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First Friday Art Walk Preview: July 2011

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to stroll through the Circle City; the July 2011 First Friday Art Walk is upon us. This city wide event gives Hoosiers a chance to seek out the latest in the Indianapolis art scene on a monthly basis. Every notable Indianapolis art gallery opens their doors to the public on the First Friday of each month. As Indianapolis people stroll from one gallery to the next, noshing on free snacks and wine, Indianapolis art becomes the best roving party of the month. This totally FREE Indianapolis event is a great way to have fun on a budget. Plus, you never know when you’ll find the perfect work of art to hang among your personal collection. Support the arts and engage with the Indianapolis community at the July 2011 First Friday Art Walk happening July 1.

Harrison Center for the Arts: Formtionality

The Harrison Center for the Arts is by far the best pick for any First Friday Art Walker looking to take in a lot, without going very far. This Indianapolis art gallery contains several gallery and studio spaces, which open up to the public all at once monthly. With new snacks in every room and, better yet, different art on every inch of wall space, the Harrison Center for the Arts is a one stop art shop.

This month, the Harrison Center presents Formtionality in the Harrison Gallery. Furniture work by Julie Koomler, Misty Maxwell, Matthew Osborn, Jared Smith and Jason Stillman will amaze with both form and function. These undergraduate students from the Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI offer innovative interpretation of furniture styles. Redecorate your living room with pieces from these thriving young Indianapolis artists, and discover the true meaning of “Formtionality.”

Also at the Harrison Center for the Arts this month work from Bruce Loewenthal, Jeannine Allen and Lon Hall in the Gallery Annex; Narshe by Micheal Nannery in Gallery Number 2 and I Was a Lover Before This War by Bobby Gilbreath in Hank and Dolly’s Gallery. Don’t miss these artistic perspectives at the Harrison Center for the Arts on July 1 with an artist reception from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Harrison Center for the Arts
1505 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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wUG LAKU’S STUDIO & gARAGE: Overlooks

The mastermind behind the Big Car Gallery, Jim Walker, takes his art across town to  wUG LAKU’S STUDIO AND gARAGE space in “Overlooks.” A photographer by nature, Walker is always seeing the world through different lens. “I never stop looking for lines, light, angles, textures, contrasts,” says Walker. “Most often I see these things in what isn’t usually considered worthy of pictures: empty spaces, overlooked places, throwaway objects.”

By taking pictures of what many without an artistic eye would deem “boring places,” Walker illuminates unseen objects and spaces through his use of negative space. With the belief that most pictures posted in the social networking age of “beautiful” things like sunsets and mountain ranges are too big to be experienced through the photographic lens, Walker allows himself to find something interesting in rare places. “Taking pictures of boring stuff pushes me to look closer in the overlooked and allows me to honor these parts of our world I appreciate so much,” explains Walker.

See his photographic study of overlooked places at wUG LAKU’S STUDIO AND gARAGE through July 30. The First Friday Artist Reception happens between 6:00 and 9:00 pm on Friday, July 1.

wUG LAKU’S STUDIO AND gARAGE
1125 Brookside Avenue C7
Indianapolis, IN
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Stutz ArtSpace: The Colors of Music

The Stutz ArtSpace always offers interesting perspectives. This Indianapolis downtown art gallery is a collective of artists, who are given studio space during grant contracts. Each month, a handful of these artists come together to illuminate a theme through their various perspectives. This month the Stutz ArtSpace artists offer “The Colors of Music.”

This group show presents the work of Susan Brewer, Martha Carlson, Shawn Causey, Wendy Franklin, Janett Marie, Jane Knight, Laura Liotti, Terrie McClatchie, Carol L. Myers, Kevin Smola, Mike Swolsky, Vicky Shaffer White and Julia Wickes. Each artists has created pieces inspired musical compositions under the pretense that “it’s not so far from our eyes to our ears.”

With musicians like Norwegian Ida Maria, who has synesthesia which allows her to see musical notes as colors, rising to fame, these Indianapolis artists attempt to meld music with their visual art. Plus Indianapolis music’s favorite acoustic duo, The Hollanders, will be on hand to perform. The artist reception for this show runs from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Friday, July 1.

Stutz ArtSpace
212 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Herron Galleries: An Uneven Symphony, Best of Berkshire, New Works and Selected Works from the Dorit and Gerald Paul Collection

The exhibits currently running at the Herron Galleries in Indianapolis downtown actually opened in mid June. But these Indianapolis art offerings will be on display through July 28, making this First Friday Art Walk the perfect excuse to check out what’s happening at this Indianapolis college.

An Uneven Symphony is a retrospective exhibition of the works of Randolph Deer. The work on display has been selected from his body of work which spans a career that has lasted more than half a century. Deer is known in the Circle City for being an entrepreneur and co-founder of the Indianapolis not for profit organization: Back Home Again Foundation. His expressionistic landscapes draw on inspiration from a variety of sources, whether its a butterfly on a farm in the French West Indies or an epic novel.

The namesake of the Berkshire gallery is honored with a display of his work. Robert Berkshire, a beloved Herron professor emeritus and alumnus, passed away on December 17, 2010. His estate was one of the first to donate to the capital campaign that moved the school to its new home on the IUPUI campus in 2005. Now the school honors him by displaying a sample of his abstract expressionist work. All works on display are for sale, with the proceeds benefiting Herron students.

The Frank and Katrina Basile Gallery features work form Herron’s dean Valerie Eickmeier. Best known for her “lyrical sculptures in wood, metal and cast resin,” Eickmeier has now set her sights on oil and canvas. Her atmospheric, expressionistic paintings drifts between abstraction and land/ sea-scapes.

Finally, Herron offers selections from the Dorit and Gerald Paul Collection in the newly renamed Dorit and Gerald Paul Gallery. This exhibit features works from masters like Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Longo in addition to work from the Paul’s favorite Indiana artists like John Domont, James Wille Faust, Sudan Tennant and Phillip Tennant. These well-known Indiana philanthropists and art collectors have recently made an incredibly give to the Herron School of Art and Design helping to create the school’s first endowed fund to support gallery programing.

Head to Herron for a great showing of new and old work!

 

Herron Galleries
Eskenazi Hall
735 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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First Friday Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk is by far one of the best monthly events in Indianapolis. Fuel up for your art walk at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, discuss the contrast in work from gallery to gallery over drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to FunCityFinder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis theater to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!

First Friday Art Walk
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