IDADA First Friday Art Walk Preview: June 2010

It’s that time again. The beginning of a new month means new Indianapolis art at Indianapolis art galleries across the Circle City. Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association’s (IDADA) First Friday Art Walk is happening June 4 at various locations across Indianapolis. As the first First Friday Art Walk of the Summer, Indianapolis people are expected to turn out in droves, meandering from gallery to gallery in the warm Summer night air. With new exhibits from a host of different Indianapolis artists at almost every single venue, there is plenty to see in this month’s First Friday Art Walk. Plus, most galleries offer FREE light appetizers for your mingling enjoyment. Read on for a preview of what’s happening in June’s First Friday Art Walk.

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA)

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) presents Evans Woollen: The Art of Architecture, opening Friday, June 4 at 6:00 pm. Evans Woollen is a titan of architectural design in Indianapolis. The iMOCA’s latest exhibit is a photographic journey through the six decade career of one of Indianapolis most accomplished architects. It opens this weekend in the iMOCA’s gallery in the Murphy Art Center in the Indianapolis cultural district, Fountain Square.

Having designed some of the most well known and visited Indianapolis attractions, his artistic thumb print can be found throughout Indianapolis. His work includes the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library Downtown and Clowes Memorial Hall, just to name a few. Not only had Woollen made a significant impact on Indianapolis real estate, but he is also an internationally recognized figure, having worked across the United States and around the world on very prestigious contracts.

iMOCA’s exhibit is curated by Mary Ellen Gadski and features the work of world renowned photographers including Balthazar Korab, Ezra Stoller and Timothy Hursley, as well as local talent like Wilbur Montgomery, Craig McCormick and Serge Melki. “Over the past six decades,” says Judkins, “Evans has created, and continues to create, work of true artistic expression that touches the daily lives of countless people in our city. By bringing images of his important work together in one space, people will hopefully walk away with a better sense of the impact Evans’s work has made on our daily routines and rituals.”

In addition to his work as an architect, Woollen is also an accomplished painter. The iMOCA’s latest exhibit will also feature a collection of twelve of his abstract paintings. The exhibit runs through July 24th, with a grand opening that coincides with the June 4 First Friday Art Walk. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis museum event.

1043 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Stutz Artists Association

The Stutz Artists Association in Indianapolis downtown presents On Location: Exhibit Features Work Painted Outside. The Stutz Artists Association believes that work painted on location can be fresher and more spontaneous than studio paintings. Without the comfort of four walls, artists are forced to improvise often in front of curious on lookers. The June Indianapolis art exhibit at the Stutz Art Space will feature en plein air (a French term meaning “in the open air”)┬ápaintings from nine Indianapolis artists.

Since the mid nineteenth century, natural light has become a point of interest and importance for many artists in the development of Impressionism. With the advent of new technology in painting such as portable paint tubes, painting outside grew in popularity during the 1870s. The number of artists painting en plein air is increasing every year, with more than 200 artists who are members of the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association.

Accompanying each painting is an artist’s statement describing their experience and process of painting outdoors. These artists have been asked to examine how their work changes when influenced by being outside. Participating artists include Beth Forst, Randall Scott Harden, Karen Masbaum, Susan Mauck, Katherine Meade, Susie Rachles, Rodney Reveal, Rita Spalding and Jerry Points.

The Stutz Artist Association First Friday Art Walk contribution begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, June 4.

Stutz Art Space
212 West 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN

Big Car Gallery

Fountain Square’s Big Car Gallery is known for producing edgy Indianapolis art shows. This Friday, June 4 marks the opening of new installation, sculpture and drawings in the Big Car Gallery by Tom Streit. The opening reception begins at 6:00 pm and coincides with IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk.

In addition to featuring the work of artist Tom Streit, the Big Car Gallery’s First Friday Art Walk celebration also includes live music by Joel Molinaro including an original piece called “Meta Messages” for sixteen performers with water glasses. “Hear communication and miscommunication play out through improvised conversations in microtonal relationships.” The performance features members of Known No Strangers, Chambray Blue Jumpsuit, Basilica and Right Now Band.

At 10:00 pm soul and jazz artist Bashiri Asad takes the stage with a performance sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Big Car Gallery
1043 Virginia Avenue
Suite 215
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Dean Johnson Gallery

The Dean Johnson Gallery opens an exhibit featuring New Work by Ted Ross this Thursday, June 3 at 5:00 pm, and opens their doors again for free Friday, June 4 for IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, this Indianapolis artist earned his MFA in Furniture Design from Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI.

Ross’ work muddles through the very nature of simple aesthetics. Presenting nontraditional furniture forms, he asks he viewer to attach their own meaning and use for his work, making each piece of art personal to the user. Ted Ross is deeply rooted in the traditions of craft, though he incorporates nontraditional materials like fiberglass and acrylic in his unique forms.

Don’t miss his first solo exhibit at the Dean Johnson Gallery on Mass Ave.

Dean Johnson Gallery
646 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204

IDADA’s First Friday Art Walk

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First Friday Art Walk
Friday, June 4