July Fourth celebrations this weekend can mean only two things: the start of a new month and the opening of new exhibits at Indianapolis art galleries around the city. Each month the members of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association (IDADA) open their doors to Indianapolis people for an evening of mingling and art at various Indianapolis art organizations. Friday, July 2 marks another IDADA First Friday Art Walk with new art exhibits by Indianapolis artists ready for your viewing pleasure. Don’t miss this FREE Indianapolis event that connects the Indianapolis community to its artists. Munch on hor d’eovours as you meet the Hoosier artists who create work to represent our home. Read on for a preview of IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk on July 2.
Harrison Center for the Arts: Old and New
The Harrison Center for the Arts is a wonderful home for Indianapolis artists located on the old northside of Indianapolis downtown. With its close location to Indianapolis museums like the Morris Butler House Museum and the Benjamin Harrison Home, the Harrison Center for the Arts is rooted deep in Indianapolis history and Hoosier tradition. The upcoming art exhibit at the Harrison Center for the Arts features the work of both artists for whom the center is already an established home and new artists to the Harrison Center for the Arts fold.
Come see classic, or “old,” work from favorite artists of the Harrison Center and the premiere of pieces from “new” artists who will make their Harrison Center for the Arts debut. This Indianapolis art exhibit takes over the Harrison Gallery, Gallery Number 2 and Hank and Dolly’s gallery. The work ranges from sculpture to painting and even drawing. With a wide mix of mediums, these Indianapolis artists share a range of talent.
It wouldn’t be IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk at the Harrison Center for the Arts without a little Indianapolis music and a whole lot of entertainment. This Indianapolis performing arts event will feature music from Jason Harrod, a back roots folk mainstay with an original sound. Plus in the Courtyard attendees can play with Giant puppets. In the gymnasium, refashion experts will be on hand to help you update existing pieces in your wardrobe. Seamsters and supplies will be available to help you give your old clothes a new look. Or bring clothes to donate to Indianapolis charity. Also, the Viewfinder Project presents student photography from the Oaks Academy and LifeBridge Community. With so much happening in one night, there is no reason not to check out this stop on the IDADA First Friday Art Walk.
Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Big Car Gallery: Stadition
Located in the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square, the Big Car Gallery presents Indianapolis artists who are forever on the brink of amazing. In their latest Indianapolis art exhibit, Stadition, three Indianapolis artists showcase recent works including a variety of mixed media, installation and printmaking techniques. When taken together the work of these artists, Bonzo, Kat McBride and Nathan Monk, combine elements of street art with classical painting. Their work explores the interaction between conceived and natural forms.
In a haunting experience, looming other worldly figures and cassette decks devour urban areas. At the same time, ethereal poignant girls are encapsulated in ambiguous energy forms. This Indianapolis event features music from local DJ and producer 25 Lighters starting at 9:00 pm. This Indianapolis art gallery opens to the public at 6:00 pm. Gallery hours through the rest of July are by appointment only.
Big Car Gallery
1043 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
ArtBox: Eclectic Expressions by Cagney King
Cagney King shares her work with the Indianapolis community at the Stuz Art Space’s ArtBox. This Southern grown artist is a Hoosier transplant, offering a freeing view of the world. “I encourage everyone,” says King, “to see the world as a painting! Look for color, not criticism. Look for shapes and tone, not race. Look for beauty, not cynical distress. And above all see the light out of all the dark.”
This Indianapolis artist feels images and visions, which take hold of her until she is able to release them with the passion of line, color and texture. In free flowing drawings and explosions of primary colors, she discovered her unique passion for art at an extremely young age. Second only to breathing as an innate characteristic to this artist, King lets her work guide her on a journey through texture, poetry and loose palettes.
Her upcoming exhibit, Eclectic Expressions at ArtBox, offers a cross section of this artists painting and poetry, as she combines the two to attempt explanation of her ever changing perspective on the world. Don’t miss a truly inspiring experience in Cagney King’s latest Indianapolis art show. The fun starts at 5:00 pm.
ArtBox in the Stutz 2 Building
217 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage: After All That
Indianapolis artist Shawn Causey takes over Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage for her Indianapolis art show: After All That. A graduate of both Butler University and IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design, Causey offers a fresh perspective on Indianapolis art. “A record of the artist’s hand at a particular moment” is the way this Indianapolis artist describes her work to be included in her upcoming showcase. Her abstract expressionist paintings reveal this record and what lies behind the artists hand, namely her mind, heart and soul.
With a studio in Broad Ripple Village, Causey draws inspiration from her surroundings in one of Indianapolis most fun neighborhoods. Don’t miss her Indianapolis art show at Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage opening July 2 with a free artists reception beginning at 6:00 pm.
Wug Laku’s Studio and Garage
1125 Brookside Avenue
IDADA’S First Friday Art Walk, July 2
These and many other Indianapolis art galleries participate in IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk each month. Take a stroll through Indianapolis downtown to discover fresh new art at all the members of IDADA.
- 4 Star Gallery
- Art at Clowes Memorial Hall
- Art Bank
- Arts A Poppin
- Athenaeum Art Space
- AV Framing Gallery
- Bona Thompson Memorial Center
- Carreno Studio and Gallery
- Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center at the University of Indianapolis
- Columbia Club Foundation
- Dean Johnson Gallery
- Domont Studio Gallery
- Edington Gallery
- Editions Limited Gallery
- Enroute and VSA Arts of Indiana
- Flame Art Studios
- Franklin Barry Gallery at The Frame Shop
- G.C. Lucas Gallery
- Heirloom Classics Jewelry and Beads
- Herron School of Art and Design Galleries
- Hoosier Salon Patrons Association and Fine Art Gallery
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)
- Kuaba Gallery
- LCi Gallery: at the Propylaeum
- McFee Gallery of Modern Art
- Ruschman Fine Art
- Shaker Press Books
- Stutz Artspace
- The Alkis Keramaidas Museum of Art
- Villa dell’Artista
Work up an appetite as you hop from Indianapolis art gallery to gallery. Then head to any of these scrumptious Indianapolis restaurants for a satisfying dinner. Or discuss the work you saw and loved or saw and hated over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.
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IDADA First Friday Art Walk
Friday, July 2