The Harrison Center for the Arts and Indianapolis Public Schools present new work by Jason Dorsey. Dorsey, a Seattle native, uses a crisp and bold watercolor technique, cultivated over decades as he painted the Pacific Northwest, to explore both the beauty and brokenness of Indianapolis. You can see this artists for FREE this Friday, October 2 at the Harrison Center for the Arts, which is an IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association) First Friday Art Walk participant.
As a father of four kids who attend Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Jason Dorsey has thrown himself into the renewal of Indianapolis Public Schools helping to launch Indianapolis Public Schools Renewal, a grassroots organization committed to advocating for and bringing renewal to Indianapolis Public Schools. Currently Jason helps as an assistant baseball coach for Arsenal Tech High School.
Dorsey’s mature painting style captures both the beauty and brokenness of Indianapolis. His large scale panoramas of the Indianapolis downtown viewed from the North, East, South, and West strike the viewer with the glory of the Circle City. His delight in the quirkiness and diversity of Indy is notable as we are led from landmarks to insignificant details found in the downtown neighborhoods in Fountain Square, Holy Cross, Woodruff Place, and the Old Northside (where the Dorseys live).
Other paintings explore themes central to the Dorseys’ lives – Indianapolis Public Schools (paintings of Crispus Attucks, Arsenal Tech, and School #14) where their children attend all the way to Redeemer Presbyterian Church where Jason pastors.
Also that night, in the gym, Gallery No. 2 and the Underground, the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange fall show returns to the Harrison Center for the Arts. In addition, the exchange is open on Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fall the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange will feature more than 70 Indianapolis businesses, live roller girls, live music by A Squared DJs, Shirtless Biddles, Mandy Marie Luke & Mo Foster, Rachel Hedges and Julia Schafer & D. Mark Conway, as well as giveaways of many fantastic raffle prizes donated by their vendors and local, independent business sponsors.
These Indianapoils events would not be possible without support from Indianapolis Public Schools, Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, Amy McAdams Graphic Design and Indy’s Music Channel. For more information about this and other upcoming Indianapolis art events at Harrison Center for the Arts, visit their website.