresses the duality of desolation and splendor.”

Vidger explores common themes of survival and struggle that life confronts us all with. Her work offers the viewer opportunities to question human-focused hierarchy. “I want to confront the viewers with the power, mystery, fear, and beauty that is encapsulated within the animal gaze and the animal form to bridge the perceived line between animals and humans.”
Vidger’s work also examines society’s perceived superiority over animals. “I seek to reforge a broken relationship between people and animals by creating a physical space that viewers can reflect on the niches animals inhabit in a human-dominated landscape. My paintings balance refined and unrefined areas to represent the fracturing of animal populations and the surreal and isolated environments that animals are increasingly forced to navigate.”

Born and raised in Colorado, Vidger experienced nature growing up with day trips in the Rocky Mountains. “Subconsciously, there was a division in my mind between myself and animals. They were among the trees and rocks. And I was between ranch style homes and manicured lawns. Despite this division, I developed a kinship with animals. They felt familiar and relatable. Eventually, I developed a deep love and insatiable curiosity for wildlife. Art has long served as a way for me to satisfy and explore this passion.”

Vidger received a BFA from Adams State University and an MFA from Herron School of Art and Design with emphasis in painting and drawing. After the typical structured study of art in form, shape, and light, Vidger progressed into a focus of animal art. In her early years, surreal platforms gave way to animal form, composing voices for her subjects and their plights.

Tags: art, nonprofit, Tube Space, Big Car, First Fridays

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Aug

07

Fri
Fri, Aug 07, 2020 5:30 PM - Fri, Aug 07, 2020 9:00 PM @ Circle City Industrial Complex

The Circle City Industrial Complex Artists (CCIC Artists) will host a variety of artists as part of the August First Friday art tour, on Friday, August 7th. This will be the first “Indoor-Outdoor” First Friday, to allow for safety measures and social distancing requirements. Admission and parking are free, general programming starts at 5:30pm, although times may vary in individual spaces. Outdoor activities will wrap at 8:30pm/sunset, and indoor activities will wrap at 9pm.

The Indoor-Outdoor First Friday will see artists using the parking lot fence along the Pogue’s Run Trail as an outdoor gallery space, giving artists with smaller studios a chance to receive visitors in the open air. Larger gallery and studio spaces, as well as other businesses, will be open throughout the building, and Centerpoint Brewing and 8th Day Distillery will have outdoor accommodations in their areas. Signage
around the area will point visitors to indoor areas. Per Marion County guidelines, all visitors will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distance.

“I really miss the regular visitors I would have every First Friday, we always had great conversations going in my studio,” Rachel Hedges, of BEBITO Toys, said. “While the break has been good, I’m looking forward to showing my new work.” Hedges explored fabric dyeing and back-burner projects during the shutdown, while generating new ideas and working on her online presence.
“I’m looking forward to seeing my clients again, even if we are visiting through masks,” long-time CCIC artist Katrina Murray said. “I’m happy to do my part in protecting the public while returning to doing business. My art practice is vital to me and I know we, the creative culture makers at the CCIC, need to get back to doing what we do best; making and sharing art.”

The Circle City Industrial Complex has become a destination for art appreciators and supporters of local work, with the total number of artists working within the CCIC to around 90. Just northeast of the Mass
Ave. Art and Theatre Cultural District, at 1125 Brookside Ave., the CCIC Artists First Friday programming is a must-see stop, while events and viewable hours continue throughout the month.

The Main Entrance of the building (identified by its black marble façade) provides easy access to both the South Studios and the North Studios (with a wheelchair accessible ramp and elevator). Maps of the building are posted in several locations to help visitors find all that the building has to offer.

For more listings and event updates please visit https://ccicindyartists.wordpress.com,
or the CCIC Artists Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ccicartists
Art pictured: “Touch Me” by Katrina J. Murray (Ceramic Sculpture) and “Channeling Nina Simone” (Photography) by Eric Schoch
List of participating artists:
Art Threads Studio
Arts & Images by Anthony Armstrong
Jerry Lee Atwood
Allen Bannister
J. Beaver
BEBITO Toys: outdoor
Matthew Cooper
Daily Epiphany Studio
Full Circle Nine Gallery
Glass Arts Indiana
Sylvia Gray
HI Print Gallery
Susan Hirsch
Matt Hurdle Fine Art
Indy Fused Glass
Christina Jobe
Jedediah Johnson
Lad Art
Nancy Lee Designs
Ryan Mullin
Katrina J. Murray Studio and Gallery
One Fine Mess Studio
Project Lia
Sivavis
Steiner Studios
Micah Wilson
with coordination assistance by Quintana Behringer

Additional artists may be participating based on weather expectations and developments with the shutdown.

