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Nov

05

Fri
Fri, Nov 05, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Nov 05, 2021 9:00 PM @

We’re open late so you can see what’s new at the Gal’s Guide Library!

Beer, wine, and music are available. The entire Nickel Plate Arts Campus is abuzz with newness and fun!

November we are shining a spotlight on Indigenous Women from around the world. Check out our book selection and see what is in store for the month ahead.

Tags: First Friday, books, Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy, Gal’s Guide Library, art, Live Music

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Nov

05

Fri
Fri, Nov 05, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Nov 05, 2021 9:00 PM @ Garfield Park Arts Center - Indy Parks and Recreation

Effective October 4, masks are required inside all Indy Parks facilities and family centers, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required when engaging in physical fitness activities or sports. Park staff are continuing to sanitize common areas, and park visitors are encouraged to continue practice social distancing where appropriate. We appreciate your patience and cooperation!

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All programs are subject to change as new information becomes available regarding COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, visit gpacarts.org or contact [email protected]

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Part of the 2021 Spirit and Place Festival: Changes

(https://www.spiritandplace.org)

Event is free, but pre-registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/monumental-changes-history-and-power-in-public-art-panel-discussion-tickets-169724832543

EXHIBIT OPENING (6-9 PM) & PANEL DISCUSSION (7 PM):

Explore the role of power and memory in public art. Learn about the history, controversy, and recent removal of a Confederate monument in Garfield Park and envision an equitable future for the site through this exhibition and panel discussion featuring Dr. Paul Mullins, Jordan Ryan, and Danicia Monét.

The exhibition will include historical information about the Confederate monument in Garfield Park as well as examination of the role of monuments as public art – and the power of public art in (re)shaping memory. Both the exhibit and panel discussion will invite the public to envision a more equitable future for the site, including an interactive VR component guided by the 3D/VR Initiative at University Library—IUPUI.

A partnership between Garfield Park Arts Center and students at IU School of Liberal Arts Museum Studies Program at IUPUI, and Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.
The exhibit will be up from Nov. 5-17 and available for viewing from 10 AM-5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

Tags: Spirit & Place, art, panel discussion, First Friday

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Nov

05

Fri
Fri, Nov 05, 2021 5:00 PM - Fri, Nov 05, 2021 9:00 PM @

Fall in love with Beech Grove all over again. We are having a First Friday Art Walk, Nov. 5th on Main St. from 5pm-9pm to celebrate Art, Food & Community before old man winter shuts us in.

Get gifts your loved ones will truly appreciate this holiday season while helping someone in your home town. Shopping local is so important, especially when it comes to art and food. #BeechGrow

Creatives are uniting, like the Local Radish, Scarlet Grove, Silver Lining Coffee Shop, Marketplace on Main, The Y Shop, 1949 Tavern, WALA, Cheerie Joy Studios, Beech Bank Brewery, 5th Avenue Bar and grill to team up with local artists and showcase their work throughout their establishments.

Local artists being featured:
Cassie Kwitny
Cheerie Joy
Emily Wall
CS Stanley
Caroline Hawkins
Mark Kottlowski
Shorf Afza
Robert Schopf
Julie Spelbrink
John Strain
Scott Lohner
Evan Backstrom
Jaelle Moss
Tony Simpson
Lisa Grismore
Joe Christie
Amber Gyselinck
Jami Brown
Abigail Emmert
James Martin
Ellen Nicholson
Claire Dillehay
Bozly The Clown

Who: Come 1, Come All
What: Fall 1st Friday
When: Nov. 5th (5-9pm)
Where: Main St. Beech Grove
Why: Culture, Community, Fun, Happiness, Food, Art.

#BeechGroveArtistCollective

Tags: First Friday, Art, Main Street, local, Beech Grove, Live Music

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Nov

05

Fri
Fri, Nov 05, 2021 5:00 PM - Fri, Nov 05, 2021 9:00 PM @ Irvington

November Irvington First Friday

Irvington First Friday is back for November.

Art, Snacks, Drinks, Music and Fun
Friday, November 5th from 5 to 10PM.

