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Fri, Nov 01, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Nov 01, 2019 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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Dec

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Fri, Dec 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Dec 06, 2019 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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Jan

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Fri, Jan 03, 2020 6:00 PM - Fri, Jan 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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Feb

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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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Mar

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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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Apr

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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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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 9:00 PM - Sat, Oct 05, 2019 12:00 AM @ Square Cat Vinyl

Fountain Square Brewing Co. presents First Friday at Square Cat Vinyl: featuring Melissa Sandullo, Mina Keohane, and Tommy Icarus!

Tags: First Friday at Square Cat Vinyl, Melissa Sandullo, Mina Keohane, and Tommy Icarus, Live Music

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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 7:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 10:00 PM @ McGowan Hall

It’s another 1st Friday Market outside McGowan Hall! There’ll be food venders (Eggroll Joes is coming!), cash bar, produce, crafts and more all night long. Phil & Friends hit it at 7. With me will be Henry Seaborn Company players Larry DeMyer, Danny Hargrove, Rebekah Lawson, Bill Witherington and Steve Campbell. And there may be a few surprises!

Bring your crew and grab a table for the night, shop the vendors, ave enjoy one last party under the stars before the cold weather arrives.

Tags: Live Music, Art, First Friday, McGowan Hall, Philadelphia Phil, Henry Seaborn Company

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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 6:30 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 8:30 PM @ Harrison Center

Amazing Grace

Dir. Sidney Pollack, 120 min. USA

Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. Preceded by live musical tribute, and Harlem’s attempt to form a record-breaking Soul Train line.

Presented by ImageNation Cinema Foundation, “a Harlem-based media arts group, founded with the goal of establishing a chain of art-house cinemas, dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color. Through a variety of exhibitions and programs, ImageNation edifies its audience. We foster media equity, media literacy, solidarity, cross-cultural exchange and highlight the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.”

Doors open at 6pm.

Tags: Singer Aretha Franklin performs gospel songs at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972, film screening, First Friday

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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

Join us again for this upcoming First Friday for a wonderful evening in Garfield Park. We are celebrating local artists, musicians, food trucks and vendors by featuring them in our night market.

Come check out our creative endeavors here around Cruft Street, where you will have the opportunity to purchase local goods from amazing artists and food vendors here at the Tube.

During the winter months, the Night Market is held inside Tube Factory artspace. In the fall, spring, and summer months, vending is located outside.

If you are a local artist or maker, please contact [email protected] for

Tags: First Fridays, market, Garfield Park, Big Car, Tube Factory Artspace

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Oct

04

Fri
Fri, Oct 04, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 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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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 9:00 PM @ Harrison Center

The Harrison Center announces its October First Friday artist reception. On Friday, October 4, from 6 to 9pm, painter Alicia Zanoni brings her solo exhibit “Nice Weather We’re Having” to the Harrison Gallery and Gallery Annex. “Nice Weather We’re Having” is a collection of oil landscapes inspired by the idea that scenes in the natural world make us feel things and even reflect our internal emotional landscape. This can be felt in the way the ground folds back and forth, the way the sky opens up or closes in tightly under a lot of cloud layers. Likewise, each painting reflects a certain kind of weather we’re having.

In the City Gallery, see “Lasting Impressions.” Shamira Wilson creates minimal abstract work that explores textile motifs. Inspired by the African Diaspora, her work alludes to the storytelling qualities found in African American narrative textiles. With her current series, Wilson is documenting the story of the changes that are happening within the city infrastructure by using rusted metal to imprint grids onto fabric, leaving an impression reminiscent of quilts, maps, and city grids.

In Speck Gallery, David Hughes presents “The DeepLight,” a composition of two-way mirrors and animated lights housed in a geometric frame (dodecahedron) run by custom rendering algorithms. An exploration in light and space creating a perception of limitless size and complexity, hidden math and science principles provide a unique foundation for the art to defy what viewers expect is possible.

In the Speck Foyer, Roche Diagnostics presents IU Health’s “CompleteLife Art Show 2019: Imagine. Inspire. Reflect. Connecting through Creativity.” This exhibit features art made by patients, caregivers and team members at Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center and IU Health University Hospital.