This list is not final.

About the Circle City Industrial Complex Artists
The Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC) is a nearly half-million square foot industrial building, located at 1125 Brookside Ave., and was formerly home to the Schwitzer automotive company. Its industrial
appeal remains and artists and artisans have made the space their home, carving cozy studio, work, and show spaces from the concrete and steel structure, and the CCIC Artists have grown in number to over
50 galleries, individual artists and artisans. The main artist entries are the North Studios entrance and the South Studios entrance, each marked with signage along Brookside Avenue. The CCIC provides free
parking in a large lot, and is accessible by the Pogue’s Run Trail, connecting to the Monon Trail and the downtown Cultural Trail system. The complex also offers other art-supporting destinations such as the
Centerpoint Brewery, Lick Ice Cream, and Eighth Day Distillery.

For more information on the building, please visit: http://circlecityind.com
For more information on the artists please visit: https://ccicindyartists.wordpress.com/

Tags: Art, Kid-Friendly, First Friday, Circle City Industrial Complex

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Apr

03

Fri
Fri, Apr 03, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Apr 03, 2020 9:00 PM @ Studio Alchemy Gallery

Join us every First Friday of the month from 6-9pm for a celebration of new paintings from a variety of artists at the painting school, Studio Alchemy. This quirky artist studio is located near the Circle City Industrial Complex in the historic Cottage Home Neighborhood. Bring friends and enjoy the party!

https://studioalchemy.art/studioalchemygallery

Tags: near the Circle City Industrial Complex, historic Cottage Home Neighborhood, Art, First Friday, Open Studio

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 7:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:30 PM @ Irving Theater

Irvington First Friday
with DELTA DUO, SCOTT CHELLBERG, FRO NO FRO, HARPDOG WATSON, and DnA
in the former coffeehouse at the Irving Theater
Friday March 6
7:00p to 9:30p
FREE
[FIRST FRIDAY] [LOCAL MUSIC]

Join us for First Friday Music with Delta Duo in the former coffeehouse at 10 Johnson Avenue in the Irving Theater building. This First Friday Music line-up includes DELTA DUO, SCOTT CHELLBERG, FRO NO FRO HARPDOG WATSON, and DnA.
Next Irvington First Friday is Friday April 3.

Tags: Live Music, Art, First Friday, DELTA DUO, SCOTT CHELLBERG, FRO NO FRO, HARPDOG WATSON, and DnA

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 7:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ New Day Craft

Every month on First Friday we showcase some of the most talented local artists in the Indianapolis area. For the month of March we will feature”Portraits and Faces” w/ artists Daniell Barton, Kylin Brown Art & Yoga, Julie Young, Angee Walberry, Devin Tudor, Molly Dykstra, Beatriz Vasquez and Elaine Smitholas. Live painting by Jackson Braden!! Meet the artists is from 7-9pm.

Free event
All ages
Art

Tags: art, First Friday, Daniell Barton, Kylin Brown Art & Yoga, Julie Young, Angee Walberry, Devin Tudor, Molly Dykstra, Beatriz Vasquez, Elaine Smitholas

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ Studio Alchemy Gallery

Join us every First Friday of the month from 6-9pm for a celebration of new paintings from a variety of artists at the painting school, Studio Alchemy. This quirky artist studio is located near the Circle City Industrial Complex in the historic Cottage Home Neighborhood. Bring friends and enjoy the party!

https://studioalchemy.art/studioalchemygallery

Tags: near the Circle City Industrial Complex, historic Cottage Home Neighborhood, Art, First Friday, Open Studio

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ Harrison Center

First Fridays are a monthly event hosted by galleries across Indianapolis. The Harrison Center always has a huge turnout—tons of art galleries and artists’ studios in a single building for you to check out. What more could you ask for than a night on the town filled with friends, the arts, live music, and of course dancing!

Live music will be provided by “Helminger Quintet”
Kent Hickey – Trumpet
Chase Blackburn – Guitar
Kevin Hood – Drums
Alexandro Cazares – Bass
Haley Helminger – Vocals

If you’re a member of Naptown Stomp, be sure to wear your Naptown Stomp t-shirt so people know people know you’re there to dance. See you there!