Check out
* Hampton Designs Studio. Featuring three amazing local artists, Little BoCreeps, Moonstone Fairy & SheClay All Day.
* Irvington Vinyl & Books: Join them for sticker making + Wax Cat on the 1s and 2s spinning jazz and hiphop ❤ FREE and OPEN to the public.
* Frontdoor Home Design. Showcasing artist Teresa Barber Gooldy
* Beth Clary Fine Art Gallery
* Irving Theatre:
Join them for First Friday Music with Delta Duo on the deck behind the Irving Theater. This First Friday Music line-up includes DELTA DUO, AUDIO DINER, STEPHEN WINDSOR, and DOG DnA.
* Black Sheep Gifts
* Josephine’s in Irvington
* Magick Candle
* BaZaar-Oh-Vintage. Spinning vintage vinyl all evening

Mark “Going” to this event, and be sure to check the event page to see all the Irvington businesses who are added and will be participating.

Tags: First Friday, Art, Main Street, local, Irvington, Live Music

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Nov

05

Fri
Fri, Nov 05, 2021 5:00 PM - Fri, Nov 05, 2021 8:00 PM @ Irvington Vinyl & Books

Join us for sticker making + Wax Cat on the 1s and 2s spinning jazz and hiphop ❤ FREE and OPEN to the public.

Tags: First Friday, Irvington, Live Music, books, vinyl, art

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Nov

02

Tue
Tue, Nov 02, 2021 6:00 PM - Tue, Nov 02, 2021 9:00 PM @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blue-eyed-bettys-tickets-168989649591

Our October house concert features one of the host’s favorite local bands, The Blue Eyed Bettys.

Daniel Emond on banjo
Sarah Hund on fiddle
Ben Mackel on guitar

The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their powerful vocals in three part harmony to create an indie-folk popgrass sound. All actors, The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a new play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. With home bases in Asheville (Mackel), Brooklyn (Emond) and everywhere else (Hund), The Bettys have cultivated followings in Florida, New York, North Carolina, and the Midwest for five song-soaked years of touring throughout the Eastern US.

theblueeyedbettys.com

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

Little Flower Neighborhood Association
www.littleflowerindy.org

Carbon Neutral Indiana
carbonneutralindiana.org

Rhythm Discovery Center
rhythmdiscoverycenter.org

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We’re excited to welcome you to the monthly Little Flower House Concert. If you want to attend, please take note of the following…

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD OUTDOORS & HAS LIMITED SEATING. Claim your spot via EventBrite if you plan to attend. In the event of inclement weather, we will move the house concert inside.

GET TICKETS BELOW:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-blue-eyed-bettys-tickets-168989649591

*Attendance is a choice and you cannot hold others responsible for any sickness.

*Be respectful of the personal space of others.

*Masks (not required, do what makes you comfortable!) and hand sanitizer will be available in case you forget to bring your own.

* This is a kid-friendly event! We have a kids area with bubbles, hula hoops, bouncy balls, chalk, and more.

* BYOB. Bottled water and limited drinks will be available.

*Food will be provided by Weiner Dreams (vegetarian and vegan options available!). So bring cash to support this small business too and “Stick a wiener in your mouth!!” weinerdreams.com

*IF YOU ARE SICK STAY HOME. *For in-person attendees, this is an RSVP only event with a $20 suggested donation via tip jar. Donations are not required to attend but any amount will help support and thank our artists.

*Come grab a seat and settle in at 5pm when the doors open. We will get started at 6pm.

*We will also be live streaming this concert and accepting online donations.

Venmo = @LittleFlowerKati
PayPal = paypal.me/LittleFlowerKati
CashApp = $LittleFlowerKati

***All donations go directly to the artist. Support live music!***

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Tags: Live Music, Little Flower Concert Series, The Blue Eyed Bettys, First Fridays

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Oct

01

Fri
Fri, Oct 01, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 01, 2021 8:00 PM @ Homespun: Modern Handmade

Join Homespun for First Friday, October 1st from 6 to 8 pm as we welcome our October artist Molly Wolfe to our gallery wall!