Photographer John Sherman presents “Looking Forward: Beauty • Pride • Defiance” in Hank & Dolly’s Gallery. “Twelve women who have had chemotherapy or who were undergoing it at the time of the photo shoot posed for me. As the title and subtitle suggest, there is a determination here, along with the idea of beauty (as women undergoing chemo, losing their hair, feel a loss of beauty sometimes), pride in their lives and in meeting challenges. Reflecting this, their bios will focus more on their careers, pets, kids, etc. and mention the cancer, but don’t allow it to define them or be the focus of their whole lives.”

In the Underground, “Ballyhoo: A Multimedia Art Extravaganza.” Ballyhoo is a group art exhibition highlighting all aspects of the bygone era of the circus and its performers. Included in the exhibition will be a selection of rare, original sideshow banners from the collection of Dr. Chris Jones. A special screening of the 1932 film “Freaks” will be shown the night of the opening courtesy of Walter Paisley Movie House.

In the Sanctuary, Harlem-based ImageNation Cinema Foundation presents a screening of “Amazing Grace.”

The work hangs through October 25.

With support from Roche Diagnostics, IU Health CompleteLife, the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis, Indiana Arts Commission, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Allen Whitehill Clowes Foundation, the Indianapolis Foundation, Sun King Brewery, and Matinee Creative.

Tags: October First Friday artist reception, galleries, collection of oil landscapes, Lasting Impressions, Shamira Wilson, The DeepLight, Speck Foyer, CompleteLife Art Show 2019: Imagine. Inspire. Reflect. Connecting through Creativity.David Hughes

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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 9:00 PM @ Harrison Center

The Helminger Quartet is swinging the Harrison Center’s First Friday event! You won’t want to miss this. The event is FREE and open to the public. We’re ready to dance!

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? A night on the town filled with the arts, dancing, and live music!

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: Naptown Stomp, The Helminger Quartet, Swing Dance, First Friday, Harrison Center

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Oct

04

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 9:00 PM @ Circle City Industrial Complex

Rock, Paper, Hammer: An Art Exhibit celebrating friendship and childlike exploration
Artists: Katrina J. Murray and Nancy Lee

Image in header: Nancy Lee – Sisterhood, Copper and enamel

This exhibit celebrates friendship and whimsy by way of the hand game Rock, Paper, Scissors. The game is usually played between two people and involves each player simultaneously forming one of three shapes with an outstretched hand, representing either rock, paper, or scissors. But in this case hammer takes the place of scissors since Lee is a metalsmith. Murray takes on paper (collage), stone (ceramics), and Lee takes on hammer (metal) together with vitreous enamel. The artists bring together their work to express ideas about the childhood joys that come with making art. The two cherish the luxury and privilege of being artists and friends and have curated a body of work that is at once playful and full of wonder. Murray and Lee have elevated rock stacking, Dr. Seuss stories, bugs, flowers, and strange sea creatures into fine art. The two artists have created works that conjure a time when we were all a bit more carefree, but bring to it decades of creative experience.

Opening Reception :October 4, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the First Friday Art Tour. The exhibit will take place in the Schwitzer Gallery on the second floor of the Circle City Industrial Complex. Exhibit hours following the reception will be Saturday October 5th 12-4 p.m. and Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The show will close October 25, 2019.

More about the Artists:

Katrina J. Murray, Indianapolis, Painter, Collage, Ceramics (CCIC Artist)
Murray’s ceramic sculpture and paintings are extensions of her collage works on paper. She assembles biomorphic forms to create larger installations. “In my art practice, I enjoy the play of shifting from paint to paper to clay,” explains Murray. “Working with similar color, pattern and form in all three media—and discovering endless combinations of material and meaning.”

Educated at Herron School of Art and Design, Katrina Murray studied art history in Italy and lived in for a time in Germany during the eventful mid-1980s. A native of the historic arts area of Brown County, Indiana, Murray now lives and works in Indianapolis, IN.

Collections of note:
Eskenazi Health, IU Health Neuroscience Center, Community North Hospital, Indiana Humanities, Palomino Restaurant.

Nancy Lee, Indianapolis Metalsmith, Goldsmith, and Enamelist (CCIC Artist)
Lee’s vitreous enamel paintings on copper substrates reach into the worlds of abstraction and fantastic realism. She creates distinct themes in multiple small series that allow the observer to insert their own ideas as to their meaning. “My work as a goldsmith gave me the ability to work in great detail in a small space. Using a 6” x 6” copper substrate feels luxurious and allows me to use a different aspect of my artistic voice. It is liberating and provides room for both gestural and detailed expression of my ideas.”