Tags: Live Music, Art, Helminger Quintet, First Friday

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 10:00 PM @ Listen Hear

Big numbers of people are locked up in the United States.

Under correctional control: 6,700,000
Behind bars: 2,300,000
Serving life sentences in state prisons: 200,000

(Prison Policy Initiative, Correctional Control 2018)

The number of sites of incarceration—where people are “pinned
down”—is big as well. It makes sense, right? We need a lot of
buildings and cells in which to lock up all these folks.
Federal prisons. State prisons. County jails. City jails. Local lockups.

Juvenile detention centers. Secure juvenile residential facilities.
University police holding cells. Tribal prisons and jails. Military
detention facilities. ICE sites. Forestry camps. Airport holding cells.

Join us March 6th for the opening of Wes Janz- Pinned Down: The Locking Up of America

Many of us are unaware of the scope of this industry even as we
don’t know of caging sites that are close by. “Pinned Down,” through the use of state maps and pushpins, evidences the geography of incarceration that blankets the nation. Included alongside the maps are issues central to our imprisoning culture, and pieces from the artist’s earlier “Crazy for Cages” show.

The documentary “Digging the Suez Canal with a Teaspoon: Social Design in the 21st Century” will also be shown (as produced by Eric Limarenko and David Stairs in 2019,
Wes is the first of eleven voices from the U.S., South Africa, Great Britain, and India).

Too often we are, as Cornel West has stated, “well adjusted to
injustice.” It is my hope that this installation will contribute to our much-needed re-adjustment.

About Janz
Wes Janz, PhD, was a professor of architecture at Ball State University for twenty-two years (1995-2017). Among the highlights: ten years as graduate program director; primary author of undergraduate minor and graduate certificate programs in social and environmental justice; and sole recipient of the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2006.

In 2008 he was a winner of the inaugural Curry Stone Design Prize, as awarded to breakthrough international projects that “engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization.”

The National Endowment for the Arts, along with the Graham, Ruth Mott, Fulbright-Hays, and Efroymson Foundations, among others, supported his research and design efforts; and the Venice Biennale and university galleries throughout the Midwest featured Wes’s work. Janz has traveled, listened, and lectured on six continents.

Tags: Wes Janz- Pinned Down: The Locking Up of America, art, social justice, activism, First Friday

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ Circle City Industrial Complex

Join us on First Friday in March (March 6th) for the grand opening/open house of Circle City Metalworks. We are planning big things in 2020, stop in and say hi, talk to our metal artist, designer, fabricator and owner Dano, and check out our shop, where all the magic happens.

We will have items for sale as well as guest artists set up in the shop. We will also have drinks and snacks available for your enjoyment.

We are located in the Circle City Industrial Complex 1125 E Brookside Ave Suite C17.

Tags: Circle City Metalworks, art, grand opening, First Friday

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

In “Snake Oil,” Normand distills four centuries of history to illustrate the deep-seated American penchant for fantastical thinking. This thinking has blessed us with a wonderful capacity for imagination and creativity leading to unprecedented inventiveness and successes. But it also has a darker side, which invents justification for cruelty, exploitation and shameless self-interest. This duality is amply illustrated by events in American history. But much of that history was erased or overlooked in favor of the mythology that paints this county from start to finish as the greatest nation.

Part world’s fair exhibit, huckster wagon, dime museum, and midway arcade; Normand uses kinetic sculpture, a collage of artifacts and video to draw attention to both the beauty and strength of America as well as the exploitations that formed the foundations of capitalism. Disquieting truths like religious intolerance, the commodification of women and our role in the transatlantic slave trade are placed with respect and care in glass cases offering a chance for redemption.

“The more we ignore or cover up unpleasant facts in our history the more we empower their dark shadows to cripple our culture and continue their exploitation of the vulnerable,” says Normand. “Healing starts with acknowledgement.”

On the two monitors in the community room are four films Normand selected: “From Dawn To Sunset,” 1937, made by the General Motor Corporation, “Stripper Variety Girls,” 1938, “VD is for Everybody,” 1972, made by the American Social Health Association, and “Peter Borik,” 1942, made by the Michigan State Department of Health to address tuberculosis.

In the video room is a miniature 1920s movie palace featuring Normand’s new 17-minute short film, “Madness.” Ornate mirrors reflect back gold, gilded chairs, the viewer, and the fragmented images and sounds from the short film. The juxtaposition of machinery, environment, iconic images of Americana all set a tone in which to view “Snake Oil” in the main gallery.

