One word describes the work of Indianapolis artist Marianne Glick: joyful. Glick’s abstract paintings are a perfect reflection of the bright, driven woman, and you can catch her work at A to Z Cafe, north of Indianapolis downtown through the end of July. I was lucky enough to attend the artist reception for Marianne Glick’s Indianapolis art show. Her abstract art lines the walls of the A to Z Cafe, bring cheer and goodwill to all who see them. Daughter of the charitable Eugene and Marilyn Glick, Marianne grew up in a family where art and philanthropy were at the forefront of her lifestyle. A full time philanthropist herself, Marianne’s art and its interaction with various Indianapolis nonprofit organizations reflect her giving nature. But more than that, the freedom that each Indianapolis art piece conveys reveals bravery from a relatively new, yet extremely talented artist.
Upon first glance, Marianne’s work is expressive to the Nth degree. Mostly in acrylic on canvas, Glick takes an abstract perspective on the world. With tons of experimentation in each piece, the use of varying techniques and a clear sense of freedom in the hand behind the brush, one can’t help but identify with the sense of abandon with which they are created. In conversation, the artist bandies about the word “playing” when asked to describe her process. It is clear to see that the maturity of her art originates from a place of child like innocence and confidence. Confined only by the four edges of a canvas and the own boundaries of her mind, Glick’s work soars, elevating all who perceive to a sense of liberty. A spontaneous artist in process, the work offers raw emotion in a polished presentation.
In her work “Harbour Lights,” vibrant oranges, blues, greens and yellows collide as lines crash into each other creating both a violence and peacefulness that only the ocean could convey. Yet triangular lines emerge, loosely creating the narrative of a sailboat. Identified by the artist as her favorite piece in the show, she speaks to her inspiration of Floridian yachts buoying in the harbor. Though she did not intend to create a ship, one begins to emerge as intent eyes train themselves on the painting. Such a subconscious feat could only be created by an mind completely open to its surroundings.
The work is truly incredible, especially considering the unique entry point that set Marianne on the path to abstract art. “Ebay!” she exclaims when asked to talk about what got her started. In an attempt to fill her home with original art at value prices, Marianne began to search the queue of the popular online auction site for interesting pieces of art. After her husband complained about the money being spent on the site, Marianne boldy proclaimed, “Well, I can do that!” Thus her career in art began.
Under the tutelage of Sandy Ezell at Lawrence Central High School’s adult education programs, Marianne enrolled in an experimental water colors class. “I knew she was serious,” says Ezell, “when she went home and painted.” Her first teacher describes Marianne as an “extremely successful student” evidenced by her drive to create both inside and out of the classroom. That drive consumed Glick’s artistic mind, and she soon found herself in the habit of watching video of her favorite artists, such as Joe Diguilio, paint as she walked on the treadmill. With a few seminars under her belt, Glick made the leap from watercolors to acrylic and started to express her more abstract eye.
Painting in the wee hours of the morning, between 2:00 am and 3:00 am, Marianne Glick fits her passion into a full time philanthropic schedule. Taking up her parents crusade to support various Indianapolis charities and nonprofit organizations for the arts and for Indianapolis kids, Glick soon found that her art was conducive to her habit of generous giving. Soon she began creating works specifically for institutions like the Children’s Bureau Inc., Joy’s House and even Girls Inc. She created each piece with the mission of the organization in mind, even titling her Girls Inc. piece “Smart, Strong and Bold” to honor the motto of the group.
“I like to do things that make people happy,” say Glick. Her art work and the undying spirit of giving that permeates every facet of her life wholeheartedly matches up with this artistic mission. To see her work is to smile. Joy, liveliness, mirth and merriment are garnered from each piece in varying ways. To see her work in person, head to the A to Z cafe now through July 31. Don’t miss this fun Indianapolis art show north of Indianapolis downtown. For more information about Marianne Glick’s art, visit her official website here.
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Marianne Glick Art Show
Now through July 31
A to Z Cafe
4705 East 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240