Nancy Lee enjoyed a childhood running free in a small town, enabling her to lay the foundation of her approach to art informed by clover, loam, water and sky. She is a self-taught artist. Lee is the founder of Indy Metalsmith, a guild for metal artisans, and is past president of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association. She is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Carpenter Art Enamel Foundation. Her work is collected worldwide. Lee resides in Indiana with her husband.

About the Circle City Industrial Complex (CCIC)
Located at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and 10thStreet. The facility was constructed in the 1920s by Louis Schwitzer, winner of the first automobile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the engineer behind the famous “Marmon Wasp” engine that propelled Ray Harroun to victory in the first Indy 500.

Schwitzer’s company operated at the CCIC until the mid 1970s, pioneering major automotive advances. Today, though Schwitzer is gone, his spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurialism lives on in the Circle City Industrial Complex through the rich community of artists, entrepreneurs, and makers. The CCIC’s new owner, Teagen Development, is currently overseeing a redevelopment for the facility’s southern tip to transform the area into a vibrant retail, manufacturing, and cultural center. More info at circlecityind.com

CCIC artists studios are open to the public on First Fridays from 6-9 p.m.Studios and galleries may be accessed from two entrances at 1125 Brookside Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202, one of which has a handicap-accessible ramp and an elevator. Studio maps and information are located inside the two entrances. There is free parking across the street. CCIC Artists
Media Contact: 317-440-2660, [email protected]

Tags: Rock, Paper, Hammer: An Art Exhibit celebrating friendship and childlike exploration, Circle City Industrial Complex, First Fridays

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Oct

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Fri, Oct 04, 2019 2:00 PM - Fri, Oct 04, 2019 7:00 PM @ McGowan Hall

First Friday After [email protected] Hall
Live Music. Live Art. Great Drinks

Live Music By @Crossroads Quintet
Featuring Artist @Curtis Williams

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Sep

06

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 9:00 PM - Sat, Sep 07, 2019 3:00 AM @ The Mousetrap Bar and Grill

Still Shine exploded on to the scene at Summercamp and now are making their mark around the Midwest and beyond. We’re lucky enough to see what our hometown heroes Flatland Harmony are up to as well. It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to see their new lineup and it’s getting rave reviews everywhere else around the country.

Formed in the summer of 2014, Still Shine is a group of like-minded, seasoned musicians blending acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass.
Mixing mandolin, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and tight harmonies they quickly gained a following around Central Illinois area and the local Midwest. They have shared the stage with artists such as The Leadfoot Band, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Larry Keel, Chicago Farmer and the Waydown Wanderers just to name a few. Along with some well received original music, the band performs an upbeat, energetic show you won’t want to miss!

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Flatland Harmony Experiment is a high octane three piece vocally driven string band from Indianapolis Indiana. Flatland Harmony Experiment dances with a single large diaphragm condenser microphone to share their music with audiences. FHE’s music and stage show drips with intensity and passion and it is easy to tell they love what they do. The trio trades lead vocal and lead instrumental responsibilities through a large and diverse original musical palette. The instrumental mix of mandolin, banjo and upright bass allows ample space for musical experimentation and expression. Song craft is very important to FHE. Stylistically you can expect Flatland Harmony Experiment’s original music to flow from tunes that echo the founding roots of bluegrass to progressive gypsy and all places in between. Conscious lyrics, a thread of harmony, and instrumental virtuosity permeates all of the original music of the Flatland Harmony Experiment. This band dares to be labeled simply as bluegrass or americana.

Since its beginnings in 2011 the Flatland Harmony Experiment has played over 1000 dates to enthusiastic audiences numbering into the thousands for people all across the country. FHE was excited to be given the very high honor of being selected as a finalist in the 2013 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. This allowed FHE to play for thousands on the main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. In 2016 FHE was also honored to support Bernie Sanders for his downtown Indianapolis rally to a crowd of 8000 enthusiastic supporters.