Each month, Normand will alter “Snake Oil” — presenting new sustenance for viewers to re-examine the ideas of American Exceptionalism. Imbued with satire and mixed with painful truths, this haunted temple of junk casts a sideways glance at the tales we tell our children and ourselves about who we are and how we got here.

About Normand
Artist and historian Kipp Normand’s practice is a physical and conceptual investigation into the power of objects and images as a narrative device. Inspired by the Dada traditions of assemblage, collage, construction, and performance, Normand employs the acts of appropriation, reuse, and re-contextualization to explore contemporary perceptions of time, community, and memory.

Normand — who maintains a studio and workspace in Indianapolis where he creates dynamic works of visual art infused with narratives of culture, community, and history — is a scavenger and an obsessive collector. He searches back streets and alleys, junk stores and abandoned buildings, looking for clues to explain the mysteries of our world. Normand finds stories in discarded things: Stories about all of us, our cities, and our shared history. He first began making collage images, shadow boxes, and installations as a way to justify his relentless collecting. But the work soon became much more than that. It is Normand’s way to dig deeply into the vast attic of this world and to share his finds with anyone who takes the time to look. He holds a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and worked nearly 30 years in the field of heritage preservation and housing reform before turning to the practice of art.

Made possible by Indy Mod Homes, Kan Kan Cinema and Brasserie, Skyler Creative, Arts Council of Indianapolis, City of Indianapolis – Government, Sun King Brewery, and Ash & Elm Cider Co.

This exhibition would not be possible without the kindness and generosity of Todd Bracik, Emmett Baumgarten, Big Car Staff, Matt Hale, Peter Horvath, Larry Jones, Johnny McKee and many others.

Tags: Snake Oil, Part world’s fair exhibit, huckster wagon, dime museum, and midway arcade; Normand uses kinetic sculpture, a collage of artifacts and video to draw attention to both the beauty and strength of America as well as the exploitations that formed the foundations of capitalism, Kipp Normand, art, First Friday

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ Cat Head Press: Printshop and Artist Cooperative

Opening reception: Friday March 6th 6pm-9pm
Show runs through: March 29th
Gallery Hours: Sundays 10am-6pm
Middle Space Gallery at Cat Head Press: 2834 E Washington Street

Natural Order is a new body of work by Indianapolis based artist Steffany Baker. These large scale paintings employ interactions of color and pattern to create minimalistic spaces of movement and contrast.

“Simplicity, pattern, and color are the heart of my painting practice. In the creation of my new
work I am driven by the idea of making ‘miracles from simple seeds’, using basic compositional
elements and contrasting color to create perceived space and movement. In this pursuit I have found means to interpret my environment, utilizing patterns found in nature to make something new. With this it is my intention to provide a visual experience for the viewer, a sensation that
can be felt with the eye.”

Tags: Natural Order is a new body of work by Indianapolis based artist Steffany Baker, art, paintings, First Friday

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ The Green House, Indianapolis

art gallery showing of original artworks created by Elizabeth walsh and Thomas woods

Tags: art, First Friday, Elizabeth walsh, Thomas woods

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Mar

06

Fri
Fri, Mar 06, 2020 5:30 PM - Fri, Mar 06, 2020 9:00 PM @ Buckeye Street Studio

This First Friday you are invited to meet Kokomo’s very own Visionary Artist and Live Painter, Mary Beth. She has partnered with Muse Underground to bring you her personally designed collection of wearable art and more! Come see her original paintings up close and learn more about her collection.

Live Music by Sami Soutar ♥

To see more about Mary Beth and her art find her on
Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/artbymarybeth/
Instagram @ https://www.instagram.com/co_createdstudio/

Tags: Visionary Artist and Live Painter, Mary Beth, art, First Friday

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Feb

07

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Fri, Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Feb 07, 2020 9:00 PM @ Studio Alchemy Gallery

Join us every First Friday of the month from 6-9pm for a celebration of new paintings from a variety of artists at the painting school, Studio Alchemy. This quirky artist studio is located near the Circle City Industrial Complex in the historic Cottage Home Neighborhood. Bring friends and enjoy the party!

https://studioalchemy.art/studioalchemygallery

Tags: near the Circle City Industrial Complex, historic Cottage Home Neighborhood, Art, First Friday, Open Studio

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Fri, Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Feb 07, 2020 10:00 PM @ Circle City Industrial Complex

Soundspace – the new co-working facility for musicians, complete with a recording space, all under one roof – is excited to bring you this new monthly First Friday Showcase series powered by Sam Ash Music at Centerpoint Brewing in the Circle City Industrial Complex!