We’ll provide snacks and treats and you’ll be the first to browse Molly’s one of a kind work. We’ll have her gallery on display and for sale through the month of October, but come out for the soft opening to meet the artist and see exclusive pieces.

About Molly Wolfe:
Emerging artist, Molly Wolfe is best known for her symmetrical watercolor paintings. Through a self-reflective lens, her work explores the relationship between memory and identity through the use of everyday objects, patterns, and symbolism. “My paintings’ ability to trigger a sense of familiarity and nostalgia is essential when understanding my work.” she says, “ Although the images presented will not make viewers recall the same stories as I do, the compositional arrangements will make each person consider their own connections to the objects and the memories they personally associate with them.” Her most recent work consists of large-scale, archival watercolor paintings on canvas focusing on imagery from her childhood spent in the midwest.

To see more of Molly’s work:
Instagram: @_mollywolfe_
Website: mollywolfeart.com
Twitter: @_mollywolfe

Tags: First Fridays, Art, Molly Wolfe

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Oct

01

Fri
Fri, Oct 01, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 01, 2021 9:00 PM @ Long-Sharp Gallery

We hope you will join us for the first U.S. solo exhibition of works by Moira Cameron and Xavier Spiller-Cameron, the UK-based mother-and-son dynamic duo better known as Spiller + Cameron. The exhibit will consist of eighteen mixed media paintings from six series of works, each of which have a central and important quality – they are constructed from recycled materials.

The Indianapolis exhibit’s opening reception on October 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm is sponsored by Conrad Indianapolis. It is free and open to the public.

[[For the health and safety of our community, masks are required for those unvaccinated; given current CDC guidelines, masks are recommended for all.]]

Tags: Art, First Fridays, Moira Cameron and Xavier Spiller-Cameron

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Sep

03

Fri
Fri, Sep 03, 2021 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 03, 2021 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

“The power and beauty of my queer community inspired me to create this body of work. Despite existing in predominantly conservative midwestern towns and within an oppressive society, we create safe spaces for one another to brazenly enjoy our queerness. Within these spaces we transform ourselves, celebrate, and love one another. Within these spaces we create a whole new world that celebrates and uplifts us.”–Nick May

“Fag Family,” double portraits by Nick May are a series of oil paintings, celebrating the artist’s close friends, allowing the viewer a peek into May’s life and what he celebrates about being queer. Pop cultural references and various other objects and symbols in the background offer the viewer clues to the personalities of each individual and what they mean to May. While we encounter, hear and read stories about the male and female gaze, the subjects in May’s portraits put the viewer in front of the queer gaze.

“Many of my fundamental artistic influences derive from the trauma I endured as a queer child,” says May. “The escapist avenues I ventured in adolescence like children’s novels, campy movie musicals, fantasy video games made an invariable impression upon me. Growing up with image-dump platforms like Tumblr and Instagram exposed me to many artists who influence my work: Alice Neel, Mickalene Thomas, and Jordan Casteel to name a few. As a queer adult, drag queens, experimental pop music, and queer literature has indelibly impacted me.

“The apotheosis of these influences has left me obsessed with beautiful images, creating fantasies, and the human lives around me,” says May. “Historically, portraiture was a display of wealth and power; a luxury afforded only to the rich, affluent, white aristocracy. Queer individuals, especially queer individuals of color, have been totally erased from that history. My goal with these portraits is to subvert that ugly history by capturing my fellow queer friends with all of the luxuriance and beauty of oil painting. Created with photo references, my portraits are nearly life-size and meticulously painted in order to earnestly catalog and celebrate the human lives I observe.”

Nick May is a portrait artist whose practice is deeply rooted in community and queerness. They received their Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting from Ball State University and are currently working as a portrait artist in Indianapolis, Indiana. Created from photographs, their portraits are nearly life-size and meticulously painted in order to earnestly capture and celebrate the human lives they encounter.

Website: https://www.nickmay.art

Instagram: @tickgay

Tags: Art, First Fridays, Big Car, Tube Factory, LGBT+

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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.

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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

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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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