In five years FHE has earned a large audience with their music. Flatland Harmony Experiment has had over 1000 downloads from radio programmers around the globe supporting their three original recordings and physical sales of recordings number well into the thousands as well. 2016 looks to keep the band moving. FHE rigorously continues to play 100’s of dates across the country and with key festival performances including the John Hartford Memorial Festival, the Frankfort Bluegrass Festival, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. FHE is also wrapping up their third full length studio project and expects to release and begin tour support for the project in the spring.

The Flatland Harmony Experiment is:
Sean First on upright bass
Kris Potts on Mandolin
Johnny Plott on Banjo

Tags: Flatland Harmony Experiment, Still Shine, Live Music, First Friday

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 7:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 11:00 PM @ McGowan Hall

Looking for something to do on Friday night? Love local live music?

Come out to McGowan Hall for our NEW First Friday Summer Celebration!

Local live music, foods, drinks, art, handmade, vintage, vendors, food trucks and more! We have it all!

Conveniently located close to the interstate with both street and parking lot parking.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

7-9pm will be Philadelphia Phil & Friends

9-11pm Christopher Pitts and the CP3 Trio (Jazz)

***Are you a vendor or small business owner who would like to be included? Apply here: https://forms.gle/osXr3K4A28vyoins5

Tags: Philadelphia Phil & Friends, Christopher Pitts and the CP3 Trio (Jazz), Live Music, First Friday

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 7:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 11:00 PM @ McGowan Hall

It’s another 1st Friday Market outside McGowan Hall! There’ll be food venders, cash bar, produce, crafts, face painting and more all night long. Phil & Friends hit it at 7. With me will be Henry Seaborn Company players Rusty Humphrey, Larry DeMyer, Keith Humphrey, Bill Witherington and Steve Campbell. And there may be a few surprises!

Bring your crew and grab a table for the night- CP3 jazz trio will bebop the late night from 9.

Tags: Henry Seaborn Company, Philadelphia Phil, Live Music, Art, First Friday, McGowan Hall

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:30 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 9:00 PM @ Long-Sharp Gallery

Long-Sharp Gallery announces the first US solo exhibition for important South Korean sculptor Cha Jong Rye. The exhibit, Cha Jong Rye: Sculptural Landscapes celebrates new work by the artist and the announcement of her exclusive U.S. representation by Long-Sharp Gallery.

Based in Seoul, Ms. Rye has been sculpting for over 20 years. Her exhibit in Indianapolis will be her first solo exhibition in the Midwest; it is her first solo exhibition in the United States in seven years. Using wood as her chosen medium, Ms. Rye constructs seamlessly intricate wooden landscapes through her often wall-mounted sculptures. Sanding and layering hundreds of delicate wood boards, her process is intentionally unintentional; rather than executing a predetermined design, she allows herself to discover images in the fluidity of arranging and rearranging the uniquely hand-shaped blocks. The result is a richly textured three-dimensional canvas upon which light and shadow dance, transforming the once-recognizable wood material into entirely abstracted landscapes reminiscent of wrinkled linen or rippling water. Her solo exhibit will include over ten new works in the artist’s signature style.

Ms. Rye and two of her associates will make the trek from Seoul South Korean to Indianapolis for the opening, which is free and open to the public. It will take place at Long-Sharp Gallery, One North Illinois, Suite A., Indianapolis, on September 6 from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

Tags: Long-Sharp Gallery, South Korean sculptor Cha Jong Rye, First Friday, Art

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

Join us again for this upcoming First Friday for a wonderful evening in Garfield Park. We are celebrating local artists, musicians, food trucks and vendors by featuring them in our night market.

Come check out our creative endeavors here around Cruft Street, where you will have the opportunity to purchase local goods from amazing artists and food vendors here at the Tube.

During the winter months, the Night Market is held inside Tube Factory artspace. In the fall, spring, and summer months, vending is located outside.

If you are a local artist or maker, please contact [email protected] for

Tags: First Fridays, market, Garfield Park, Big Car, Tube Factory Artspace

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Sep

06

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 10:00 PM @ Tube Factory artspace

Sept. 6 — Jan. 11
In this new exhibition, New-York-based multi-media artist Saya Woolfalk explores our understanding of the human condition — a state of affairs governed by seemingly unavoidable conflicts such as birth, growth, and death. This show explores how technology has allowed us to ease our suffering by making change less difficult and transformation more enjoyable. Perhaps the ultimate human technological advancement would be the elimination of mortality by extending human life indefinitely in a biological, digital, or other virtual state. Recent advances suggest our species may already be on the cusp of achieving this evolutionary landmark.