February’s showcase features performances by:

* Alex Franc
https://sndspc.com/artist-reps/alex-franc
https://www.alexfrancmusic.com/

Hi! I’m alex franc, a singer-songwriter and producer based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, I’m traveling the United States touring and playing my own original music.

My favorite part of the job is being able to travel and connect with artists and creative minds from all across the world. As I explore and become apart of different music communities, I gain the perspective and wisdom that influences me to be myself. I love music and I love sharing what I create with anyone who wants to hear.

* Indy Annies

Bringing femme-powered country to Indianapolis, the Indy Annies cover the classics from Patsy to Dolly and today’s hits from Kacey to Carrie – and everyone in between. Whether you’re a fan of classic, modern, 90s, or rock they’ve got it covered.

Artwork from:

Artists TBA

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Friday, February 7th
at Centerpoint Brewing
1125 E Brookside Ave

-FREE ADMISSION-
21+

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This event would not be possible without these folks! Please check them out:

Soundspace
https://sndspc.com/
– Hit us up to schedule a tour of the Beta Space!

Centerpoint Brewing
https://www.centerpointbrewing.com/

Sam Ash Music Stores
https://www.samash.com/

Tags: Live Music, Soundspace, First Friday

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Feb

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Fri, Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Feb 07, 2020 9:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

Those of African descent are the most underrepresented group in the world of fine art. Black faces are beautiful. Digging deeper, we see that by working on black surfaces with white ink & paint, Reynolds draws in the light instead of the shadow, with emotive figures emerging from the deep, catching light in the way only melanin can. The stylized nature of the drawings reveals a complexity of shapes and linework, in patterns that evoke both ancient art and futuristic graphic design. The artist is also exploring his own ethnic heritage, examining roots he can only piece together, going so far as to trace his last name to the tradition of slaves taking on the surname of their master, in this case the RJ Reynolds tobacco fields. Prints will also be available of all work.
TJReynolds.net

As part of “We Catch the Light,” Reynolds asked some prominent black Indianapolis poets & singers to select someone who was influential to them in their life. He will create a portrait of that person, and the guest artist will perform a piece dedicated to them at the opening Feb 7 for a unique, one time happening bringing poetry, song and visual art together.

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Bio: TJ Reynolds is a multi-discipline artist and educator whose mission it is to spread the power of creativity and community. Visual artist, animator, director, M.C., producer, multi-instrumentalist and poet are just some of the creative avenues Reynolds travels on his exploits. As an educator, he has worked with thousands of students and adults in every conceivable setting; preschool through college, prisons and gifted schools, though his message remains the same; we must use art and expression to connect to each other and the world around us. Reynolds has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Nuvo Cultural Visionary Award, Spirit of Herron (School of Art) Award, and the first ever hip-hop artist to be named a Creative Renewal Fellow from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. His music has been featured nationally on NPR, and he has won rap battles, poetry slams and a Moth Story Slam. This is Reynolds first solo art show.

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With performances by TJ Reynolds, Teresa Reynolds, Manon Voice, Tatjana Rebelle, Derrick Slack, Sirius Blvck.

Made possible by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Tags: Art, First Friday, TJ Reynolds

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Feb

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Fri, Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Feb 07, 2020 9:00 PM @ Harrison Center

Husband and wife artists Corey & Megan Jefferson team up with their exhibit, Reflections & Resources in the Harrison Gallery in February. The show opens Friday, February 7 with an artist reception from 6:00 to 9:00pm. This show is “a conversation of recent work between Corey and Megan as they explore topics that are inspired by the natural world. Corey creates sculptures using clay, artifacts, and forgotten items. Through spending time on local waterways fishing, kayaking and exploring, he has developed a reverence for the resources provided by our land. His sculptures highlight and celebrate these resources. Megan draws inspiration from the colors of the sunrise and sunset, from flora and fauna, and from the light that illuminates broad skies and landscapes. In this exhibition, Megan’s paintings are reflections of the same landscapes that offer materials for Corey’s sculptures. Megan and Corey often work in the same space and are influenced by one another’s colors, compositions and aesthetic. When they collaborate on projects, there is an ease to the process – a product of years of deep understanding of one another, trust and graceful, and create energy.”