Woolfalk’s exhibit at Tube Factory includes her signature installations, sculptures, prints, video art works, and the works of artists who influence her practice. It builds on one of her first projects, “No Place” (a play on the translation of the word utopia), where she collaborated with filmmaker and anthropologist Rachel Lears. Both then in their mid 20s, they invited people into Woolfalk’s studio to talk about their ideas of utopia and created work from there.

“Similar to the way you would construct a folktale, we took these ideas and we constructed the culture of the NoPlaceans. People would come to the studio, put on costumes and enact the things that they were imagining,” says Woolfalk who created a six-chapter ethnographic film about this future utopian world based on people’s visions.

To explore the conceptual boundaries of this cultural moment, this also led Woolfalk to create a fictional transhuman species known as “the Empathics”, which she describes as a race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. “If you have a utopia, then how do you actually make that utopia real? I worked with biologists at Tufts University to think about what in nature could occur in order for people to mutate to become more like plants.”

Woolfalk’s Tube Factory installation will extend the story of “the Empathics”, blending multi-media aesthetic phenomena, spirituality, cultural hybridization, capitalism, technoscience, and artificial intelligence to conjure a broad network of interconnecting philosophical strands. Informed equally by science fiction and anthropology, the morally ambiguous future that the exhibit shares is open to the interpretation of its viewers. “Going from modularity to monumentality is how I approach my practice. I work in ways that are incredibly small and I also work in ways that are incredibly big. The work functions like collage.”

Should we fear the world Woolfalk and other transhumanist artists are mapping? Should we embrace it? Should we shrug it off as a Pollyannic fantasy, doomed by the human idiot factor? Woolfalk seems to be implying a potentially disturbing fourth option: Some of us — particularly those with special status or outlandish means — have already started to transform. Is this art, or a warning shot across the cultural bow of the human race?

About the artist
Woolfalk (b 1979, Japan) is a pioneer within an emergent, international aesthetic movement examining transhumanism — a theoretical belief that humans will mobilize technology to transcend their biological limitations and evolve into a non-human, or “posthuman” race. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of The Empathics and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. She has exhibited at museums, galleries, and alternative spaces throughout Asia, Europe and the United States including solo exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ (2012); the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2014); the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco (2014); SCAD Museum, Savannah, GA (2016); Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY (2016); Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE (2016); the Mead Museum of Art, Amherst, MA (2017) and group shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem; MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA., the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among many others.
“When I started making work it was very important that it was not autobiographical,” says Woolfalk. “The work is not about me at all. The work is about talking to people about their ideas and trying to understand what’s going on in the world then taking that material and adapting it into installation based spaces that people can experience.”

Made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Efroymson Family Fund.

Part of the Social Alchemy Series, this exhibition is in partnership with the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Image: Saya Woolfalk, “Encyclopedia of Cloud Divination”, Plate 2, 30”x40”, 2018.

Tags: multi-media artist Saya Woolfalk, First Friday, Art, Tube Factory Artspace

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 11:00 PM @ The Murphy Arts Center

A multi-artist event and my first showing in a gallery setting. I will be presenting several pieces in a variety of mediums. Originals and prints will be available for purchase.

Tags: multi-artist event, art, Murphy Arts Center, First Friday

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 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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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 9:00 PM @ Circle City Industrial Complex

Molly Young Meier and “Connecting,” a collection of her Expressionist paintings, will be featured at the Full Circle Nine Gallery (FC9). The show will open Friday, September 6th, 6-9pm, as part of the First Friday Art Tour. Admission is free.

“My work in ‘Connecting’ explores human relationships,” Young Meier said. “Our relationships with ourselves, one another, with spirituality and with nature. Much of the pain I witness in the human experience is linked to the lack of connection with one of these things.”

About Molly Young Meier

Molly Young Meier is an art therapist and a licensed mental health counselor, and her paintings in “Connecting” are in response to that work.

“I am exploring strength, growth, relationships, and the energy exchanged between people, whether personally or what I have witnessed,” Young Meier said. “Making art helps me remained balanced.”