In the Speck Gallery, the exhibition Samos Alpha invites the viewer to see the island of Samos, Greece, through the eyes of six Indianapolis-based artists who attended this inaugural artist residency program organized by former Indianapolis-based artist Christos Koutsouras on his home island in the fall of 2019. The artists were inspired by his instruction, the unique history, and geography of the place as well as issues concerning the ongoing refugee crisis and climate change.

In the Gallery Annex, painter Danielle Winger presents The Meadows, Mine, The Mountains, Mine. Winger writes, “Using landscape as a ubiquitous device for investigating my personal history, I explore the human desire to connect, to long for shelter and to belong. By juxtaposing abstraction with naturalism, I examine how we interpret the natural world, both familiar and foreign.”

Aerosol and acrylic artist Joy Hernandez brings her colorful show, Still Happy Go Lucky to Hank & Dolly’s Gallery. Hernandez’s art is influenced by an appreciation of science fiction, pop culture, comic art and cartooning.

The City Gallery features Lonesome by photographer Eston Baumer. “This is an ongoing series of photographs at night. This series is trying to show that night can be a beautiful thing. Most people go to bed at night but I take this time to drive around and look for places that stand out to me. All photographs are all shot on medium format film which I hand develop and scan.”

Continuing in the Underground Gallery is the 67th Street Printmakers group show, Multiple Originals. This printmaker collective is dedicated to sharing their art and the various methods of printmaking.

Naptown Stomp returns to the gym with live music and swing dancing. Founded in 2001, Naptown Stomp Lindy Hop Society is devoted to teaching and spreading enthusiasm for vintage swing dances, Lindy Hop being the primary form.

The work hangs through February 28.

With support from: the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, and Sun King Brewery.

Tags: First Friday, Art, Live Music, Harrison Center

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Fri, Feb 07, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Feb 07, 2020 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

Time. How do you perceive it? Is it fleeting or does it seem to go on forever? When did you first become aware of “time”? Do the minutes, hours, days blend together? Are the memories of events just as vivid now as when they actually occurred? Do memories play a significant role in what time means to you?
Where does the “time” go? Is it measured in the outcomes of our daily routines or in the singular outliers, the spectacular moments that occur irregularly and unexpectedly? This piece reveals my regimented routines over the course of a single year. When interacting with the piece, these routines become patterns. When the patterns change, the viewer is left to consider the reason why.
The images presented are my visual memories of events. In watching the piece, viewers have the opportunity to consider the past and the future simultaneously, to see the outcome before the event has actually occurred. The entire year (2012) is presented as a grid, with each image representing a day in each month of the year, starting at approximately midnight on the first day of each month and continuing to the final day of the month. From left to right, January through December is presented in its entirety until each fades into darkness. By de- constructing how a visual representation of a year is normally presented, the viewer visits an abstract representation of that year. Ultimately, a year of my life is presented in an hour, offering the viewer an opportunity to participate and find meaning in my mundane activities while simultaneously reexamining their own unrecognized minutes, hours and days.
366247•2012 is a time-based piece, rooted in still photography, and can be presented as a video or video projection installation. The more than 256,000 still images, presented as a photographic stop-motion animation, allow the viewer to witness my day-to-day routines, the same acts that everyone engages in on a regular or daily basis.

Kevin O. Mooney (b. 1957) is an educator and fine artist as well as a successful commercial photographer. He received his BS from Southern Illinois University and his MFA from Indiana University Bloomington. Mooney has been the recipient of Artist Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council in 1987. His photographic work is included in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, Illinois, Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington and the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York. His work has been exhibited at the MFAH, Catherine Edelman Gallery Chicago, Pictura Gallery at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Gallery 312 and the Chicago Architecture Foundation as well as internationally at the Lee Yongjae Architects’ Window Gallery, and the Seoul Lunar Photo Fest, Lunar Photo Night Seoul, Korea. His project, 366247•2012 was just chosen by Center Santa Fe for the 2019 Excellence in Multimedia Award. His current work continues to investigate self, consciousness, and individuality through sequentially presented still photographs arranged as a stop-motion animation. He blurs the edges between various disciplines within the photographic field as well as those between photography and other digital media.

The exhibit runs through February 22 in the Jeremy D. Efroymson Gallery.

Made possible by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Sun King Brewery and Ash & Elm Cider Co..

Tags: Art, First Friday, Kevin O. Mooney

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