A native of Central Illinois, Molly Young Meier was an Americorps volunteer in college, and has lived for a time in Colorado and New Mexico. “My time out west and my spiritual beliefs heavily influence my work,” Young Meier said. “I knew from a young age that I would pursue a career in Art Therapy. Art Therapy met my need to serve others and incorporated the healing benefits of art, a perfect union for me.”

About the Full Circle Nine Gallery

The Full Circle Nine Gallery operates as an artist cooperative gallery, with each of the member artists and the board dividing gallery duties and artists roles. The artists will work together to help each other advance in skill and practice, as well as to bring success to the gallery.

With over two dozen artists occupying a large, three-room space of the more factory-reminiscent portion of the Circle City Industrial Complex, Full Circle Nine offers a wide variety of art forms, media, and approaches.

Full Circle Nine Gallery is located at 1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46202, in the South Studios section of the Circle City Industrial Complex. For more information, or for artists interested in joining the Full Circle Nine, please visit www.fullcirclenine.com

Tags: Full Circle Nine Gallery, Art, First Friday

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Sep

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 10:00 PM @ Harrison Center

The Harrison Center’s fall open studio night is set to take place on Friday, September 6 from 6pm to 10pm. Guest curator Benny Sanders brings the first Landscape Today: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting to the Harrison Gallery. In October 2017, Sanders created an Instagram account to share contemporary landscape paintings from a catalogue of artists he had been following and gleaning information from to “solve problems in my own work.” Today, the page has nearly 50,000 followers and has given Sanders the opportunity to communicate and network with some of the greatest contemporary landscape painters. 50 of these artists from across the country will participate in this unique exhibit.

More landscape paintings by local artists are on display in the Gallery Annex including work by Megan Wright, Roy Boswell, Vivian Gladden, Donna Shortt and Beverly Bruntz.

In Speck Gallery, Universal Current: An Artistic Geomorphology by Christine Sullivan is comprised of quasi-abstract landscapes that share conversations between the land and the human influence whose imprints and structures echo of times past and present, be it telephone poles, tall barns or rock quarries. This artistic geomorphology endeavor is created through a layering process where I allow the paint and painting to lead me, building up new pathways and breaking down others, utilizing various tools for mark making and revealing what remains as I tap into the flow of nature’s passing energy. This force resonates in all manner, inert and living, and that offers solace and a unifying purpose – Earth’s geographical community well being.

Circle City Sketches is an exhibition by illustrator, Jingo M. de la Rosa that showcases the art of urban sketching. Through this exhibit, Jingo hopes to elevate sketching as a legitimate art form in the gallery world, while highlighting some of the places in Indianapolis that make it home to him.

The Underground Gallery features More Land, More Water, paintings and drawings by Allen Bannister. Bannister, whose background is in abstract painting, has shifted his focus in recent years to representation and nature, learning about light and color through painting in workshops and with other artists.

Hank & Dolly’s Gallery features work by Cathead Press studio artists Megan Smith and Ashton Boehman.

The Harrison Center’s 36 studio artists open their doors for this event, inviting attendees into the spaces where they create.

The John Fell Swingtet will be playing live swing music with John Fell on guitar, Dianna Davis on clarinet, Robin Hopkins on banjo, Aaron Ransdell on bass, and Mike Kessler on drums! Join Naptown Stomp Lindy Hop Society with live music and swing dancing in the gym!

Image: Empirical Light, Peter M. Fiore

The work hangs through September 27.

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

Tags: Art, First Friday, Harrison Center, Landscape Today: An Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, Benny Sanders, Megan Wright, Roy Boswell, Vivian Gladden, Donna Shortt and Beverly Bruntz

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019 6:00 PM - Fri, Sep 06, 2019 9:00 PM @ Harrison Center

The John Fell Swingtet is playing at Harrison Center’s First Friday event! You won’t want to miss this. The event is FREE and open to the public. We’re ready to dance!

The John Fell Swingtet is comprised of: John Fell on guitar, Dianna Davis on clarinet, Robin Hopkins on banjo, Aaron Ransdell on bass, and Mike Kessler on drums!

If you’re a member of Naptown Stomp, be sure to wear your Naptown Stomp t-shirt so people know they can dance with you and ask you about swing dancing with us.

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? A night on the town filled with the arts, dancing, and live music!

See you there!

Tags: Naptown Stomp, The John Fell Swingtet, Live Music, Swing Dance, First Friday, Harrison Center

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